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.
Prepare for an electrical engineering career with professional, technical and practical skills, such as problem-solving, research, design, prototyping, implementation, installation and testing of electronics-based systems. You’ll learn about digital and analog applications, electronic controls, computer-based circuit design and simulation, microprocessor systems, RF communications, and computer-enhanced test and measurement systems.
When you complete the program you’ll have the relevant technical, applied and professional skills that employers seek in this dynamic industry sector. Your employment opportunities include electronic engineering technologist assisting in research, design, development of prototyping of electronic-based circuits and systems. As a graduate of the program, you’ll also have the opportunity to continue your studies toward an Engineering degree. Transfer options are available to various universities across Canada.
Working with electrical engineers who provide the conceptual design, as an electronics engineering technologist, you will assist with the practical aspects of circuit design and analyze circuit performance. Electronics engineering technologists design and/or evaluate the performance of the circuit using a variety of analysis methods. Technologists also work closely with technicians who fabricate, troubleshoot, measure and calibrate the systems. This program incorporates instructor-led instruction and discussions enhanced with computer-based presentations and simulation software. Your classes integrate time in the lab, allowing you to apply your knowledge in a real, practical environment. You’ll 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.
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) 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).
The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.
Completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- At least 60% in Math 30-1, or 75% in Math 30-2, AND,
- At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
- At least 60% in Physics 20.
- All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
- Apply knowledge of the basic electronic components and circuits.
- Identify electronic devices that use diodes, transistors and amplifiers such as various kinds op-amps, power supplies, and regulators.
- Diagnose specify, select, design construct, and characterize digital circuits, DC and AC analog circuits.
- Design, implement and troubleshoot digital logic circuits and systems.
- Apply an understanding of logic circuit configurations such as counters, decoders, state machines, CPLDs and VHDL, analog to digital converters and other logic devices and applications.
- Diagnose design, specify, construct and characterize communications systems.
- Apply knowledge of analog communication techniques and devices such as analog modulation, transmitters and receivers, antennas, transmission lines, signal propagation mechanisms and cellular technology concepts.
- Describe digital communications and data networks as well as some of the well-known data communication systems such as wifi, LTE, and IoT.
- Diagnose specify, select, and design computer programs using appropriate coding and debugging environments.
- Demonstrate how to effectively design automated testing systems.
- Demonstrate knowledge in C Programming and Electronic Devices and Circuits.
- Diagnose, specify, select, design, and construct, micro-processor or micro-controller based systems.
- Apply basic programming skills related to Micro Controllers using ARM Cortex M4 processor.
- Program various peripheral devices such as timer counters, DAC, ADC, PWM and embedded operating systems.
- Participate in a team project to demonstrate acquired technical and project management skills.