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Electrical Engineering Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Closed for Winter 2021

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

Program Highlights

Manage electrical energy — from both renewable and conventional sources — as an electrical engineer with training in power systems, electrical design and control and automation. 

Online, evening and weekend delivery

Work while you study with our online, evening and weekend program.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,158
Year 2: $6,382
Year 1 (International: $19,230
Year 2 (International): $20,039

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019. 
Term Program start
*Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

*Fall start: students will study for two semesters per year with a summer break in between.

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 in 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.


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


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

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019

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. 


View additional Electrical Engineering Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Program outline

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
COMP-213 Computing for Engineering Technology 3.0
ELCT-205 Electrical Principles 3.0
ELTR-232 Digital and Electronic Circuits 3.0
ENVS-247 Safety and Environment 1.5
MATH-237 Math for Technologists 3.0
Semester 1 Total 16.5


Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-288 Technical Communications II 3.0
ELEC-266 Electrical Practices 3.0
ELTR-262 Power Electronics 3.0
ENGD-238 Electrical Diagrams and AutoCAD 1.5
MATH-280 Calculus for Technologists 3.0
Semester 2 Total 16.5
First Year Total 30

Second year

Semester 3

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
ELEC-352 Rotating Machines 3.0
ELEC-353 Transformer Applications 3.0
PROJ-333 Technical Project Management 1.5
Semester 3 Total 15.0


Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
CNTR-358 PLC - Contrologix Applications 3.0
DSGN-396 Industrial Electrical Design 3.0
ELCM-374 Industrial Networks & Communications 1.5
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 31.5
Program Total 61.5


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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,936 $682 $288 $252 $6,158
2 $5,160 $682 $288 $252 $6,382

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,800 $682 $288 $460 $19,230
2 $18,609 $682 $288 $460 $20,039

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure.


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

* 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.

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

Fall 2020


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. 

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 power-user 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, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 160: Safety Orientation.

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


Email: mse.students@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."

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