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Electrical Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

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. 

New - online, evening and weekend delivery

Our new Electrical Engineering Technology - Online, Evening and Weekend program allows you the flexibility to work while studying.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,598
Year 2: $5,808
Year 1 (International: $17,845
Year 2 (International): $18,601

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


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. 
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020
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.

**Winter start: students will study from January to August with a fall 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 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019
  • Winter 2021 start: application open March 30, 2020

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.


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-291 Electrical Analysis 3.0
ELEC-266 Electrical Practices 3.0
ELTR-262 Power Electronics 3.0
ENGD-226 Electrical Diagrams and AutoCAD 1.5
MATH-280 Calculus for Technologists 3.0
Semester 2 Total 16.5
First Year Total 33

Second Year

Semester 3

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


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 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.


2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $4,613 $462 $288 $235 $5,598
$4,823 $462 $288 $235 $5,808

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $16,635 $462 $288 $460 $17,845
2 $17,391 $462 $288 $460 $18,601

2020/21 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

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors

2020/21 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

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


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.


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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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