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You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 3 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

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Power your way to an amazing career

The function and understanding of electrical principles is crucial in today's world. Everything from our lights to computers operates with the help of electricity and electrical components. 

NAIT's Electrical Engineering Technology is a nationally accredited and internationally recognized program that provides a comprehensive study of electrical principles and practices.

The program will provide you with the skills to perform entry-level roles in several industry disciplines, including power systems operation and protection, maintenance and commissioning, electrical machines, industrial and commercial design, power electronics, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training

Our graduates are distinguished by their high level of professionalism, their adaptability to changes in working environments, their dedication to life-long learning and professional development, and strong technical competence.

By the time you graduate, you can expect to be comfortable:

  • Designing and implementing power systems and equipment according to applicable standards
  • Developing and programming automation equipment in order to control and monitor electrical devices within a system
  • Implementing the fundamentals of electrical theory to solve and analyze electrical circuits
  • Assessing site specific workplace hazards
  • Communicating and conducting yourself professionally
  • Analyzing and implementing rotating machines to industry standards

Enter the workforce with confidence

The current and projected high demand for electrical engineering technologists is great news for graduates of this program. Typical employers range from engineering, design, project management and consulting firms to utility companies, industrial plants, equipment manufacturers and oil and gas companies.

A wide variety of careers are avaiable throughout Canada and around the world, including:

  • Electrical designer
  • Technical sales representatives
  • Field engineering technologists
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Project managers
  • Testing and commissioning technologists
  • Safety officers
  • Consultants
  • Technical writers​

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After two years of suitable work experience in industry, graduates may seek certification with ASET in order to receive the Certified Engineering Technologists (CET) designation and the Registered Engineering Technologists (RET) designation.

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

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Term 1

DSGN1181Design I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of an Electrical Engineering Technologist in a design environment. Students will receive an introduction to the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) with instruction on specific rules and tables in the CEC that relate to an electrical design scenario. Students will study and apply AutoCAD to create typical electrical distribution drawings while employing either metric or imperial measurement systems. Students will interpret and analyze electrical drawing.

ELEC1181Electrical Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course begins with the basic fundamentals of DC voltage, current and resistance. It will also looks at Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's laws and their applications for series and parallel circuits, resistance networks and circuit reduction theorems. Other topics include energy and power, capacitance, and the use of measuring instruments. The course then covers magnetism, magnetic circuits, electromagnetism and single phase AC. It will also discuss the fundamentals of inductance, reactance, impedance and admittance. Resonance in series and parallel AC circuits will be discussed as well as impedance networks, energy, power, power factor and power factor improvement. Phasor diagrams and power quality instruments will be used throughout the course to corroborate experimental data with theoretical calculations. Laboratory exercises reinforce the theory.

ETHC1101Professional Skills and Data Communication
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course, students will develop a variety of competencies of relevance to Electric Engineering Technologists. Students will complete learning modules touching upon workplace occupational health and safety, professional and ethical behaviors, English writing proficiency, and introductory data networking and communication.

MATH1160Technical Mathematics and Calculus I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Although not required, successful completion of Math 30-1 or equivalent is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Electrical Engineering Technology students. In this course we will review and extend concepts in algebra, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, graphs, complex numbers, analytical geometry and systems of equations. Included in this course is an introduction to calculus and the study of derivatives and their applications.

Term 2

CNTR1251Introduction to Controls and Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisites: ELEC1181, ETHC1101.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce the students to control circuit design using numerous control methodologies. Basic software and hardware requirements for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) will be discussed. Students will create and interpret PLC programming applications using ladder logic.

ELEC1213Three Phase Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: ELEC1181 or ( ELEC1123 and ELEC1133).
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course includes theory on three-phase systems including three-phase 4-wire wye and three-phase 3-wire delta for both ABC and ACB phase sequences. The course will look at the methods to determine the voltages and currents for each system for both balanced and unbalanced loads at various power factors. We will also look at the methods of measuring power and reactive power and the instrument transformer connections required to achieve these measurements.

ELEC1223Transformers
  • Requisites: This course if available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ELEC1181 or ( ELEC1123 and ELEC1133).
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course includes transformer theory and connections of single phase transformers in order to evaluate transformers by performing polarity, open circuit, and short circuit tests in order to determine equivalent circuits, efficiency and voltage regulation. Connections of autotransformers, instrument transformers and ANSI standard three phase transformer banks will also be included as well as the effects of harmonics on three phase transformer banks.

ELTR1271Power Electronics I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisite: ELEC1181.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course, students are introduced to power semiconductor devices and basic power electronic circuits. Students will study controlled and uncontrolled rectifiers, as well as current source and voltage source inverters. Applications of these circuits include cathodic protection, HVDC power transmission, and motor drives. Students will learn how to apply appropriate metering to ensure compliance of power electronic systems with utility power quality standards.

MATH1260Calculus II and Statistics
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: MATH1160.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Electrical Engineering Technology students. Continuing the study of calculus from MATH1160, this course covers topics including: integration, applications of integration and methods of integration, use of Laplace transforms and inverse Laplace transforms to solve linear differential equations of first and second order applied to circuits, and Fourier series. This course also introduces the student to statistics and statistical methods which are commonly used in technical analysis.

Term 3

CNTR2351Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisites: ELEC1213, CNTR1251.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course focuses on alternative PLC programming languages, PLC data communications, interconnecting analog/digital field devices and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) in automated processes. The programming languages covered include Ladder Diagram (LD), sequential function chart (SFC), Function Block Diagram (FBD) and Structured Text (ST). Basic setup, configuration and design of HMIs are discussed and performed.

DSGN2381Design II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisites: DSGN1181, ELEC1213, ELEC1223.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will examine the equipment, calculations and drawings required to produce an electrical heat tracing (EHT) design that complies with relevant industry standards. Students will also produce lighting designs selecting appropriate equipment, and using software and design concepts for both indoor and outdoor applications that comply with relevant industry standards. This course will include sizing components required to complete a single line diagram including branch circuits.

ELEC2313Field Service
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: ELEC1213, ELEC1223.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers the testing of electrical equipment and places a strong emphasis on safety procedures and equipment. Topics include familiarization with switchgear and protection and control diagrams, including single-line and breaker control schematics. Testing using industry standards is performed on medium-voltage cables, circuit breakers and on power and instrument transformers. Students are required to produce and present a technical report detailing the procedures and results obtained during the course.

ELEC2333Rotating Electrical Machines I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ELEC1213, ELEC1223.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A study of the construction, theory of operation, control and performance characteristics of DC and three-phase induction machines. Topics include induction motor revolving magnetic field, synchronous speed, slip, torque, developed power, losses, efficiency, starting and speed control. Motor models will be determined using NEMA tests, and technical specifications will be examined. Laboratory tests will be performed by students to reinforce the theory.

ELEC2363Power Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: ELEC1213, ELEC1223.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Topics included in this course are power system configurations, breaker schemes, voltage levels, per unit system, MVA and kV base conversion, symmetrical components, types of faults, fault current sources and characteristics and shifting current through transformer banks. Fault calculations using the MVA base method, admittance method and symmetrical components method are applied. Applications of symmetrical components, interrupting capacity of equipment, grounding and computer software are also utilized. Laboratory exercises will be performed by the students to reinforce the theory.

Term 4

DSGN2481Design III
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisite: DSGN2381.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course teaches students how to produce a complete construction work package (CWP), including a written component and the electrical drawings required to complete a specified project that has been assigned for the term. Students will submit for review, specified documents at 30% completion of the overall CWP, 60% completion of the overall CWP, as well as the completed CWP.

ELEC2401Final Project
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Co-Requisites: DSGN2481, ELEC2433, ELEC2461, ELTR2471.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course, students demonstrate the depth and breadth of their technical competencies by researching and writing an electrical technology report consistent with ASET guidelines. Students must select a project topic that extends beyond the scope of the program curriculum, and that requires them to research and analyze technical information, as well as to design, troubleshoot, construct or test electrical equipment or systems. Students develop project management skills by producing a project proposal and an interim progress report. They also develop their oral presentation abilities by presenting and defending their work in front of their instructors and peers.

ELEC2433Rotating Electrical Machines II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ELEC2313, ELEC2333.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A study of the construction, theory of operation, control and performance characteristics of synchronous motors and generators. Topics include synchronous speed, torque, power developed, losses, efficiency, parallel operation and voltage regulation of alternators, synchronous motors starting methods, excitation characteristics, load and torque angle tests and power factor improvement. Laboratory exercises will be performed by the students to reinforce the theory.

ELEC2461Protective Relaying
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ETHC1101, ELEC2363, ELEC2313.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Topics covered in this course will include operating principles and applications of protective relays, such as relay coordination, transformer protection, motor protection, and transmission line protection. Students will determine settings for various relay functions and ensure proper coordination using manual or software aided techniques. Students will also test multiple relays and functions to industry standards, such as overcurrent, directional over current, differential, motor protection, voltage and impedance relays. Students will become familiar with single and three phase test sets, and understand the basic mechanisms of Ethernet communication in protection and control. Completion of test documentation in a written report is required.

ELTR2471Power Electronics II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisites: ETHC1101, ELTR1271, ELEC2333, ELEC2313.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course examines power electronic motor controller technologies and their applications. Students will study the structure and operation of power electronic soft starters and variable frequency drives (VFD’s). The performance of these technologies during the motoring and the braking of induction motors is covered. Students also learn to configure soft starter and VFD parameters, to troubleshoot common VFD faults and alarms, to size and specify VFD’s, and to commission power electronic equipment installations.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,826

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,725
Level 1 Term 2: $1,725
Level 2 Term 1: $275
Level 2 Term 2: $275

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements


Competitive Entrance Requirements:

57% overall average Note: Competitive entrance requirements are determined by the program area and are subject to change without notice.

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Technology Accreditation Canada

This program has been nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada.

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