Electronic Engineering Technician Program Offers Students Flexibility Through Options

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Electronic Engineering Technician Program Offers Students Flexibility Through Options Photo by Natalie Carrigan

A wide range of industries — including telecommunications, computer applications, control systems, radio and television equipment and audio-visual equipment — hire professionals to design, install, manufacture, distribute, and service electrical, electronic and telecommunications products. In fact, the Electro-Federation Canada reports that these industries contribute more than $50 billion to Canada’s economy while employing more than 130,000 workers at about 1,400 facilities across the country.

At Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario, students can attend the Electronic Engineering Technician program and develop technical expertise in areas such as wireless communications, data communications, microcontrollers and industrial systems. Specific courses in which students partake include: Electronics Shop Practices, Digital Electronics, Computer Hardware and Networks, Electronics, Technology Math, Measurement and Instrumentation, Control Systems and a range of others.

These topics and courses are presented in a proactive manner with students working with computers, communication transceivers and electronics testing and measurement equipment, while developing a solid foundation in modern electronics. All of the equipment to which students have access is housed in modern labs that mimic a real-world environment. The learning environment is inclusive to ensure that all students are fostering their skills in a way that will benefit them once they graduate.

This Electronics Engineering program — which even has an active student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) — is not only well rounded in terms of its curriculum. It is also rounded in the options it makes available to students. Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA may be eligible to transfer into the fifth semester of the technologist program. Meanwhile, qualified college or university graduates with a background in electronics gain direct admission into semester three of this two-year program and receive their Electronics Engineering Technician diploma in two semesters (program code 3221).

Two accreditations ensure that the program is well respected in the industry and among professionals. The first is from the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). The Electronics Engineering Technician program has met the national technology requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received this national accreditation status. Secondly, The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes the offering as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the technician category.

Specific companies that have hired students with an Electronics Engineering diploma include: Bell Technical solutions, Celestica, Leitch, Research In Motion (RIM), SMTC Manufacturing, Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Transit Commission. Grads of Centennial College may also become members of a multidisciplinary group involved in equipment manufacturing or installation, research and testing, equipment maintenance and repair, and sales.

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As the author of this piece, Emma delves into the structure, benefits and possible learning outcomes of Centennial College’s Electronics Engineering Technician program. Electronics Engineering diploma

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