Electrical Engineering Courses Ensure A Combination of Theory and Practical Application

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Electrical Engineering Courses Ensure A Combination of Theory and Practical Application Photo by Jason White

When choosing a career path that entails a variety of hands-on duties, you want to ensure that you attend a post-secondary program that offers practical application of those duties before graduation. This is the case for those who choose the Electrical Engineering Technician field. Because professionals in this field work in: power distribution and utilization, electrical power generation, transmission, and protection; industrial telecommunications, electrical maintenance and installation, control systems, services, sales, design and repairs, they must ensure that their training offers a balance of theory and hands-on practice. Did you know that there is currently a shortage looming both regionally and nationally in Canada in regards to Electrical Engineering Technicians? This makes it a great time to attend the training and go on to fill the technical positions as the manufacturing sector becomes more specialized, the construction industry flourishes and retirement rates increase.

One program that ensures students are completely comfortable with all Electrical Engineering Technician concepts prior to graduation is Centennial College's two-year offering, which results in an Ontario College Diploma. To apply for these Electrical Engineering courses, students must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must have finished the compulsory English 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent; and the Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent.

To help students be fully prepared, the Electrical Engineering Technician program offers the opportunity to learn, explore and master a defined range of electrical functions, among which are: installations, testing, maintaining, repairing, analyzing and troubleshooting specific kinds of electrical circuits, equipment, and systems. Students also obtain thorough grounding in electrical engineering sciences and skills, including electrical circuits, maintenance of electrical instruments or devices, operation of electrical motors and power transmission as used in the industry.

Qualified instructors who have current industry experience, and as such are able to also offer networking tips and share anecdotes that will provide students with real-life examples, guide all learning. Among the specific Electrical Engineering courses in which students partake are Canadian Electrical Code and Drawing Interpretation, Electrical Theory and Installations, Electronics, Ethics in Technology and the Environment, Fluid Power – Hydraulics, Monitoring Systems.

Weaved into all courses is use of the campus at which the Electrical Engineering Technician offering is taught. This location is called Progress Campus and aside from being Centennial College’s biggest campus, it houses up-to-date SETAS labs to provide students with extensive practice and ample opportunity to develop skills. Additionally, Electrical Engineering courses also employ teaching methods such as simulating workplace assignments, producing electrical drawings, diagnostics and analysis of electrical systems. To apply what they have learned, Electrical Engineering Technician students, through a Capstone Project in their final semester, gain real life experience by working on a project that requires a great deal of research and effort, and is supervised by the instructor.

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Jason wrote this piece about the Electrical Engineering courses in Canada, which employ teaching methods such as simulated workplace assignments.

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