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AutoCAD courses train you for real-world situations with state-of-the-art technology and labs - 2021/2022

Ensuring that there’s power to run our towns, cities, hospitals, schools and the economy is a satisfying and respected career option. If the joy of having a dynamic and in-demand career is your goal, Fanshawe’s Electrical Engineering Technician program will provide the skills and experience to light up your future with limitless potential.

You’ll begin your AutoCAD training and PLC training by learning the basics: electrical fundamentals, automation, and power generation and distribution. While pursuing your AutoCAD certification, you’ll continuously apply the knowledge you obtain from the AutoCAD courses in real-world situations, working alongside your mentors and classmates with state-of-the-art technology and lab access. You'll also study PLCs, power generation and distribution systems, energy management, and conservation. Your skills will be as diverse as the constantly evolving electrical landscape. 

After Graduation:

By the time you graduate from our AutoCAD courses, you’ll have the skills necessary to wire residential and industrial projects, along with the ability to work on hydraulic/pneumatic systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial automation. 

Specialists in electrical consumption and conservation techniques have never been more sought after in today’s changing economy. Are you ready to power-up your career?

ELN2 Program Progression:

Year Fall Winter Summer
Year #1 Start Level 1 Class Level 2 Off
Year #2 Class Level 3 Class Level 4/End N/A



Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
    - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND: 
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
    - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

  • *Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) preferred.
  • Applicants who lack the required course may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Manufacturing Technology (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M)
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.

Advanced Standing

  • Credit for any course in the program will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have the required skills to meet the learning outcomes of the course.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Electrical Engineering Technician program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Electrical Engineering Technician program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Electrical Engineering Technician program.


Electrical Engineering Technician-2021/2022

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ELEC-1124DC Theory5
This course introduces both the theoretical and applied concepts of Direct Current (DC) electricity. It is the foundation course for technicians where students will study resistive, capacitive and inductive circuits, and apply the laws and theorems both in the classroom and the laboratory environment. Included will be topics such as Ohms Law, series and parallel circuits using resistors, capacitors and inductors under DC conditions. Kirchhoffs Laws and other electrical theorems will be used to study and solve these circuits. In the lab, the student will use a number of test instruments such as the digital multimeter and the oscilloscope to measure the parameters, thus combining theory and practice.
MATH-1184Mathematics 14
The content covered in this mathematics course for technician students includes essential skills, trigonometry, j operator, fundamental algebra, exponents, and applications to electrical engineering problems.
ELEC-1125Installation Practices2
This practical wiring course studies the installation of wiring systems used in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Students will learn to interpret, and gain an understanding of the current Canadian Electrical Code as applied to the construction of electrical systems. Students will design, install and test circuits for lighting, power and control applications. Relevant regulations and codes that govern personal safety requirements in the work force will also be studied.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
ELNC-1104Practical Electronics3
This course studies digital circuits using standard digital logic gates and leads into the study of Programmable Logic Controllers. It begins with an introduction to Boolean logic, number systems, and the application of standard logic circuits. Students learn to interpret schematics, identify fault conditions in test circuits and troubleshoot the cause of simple system faults. Students learn to repair cable assemblies, correctly terminate wire connections, identify and test for faulty modules and subsystems. The components and basic operation of microprocessor based systems are studied to provide students with an understanding of the internal operation of programmable devices such as PLCs. The student is introduced the basics of interfacing and troubleshooting of input/output systems involving relays, sensors, A/D, and PWM . Laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce the concepts presented in theory.
LAWS-1038Law, Ethics & Occupational H&S3
This course explores the structure, practice, and ethics related to the world of work. The fundamental legal principles and ethics practised by employers are examined. Maintaining a safe, healthy, and stable work environment is a focus of this course where students learn elements of the regulations and codes of conduct for the workplace. Students develop an understanding of the history and relevance of various workplace mandates such as WHMIS, health & safety committees, and the Canadian legal system.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ELEC-3064AC Theory5
This course will build upon Electrical 1 and include magnetism, alternating current (AC) theory and AC circuit analysis. Labs will involve construction, measurement and troubleshooting of AC circuits.
ELEC-1126Electrical Machines 13
This course studies the theory, analysis and operation of electrical machines and includes DC generators & motors, 3-phase generators, and single and 3-phase transformers. Laboratory experiments are used to demonstrate the behaviour of the equipment under various operating conditions.
CNTL-1013Automation 14
This course is an introduction to industrial automation systems. It introduces the basics of electrical control using relays, motor controls, sensors, hydraulics, and pneumatics. It covers electrical ladder diagrams, pneumatic, hydraulic diagrams, control devices and industry standards. This course also provides an overview of programmable logic controller (PLC) programming, and describes standard techniques used to interface PLCs to manufacturing automation systems. The student will apply the theory by building hydraulic, pneumatic and PLC control systems and testing them on hands-on training units.
MATH-3072Mathematics 24
The content covered in this mathematic course for technician students include: special products, factoring, algebraic fractions, fractional equations, quadratic equations, exponents, radicals, logarithms, exponential and logarithmic equations, and word problems involving the above topics.
COMP-1470Computer Aided Design2
Students will learn how to use AutoCAD, word processing and spreadsheet. AutoCAD will be used for basic two-dimensional drawing skills and apply them to produce a variety of electrical drawings. This will include electrical schematic for residential and industry. Students will also learn how to use a spread sheet so they can create tables, graphs, and charts. Students will develop time management skills by adhering to project deadlines.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ELNC-3034Electronics-Basic Devices & Sensors6
The study of the operating principles of discrete electronic devices and circuits, op-amps circuits, and sensors. An introduction to operating characteristics leads to circuit design and analysis. Basic devices include diodes, bipolar junction (BJT) transistors, and special emphasis on FET and MOSFET devices and applications. Students will study basic operational amplifier circuits and their signal processing applications. Students study the operating characteristics and application of sensors and transducers for the measurement of many parameters. Lab exercises are designed for hands-on study and understanding of device operation and circuit troubleshooting.
COMP-3098Elec. Wiring Design/Industrial Design5
This course will introduce students to electrical systems used in commercial/industrial buildings. Students will design branch circuit feeders for motors, welders, lighting, receptacles and other electrical equipment. Electrical power distribution for industrial and commercial facilities is covered including incoming service size, fault current calculations and co-ordination of electrical systems. Primary emphasis is on design of practical electrical systems, selection of appropriate equipment, and production of electrical documentation. Students will prepare a detailed set of drawings and schedules for a commercial/industrial application.
ELEC-3065Electrical Machines 24
This course is a continuation of the study of electrical machines. It includes instrument, single-phase, 3-phase transformers; DC generators and motors; synchronous motors; induction motors; and single-phase motors. The emphasis of this course will be placed on operating characteristics and circuits, equivalent circuits, the Phasor diagram, failure mode troubleshooting skills, and component selection. Laboratory experiments are used to link the hands-on testing to the understanding of the theories.
TELE-1021Network Systems2
This course covers a broad range of systems that the technician may be expected to install and/or service. The student will be given a background in the theory of transmission lines, optical fiber and free-space propagations of electromagnetic energy. This knowledge will be expanded to the applications of these transmission mediums in the areas of computer networks, industrial automation networks, audio and video networking, building energy control, security systems, fire alarm systems, intercom and telephone systems. Various types of computer networking, and industrial automation networks are also discussed with respect to topology. Codes and regulations from the Canadian Electrical Code, the Occupational Health & Safety Act, and the Building Code that are relevant to installation of networks will be studied.
MGMT-1007Project Management3
This course is an introduction to the philosophy of Project Management. It introduces the history and basic principles of project management. The course discusses the most important aspects of project management through the initiation, development, execution and closure phases of the project, going over historical examples, and discussing the evolution of project management to its present form. The implications on the organizational culture and best practices are discussed. Concepts of scheduling, budgeting, risk estimation and scope management are examined.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ELNC-5020Motor Drives & Power Electronics4
This course studies the function of various semiconductor devices and their application in power control and motor control. The theory of operation and methods of testing of diodes, transistors, SCRs, TRIACs, MOSFETs, and IGBTs are reviewed/studied before investigating their characteristics in commonly used applications. The applications include rectifier, inverter, PWM circuits and motor drives. The student will connect, program, and test a variable frequency drive (VFD) to perform specific functions such as PID control. A Control Panel Design project incorporating a VFD drive, various power supplies, and other necessary electrical equipment will be completed.
ELEC-1128Electrical Energy & Distribution4
This course is to study the function and operation of modern power systems including generation, transmission and distribution. Beyond the traditional generation stations like hydro, fossil and nuclear stations the renewable systems such as wind and solar systems are introduced. The principal components of HV transmission lines and its equivalent circuit are studied. The functions of the distribution systems and the equipment used are introduced. Protection and control circuit are analyzed. Typical LV systems are studied. The theory and implementation of power factor correction are discussed.
CNTL-3014Automation & Instrumentation5
This course will continue with the study of control systems introduced in AUTOMATION I - PLC'S. The major topics are: integrating industrial devices in motor control systems; implementing Advanced Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) functions; incorporating Human Machine Interface (HMI) designs; and connecting Industrial Communication Networks. Electro-mechanical systems, discrete sensors, analog transducers, and proportional- integral-derivative (PID) control will also be covered. An introduction to Robotics theory, simulation and programming is included. In the lab students will work on implementing Advanced Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) functions; incorporating Human Machine Interface (HMI) designs; and connecting Industrial Communication Networks. Students will also be introduced to Robotics programming and operation principles.
MGMT-3074Capstone Project Technician2
The student will develop a plan, execute, control and close a project of which some are industry sponsored. Projects are either of the type: design, build and verify; or data acquisition and analysis. Students will prepare project based documentation, i.e. reports while working on a major project in their field. Students will improve oral communication skills by making presentations.
COMM-3069Technical Communication for Technicians3
This course develops the project-based communication skills required by technicians in their fields of study and in their careers. The skills taught include those needed to work as part of a professional team, to prepare reports, to compose emails, to supply information in brief updates, and to present findings to an audience.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Level 4

Program Residency
Students must complete a minimum of 20 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist not only with manufacturers of electrical equipment and electrical power utilities, but with the many industrial firms which use electrical equipment. Graduates work in areas such as electrical maintenance, field service, drafting, quality control and technical sales.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: ELN2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars
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School of Applied Science and Technology: 519-452-4419

Program Description

This program is a two-year, four level program that will ready graduates for jobs in growth areas of electrical engineering technology such as electrical contracting, factory automation, power line maintenance and process control. Students will study electrical fundamentals, automation, power generation/distrubution and develop practical skills. Graduates will be skilled in AutoCAD, hydraulic/pneumatic systems, PLCs and industrial automation. Throughout the program, students will apply this knowledge in conjunction with the Canadian Electrical Code, workplace health and safety and project management applications. Additionally, students will enhance their interpersonal and communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. interpret and produce electrical and electronics drawings including other related documents and graphics.

2. analyze and solve routine technical problems related to electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles.

3. use, verify, and maintain instrumentation equipment and systems.

4. assemble, test, modify and maintain electrical circuits and equipment to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.

5. install and troubleshoot static and rotating electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.

6. verify acceptable functionality and apply troubleshooting techniques for electrical and electronic circuits, components, equipment, and systems under the supervision of a qualified person.

7. analyze, assemble and troubleshoot control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.

8. use computer skills and tools to solve routine electrical related problems.

9. assist in creating and conducting quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.

10. prepare and maintain records and documentation systems.

11. install, test and troubleshoot telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.

12. apply health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces.

13. perform tasks in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and ethical principles.

14. configure installation and apply electrical cabling requirements and system grounding and bonding requirements for a variety of applications under the supervision of a qualified person.

15. assist in commissioning, testing and troubleshooting electrical power systems under the supervision of a qualified person.

16. select electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.

17. apply project management principles to assist in the implementation of projects.

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Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September

International Students

Start Dates
2021 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Brad Smith

Day Time
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks