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Electrical Engineering Technology

Waitlisted for Winter 2019

Open for Fall 2019

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: $5,307
Year 2: $5,796
Year 1 (International): $16,445
Year 2 (International): $18,192

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


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

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2018.
  • Applications for winter 2019 open May 2, 2018.
TermProgram start
*Winter 2019 Jan. 7, 2019
**Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 

*Winter start: students will study from January to August with a fall break in between.
**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, 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).

Credentials and accreditation

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 2019 start: applications open Oct. 3, 2018.
  • Winter 2019 start:  applications opened May 2, 2018.

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.


Program Outline

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


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*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $4,334 $450 $523 $5,307
2 $4,823 $450 $523 $5,796

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $15,472 $450 $523 $16,445
2 $17,219 $450 $523 $18,192


Campus Athletic and Recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290

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

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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