Electronics and Embedded Systems Development

Electronics and Embedded Systems Development is a one-year Ontario college graduate program designed to build on students theoretical knowledge on electrical engineering and provides training on electrical technologies, embedded systems and computer aided design. Graduates will be prepared for the workforce after completing a capstone project where students have the opportunity to design, implement and manage real-world solutions.

Overview - 2022/2023

This graduate certificate program is designed to build on the theoretical knowledge gained from studies in electrical and electronics engineering and provides students with training in soldering / desoldering, component identification, hardware interfacing, programming for firmware and embedded systems design using industry software and techniques.  Lectured theoretical concepts are focused into practical, relevant skills through computer-aided design (CAD) for schematics / printed circuit board layout and electronics laboratory experiments and tasks.

Topics related to industry trends, entrepreneurship and sustainable technologies are reviewed and discussed from real-world case studies.  An applied capstone project will provide students with the opportunity to design, implement and manage a real embedded project using skills learned regarding planning, research, design of experiments (DoE), development and testing. 


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Electronics and Embedded Systems Development program will be positioned to pursue careers with employers from traditional electronic engineering companies to those focusing on Industry 4.0 solutions and the development of IoT innovations. Graduates can expect to be employed in the following areas: 

  • electronics engineer
  • firmware developer
  • embedded systems developer
  • embedded hardware developer/designer
  • embedded software developer/designer
  • embedded solution tester
  • quality control professional 

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 Electronics and Embedded Systems Development program:

Embedded Software Developer
Responsible for the full development cycle of new products.

Firmware Engineer
Responsible for the development and implementation of software.

Embedded Software Engineer

Design and implement software of embedded devices and systems throughout all phases of development and deployment.


Electronics and Embedded Systems Development student and faculty working on a project
Learning Outcomes
  1. Plan, implement and manage electronic and embedded systems projects in response to stakeholder and industry needs and requirements.
  2. Solve complex embedded systems problems through research, experimentation, integration of computer hardware and software, and the use of electronic instrumentation.
  3. Design, develop, test, configure and maintain electronic and embedded systems.
  4. Develop a business plan integrating marketing and entrepreneurship strategies that support sustainable electronic and embedded technologies for local and international trade.
  5. Complete work in compliance with relevant legislation, established standards, policies, regulations, and ethical principles.
  6. Prepare and present electronic engineering reports using effective communication strategies.


Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 January

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 January

Program Details

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Chris Talbot

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 Weeks

Admission Requirements

A Three�Year College Diploma or a Degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering
Successful completion of Second or Third Year of Electrical, Electronic Engineering, or Computer Engineering at a Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board approved Canadian University or equivalent international credentials
Other relevant disciplines may also be considered, such as software engineering, computer science and others that offer a significant degree of electronics and software development in their curriculum.
English Language Requirements

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 88 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 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 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 70 with no score less than 60 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 59, 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 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% 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 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

Academic courses in electronics, software engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science.
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
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

See Post-Admission Requirements

Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*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.



Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ELNC-6004Electronic Components & Processes3
This course covers topics related to electronic circuit construction, prototyping and testing using current quality assurance standards. Methods, requirements and acceptance of circuit rework, repair and modifications of electronic and cable/wire harness assembles is studied. Students will design a project using printed circuit board design software and create and verify prototypes of circuits while using test equipment safely.
ELNC-6005Electronic Documentation & Graphics3
This course explores practical electronic circuit design. Students will develop and design several circuits; working from component identification through to schematic design and circuit board layout. Students will be introduced to Compute raided Electronic Design software, Printed circuit Board manufacturing and design for manufacturing concepts through project and lab-based learning.
ELNC-6006Embedded Systems 14
This course will introduce students to programming and testing of embedded systems through project based experience. Working in teams, students will configure, implement and test embedded systems prototypes to provide real-world solutions.
MGMT-6098Project 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, closure and documentation 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 scope management, network diagrams, scheduling, budgeting, risk management and resource allocation are examined.
COMM-6027Industrial Communications4
This course focuses on written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of professional documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone are reinforced throughout the course. Students will also practice oral communication skills in a variety of situations. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace and/or future education in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve. This course will also help to prepare students for their work in COMM-6028.
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