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Electrical Engineering Technology

Closed for Summer 2021

Length: 3 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Blended

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters. Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Manage electrical energy — from both renewable and conventional sources — as an electrical engineer with training in power systems, electrical design and control and automation.

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 provides a combination of practical and theoretical education that employers are seeking in the industry, preparing 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.

Electrical Engineering Technology blended stream is a three year online, evening/weekend offering for students to have the option to work while studying.


The program is nationally accredited by the Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) at the technologist level.

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


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

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Career Opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities with consulting and design firms in the oil and gas industry, industrial plants, technical sales companies, electrical contractors, utility companies and various manufacturers and distributors. Potential positions include: 

  • electrical engineering technologist 
  • industrial control technologist 
  • power systems technologist 

 Related careers include: 

  • design estimating 
  • power generation distribution 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,762
Year 2: $7,008

Year 1 (International): $19,667
Year 2 (International): $21,245

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

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Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for summer 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Summer 2021  July 5, 2021 April 29, 2022
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Summer 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four step process

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

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

Step 3: Apply to Electrical Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

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. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year: Online and in-class labs 

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
*ELCT 205 Electrical Principles 3.0
*ENVS 247 Safety & Environment 1.5

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM 238 Technical Communications I 3.0
ELTR 232 Digital & Electronic Circuits 3.0
MATH 237 Mathematics for Technologists 3.0

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMP 213 Computing for Engineering Technology 3.0
ELEC 291 Electrical Analysis 3.0
MATH 280 Calculus for Technologists 3.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM 288 Technical Communications II 3.0
ELTR 262 Power Electronics 3.0
*ELEC 266 Electrical Practices
ENGD 238 Electrical Diagrams & AutoCAD 1.5

* Journeyman electricians may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for ELCT-205, ENVS-247, ELEC-266.

Second year: Evenings/weekends 

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name Credit
CNTR 309 PLC - Premium Unity Pro Applications 3.0
DSGN 301 Electrical Design Principles 3.0
ELEC 302 Generation and Grid Operations 1.5
ELCM 374 Industrial Networks and Communications 1.5

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name Credit
CNTR 358 PLC - Contrologix Applications 3.0
DSGN 396 Industrial Electrical Design 3.0
PROJ 333 Technical Project Management 1.5

Third year: Evenings/weekends

Semester 7

Course Code Course Name Credit
ELEC 306 Machine Applications 3.0
ELEC 352 Rotating Machines 3.0
ELEC 353 Transformer Applications 3.0

Semester 8

Course Code Course Name Credit
ELEC 361 Power Systems Analysis 3.0
ELEC 364 Protection & Control 3.0
PROJ 373 Capstone Project Course 3.0


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.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Camosun College
  • Lakehead University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (The Marine Institute)
  • Thompson Rivers
  • University University of Victoria

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


Costs for this three-year blended delivery program are equivalent to costs for the two-year full-time program.

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,429 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,762
2 $5,675 $792.20 $287.77 $252 $7,008

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $18,334 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,667
2 $20,509 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $21,245

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 for the first year and $500 for the second year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021


Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 2 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

We are expecting to meet you at student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes that begin on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

PPE is required in various labs. You'll need CSA-approved (green triangle) protective footwear and CSA Z94.3 (class 1) safety glasses with side shields.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through  Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The summer booklists will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Phone: 403.284.8451
Email: macphail.students@sait.ca

Academic chair

Rysen Jordan, Academic Chair
Email: rysen.jordan@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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