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Electrical Engineering Technology - Journeyman Electrician Stream

Program Overview

Electrical Engineering Technology - Journeyman Electrician Stream is a three-year part-time offering for Journeyman Electricians, enabling them to work while studying. The program provides a combination of practical and theoretical education that employers are seeking in the industry. After successfully completing this program, Journeyman Electricians will receive a SAIT diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology. The program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board and Technology Accreditation Canada.

Program Length

  • Three-year program
  • Fall 2019
  • Part-time study (online and evenings weekends)

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

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.

  • In addition to the admission requirements, you must demonstrate completion of a Journeyman Electrician Certificate program in Alberta within the past five calendar years. If you've completed your Journeyman Certificate more than five years ago, you may be eligible for this program subject to passing three challenge exams (see PLAR below).
  • You must also apply for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) before your application will be confirmed.
  • If your Journeyman Certificate is from another province, we will assess your transcripts for program eligibility. Submit your Journeyman Electrician transcripts to admissions@sait.ca.
  • The deadline to submit your application and transcripts is July 13, 2019.

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


You will be eligible for credit in the following:

  • Electrical Principles ELCT-205
  • Safety and Environment ENVS-247
  • Electrical Practices ELEC-266

You must apply for PLAR credit. Complete the RPL application form and indicate the courses you want credit for. A PLAR processing fee of $150 per course is required to grant the credits. Please email the completed RPL application form to rpl@sait.ca. If you haven't completed a Journeyman Electrician Certificate program in Alberta within the last five calendar years or if you have completed another Journeyman Electrician program outside of Alberta, you may be eligible for this program subject to you writing and passing three challenge exams. The fee per challenge exam is $250.

Written challenge exam:  Aug. 17 - 25, 2019

Practical challenge exam:  Aug. 26, 2019

Program Schedule

Year 1: Online and In-Class Labs (approx. 2 weekends of on-campus time per semester)

Semester 1: Fall 2019Semester 2: Winter 2020Semester 3: Spring/Summer 2020
MATH-237 - Math for Technologists MATH-280 - Calculus for Technologists ENGD-238 - Electrical Diagrams & AutoCAD
ELTR-232 - Digital & Electronic Circuits ELEC-291 - Electrical Analysis COMM-288 - Technical Communications II
COMM-238 - Technical Communications I COMP-213 - Computing for Engineering Technology ELTR-262 - Power Electronics

Year 2: Evenings/Weekends (approx. 12 hours of on-campus time per week)

Semester 4: Fall 2020Semester 5: Winter 2021Summer Break
ELEC-306 - Machine Applications DSGN-301 - Electrical Design Principles
ELEC-352 - Rotating Machines CNTR-309 - PLC: Premium Unity Pro Applications
ELEC-353 - Transformer Applications ELEC-302 - Generation & Grid Operations
ELCM-374 - Industrial Networks & Communications

Year 3: Evenings/Weekends (approx. 12 hours of on-campus time per week)

Semester 6: Fall 2021Semester 7: Winter 2022Summer Break
DSGN-396 - Industrial Electrical Design ELEC-361 - Power Systems Analysis
CNTR-358 - PLC: Contrologix Applications ELEC-364 - Protection & Control
PROJ-333 - Technical Project Management PROJ-373 - Capstone Project Course


Course fees for the Journeyman Electrician Stream will be the same as courses in the full-time Electrical Engineering Technology Program.

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