Electrical Engineering Technician Training Provides Opportunity to Enter the
Field in Two Years
In today’s construction industry, Electrical Engineering Technicians play a vital role and it is only
increasing as technical positions in the manufacturing sector becomes more specialized, the
construction industry flourishes and retirement rates increase. These professionals work in a
wide range of 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 repair.
But what exactly do these Electrical Engineering Technicians do in the field? Just as the areas in
which they work range, so do their duties. However, all Electrical Engineering Technicians must
know how to: provide technical assistance and resolution when electrical or engineering
problems are encountered before, during, and after construction; assemble electrical and
electronic systems and prototypes according to engineering data and electrical principles; install
and maintain electrical control systems and solid state equipment; modify electrical prototypes,
parts, assemblies, and systems to correct functional deviations; collaborate with electrical
engineers to identify and solve developmental problems; build, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot
and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment; write commissioning procedures for
electrical installations; and much more.
At Centennial College’s Electrical Engineering Technician program, students spend two years
learning exploring and mastering a defined range of electrical functions. Among these functions
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.
Guiding them through the topics are instructors with current industry experience. These
instructors employ a variety of approaches, including learning that simulates actual workplace
assignments. As such, students get to practice electrical drawings, diagnostics and analysis of
electrical systems as well as testing and troubleshooting electrical power systems. Additionally,
Electrical Engineering courses are supplemented or enhanced through the use of up-to-date
SETAS labs, which provide students with extensive practice opportunity to develop skills required
to assume entry-level positions in the industry.
To apply everything they have learned, Electrical Engineering Technician students partake in a
final semester course called Capstone Project. This is an opportunity to gain real life experience
by working on a project that requires a great deal of research and effort, and is supervised by
Electrical Engineering Technician applicants must possess 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.
Author :- Jason W
Centennial College :- Electrical Engineering Courses