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  • Objectives
    This program was designed to meet industries' needs for Industrial Electrical Technologists. In-depth study of power electronics, electrical control systems, and instrumentation on actual equipment used by industry will enhance the student's ability to install, maintain and troubleshoot today's modern electrical systems.
  • Practical experience
    The Skills Technology Institute (SkyTech) sponsors qualified Co-op Apprenticeship students to work as apprentices on a cooperative work term following their first and second academic years. This co-op placement is optional. Students will be selected based on an application process, which review past academic achievements. Please note that students on appropriate co-op placements receive credit for all in-school apprenticeship training.
  • Academic Title
    Electrical Engineering Technology - Industrial Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Semester 5
    # ELC3503   -   006   -   Intermediate PLC

    The subject matter presented in this course will provide the student with hands-on training with Programmable Logic Controllers. The course covers PLC hardware, PLC configuration and system communication. A fundamental usage of the ProWORX NxT industrial software will be addressed. The course matter written about each programming function will present its purpose, how it works, and what options it affords. Programming techniques will include basic relay functions, timer and counter instructions, arithmetic operations, as well as data manipulation and data transfer operations. Guidelines to a systematic approach to PLC programming will be emphasized and reinforced with comprehensive, industrial-based hands-on Benchwork exercises.

    # ELC3504   -   006   -   Industrial Wiring Practices

    Prerequisite: ELC 2403 This course will describe how to safely test, troubleshoot and repair three phase 600-volt starters. The course will include both non-reversing and reversing types. Strong emphasis is placed on safety techniques in order to wire, test, troubleshoot and repair of many popular control circuit configurations that are being utilized in industry. Canadian Electrical Code part I will also be covered with regards to starters, motor branch circuits, feeder sizing, cable selection, fusing, and motor protection. Testing and troubleshooting of three phase induction motors plus a locking and tagging procedure will also be covered to safely isolate an electrical component from the supply source. This program addresses theory but places great emphasis on the hands on approach.

    # ELC3505   -   002   -   Prints & Electrical Drawings

    In this course, special emphasis is placed on a functional explanation of each specific device whereby proper electrical terminology is stressed and practiced when working with the electrical symbols present here. An analytical and sequential approach to print reading will be demonstrated whereby the learner will be introduced to a variety of industrial prints which encompasses single line drawings and schematic drawings. Using blue prints as a tool during troubleshooting will also be demonstrated to isolate an electrical problem.

    # ELC3511   -   003   -   Electronic Drives

    Variable-speed drive circuits are used to provide easy and versatile control of process equipment used in industry today. This module will address the means of controlling power, speed, and torque to an adjustable frequency drive system. Students will learn applications for drives, how they work, and the components of a drive. Emphasis will be placed on using manufacturer's literature to safely determine the sequential operation of a drive. In addition, the learner will be able to follow the manufacturer's literature to program the parameter settings of an adjustable frequency drive (AFD). Emphasis will be placed in instructing the learner how to navigate through the parameter settings when configuring a drive, which will be accomplished through comprehensive benchwork assignments. Assignments will consist of different scenarios to match the drive to a particular application.

    # INT3505   -   003   -   Instrumentation III

    Prerequisite: INT 2405 This course will demonstrate the application of instruments used in process control. Control strategies such as an ON/OFF and PID will be studied and students will construct, wire, and test a variety of control systems. System response and characteristics will be studied to allow the student to better control these processes.

    # MTH3552   -   003   -   Electrical Math V

    This course will be the second calculus course. There is a significant change in content from the current MTH 3505 course.

    # TEC3501   -   001   -   Technical Report Research

    Prerequisites: ENG 1780, ENG 1751 In this course, students will select and research a topic for their technical report, which is required in the final semester of their program. Students will assess and use primary and secondary research sources that best support the goals of the technical projects. To obtain approval for their topics, students will present both a written and oral proposal to their professors.

    Semester 6

    # ELC3609   -   003   -   Fundamental Hydraulics

    This course will enable the student to develop knowledge of the basic hydraulic principles, as well as the ability to troubleshoot hydraulic systems.

    # ELC3610   -   006   -   PLC Projects and Troubleshooting

    Prerequisite: ELC 3503 This course will promote the learners ability to develop troubleshooting techniques for Modicon 984 PLC system. The PLC controllers's setup will be demonstrated to understand problems. A variety of input and output modules and how they display faults. An industrial pumping program will be operating in the PLC's and on hard-wired test panels. Print reading techniques will be shown for ladder logic and field wiring. System faults will be put into the working models for the learner to find and repair.

    # ELC3612   -   005   -   Electrical Protection & Distribu'n

    This course teaches the fundamental functions of several electrical protective devices. Emphasis is placed on the identification, function and testing of fuses, circuit breakers, and motor overloads. The material presented describes what they are for, what they do, what they consist of and how they work. The course will describe the grounding of electrical circuits and components. Methods of short circuit current analysis in power systems will be addressed. Arc faults and fire suppressant techniques will be covered and the selection will be made to the Canadian Electrical Code Part I. Energy management control systems and power quality will be included. Generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical energy will be addressed.

    # ELC3613   -   006   -   Industrial Networking

    This course will present the hands-on skills required for an Electrical Technologist to design an Industrial Network, connect IBM PC/AT compatible computers to the network interfaces via a Network Adapter and to create ladder logic programs to initiate network messages. The student will be familiarized with MBPSTAT, a software program utilized to evaluate and troubleshoot the network. The course will introduce an integrated component based on MMI, software product such as Wonderware or RSView32 whose purpose is to monitor and control automated process or machine monitoring and supervisory control, with Modicon PLCs.

    # 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.

    # TEC3601   -   001   -   Technical Report

    Prerequisite: TEC 3501 - Technical Report Research Students complete a formal engineering technical report based on primary and secondary research compiled in TEC 3501 and the final semester. Students further refine their communication, presentation, researching and report writing skills. In addition, students describe their technical report in an oral presentation and demonstrate knowledge of the subject by defending their report data before professors and classmates. The technical report must include sufficient technical content to demonstrate a level of knowledge expected of engineering technology students. The report must also meet the standards set by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.

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