Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Electrical Engineering Technician Program Focuses on Sensible Knowledge To Give Grads Career Advantage

At Centennial College, students receive training that is a combination of theory and practical application, no matter their area of interest. This is essential as employers are increasingly looking for employees to be comfortable with the tasks they will complete.

The Electrical Engineering Technician program at Centennial College is an excellent example of an offering that focuses on practical application of skills. This offering teaches students the skills they need to launch careers in electrical and related areas, such as: power distribution and utilization; electrical power generation, transmission, and protection; industrial telecommunications; electrical maintenance and installation; control systems; services; sales; design; and repairs.

Because of the wide range of options available to them, students first gain a solid foundation in electrical and electronic theory and practices. They are then exposed to more advanced training that includes a defined range of electrical functions, such as installations, testing, maintaining, repairing, analyzing and troubleshooting specific kinds of electrical circuits, equipment, and systems. Specific courses in the offering include: Canadian Electrical Code and Drawing Interpretation, Ethics in Technology and the Environment, AutoCAD, Electrical Theory and Installations, Drawing Interpretation and more.

Professionals with years of experience in the field teach these topics. This is beneficial to students as they are not only taught from textbooks but also by professionals who can speak from their own experiences, offer advice and help students to expand their professional networks prior to graduation.

Vital to the hands-on approach of this program are School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science labs. For example, in the Basic Electronics Lab, students are able to:
  • Build, test and troubleshoot electrical and electronic circuits
  • Prototype a circuit on a breadboard, soldering components on a printed circuit board
  • Operate basic instrumentation such as power supplies, multimeters, oscilloscopes, function generators, and bench transformers
  • Use computer-based tools for electronic circuit schematic drawing, simulation, analysis, and testing
Once students complete all of their electrical engineering courses in Toronto, they will have developed skills required to assume entry-level positions in the industry. It is worth noting that a technical skills shortage is looming both regionally and nationally in Canada. As the manufacturing sector becomes more specialized, the construction industry flourishes, and retirement rates increase, grads of this program are becoming increasingly in demand.

To apply for this offering, students must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature student status (19 years or older). They must also have completed English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission; and Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission.

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