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  • Objectives
    This program provides a foundation in electrical and electronics fundamentals, including DC and AC circuits, digital circuits, solid state electronic devices, electrical and electronic circuit construction and repair techniques, and analog circuit operation. Developing AutoCAD skills to design residential and commercial wiring layouts to the applicable electrical codes is a major program emphasis, as is developing a strong understanding of electrical machine principles and common industry practices. Power generation and distribution systems are studied, as well as methods of energy management and conservation. Students work closely with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), programming and designing control systems that are widely used in industry to automate every sort of manufacturing and processing operation, including electronic motion control and critical safety systems. These modern systems include direct wired and remote control architectures to activate electric motors, hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Academic Title
    Electrical Engineering Technician (Accelerated) Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take 1 of the following groups:

    Group 1

    • ELEC-1103    Electrical I     7.50
    • COMP-1377    Computer Applications     1.50
    • DIGL-1018    Digital I     6.50
    • MATH-1161    Math I     6.00
    • ELEC-1104    Applied Project I     1.50
    • WRIT-1039    Reason & Writing 1-Technology     3.00

    Group 2
    • ELEC-1101    Electrical I     7.50
    • COMP-1376    Computer Applications     1.50
    • DIGL-1017    Digital I     6.50
    • MATH-1160    Math I     6.00
    • ELNC-1095    Applied Project I     1.50
    • WRIT-1039    Reason & Writing 1-Technology     3.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory courses:
    • ELNC-1096    Electronics I     5.50
    • CNTL-1008    Automation I     4.50
    • DIGL-3018    Digital II     6.50
    • TELE-1013    Telecom I     5.50
    • MATH-3058    Math II     6.00
    • MGMT-1007    Project Management     3.00

    Level 3    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory courses:
    • ELNC-3028    Electronics II     5.50
    • ELEC-3050    Electrical Machines     4.50
    • DIGL-5006    Digital III     5.50
    • ELEC-3051    Electrical Systems     5.50
    • MATH-5016    Math III     6.00
    • ELEC-3052    Applied Project III     0.50

    Level 4    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory courses:
    • INST-1007    Instrumentation     5.50
    • ELEC-3053    Energy Generation & Distribution     5.00
    • CNTL-5011    Automation III     6.50
    • CNTL-3011    Automation II     5.50
    • ELEC-5037    Applied Project IV     1.50
    • COMM-3049    Communications for Technology     3.00
    • LAWS-1038    Law, Ethics & Occupational H&S     3.00

    Gen Ed - Electives

    Take 6 General Education credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 1 and 3

    CNTL-1008 -  Automation I
    This course is an introduction to automation. It introduces the students to relay control, programmable logic controller (PLC), pneumatic and hydraulic systems. It covers electrical ladder diagrams, pneumatic, hydraulic diagrams, control devices and industry standards. The student will apply the theory by designing hydraulic, pneumatic and PLC control systems and testing them on hands-on training units. The topics are integrated in the application of programmed labs using the Modicon PLC.

    CNTL-3011 -  Automation II
    This course lays the foundations of analogue anddigital control system analysis and design.Laplace and Z transformations are taught using anapplication oriented approach and students applythese techniques for mathematical modeling andanalysis of physical systems. Students learnvarious techniques for classifying, measuring, andanalyzing the performance of control systems andapplying tuning. Simulation, analysis and designof control system is carried out throughlaboratory exercises and computer software.

    CNTL-5011 -  Automation III
    This course provides an opportunity for thestudent to understand the concepts of implementingSCADA and process control systems, usingProgrammable Logic Controllers (PLC's) and HumanMachine Interface (HMI) SCADA software systems.Classroom and lab activities involve thefollowing: developing control programs for PLC'susing digital and analog inputs and outputs;performing data monitoring and control functionsinvolving the HMI systems; networking amongmultiple PLC's, and between PLC's and a host HMIsystem. It also includes the development ofprocess graphic displays with animation from fieldsignals, and the application of Process andInstrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs).

    COMM-3049 -  Communications for Technology
    This course will develop students' skills inpreparing and writing short and medium-sizedproject-based reports. Students will also developtheir presentation skills.

    COMP-1376 -  Computer Applications

    Students will learn how to use AutoCAD, word processing spreadsheet, and printed circuit board software. Students will also learn to use Spreadsheet software to create tables, invoices, graphs, and charts. Students will develop time management skills by adhering to project deadlines.

    COMP-1377 -  Computer Applications

    Students will learn how to use AutoCAD, word processing spreadsheet, printed circuit board software. AutoCAD will be used for basic two-dimensional drawing skills and apply them to produce a variety of electronic and electrical drawings. This will include electronic assembly, and electrical systems for both residential and commercial facilities. Students will learn how to design simple single and double-sided printed circuit boards using printed circuit board design software. This will include the use of electronic component and device data sheets to determine component size, and tolerances. Students will also learn how to use a spreadsheet so they can create tables, invoices, graphs, and charts. Students will develop time management skills by adhering to project deadlines.

    DIGL-1017 -  Digital I

    This course begins with studies of digital circuits using standard digital logic gates and leads into the study of microcontrollers. It introduces students to Boolean logic and the application of standard logic devices in basic logic circuits. Students learn to interpret schematics, identify fault conditions in test circuits and troubleshoot the cause of simple system faults. The components and operation of microprocessor based systems are studied. A PIC microcontroller from Microchip Technology is used as a core device to introduce the student to microcontroller architecture, assembly language programming and interfacing. Laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce the concepts presented in theory.

    DIGL-1018 -  Digital I

    This course covers the study of digital circuits using logic gates leading to the study of micro controllers. It introduces students to Boolean logic, digital logic devices, microcontroller architecture and programming. The students will learn program development to solve problems in boolean logic and incorporate complex logix operations such as counters and timers. Computer software will be used to teach schematic capture, simulation and debugging. The laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce the concepts learned in theory.

    DIGL-3018 -  Digital II
    This course builds on the foundation of the concepts developed in DIGITAL I. It introduces studentsto additional peripherals and architectural features of PICI8F microcontrollers. The students continue to learn the process of program development, interface design and simulation and testing. Computer software will he used for developing flowcharts and schematic capture. The laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce the concepts learned in theory.

    DIGL-5006 -  Digital III
    Application to Internationally trained Engineering Professionals: This course covers the study of microcontrollers and its industrial applications. The course starts with a review of Boolean logic and digital logic devices and leads to microcontroller architecture and programming. The students learn program development and debugging in an integrated microcontroller environment using ‘C’ language. The laboratory exercises are designed to reinforce the concepts learned in theory.

    ELEC-1101 -  Electrical I
    This course provides a complete and straightforward coverage of the basics of electrical components and circuits. Theory begins with an introduction to electrical components and D.C. theory. Basic electrical theories will be studied and used to analyze simple and complex circuits. Alternating current theory and circuits are then analyzed and include suitable applications and troubleshooting examples. Transformers, electromagnetism and three-phase power complete the theory.

    ELEC-1103 -  Electrical I

    This course provides a complete and straightforward coverage of the basics of electrical components and circuits. D-C theory circuits of resistive, capacitive and inductive components will be included, following by study of magnetism and magnetic circuits. Alternating current theory and circuits are then analyzed and will include suitable applications with troubleshooting examples. Transformers, resonant circuits and three-phase circuits complete the theory. In addition, circuit analysis theorems and techniques will be used for further analysis of both d-c and a-c circuits.

    ELEC-1104 -  Applied Project I

    This is a two-part course containing an Electronic assignment and an Electrical assignment. The first portion is an introductory course for the first time Electrical/Electronic Technology student to learn about safety, component identification/pre-cautions, wires types, and soldering/de-soldering techniques. The student will build an electronic project requiring the student to work with a double-sided printed circuit boards, a variety of electronic and mechanical parts. In the second portion the student will be introduced to the different wiring methods and equipment used to distribute power in buildings. They will have an opportunity to develop their hands-on skills by installing popular wiring circuits to Canadian Electrical Code standards, and to increase their knowledge by analyzing relay control, and fire alarm systems.

    ELEC-3050 -  Electrical Machines

    This course studies the theory, analysis andoperation of electrical machines. It includes DCgenerators & motors, 3-phase alternators,induction motors, synchronous motors, single andthree phase transformers, single-phase motors, andvariable frequency drives. Laboratory experimentsare used to demonstrate the behavior of theequipment under various operating conditions.

    ELEC-3051 -  Electrical Systems
    This Course will introduce the design and draftingof low-voltage electrical systems for Commercialand Industrial Establishments. Topics covered willinclude Lighting, branch circuit wiring, and powerdistribution, wiring for mechanical system,control system wiring and life safety systems.Emphasis will be placed on application ofappropriate codes, selection of appropriateequipment and creation of drawings to currentindustry standards. AutoCAD will be used toproduce all drawing. Electrical specifications andconstruction practices will be introduced. A majordesign project will be completed as part of thiscourse.

    ELEC-3052 -  Applied Project III
    This is a major project that will be carried outby students and will continue into the finalsemester. Students will work in groups anddemonstrate their understanding of the technicalmatter learned in previous semesters as well astheir ability to research the subject matter,including self-study to further enhance theirtechnical skills. The work is carried out underthe supervision of a faculty member. The projectrequires working with peers, preparing projectproposal, conducting literature search, submittingregular progress reports, preparing final projectdocumentation, and meeting project deadlines.

    ELEC-3053 -  Energy Generation & Distribution
    This course will introduce the generation anddistribution of electrical energy. Topics to becovered will include standard distributionvoltages, transformer and transmission linecharacteristics, protection and control of powersystems, structure of power system installations,losses and efficiency in power systems, systemstability and bonding and grounding. Selection ofappropriate power distribution and generationequipment will be emphasized. The per unit methodof modeling electric distribution systems will beintroduced and studied. Alternate energy sourceswill be studied.

    ELEC-5037 -  Applied Project IV
    This is a continuation of Applied Project III from3rd semester. Students will work in groups anddemonstrate their understanding of the technicalmatter learned in previous semesters as well astheir ability to research the subject matter,including self-study to further enhance theirtechnical skills. The work is carried out underthe supervision of a faculty member. The projectrequires working with peers, preparing projectproposal, conducting literature search, submittingregular progress reports, preparing final projectdocumentation, and meeting project deadlines.

    ELNC-1095 -  Applied Project I

    This is a two-part course containing an Electronic assignment and an Electrical assignment. The first portion is an introductory course for the first time Electrical/Electronic Technician student to learn about shop safety, component identification/pre-cautions, wires types, and soldering/de-soldering techniques. The student will build an electronic project requiring the student to work with a double-sided printed circuit boards, a variety of electronic and mechanical parts. In the second portion the student will be introduced to the different wiring methods and equipment used to distribute power in buildings. They will have an opportunity to develop their hands-on skills by installing popular wiring circuits to Canadian Electrical Code standards, and to increase their knowledge by analyzing relay control, and fire alarm systems.

    ELNC-1096 -  Electronics I

    This course is a study of basic active semi-conductor devices. The course content includes basic characteristics, theory of operation, data sheets and applications of these devices. There will also be re-enforce and apply theory taught in this course.

    ELNC-3028 -  Electronics II
    This course covers various devices used forindustrial automation and control. It starts withcoverage of operating principles of operationalamplifiers, design and analysis of operationalamplifier circuits. Some of the applicationscovered include various operational amplifierconfigurations, Schmitt triggers, oscillators, andsignal rectifiers. The latter part of the coursedeals with power devices and circuits used for thecontrol of industrial equipment, including modernindustrial drives.

    INST-1007 -  Instrumentation
    This course introduces sensors used for industrialtests and measurements. The operating principlesof various sensors and signal conditioningrequired for interfacing are covered. Lab VIEWsoftware is used to enhance the understanding ofdata acquisition, instrument control, analysis andcalibration. Students are required to work insmall groups and complete an instrumentationproject that requires microcontroller/computerinterfacing with sensors, calibration and properdocumentation.

    LAWS-1038 -  Law, Ethics & Occupational H&S

    This course explores the structure, practice and ethics related to working in business. The fundamental legal principles that apply to the business community are examined. Students are taught to evaluate work place hazards and determine ways to control or alleviate them. Provincial and Federal regulations and their relevance to the workplace are reviewed along with the appropriate codes of conduct related to the handling, storage and transportation of hazardous materials.

    MATH-1160 -  Math I
    As the first mathematics course for technician students, the content covered includes fundamental algebra, trigonometry, geometry and the j operator, exponents, radicalsand logarithms.

    MATH-1161 -  Math I

    As the first mathematics course for technology students, the content covered includes fundamental algebra, systems of linear equations, trigonometry, geometry and the j operator, exponents, radicals and logarithms. Applications involving problems taken from electrical/electronics technology will be covered where feasible.

    MATH-3058 -  Math II

    As the first Calculus course for technology students, the content covered includes limits, differentiation of polynomial, rational functions and transcendental functions, integration of polynomial and rational functions and applications of differentiation and integration to problems taken from Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology.

    MATH-5016 -  Math III
    This math course for engineering technologystudents will cover Maclaurin or Taylor series,Fourier series, first-order ODEs, second-orderODEs, and Laplace transformations.

    MGMT-1007 -  Project Management
    This course is an introduction to Project Management. It introduces the basic principles of the wide range of activities a project manager has to accomplish. The course teaches the most important aspects of project management through the initiation, development, execution and closure phases of the project. In detail the concepts of scheduling, budgeting, risk estimation and scope management are discussed amongst others.

    TELE-1013 -  Telecom I
    Students are introduced to the fundamental laws of telecommunications. Signals are characterized using mathematical and graphical representations for the analysis of amplitude and frequency modulated signals. Aspects of multiplexing are examined in relation to the many modern communications systems that implement it. Propagation and antenna theory is studied, and related to the rf spectrum.The existence of noise and the effects of bandwidth are discussed in relation to potential data rates through various systems. Digital telemetry of analog signals is introduced alongside the principles of Time Division Multiplexing (TDM). various communications and computer network topologies are introduced with attention given to overall system selection and design. Laboratory assignments will be related to the theory portion of the course, and will include design and construction of a 9-10 MHz superheterodyne receiver using modern techniques including SMT.

    WRIT-1039 -  Reason & Writing 1-Technology
    This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected issues and terms in technology.

    WRIT-1039 -  Reason & Writing 1-Technology
    This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected issues and terms in technology.

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