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. This program will also utilize an e-learning (SAIT issued laptop computer) instructional delivery method.
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.
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:
- Enjoy 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 continuing to enjoy learning new skills.
- Being able to learn how something works from a written manual, from observations or from experimenting.
- Having 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).
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.