Program Overview

Electrical Engineering Technology is a three-year Ontario advanced diploma program that includes up to 16 months of paid co-op experience. Students work on electrical, electronic, and digital components combined with a co-op that provides eight months of real-world electrician training and an upgrade to an advanced diploma.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
89 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

In this program, students gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience to enable them to work in a wide variety of areas within electrical engineering including industrial process control and power systems. Students learn about and work with PLCs, electric motors, digital systems, control automation, transformers and explore the application of technology in the industry. Senior students continue studies with telecommunication, networking, HMI, programming embedded systems, and advanced PLC applications and explore their application within industrial processes including machine and motor control, PID systems, and robotics. Throughout the program, students will also gain experience in safety practices, safety standards, technical writing and CAD prior to their co-op which provides the student with up to 16 months of paid co-op to apply and hone their hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge in the real world before they launch into their career within the industry.

The Electrical Engineering Technology program will prepare graduates for jobs in growth areas of automation, network communications, electrical utilities/protection, process control, electronics and embedded systems. Students will study electrical system design, automation, power generation/distribution and develop practical skills. Graduates will be skilled in AutoCAD, hydraulic/pneumatic systems, PLCs, motors, electronics, programming 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.


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This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.


Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunities

The Electrical Engineering Technology program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand workplace experience in their chosen field. Here are some co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of some students before even graduating! 

Electrical Controls Engineering Technician
Design, construct, test and complete preventative maintenance on a variety of electronic equipment.

Electrical Designer
Build a solid foundation with hands-on experience with senior engineers, designers, managers and mentors who will help introduce you to the industry.

Electrical Engineering
Assist with project management, machine control design, failure analysis, troubleshooting and commissioning of new installations.

For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op site or contact the Co-op Office at to connect with a consultant.

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Electrical Engineering Technology program are very versatile and will fit right into an engineering design office with manufacturers of automated equipment or in the engineering departments of process industries such as steel, paper, plastic and chemical. Other opportunities exist with power utilities and computer and instrumentation manufacturers. Graduates generally work in design but may also be involved in technical sales, maintenance and supervision. Graduates of this program could choose to pursue a career as:

  • electrical instrumentation technologist
  • electrical designer 
  • project manager 
  • maintenance electrician 
  • electrical controls technologist
  • field service technician 
  • distribution system technologist
  • sales representative 
  • engineering consultant 
  • electrical power generation 
  • utility operator 
  • electrical distributor 
  • equipment manufacturer
  • production engineer 


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Electrical Engineering Technology program:

Production Engineer
Devise a production plan for how a product should be made in an efficient and safe manner that delivers excellent results with minimal errors.

Systems Design Verification Technologist
Responsible for validating industry leading broadcast and AV solutions at a system level. 

Electrical Engineering Technologist

Provide the technical knowledge and skills required to initiate, plan, develop and execute new projects and ongoing maintenance.

Program Progression
Fall Winter Summer
Academic Level 1 Academic Level 2 Academic Level 3
Academic Level 4 Academic Level 5 Academic Level 6
Co-op Co-op Co-op
Academic Level 7    



Electrical Engineering Technology students in the classroom


Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze, interpret, and produce electrical and electronics drawings, technical reports including other related documents and graphics.
  2. Analyze and solve complex technical problems related to electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles.
  3. Design, use, verify, and maintain instrumentation equipment and systems.
  4. Design, assemble, test, modify, maintain and commission electrical equipment and systems to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  5. Commission and troubleshoot static and rotating electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  6. Design, assemble, analyze, and troubleshoot electrical and electronic circuits, components, equipment and systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  7. Design, install, analyze, assemble and troubleshoot control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  8. Use computer skills and tools to solve a range of electrical related problems.
  9. Create, conduct and recommend modifications to quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.
  10. Prepare reports and maintain records and documentation systems.
  11. Design, install, test, commission and troubleshoot telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  12. Apply and monitor health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces.
  13. Perform and monitor 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. Design, commission, test and troubleshoot electrical power systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  16. Select and recommend electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  17. Apply project management principles to contribute to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of projects.


Program Coordinator:

Brad Smith


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with the following courses

- Grade 11 or 12 Physics

- Grade 12 Math with a minimum final grade of 65% and is one of the following:

          - Grade 12 Math for College Technology (C)

          - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U) - preferred

          - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)

          - Grade 12 Foundations for College Math (C)

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do the one-year Pre-Technology preparatory program that provides all the admission requirements for this program (minimum of 65% in Math is required).

This program requires strong math skills. Grade 12 Foundations for College Math may not provide adequate academic preparation for this program. Math tutoring and extra help is offered at the college.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95


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Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (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.
Applicant Selection Criteria

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 Technology (Co-op) 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 Technology (Co-op) program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Electrical Engineering Technology (Co-op) program.
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

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Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MATH-1188Math 14
As the first mathematics course for technology students, the content includes fundamental algebra, systems of linear equations, quadratic equations, trigonometry, geometry and the j operator, exponents, radicals and logarithms. Applications involving problems taken from electrical/electronic technology will be covered wherever possible.
ELEC-1130DC Electricity5
This course introduces both theoretical and applied concepts of Direct Current (DC) electricity. It is a fundamental course where the student will identify, investigate, troubleshoot, analyze and solve resistive, capacitive and inductive circuits applying the appropriate laws, analysis methodology and network theorems both in the classroom and the laboratory (lab). Included in the course are topics on batteries, series-parallel circuits, Joule`s and Kirchhoff's laws, Norton`s, Thevenin`s and the Superposition theorem, mesh loop and node voltage analysis as well as capacitor charge-discharge circuits, magnetic circuits and inductive transients. In the lab the student will learn to use a number of hand tools and instruments, including DC power supplies, oscilloscopes and digital multimeters (DMMs), to measure and report on electrical experiments.
COMP-1471Programming & Analytical Techniques3
This course introduces the student to the basics of computer programming and the use of office software as they apply to electrical engineering. The course will allow the student to develop skills in structured programming, including flowcharting, documentation and interface design. This course will introduce students to methods of applied research and critical thinking skills necessary to analyze, design, and implement solutions to different engineering technology problems and issues.
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.
SKLS-1021Applied Project1.5
This is an introductory course for the student to learn about shop safety, electrical and electronic component identification and precautions, wires types, soldering/de-soldering techniques and the industry standards for solder joint acceptability. The student will construct a project using a using a variety of electronic and mechanical parts. Students will be introduced to printed circuit board design software for the prototyping of simple circuits and learn how to use test equipment safely for testing and troubleshooting purposes.
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.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.