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Electronics Engineering Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

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

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

Program Highlights

Learn how to design, analyze and troubleshoot electronic circuits and systems for a career as an electronics engineering technologist, working in areas such as GPS-based systems, surveillance and wireless communication systems.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,096
Year 2: $7,096 
Year 1 (International): $21,500
Year 2 (International): $21,500

*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 for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Program Details

Program description

The Electronics Engineering Technology program is an analysis and design-oriented program with emphasis given to electronic circuits, systems and sub-systems. This program prepares graduates with professional, technical and practical skills that include problem-solving, research, design, prototyping, implementation, installation and testing of electronics-based systems.

Specific studies include digital and analog applications, electronic controls, computer-based circuit design and simulation, microprocessor systems, RF communications and computer-enhanced test and measurement systems. Areas of employment may include GPS-based systems, measurement, control, security and surveillance and wireless communication systems.

Graduates of the Electronics Engineering Technology program have the relevant technical, applied and professional skills that employers seek in this dynamic industry sector. Graduates may find employment as an electronic engineering technologist assisting in research, design, development of prototyping of electronic-based circuits and systems. They will also have the opportunity to continue their studies toward an engineering degree. SAIT offers articulation agreements with a variety of universities across Canada.

Working with electrical engineers who provide the conceptual design, the electronics engineering technologist will assist with the practical aspects of circuit design and analyze circuit performance. Electronics engineering technologists may design and/or evaluate the performance of the circuit using a variety of analysis methods. The technologist also works closely with technicians who fabricate, troubleshoot, measure and calibrate the systems.

The learning environment incorporates instructor-led instruction and discussions enhanced with computer-based presentations and simulation software. Most classes integrate time in the lab, allowing students to apply their knowledge in a real, practical environment. 

Your career

Graduates of this program possess a broad, practical knowledge of electronics for a career in a dynamic industry sector. Electronics Engineering Technologists can expect above-average wages and opportunities for advancement in an occupation that is constantly evolving and diversified. This person will use their creativity, math and science skills to develop and maintain electronics systems.

Electronics Technologists may work independently and/or be a vital member of a design and implementation team. An electronics engineering technologist can pursue a path toward a degree based on the knowledge they gain through training and their work experience.

Student success

Success in this area of study requires an interest in physics and a strong foundation in mathematics. Electronics Engineering Technologists apply science to practical applications. They learn to think like engineers while using their experience in manufacturing and analysis. Lifelong learning is an expectation for career growth.

Characteristics of a successful student in this program include:

  • enjoys solving problems using a logical, analytical and systematic approach
  • being patient, persistent, meticulous, innovative and creative when trying to figure things out
  • working independently with little supervision but also capable of performing as a vital member of a team of professionals
  • enjoys keeping up-to-date on new technological developments and learning new skills
  • being able to learn how something works from a written manual, observations or experimenting
  • having a working knowledge of the MS Office Suite would be an asset.


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


The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits this program at the Engineering Technologist level.

After two years of suitable industrial experience, graduates are eligible for membership in The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET).

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
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Camosun College
  • Cape Breton University
  • Lakehead University
  • NAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Victoria

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


Have questions about this specific program?

Contact MacPhail School of Energy

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 75% in Math 30-2, 
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 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 Electronics Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts/and or anticipated finale 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. 


Program outline

  • The learning environment is an in-class blended delivery that incorporates traditional instructor-lead instruction and discussions enhanced with computer-based presentations and simulation software. Additionally, most courses incorporate laboratory exercises that are designed to realize theoretical principles into real-world applications and situations. 
  • View additional Electronics Engineering Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Courses may be scheduled between 8:00 am - 9:00 pm. 

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
DIGI-210 Digital Fundamentals 3.0
EFAB-202 Electronic Fabrication 3.0
ELTR-238 Electronic Fundamentals 3.0
MATH-237 Mathematics for Technologists 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0


Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
CPRG-252 C Programming for Technologists 3.0
DIGI-260 Digital Devices and Applications 3.0
ELTR-270 Electronic Devices and Circuits I 3.0
HREL-250 Business Dynamics 3.0
MATH-280 Calculus for Technologists 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
ELCM-322 Wireless Communication Systems 3.0
ELEC-305 Applied Analysis 3.0
ELTR-300 Electronic Devices and Circuits II 3.0
MCRO-310 Microprocessor Fundamentals 3.0
PROJ-306 Planning and Tools for Electronics Projects  3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0


Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
CNTR-362 Electronic Control Systems 3.0
ELCM-382 Wireless Applications and Networks 3.0
INST-302 Automated Test and Measurement 3.0
MCRO-350 Micro Design and Application 3.0
PROJ-354 Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0


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 $5,874 $682 $288 $252 $7,096
2 $5,874 $682 $288 $252 $7,096

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $20,187 $682 $288 $344 $21,500
2 $20,187 $682 $288 $344 $21,500

*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: $344
  • 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

Orientation date

Friday, Aug. 30


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 an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is an e-learning program, which means you will be provided with a laptop with all the necessary software required. Find instructions on how to pick-up your e-learning laptop

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

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: MacPhail.students@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Derek recommends this program because of all the hands-on experience he gained through the classes and because the comprehensive classes give students opportunities to experience many aspects of the industry they want to join.

Derek Johnson
Electronics Engineering Technology | 2016

"You have experience before you even get a job."

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