What to Expect
Technologists will also learn critical skills and experience in:
- the structure, operation, protection and control of electrical power generation, transmission and distribution systems and electrical motors
- the planning, design and specification of power, lighting, control and communication systems in buildings and industrial plants
- control of plant systems and motors through the use and application of PLCs and variable-frequency drives (VFDs) and the application of communications technology linking these various plant systems
- researching, writing and presenting technical reports
Students will spend approximately 60% of classroom time attending lectures and 40% of the time in a laboratory setting. Laboratory settings include both computer and design labs, and involve experimentation with electrical and electronic equipment.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- 10 to 30 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
Is This Program For You?
An electrical engineering technologist should possess an aptitude toward math and physics applications. In addition to electrical and technical abilities, the technologist relies upon good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work within a team environment in a dynamic workplace.
To be successful, electrical engineering technologists need:
- analytical skills
- experience using recent technology
- oral and written communication skills
- ability to work in teams
- basic electrical design
- basic maintenance knowledge
- computer skills (Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Aspen, ETAP, PLC programming, applications-specific software)
Women in Technology and Trades
The Electrical Engineering Technology program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.