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Electrical Engineering Technology (Online, Evening & Weekend)

Open for Summer 2020

Length: 3 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Part Time Blended

Program Highlights

Prepare for a career in managing electrical energy from renewable and conventional energy sources. This blended option allows you to fit learning into your schedule. Courses are offered online and during evening and weekends.

Two-year daytime program

See our full-time daytime program offered over two years on campus and learn practical hands-on skills that are essential for careers in control and automation, power systems and electrical design.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5599
Year 2: $3,501
Year 3: 3,292
Year 1 (International): $17,784
Year 2 (International): $9,385
Year 3 (International): $10,148

*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 Summer 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019. 
Term Program start
Summer 2020  July 6, 2020

Program Details

Program Description

Electrical Engineering Technology offers comprehensive training of electrical principles and hands-on practices in the following areas:

Power Systems: The study of interconnected power systems. This includes electricity generation from conventional and renewable energy sources, electrical power transmission, system operations and energy markets. Technical study of electrical motors, transformers, protection and control equipment is also covered.

Electrical Design: Within the context of the Canadian Electrical Code, the core design fundamentals will be applied to both commercial and industrial applications. These design concepts will be studied and incorporated into major projects in AutoCAD.

Control and Automation: Fundamental concepts and applications of digital electronics, control systems, motor control, communication networks, PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), VFDs (Variable Frequency Drives), and direct use of current industry software is taught.

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


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

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 Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1, or at least 75% in Math 30-2,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or at least 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 (part-time) and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

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


Program Outline

First Year

Online and In-class labs (approximately two weekends of on-campus time per schedule)

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
*ELCT 205 Electrical Principles 3.0
*ENVS 247 Safety & Environment 1.5

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM 238 Technical Communications I 3.0
ELTR 232 Digital & Electronic Circuits 3.0
MATH 237 Math for Technologists 3.0

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

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMP 213 Computing for Engineering Technology 3.0
ELEC 291 Electrical Analysis 3.0
MATH 280 Calculus for Technologists 3.0

Semester 4

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

Second Year

Evenings/Weekends (approximately 15-18 hours of on-campus time per week)

Semester 5

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ELEC 306 Machine Applications 3.0
ELEC 352 Rotating Machines 3.0
ELEC 353 Transformer Applications 3.0

Semester 6

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CNTR 309 PLC: Premium Unity Pro Applications 3.0
DSGN 301 Electrical Design Principles 3.0
ELEC 302 Generation & Grid Operations 1.5
ELECM 374 Industrial Networks & Communications 1.5

Third Year

Evenings/Weekends (approximately 15-18 hours of on-campus time per week)

Semester 7

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CNTR 358 PLC: ControlLogix Applications 3.0
DSGN 396 Industrial Electrical Design 3.0
PROJ 333 Technical Project Management 1.5

Semester 8

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ELEC 361 Power Systems Analysis 3.0
ELEC 364 Protection & Control 3.0
PROJ 373 Capstone Project Course 3.0


Domestic Tuition*†

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2019/2020 total
1 $4,614 $462 $523 $5,599
2 $2,515 $462 $523 $3,501
3 $2,305 $462 $523 $3,292

International Tuition*†

YearTuition feesSAITfeesSAITSA fees2019/2020 total
1 $16,799 $462 $523 $17,784
2 $8,400 $462 $523 $9,385
3 $9,163 $462 $523 $10,148



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.

The program may be eligible for student loan funding.
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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.
†Costs for the 3-year blended delivery is equivalent to costs for the 2-year full-time delivery. Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change and will be assessed based on individual course load.


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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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