Electrical Engineering Technology

CampusStart Date
MonctonSeptember 2017
Saint JohnSeptember 2017

Program Overview

Electrical Engineering is for those who are wired to wonder about how systems work. You'll learn how to design, commission, test, operate, troubleshoot, and maintain electrical systems and support systems. Our program offers further specialization in power distribution at our Saint John campus and alternate energy production and control at our Moncton campus. Electrical Engineering Technologists work wherever systems operate, including rewarding careers in diverse fields such as: medicine, telecommunications, aerospace, and computing.
 
Please note: It is highly recommended that you have physics as one of your two mandatory sciences for admission.

All Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technology programs have a common first two semesters, allowing for seamless transfer across programs by the third semester of year one. Year two provides more in-depth electrical training with specialization pathways that may include:
 
POWER DISTRIBUTION (Saint John campus)
Focusing on, but not limited to, the distribution of power in commercial and industrial settings, from the utility service entrance to the final energy utilization devices.
 
ALTERNATE ENERGY (Moncton campus)
Focusing on, but not limited to, the production and control of sustainable energy using sources such as wind, solar and geothermal.


Duration

The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.
 


Admission Requirements

    Profile I

  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Pre-calculus 110
      or
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of two (2) sciences, including at least one (1) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122 (recommended)

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)


      Career Possibilities

      Graduates may be employed with public utilities, engineering firms, or a variety of manufacturing and processing enterprises.


      NOC Codes

      2241 - Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians


      What you will learn

      • Electrical and Electronic Devices, Circuits, Signals, & Systems
      • Electromagnetics
      • Programmable Logic Controllers
      • Rotating Machines & Motor Controls
      • Industrial Process & Controls
      • Basic Communications, Networking, & Programming
      • Power Systems (Stream specialization)
      • Alternate Energy (Stream specialization)
      • Calculus
      • Physics
      • Technical Reports
      • Technical Drawings
      • Work Safety, Public Safety, & the Environment
      • Codes and Standards
      • Project Management
      • Computer Tools & Technology
      • Quality Assurance


      Program Courses

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to design and troubleshoot commercial and industrial building electrical systems. This includes power supply, distribution, heating, lighting, and auxiliary systems such as fire detection, security, voice and data communication systems. Students are taught this in the context of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), the National Building Code, and other relevant design standards and guidelines. They are also taught the significance of energy management strategies and the measures and equipment that may be utilized to conserve energy.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1185A
      • BEEB1186A

      This course is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge of power systems (generation, transmission, and distribution) and the interconnection of electric power apparatus. It provides an overview of the technology for producing and delivering electrical energy. It also addresses the economic, environmental, and social implications of electricity production and the necessity to utilize alternative sources of energy.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1185A
      • BEEB1186A

      This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skill in the analysis of AC power systems and their role in the design and operation of power supply and distribution systems. Students learn various analytical tools including the use of load flow studies, voltage drop calculations, demand and power factor studies, short circuit calculations, interrupting and withstand ratings, as well as protective device coordination studies.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1157
      • BEEB1185A
      • BEEB1186A

      This course is designed to educate students on the various hardware components used to configure and build low voltage power distribution systems. These pre-designed elements are assembled and interconnected in deliberate configurations to supply, distribute, control, and protect a facility’s electrical supply and distribution system. Students are taught how to select and apply equipment such as: switchgear, motor control centres, disconnects, circuit breakers, fuses, power cables, power distribution panels etc. They are shown varying examples of electrical components and equipment in both the classroom and the real-world environment to gain a sound understanding of their physical properties, operational characteristics, and applications.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1185A
      • BEEB1186A

      This course is designed to analyze direct current (DC) circuits using circuit laws, network theorems, and mathematics.  Students are taught the parameters of DC circuits and their inter-relationship.  They are taught: the characteristics and behaviors of series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits; the laws associated with them; and how to solve for the voltage, current, power, and energy to each of the elements. They learn the concepts of capacitance and inductance and how to analyze the transient response of voltage and current changing over time.
       

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1089

      This course is taught in conjunction with Electric Circuits I: DC Theory to apply knowledge, tools, and techniques in a laboratory setting. Here, students test, build, and troubleshoot simple and complex DC Circuits.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1183A
      • MATH1089

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to analyze single and poly-phase alternating current (AC) circuits.  Students are introduced to the principles, properties, and/or applications of: magnetism and electromagnetism, AC circuits, and transformers. They continue to utilize the network theorems and laws learned in DC Theory to solve problems pertaining to AC circuits while applying the mathematics of complex numbers and vector representation in the analysis process.
       

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1183A
      • BEEB1184A
      • MATH1089

      This course is taught in conjunction with Electric Circuits II: AC Theory to apply knowledge, tools, and techniques in a laboratory setting. Here, students build, simulate, test, and single and poly-phase AC Circuits.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1183A
      • BEEB1184A
      • MATH1089
      • BEEB1185A

      This course focuses on generally recognized concepts and practices related to managing projects and tasks in the field of engineering. Students learn about current best practices, key considerations, and basic principles of organizational management.

      Prerequisites:

      • SAAL1802A

      Students will learn to write a variety of technical documents and business correspondence suitable to a specific audience and purpose as well as learn how to conduct research and document sources.

      This course prepares students to write a formal technical report on a technical topic with sufficient technical and communication quality as to be judged capable of meeting the certification requirements of such outside agencies as the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, federal government agencies such as Transport Canada, or any other accrediting body.

      This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

      The technical project is the culmination of the Electrical/ Electronics Engineering Technology programs where students build, analyze, and defend a project of their choosing (subject to approval). This first course covers the initial stages of the project including: choosing the project, gathering the necessary information, planning, purchasing, assembling, preparing the initial documentation package and reports. There is emphasis on project management skills.

      The technical project is the culmination of the Electrical/ Electronics Engineering Technology programs where students build, analyze, and defend a project of their choosing (subject to approval).  This second course is a direct follow up to Senior Project I. Here, students complete the physical construction of their projects, test the circuits, gather and analyze test data, troubleshoot operational anomalies, and finalize the comprehensive technical report. Students orally present their projects and findings to peers and instructors.

      Prerequisites:

      • ELTE1035D
      • COMM1022

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to design and troubleshoot systems incorporating power electronic apparatus. Students learn what power electronic systems are, how they work, and how they are applied. They learn how to integrate power electronic systems with electrical distribution and utilization systems and determine their impact on these systems. They also learn how to select the correct components required for given applications.

      Prerequisites:

      • ELTE1068A
      • ELTE1070A

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to analyze and troubleshoot electronic circuits using diodes and bi-polar junction transistors (BJTs) for circuit applications.
       

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1089
      • BEEB1183A
      • BEEB1184A

      This course is designed to analyze and troubleshoot multi-level combinational and sequential digital logic circuits for given applications.
       

      Prerequisites:

      • ELTE1068A

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to design electronic devices using computer-aided design software and to fabricate components of this device using soldering tools and techniques.

      Prerequisites:

      • ELTE1068A

      This course is designed to build upon the knowledge and skill acquired in the Electronic Project Design course. Here, students acquire the knowledge and skill to fabricate their design to industry standard and compile the necessary documentation to support its use and operation.

      Prerequisites:

      • ELTE1071B
      • ELTE1068A

      Students in this course learn the technology of photovoltaic cells, their handling, installation and application. Energy storage is considered along with site considerations and energy availability. Solid-state electronics are reviewed and applied to photovoltaic (PV) devices which, along with solar energy theory, leads to the calculations for irradiance, efficiency and energy delivery.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1183A
      • BEEB1184A
      • PHYS1127A

      Students learn the theory and application of solar energy as applied to air heating and water heating for both hot water and space heating. They learn to assess the passive solar characteristics of a building and the viability of construction for a given site. They learn system components and integration for design and installation purposes as well troubleshooting for operational anomalies. 

      Prerequisites:

      • PHYS1127A

      Students learn the theory and application of ground source heat pumps for heating and cooling. Electrical and electronic controls for these systems are discussed. Fluid dynamics and heat properties of fluids are studied. 

      Prerequisites:

      • PHYS1127A
      • SAAL1507E

      Students learn the theory and application of wind to generate electrical energy. The theory and construction of turbine blades and generators or alternators and the associated rectification are studied. Energy storage is reviewed. Electrical and electronic controls for these systems are discussed.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1185A
      • BEEB1186A
      • PHYS1127A

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to professional practices. The subject of ethics is a requirement of many accredited programs. Therefore, successful completion of Professional Ethics is a graduation requirement for engineering technology programs.

      This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in their training in a real-world environment. Under the supervision of a host agency, students work at a level commensurate with their knowledge and abilities at this stage of their academic development. Students are assigned a practicum supervisor with whom they meet during their placement and to whom they submit a written report outlining their practicum experience.

      Work hours may vary, depending on the work location.

      Programmable Logic controllers are used in many industries to control a diversity of electro-mechanical systems – everything from luggage handling systems in airports to complex parts assembly systems in factories. This course considers the use and applications of programmable logic controllers to replace magnetic relay control systems and as elements in system control. Laboratory experiments serve to illustrate some of the features and applications of PLC systems.

      Prerequisites:

      • ELTE1068A
      • ELTE1070A

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to design and troubleshoot motor control and protection systems. Students learn varying starting methods and control techniques; the selection and implementation of pilot devices and protective components; and the development and production of control and protection schematics in accordance with Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requirements and other relevant standards.

      Prerequisites:

      • ICCI1097B
      • BEEB1185A
      • BEEB1186A

      The course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skill in the design principles and operational characteristics of rotating machines, including DC and AC motors and generators. In particular, it focuses on the three phase AC induction motor, the most widely used of rotating machines.
      Students learn the electric and electromagnetic design principles of motors and generators and their electrical and mechanical operational characteristics in order to properly select, apply, and troubleshoot these various types of rotating machines.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1185A
      • BEEB1186A

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of automation systems design principles for the analysis of system operation and performance. Students learn about the various field instruments, measuring, and conditioning devices and the high-level integration of automation components with computer-based control.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1089
      • PHYS1127A

      This course provides students with a sound mathematical foundation in preparation to higher level mathematics (calculus) and other technology courses.

      Building on the foundation of Mathematics Fundamentals, this course is designed to provide the student with the necessary mathematical skills to better manage differential calculus.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1089

      This course, built on the foundation of Pre-Calculus Mathematics, is intended to provide the student with the tools of differential and integral calculus. These skills will be applied to the solution of technical problems.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1157

      This course introduces students to the use of microcontroller platforms to control an electromechanical device(s). Here, students construct a basic mechanical device, connect it with electrical/electronic components, and write simple programs to instruct the device to perform a given function(s).
       

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to solve real-world problems using the fundamental principles and applications of classical physics. Students are introduced to:  basic forces, 1 and 2 dimensional kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Conservation Laws, as well as Work, Energy, and Power. They learn to solve problems pertaining to these and to represent the solutions in mathematical and graphical format. Students also learn to solve problems pertaining to thermal energy.
       

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1089

      The course provides the ability to develop and implement statistical analysis tools within the context of quality assurance in areas such as chemical processing, manufacturing and construction. Topics covered include central tendency, distribution analysis, linear regression, control charts and statistical process control.

      Statistical analysis includes methods such as central tendency, distribution analysis, linear regression, statistical process control.

      In this course, students are introduced to the skills and strategies necessary to present themselves and ideas to others in an effective manner. The course focuses on the goal of obtaining employment while developing presentation skills sought by potential employers.

      This course introduces the student to software tools for feasibility and design analysis for both off-grid and grid-connected systems for a variety of applications including wind and solar electricity, solar air and water heat, and ground source heat pumps. RETScreen from Energy Canada and HOMER National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the US are used. Real situation case studies are done to compare the two tools, and theoretical results compared to installed systems.

      Prerequisites:

      • ENVI1030F
      • SAAL1802A

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to interpret and prepare electrical drawings. Students are introduced to fundamental manual drafting techniques and progress on to computer-aided drafting using CAD software. They develop drawings according to specifications and adhere to industry standards.

      This course is designed to simplify typical electrical/ electronic engineering tasks using spreadsheet and simulation software. Here students are given the knowledge and skill to record, compute, and analyze data as well as to present this information in tabular and graphical format. They are also taught the functions and operations to capture, test, and simulate electrical circuits. This supports the problem-solving and decision-making process for technical issues as well as the professional presentation of technical documentation.

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.


      Specific Considerations

      This program is a "Learning Integrated Virtually Everywhere" (L.I.V.E) program that requires the use of a notebook computer as part of the learning experience. Your notebook computer should meet minimum technical specifications to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. See here for more information: L.I.V.E. (Learning Integrated Virtually Everywhere).


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