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Electrical Engineering Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Prepare for a career managing electrical energy — both from renewable and conventional sources — as an electrical engineer with courses in power systems, electrical design and control and automation. If you’re a Journeyman Electrician, a specialized three-year stream of this program is offered to fit your schedule.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,576
Year 2: $5,786
Year 1 (International): $17,110
Year 2 (International): $17,844

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on academic ranking.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2017 Sept. 5, 2017
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Nationally accredited education

Our Electrical Engineering Technology program has been evaluated and is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada — a national accrediting body for the engineering technology and applied science profession. This process represents excellence in education and the high standards of the industry awaiting our graduates.

Program Details

Program Description

Get wired for a bright future. The Electrical Engineering Technology program offers comprehensive training in power systems, electrical design, and control and automation. The program prepares students for careers managing electrical energy from renewable and conventional energy sources. Graduates work in a variety of settings, including power generating facilities, industrial complexes, substations, laboratories, construction sites, and offices.

Your Career

Graduates find work as electrical engineering technologists, industrial control technologists and power systems technologists. Graduates may also be employed in design estimating technical sales power generation distribution metering industrial electronic control supervisory control systems and industrial networking. Employers include consulting and design firms the oil and gas industry industrial plants technical sales companies, electrical contractors, utility companies and various manufacturers and distributors.

Student Success

Journeyman Electricians and those with work experience in other related occupations or with related post-secondary education may receive some advance credit after an assessment by SAIT's Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR).

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology.

Accreditation

The program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board and Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists at the technologist level.

Graduates are eligible for membership in the following professional association: Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 75% in Math 30-2,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2,
  • At least 60% in Physics 20.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry: Six Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

If you're a Journeyman Electrician, refer to the competitive entry for the three-year stream.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly.

  •   Academic Ranking

Step 4: Apply to Electrical Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts

Step 5:  Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you are "In Selection."

Step 6: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

  • Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add eet.selectionprocess@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Courses

Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
COMP-213 Computing for Engineering Technology 3.0
ELCT-205 Electrical Principles 3.0
MATH-237 Math for Technologists 3.0
ELTR-232 Digital and Electronic Circuits 3.0
ENVS-247 Safety and Environment 1.5
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ELEC-291 Electrical Analysis 3.0
ELEC-266 Electrical Practices 3.0
ENGD-226 Electrical Diagrams and AutoCAD 1.5
MATH-280 Calculus for Technologists 3.0
COMM-288 Technical Communications II 3.0
ELTR-262 Power Electronics 3.0
Semester 2 Total 16.5
First Year Total 31.5

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
DSGN-301 Electrical Design Principles 3.0
ELEC-306 Machine Applications 3.0
ELEC-352 Rotating Machines 3.0
ELEC-353 Transformer Applications 3.0
CNTR-309 PLC - Premium Unity Pro Appl. 3.0
ELEC-302 Generation and Grid Operations 1.5
PROJ-333 Technical Project Management 1.5
Semester 3 Total 18.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
DSGN-396 Industrial Electrical Design 3.0
ELCM-374 Industrial Networks & Communications 1.5
CNTR-358 PLC - Contrologix Applications 3.0
ELEC-361 Power System Analysis 3.0
ELEC-364 Protection and Control 3.0
PROJ-373 Capstone Project Course 3.0
Semester 4 Total 16.5
Second Year Total 34.5
Program Total 67.5

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $4,613 $440 $523 $5,576
2 $4,823 $440 $523 $5,786

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $16,147 $440 $523 $17,110
2 $16,881 $440 $523 $17,844

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 for the first year and $700 for the second year.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

MacPhail School of Energy
403.284.8451
energy.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

A challenging program, James knew it would properly prepare him for work in the industry when the class took a field trip to a substation and he saw the equipment was exactly the same as they used in the SAIT labs.

The praise people working in the industry have for SAIT encouraged Jarvis to boost his electrician skills and move into the field of electrical engineering. SAIT's commitment to stocking labs with industry equipment made his transition to the work force easy.

Hearing alumni speak highly of SAIT was a draw for Jonathan to attend and he leaves feeling prepared technically for a future in electrical engineering owing to thorough testing using equipment from the field.

James Llewellyn
Electrical Engineering Technology | 2016

“My confidence grew a lot that day,” he says. “Everything I needed to succeed was at SAIT.”

Jarvis Braun
Electrical Engineering Technology | 2017

"I knew I would get a job," he says. "The exact same equipment (as he uses now) was in their test facility."

Jonathan Hardock
Electrical Engineering Technology | 2017

"SAIT has a fantastic reputation for getting people the skills they need before going into the field."