Electrical Engineering Technology (Optional Co-op)

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

The Electrical Engineering Technology diploma program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills required to work as a technologist in the electrical sector. This program offers a broad range of skill-based training in fundamental areas such as math, physical science, electrical circuits, critical thinking, problem-solving, research, communication, and teamwork as well as technical skills such as selecting, design, installation, testing, operation, maintenance, analyzing, troubleshooting, and maintaining electrical and support systems.

Throughout the program, students will learn and apply the knowledge and skills in a real, practical, and simulated environment through lectures, extensive hands-on activities, and individual or team projects.


Duration

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


Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      • 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
      International Student Admission Equivalencies


      Career Possibilities

      Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technology diploma program may find employment in electrical utilities, manufacturers of electrical equipment, consulting firms, power generation utilities, governments, and a wide range of manufacturing and processing industries. They may work independently or provide technical support and services in the design, development, testing, production and operation of electrical equipment and systems.

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      Specific Considerations

      Graduates from the Electrical Engineering Technology diploma program can choose to continue their studies by taking one of the Engineering Technology post-diploma programs offered at NBCC. Most post-diploma study programs require one year of study. 

      Local campuses can provide information on courses that are the prerequisites for technology programs at New Brunswick Community College. Many universities give credits for courses completed in this program; however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis.

      Technology Requirements
      NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.


      Areas of Study

      • Communication
      • Technical Reports
      • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
      • Technical Drawings
      • Electrical and Electronic Equipment & Systems
      • DC and AC Circuits
      • Digital Logic
      • Test and Measurement
      • Math and Physics
      • Computer Tools and Applications
      • Computer Programming
      • Project Management
      • Ethics, Sustainability, Contracts and Codes
      • Teamwork
      • Health and Safety
      • Programmable Logic Controllers
      • Electrical Safety
      • Building Electrical Systems
      • Electrical Power Systems


      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      This course applies the fundamental laws of electric circuits to the analysis of DC circuits and networks. Capacitors and inductors are introduced as circuit components, and the transient response of RL and RC circuits is determined using mathematical techniques. Network theorems such as Thevenin’s and superposition are used to analyze DC circuits. Industry accepted techniques for drawing circuit schematics are introduced and used throughout the course. In the lab students build and troubleshoot series and parallel DC circuits.
      Learning is achieved through in-class activities and hands-on experience in a lab setting. Activities are completed both independently and in small teams with their peers.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1272B
      • PHYS1137A

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to analyze single-phase alternating current (AC) circuits. Students apply the fundamental principles of electric circuits and the mathematics of complex numbers to investigate the frequency response of AC circuits involving reactive components. Topics include resonance, filters, and power in AC circuits.
      Learning is achieved through in-class activities and hands-on experience in a lab setting. Activities are completed both independently and in small teams with their peers.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1273A
      • BEEB1192A

      This course introduces students to electrical power systems by providing experience using related instruments and equipment. Students are introduced to transformers and the fundamental principles of three-phase power distribution. They examine the behaviour of simple electrical systems with reactive loads. In the lab students build, test, and troubleshoot AC power circuits.
      Learning is achieved through in class activities and hands-on experience working with live electrical system equipment in a lab setting.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1193A

      This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skill to evaluate the performance of high voltage AC power distribution systems during normal load and fault conditions. Students learn various analytical tools including load flow studies, demand and power factor studies, and protective device coordination studies. Students use power system simulation software to model power systems under load and in failure modes.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1199A

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to design building electrical systems for commercial and industrial buildings. Students are introduced to all sub-disciplines of building electrical systems including power distribution, lighting, and communications systems, and learn to interpret the electrical drawings used to represent these systems. Design emphasis is on the power distribution sub-discipline. Throughout the course students apply the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), the National Building Code, and other relevant design standards and guidelines.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1193A

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to analyze low voltage electrical power distribution systems. Students apply the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) to select electrical apparatus and components, used to supply, distribute, control, and protect a facility’s electrical supply system. Students learn how to select and apply equipment such as: switchgear, motor control centers, disconnects, circuit breakers, fuses, power cables, and power distribution panels.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1196A
      • BEEB1198B

      This course introduces students to the foundational principles of electrical power systems and the interconnection of electric power apparatus. It provides an overview of the technology for generation, transmission, and distribution electrical energy, including both conventional and alternative sources of electrical energy. Students learn to interpret the symbols and drawings used to illustrate electrical power systems. Students learn to work safely with three phase electrical power system apparatus.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1193A
      • BEEB1194A

      This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skill to analyze AC power systems and determine protection requirements. Students practice various analytical methods including voltage drop, short circuit current, and power factor calculation. Students use power system simulation software to model power system parameters under load.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1198B

      This course introduces the fundamental principles for building lighting system analysis and design. Topics include illumination, light fixtures, lighting controls, emergency lighting, and egress signage. Students will learn to design and simulate lighting arrangements using lighting design software. They will apply applicable industry standards and codes to meet the lighting system requirements for buildings. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      This course is designed to help students strengthen their fundamental skills in writing clear, effective sentences and paragraphs, and enable them to create organized, unified and coherent documents. The writing process is introduced. Students will recognize the importance of writing for the intended purpose and audience.

      This course introduces students to the fundamentals of technical writing and research. Students will learn how 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.

      Prerequisites:

      • COMM1264A

      This course introduces the fundamentals of engineering technical report and proposal writing. Topics include technical report and proposal design, formatting, visual aids, and specific types of content required for technical report and proposal writing.

      In this course, students will apply their previously acquired writing skills and writing process (prewriting, writing and revising). They will learn how to properly research, plan, structure and write technical reports and proposals using proper layouts, form, and formats. Learning is achieved through lectures and hands-on activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • COMM1267D

      This course is designed for students to learn how to quickly make sketches and notes. Emphasis is on recognizing the important details and getting them clearly sketched and/or written down. Accuracy, neatness, and legibility are stressed throughout.  

      Learning is achieved through hands-on class activities and assignments. 

      This course introduces students to how electrical components, wires, and circuit boards are connected through soldering and prototyping. Emphasis is on applying industry accepted practices. Safe and correct use of tools and supplies are demonstrated and practiced throughout. Students have hands-on training in both through-hole and surface mount soldering techniques, and learn to make reliable circuit connections with a prototyping board. As part of the course students assemble a circuit board for an electronic device. 

      Learning is achieved through practical, hands-on learning in a lab environment.

      This course introduces students to the tools and techniques used to build completed electronic equipment such as control panels, instruments, and power supplies. Topics include drawing interpretation, enclosures, assembly, wiring, testing, and labeling. As part of the course students complete a project involving the assembly, testing, and maintenance of electronic equipment such as a low voltage power supply. Throughout the course students gain experience with a variety of tools, fasteners, coatings, and glues. Learning is achieved through practical, hands-on learning in a lab environment.

      Prerequisites:

      • ELTE1077A

      This course is designed to apply the fundamental principles of digital electronics to the analysis and troubleshooting of logic circuits. Students explore the relationship between analog and digital signals and examine analog to digital and digital to analog conversion methods.  The binary and hexadecimal number systems are used to represent numeric quantities in logic circuits. Industry-accepted techniques for digital circuit schematics are introduced and used throughout the course. In the lab, students build, program, and examine logic circuits using both logic gate integrated circuits (IC) and programmable logic devices (PLD).
      Learning is achieved through in-class activities and hands-on experience in a lab setting.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1271B

      This course is designed to apply the fundamental principles of semiconductor devices to the analysis and troubleshooting of basic electronic circuits. Students learn the operating principles of diodes and bi-polar junction transistors (BJTs), and apply them to simple regulation and amplification circuits. Students are also introduced to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), field-effect transistors (FETs) and thyristors. In the lab students build, examine, and troubleshoot various electronic circuits using diodes, BJTs, and FETs.

      Learning is achieved through in-class activities and hands-on experience in a lab setting.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1273A
      • BEEB1192A

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to Professional Engineering Technology practice. It prepares students for being engineering technology professionals by exploring critical thinking, ethical behavior, and the legal and professional accountabilities that apply in the workplace. The industry's code(s) of ethics and practical case studies are used as the learning focus.

      Learning is achieved through lectures, case studies, and team projects.

      This course is the first phase of the senior technical project. It provides students with an opportunity to work independently or with a team on a selected engineering project. Students will integrate the knowledge and skills they learned in the program to develop a project proposal and complete details of a project plan. In this course, students will select an engineering project on a topic, prepare a project proposal, and submit it for instructor approval. Upon instructor approval, students will research, design, and develop a project plan that outlines the specifications and tasks to be completed in time and within the budget for the proposed project. Students are expected to produce some deliverables and project management documents based on the project plan to facilitate the second phase of the project. Learning is achieved through lectures and guided independent study under the guidance of a project advisor.

      Prerequisites:

      • PROJ1099B
      • COMM1268B

      This course is a continuation of the senior technical project. Students will evaluate their project proposed and developed in the previous course. They will complete their project work and prepare and present the final project report. Learning is achieved through lecture and guided independent study under the guidance of a project advisor.

      Prerequisites:

      • ETTG1034B

      The overall program goal of the co-op experience is to complement academic studies with related work experience.  Co-op students can gain enriched understandings of their academic program through practical application. Moreover, the co-op experience can motivate students to further education as well as lead to relevant employment after graduation.  Through their work experiences, students will develop and refine employability skills, gain an understanding of career opportunities in their field, and realities of the workplace.  Students are required to follow guidelines as stipulated in the “NBCC Co-op Education” process.

      This course is designed for students to investigate the electrical and mechanical operating characteristics of DC rotating machines, including motors and generators. Students are introduced to the foundational principles of rotating electric machines, and they apply mathematics and physics to the analysis of rotating machines. The fundamentals of AC machines are introduced. Students will analyze operating DC and AC electrical machines with loads.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1193A
      • BEEB1194A

      This course is designed to investigate the operating electrical characteristics of AC rotating machines. Students are introduced to the types and applications of AC machines, including generators and motors. Mathematical models are used to analyze their characteristics. Students assemble motor and generator control circuits and troubleshoot their performance.

      Prerequisites:

      • ICCI1109B

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to design motor control and protection systems. Students apply various starting methods and control techniques, and select wiring, pilot devices, and protective components in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) and other relevant standards. Throughout the course students apply standard symbology to produce motor control and protection schematics.

      Prerequisites:

      • ICCI1110A

      This course introduces Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) applications and ladder programming in industrial settings.  Students learn the principles of relay control circuits and they apply them to PLC-based, digital control systems. Students apply ladder programming techniques, including timer and counter functions, while using PLC software to program and troubleshoot PLC applications.

      Prerequisites:

      • ELTE1079A

      This course applies advanced Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) features to solve industrial control problems. Students apply industry accepted techniques to build control systems incorporating digital and analog components, PLCs, and safety systems. Advanced programming techniques are explored including math and program control instructions. Throughout the course students reference manufacturer supplied data sheets and manuals. Students use PLC software to create programs and troubleshoot PLC based control systems.

      Prerequisites:

      • ICCI1112A

      This course presents an overview of the building codes and standards, laws, regulations, and acts, etc. that govern building and infrastructure planning, design and construction in Canada. Students will examine major standards, acts and regulations including roles and responsibilities for various building regulatory systems at various levels of government. Students will learn how those regulatory systems serve to create a framework for establishing and maintaining a built environment that is safe, resilient, sustainable and efficient. They will understand the importance of complying with the applicable national, provincial, municipal building codes, standards, regulations, and acts, etc., in construction projects.

      This course forms the foundations of technical mathematics. Topics covered include fundamental numerical calculations, manipulation of algebraic expressions, and solving equations, system of equations, and word problems. Learning is achieved through lectures, classroom examples and working out problems.

      This course is designed for students to learn more advanced algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. Topics include quadratic equations, trigonometry, logarithms, and vectors.

      Learning will be achieved through lectures and classroom examples and work. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1271B

      This course introduces students to advanced technical math required to solve applied problems in Engineering Technology. Topics include complex numbers, matrices, plane analytic geometry, graphs of trigonometric functions and trigonometric equations. Limits, as required for calculus, is also introduced. 
       
      Students will be able to apply the advanced technical math to solve technical problems and evaluate limits. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1272B

      This course introduces students to calculus with derivatives and integration of algebraic functions. Applications include equations of tangents and normal, Newton’s method for solving equations, curvilinear motion, related rates, and areas under curves. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1273A

      This course is built on the course, Introductory Calculus. The course covers applied technical problems in integration, derivatives, and integration of transcendental functions. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1274A

      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 workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

      This course introduces students to the principles of energy and matter. Emphasis is on basic concepts of how energy interacts with matter. Students also learn practical techniques for solving problems relating to energy and matter. 

      Learning will be achieved through lectures, class activities and assignments. 

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1271B

      This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism and their application in analyzing DC electric circuits. Students use Ohm’s law and other related methods to calculate basic circuit parameters. Conventional current flow notation is used throughout the course.
      Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1271B

      This course introduces students to the fundamentals of programming with microcontrollers using the “C” programming language. Fundamental programming techniques learned during the course include variables, mathematical calculations, and basic program control. Students set up and use an integrated development environment (IDE) to write, upload, and debug programs for a microcontroller. They learn how to use library functions to access a selection of the microcontroller’s basic hardware features.
      Learning is achieved through in-class activities and hands-on experience programming microcontrollers to perform simple measurement and control tasks in an electronic device.

      This course provides students with basic principles, tools, and techniques to manage an engineering project from its initiation phase, through planning, execution, control, and closeout.
       
      As part of the course, students will apply the knowledge gained to create a project management plan for a simulated engineering project in a team effort or on an individual basis. Learning is achieved through lectures and hands-on class activities.

      This course introduces students to basic computer applications and tools that are integral to all engineering disciplines, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and electronic file management and data sharing.

      Students learn how to select and use appropriate computer applications to perform tasks such as research, data analysis, data presentation and sharing, and preparation of technical documents and reports within their discipline. An emphasis is placed on the data security, and safe use and management of files in a collaborative networked environment. Learning is achieved through practical application of skills during hands-on class activities and assignments.

      This course introduces students to the CAD (Computer-Aided Design) tools that are integral to all engineering disciplines for making and annotating basic engineering drawings. Students will learn the application interface, options, and commands for producing basic engineering drawings. Learning is achieved through practical, hands-on activities while using the CAD software.

      This course is designed for students to learn how to use CAD software to maintain and produce drawings of electrical systems. CAD software features such as symbol libraries and wiring tables are used to draw schematics and wiring diagrams. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on adherence to industry standards. Learning is achieved through practical, hands-on activities using CAD software.

      Prerequisites:

      • SAAL1836A

      This course introduces students to Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and how to apply it to produce building electrical system drawings.  Students learn the basic features and functions of BIM software and how to enter electrical system components and equipment into a building model. Emphasis is on creating building electrical system schedules and drawings.

      Prerequisites:

      • SAAL1836A
      • BEEB1196A

      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.

      This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills to work safely within the electrical workplace. Students learn how to recognize and control hazards in the workplace through safe work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) related to electrical work tasks. Throughout the course, students interpret safety procedures, training requirements, and equipment in the context of related government legislation.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1193A

      This course provides students with an understanding of statistical principles and methods.  Students will learn how to collect, organize and report statistical data using elementary statistical techniques such as construction of frequency distributions, histograms and scatterplots. They will also learn how to use descriptive statistics such as central tendency (mean, mode, median, midrange), variation (range, variable, standard deviation), and position (percentile rank, quartile rank) to analyze the data and solve problems.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1272B

      This course introduces inferential statistics for engineering technologists. Topics Include calculating statistics values, calculating confidence intervals, simple probability and predicting events, calculating linear regression, and hypothesis testing for linear correlation coefficients. Students learn statistical techniques and apply them to engineering-related technology problems.

      Prerequisites:

      • STAT1039A

      This course introduces students to the fundamentals of effective, successful presentations. Students learn how to prepare and deliver online or in-person presentations of various lengths and purposes. They will discover how to prepare presentations around essential objectives, present key concepts and ideas, design and make effective visuals using presentation software, and apply techniques for polishing and mastering presentation delivery.

      As part of the learning, students will apply the appropriate tools and techniques to prepare the content, create visual aids using presentation software, and deliver one or more presentations to their peers in class.


      NOC Codes

      22212 - Drafting technologists and technicians
      22310 - Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians


      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: University of New Brunswick - Saint John
      Information: Bachelor of Technology.
      UNB agrees to recognize NBCC's Electrical EngineeringTechnology diploma program for transfer credit and entry into the Bachelor of Technology - Industrial Engineering program.


      External Certifications

      Electrical Engineering Technology (Co-op) graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: NBSCETT - New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
      External Certification: Professional Technologist
      Information: Certification by the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

       


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