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Electrical Engineering Technician - Industrial Diploma

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  • Objectives
    This program is modelled after the in-school portions of the Basic and Intermediate Construction & Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship and the Advanced Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship. It is based on equal amounts of practical, hands-on experience and in in-class theoretical learning. The practical experience is obtained on actual materials and equipment used in industry. The graduates of this program will have a strong theoretical knowledge in the areas of installation, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of complex electrical machinery. Students will also be introduced to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Power Electronics and Instrumentation fundamentals.
  • Practical experience
    An optional co-op placement is available. Students will be selected based on an application process which reviews past academic achievements. Note: Students on appropriate co-op placements receive credit for all in-school apprenticeship training.
  • Academic Title
    Electrical Engineering Technician - Industrail Diploma
  • Course description
          Semester 3
        * ELC2306   -   002   -   Prints & Electrical Code III

          Prerequisite: ELC 1207 This course develops the student's understanding of the objectives and interpretation of the Canadian and Ontario Electrical Code, the Building Code, and other relevant law, policies and procedures and standards as they apply to the electrical trade. The student will apply information compiled from commercial drawings, the Canadian and Ontario Electrical Safety Code, job specifications, and other applicable codes and standards to solve project-related problems and communicate solutions.

        * ELC2315   -   007   -   Electrical Systems

          Prerequisite: ELC 1215 This course will introduce students to the basic operating characteristics of motor control and control devices, and application of three-phase power. The students will analyze and calculate current flow and power characteristics in electrical distribution and control systems relating to RLC circuits. Electrical safety test before touch principles and procedures will be discussed and applied to the use of motor control and power distribution applications.

        * ELN2320   -   005   -   Power Electronics I

          This course will introduce the fundamental theory and characteristics of AC Sine waveforms, static electricity, and atomic structure. The student will review common semi-conductor devices and their specifications and applications. Circuits containing rectifier diodes as unregulated power supplies utilizing half wave and full wave rectification will be examined, as well as clamping and clipping circuits. Regulated circuits utilizing Zener diodes will be discussed. Related topics such as transformer selection, filter specifications, and circuit protection are covered. The use of transistors configured as electronic switches will be reviewed. The main characteristic drive requirements and their switching responses will be investigated. Proper setup and use of Oscilloscopes for measurements will be described and demonstrated.

        * ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

          Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

        * ENG1752   -   002   -   Technical Writing II

          Prerequisite: ENG 1552 In this course, students refine their technical communication skills by preparing written and oral responses to a variety of work related situations. As well, students complete a resume and other projects to assist them with their employment search. In the context of Cambrian College's General Education program and Generic Skills Standards, the course provides the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of work and the economy and of the relationships among individuals and society.

        * INT2306   -   002   -   Instrumentation I

          This course is an introduction to the instrumentation fundamentals of pressure, temperature, level, and flow. Students will beintroduced to basic instrumentation symbols and standard signals used in the industry, as well as some of the more common drawings used in process control.

        * MTH2352   -   003   -   Electrical Math III

          This is a continuation of the study of basic technical mathematics and their application to the solution of problems involving physics and technology. Topics include the principles of heat, light, sound, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, simultaneous linear equations, and quadratic equations.

        * PHY2315   -   002   -   Applied Physics

          Students will be introduced to a broad survey of the concepts of physical science at an introductory level with new emphasis on application related to the electrical and instrumentation fields. This course will focus on solving technical problems in kinematics (study of motion), static's and equilibrians, newton's laws of motion, friction, work and energy, momentum, and fluid mechanics and heat loss or gain.

          Semester 4
        * ELC2403   -   007   -   AC & DC Machines

          Prerequisite: ELC 2301 This course will develop the theory of operation of AC and DC electrical equipment and motors. It will cover construction, operating characteristics, applications, and the various starting and control circuitry and equipment. Students will specify, select, install, troubleshoot with an emphasis on safety for a safe installation on AC and DC machines and ancillary equipment used in the industry today.

        * ELC2401   -   002   -   Prints & Electrical Code IV

          Prerequisite: ELC 2306 This course continues to develop the students understanding of the objectives and interpretation of the Canadian and Ontario Electrical Code. The Building Code and other relevant law, policies, and procedures and standards, as they apply to the electrical trade. The student will apply information compiled from commercial drawings, the Canadian and Ontario Electrical Safety Codes, job Specifications, and other applicable codes and standards, to solve project related problems and communicate solutions.

        * ELC2425   -   004   -   PLC Basic Programming

          This course is intended as an introduction to programmable logic controllers. The major components of the programmable controller will be defined, as well as the role in the overall control system. PLC ladder logic structure will be defined and used by the learner to construct elementary PLC ladder logic programs. Fundamental techniques for isolating a fault in a PLC system will be described also. Conventional electro-mechanical ladder logic to PLC logic for various control applications will be covered.

        * ELN2419   -   004   -   Power Electronics II

          Prerequisite: ELN 2320 This course is designed as a follow up to Power Electronics I. The material will introduce the student to a variety of electronic devices that are utilized in power electronics. An easily understood explanation of the fundamental principles of power electronics will be presented to the learner. The theoretical aspects will be reinforced with practical benchwork assignments. This course will investigate devices that include the SCR (silicon controlled rectifier), the TRIAC and UJUT (unijunction transistor). Principles of full-wave and half-wave phase control circuits will be examined. In addition, this course will introduce the fundamental principles and operation of optical sensors and optocopiers. Time permitting, the learner will be introduced to Thyristor DC motor drives.

        * ELC3620   -   003   -   Alternate Energy Systems

          This course will provide an overview of lead-acid storage batteries and the General Electric SCR type battery chargers as utilized together to produce an uninterruptible power supple (UPS). A physical description is provided, along with the operation and maintenance of the system and the electrical hazards associated with lead-acid storage batteries. Photovoltaics (PV) or solar cells, as they are referred to, will be discussed as they relate to battery chargers and sources for diverse electrical loads. Photovoltaic system functionality, operational requirements, component configuration, and their connectivity to other power sources and electrical loads will be discussed.

        * INT2405   -   003   -   Instrumentation II

          Prerequisite: INT 2305 This course continues the study of instrumentation fundamentals of electric and pneumatic instruments. Calibration procedures will be explained and students will be expected to calibrate and install various transmitters on a variety of processes. Instrument characteristics will be examined and students will be required to select and recommend instruments for various applications.

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