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Electronic Systems Engineering Technology

Diploma

Program Overview

Location(s):
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus
Length: 74 weeks:

Year 1 - 37 weeks; Year 2 - 37 weeks

Electronic systems are in everything—computers, robotics, medical electronics, fibre optics, automotive electronics, mobile communications, automation, aerospace and surveillance systems and more.  That means your potential job market as an electronic systems engineering technologist is huge.  It’s diverse, dynamic and growing. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers the well-rounded education you need to start a career designing, servicing and troubleshooting systems.

Our Program

Electronic Systems Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus. You’ll gain knowledge and skills in:

  • analog and digital circuits
  • automation systems
  • data and radio communications
  • electronic prototyping
  • microprocessors and microcontrollers
  • printed circuit board design
  • programmable logic controllers
  • technical reporting and project management

You’ll develop troubleshooting skills through practical labs, build project management skills and carry out an applied research project. Your studies culminate in hands-on projects that challenge you to design, test and construct your own electronic prototype.

Nationally Recognized Credential

The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the Engineering Technologist level, which allows you to work across Canada.

Diploma to Degree

Use your diploma to ladder into an engineering degree at Lakehead University in Ontario or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Subsidize Your Study

Check out the Canadian Forces (CF) subsidized education plan for Telecommunications Specialists in the Navy, Army or Air Force. The plan covers your education and training costs while in school, and salary, vacation, medical and dental benefits. Contact your local CF Recruiting Centre to learn more.

Your Career

You’ll be job ready on graduation. First jobs are most often in the design, development, production, installation, sales and service of electronic products and systems. Employers include industrial facilities, manufacturers, commercial organizations, communications providers, resource companies and public agencies. You might create a career for yourself as an independent consultant or be part of a team in a large organization.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
74 weeksBuilding Controls Technologist (Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians)$84,000 - $42,700
74 weeksCommunications Technologist (Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians)$84,000 - $42,700
74 weeksProject Manager (Engineering Managers)$116,800 - $50,200

Program Details

Start Date(s): August

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $6,400
Year 2 - $6,400

International Sudents

Saskatoon

Year 1 (37 weeks) - $12,100

Year 2 (37 weeks) - $13,900

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum of 60% in Math B30 and C30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 85 Arithmetic
  • 40 College Level Math
  • 80 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Post-Secondary Success

One year post-secondary studies plus Physics 30, and a minimum of 60% in the mathematics requirement

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • admission eligibility to the Bachelor of Technology program, Memorial University, Newfoundland (13 courses, totalling 39 credit hours, are required to fulfill the degree requirements; courses are available online)
  • advanced standing toward an engineering degree, Lakehead University (post-diploma programs typically consist of transition courses followed by two years of full-time study)

Courses

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Year 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CALC 281
Differential and Integral Calculus
4
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Building on the knowledge acquired in MATH 384 (Technical Mathematics), you will be introduced to the fundamentals of differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions. You will apply these concepts to curve sketching, max/min problems, related rates, velocity, acceleration, root solutions, bounded area, average value and root-mean-square value.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 65.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 384
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 223
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
DRFT 189
Electronic Drafting
2
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You will use electronic simulation and mechanical CAD software to prepare documentation of electronic circuits and systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 36.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
ELEC 136
Basic Electricity 1
7
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You will study the fundamentals of direct current (DC) electricity. You will be introduced to basic electrical quantities, basic electrical circuits and circuit analysis techniques. You will use multimeters to evaluate the characteristics of DC circuits. You will perform experiments to reinforce the theory.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 98.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELEC 137
Basic Electricity 2
7
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You will study the fundamentals of alternating current (AC) electricity. You will be introduced to electrical quantities, basic electrical circuits and circuit analysis techniques. You will use multimeters, function generators and oscilloscopes to evaluate the characteristics of AC circuits. You will perform experiments to reinforce the theory.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 99.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 136
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELTR 122
Digital 1
6
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You will be introduced to the basic principles of digital logic and use Boolean algebra to describe electronic logic circuits. You will analyze the role of flip-flops in counter and register circuits as well as learn the characteristics of commonly used logic families. Your studies will include using computer software to design and simulate circuits, and hands-on work to build and test circuits. You will use Programmable Logic Device (PLD) software to design basic integrated circuits.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 136, MATH 384
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELTR 123
Digital 2
6
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Building on the knowledge acquired in ELTR 122 (Digital 1), you will study various digital integrated circuit families and continue the study of Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs). You will develop PLD software to satisfy design requirements. You will learn how to design a digital system using state machine methodology and interface analog and digital circuits. You will program a microprocessor using a development system, use software to design and simulate circuits, and use hardware to build and test the actual circuits.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 122
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELTR 124
Analog Devices 1
6
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You will be introduced to the operation of basic diode circuits (including the analysis of unregulated power supplies). You will investigate the operation of bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) and field effect transistors (FETs). You will study the DC operation of transistor amplifiers and switching circuits.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 137
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELTR 125
Analog Devices 2
6
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You will study the AC operation of transistor amplifiers and diode signal conditioning circuits. You will also receive an introduction to the operational amplifier (op-amp), its applications and specifications.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 124
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELTR 126
Industrial Electronics
5
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You will be introduced to the operation of electric machines and controls. You will learn the operating principles of solenoids, relays, stepper motors, and AC & DC motors and controls. Your studies will be a combination of theory and labs to provide a solid grounding in these topics.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 137, PHYS 100
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELTR 127
Power Electronics
5
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You will be introduced to the operation of voltage regulators, thyristors, opto-electronic devices and transistor switching. You will construct circuits using regulators, thyristors, opto-electronic devices and transistors.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 124
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MATH 384
Technical Mathematics for Electronics Technologists
4
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You will study the operations and procedures dealing with algebraic fractions and equations, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, determinants, exponents, radicals, logarithmic and exponential equations, trigonometry, vectors, phasors, number systems and introductory Boolean algebra.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
PHYS 100
Physics
6
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You will study principles of physics at the post-secondary level. The areas of classical physics that apply to currently prevalent technologies will be emphasized. These include electromagnetic field theory, mechanics, thermodynamics and optics.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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You will receive an orientation to your program and learn where and how the technician/technologist fits into the workplace and society. You will become familiar with the role of technicians/technologists in society, study and time management skills, increasing diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability, the impact of technology on society and workplace safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
SHOP 102
Fabrication Techniques
5
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You will be introduced to the practical aspects of fabricating electronic prototypes and products. You will learn about soldering theory, component identification, wires and cables, electrostatic safety, surface mount devices and fasteners. The practical skills you will develop include soldering, wire wrapping, fabricating cables, chassis assembly and metalworking. These topics will be synthesized when you build an electronics project.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 68.0
Equivalent Course(s): SHOP 144, SHOP 181
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
TCOM 102
Communication in Technology
3
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Your studies will focus on the basic skills required of the technologist in the workplace. You will examine the communication process and interpersonal and workplace communication techniques. The course content includes technical writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 120, TMGT 180
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory

Year 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CALC 282
Differential Equations and Transforms for Electronics
3
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Building on the knowledge acquired in CALC 281 (Calculus), you will study classical and Laplace transform methods of solving first and second order integral-differential equations. You will then apply these methods to solving problems that are modelled by first and second order integral-differential equations. The course will conclude with a basic study of the use of Laplace transforms to determine a transfer function and simplify a system modelled by transfer functions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): CALC 281
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
CIRC 102
Printed Circuit Design
3
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You will develop industry-standard schematics using a computer. You will import schematics into a printed circuit board (PCB) design program. You will learn the basic theory regarding printed circuit layout. Some discussion will be devoted to the computer numerical control (CNC) based mechanical subtractive process for rapid PCB prototyping and to designing industry standard PCBs using a software design package.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 51.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 189, SHOP 102
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CIRC 103
Linear Circuits
3
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You will learn how to interpret amplifier specifications from a manufacturer's data sheet. You will design operational-amplifier (op-amp) circuits for amplification, comparison, filtering and mathematical operations. You will also design circuits using inverting and non-inverting op-amp configurations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 49.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 125
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CIRC 104
Sensors
5
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You will use various sensors to convert physical parameters (such as temperature, displacement, force, pressure and level) to usable electrical signals. You will learn how to compensate for errors in a sensor's linear accuracy with a calibration procedure. You will analyze and calibrate signal conditioning circuits that convert a low level sensor output to a standard instrumentation signal. You will use transmitters to condition signals.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 70.0
Prerequisites(s): CIRC 103
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CNTR 104
Automation
6
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Your studies will focus on the methods and devices used to control and automate industrial operations. You will develop typical industrial applications for timers, programmable timers, programmable relays and programmable logic controllers. You will also study devices commonly used with programmable logic controllers, such as operator interfaces, proximity sensors and encoders.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 85.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 126
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CNTR 105
Process Control
5
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You will be introduced to process control by studying open and closed loop control, discrete and analog control, transfer functions, system response and PID tuning methods. You will use process simulation software to develop PID tuning techniques and use these techniques to tune a controller in an actual process loop.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): CALC 282, CNTR 104
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CNTR 106
Automation Systems
3
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You will develop the knowledge and skills required to develop a programmable logic controller (PLC) based control system integrated with a software based human machine interface (HMI) like those typically used in industrial manufacturing or process environments. You will use a variety of common industrial control software applications and hardware that will enable you to develop, integrate and document industrial control applications.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): CNTR 104
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELTR 128
Data Communications
6
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You will study electronic data, voice and video communication technology. Serial, local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) standards for data communication will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): CIRC 103, MICR 106
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ELTR 129
Radio Communications
6
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You will study radio communications technology. Amplitude and angle modulation techniques used in wireless communications will be emphasized. You will also construct and evaluate communication system circuits for broadcast radio and wireless communications.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 128
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MGMT 102
Project Management
2
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You will learn how to use project management techniques and apply them to an electronics project. A hands-on approach will help you learn the principles and concepts of project management (including typical documents and procedures associated with managing an engineering project). You will maintain appropriate documentation and provide regular progress updates to your advisor.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 34.0
Corequisites(s): CIRC 102, CIRC 103, CIRC 104, CNTR 104, MICR 104, MICR 105, MICR 106, TCOM 103
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MICR 104
Microcontrollers 1
3
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You will study microcontroller hardware and peripheral components. You will learn how to interface light-emitting diodes, keypads and liquid-crystal displays with a microcontroller. You will write assembly language programs and use a simulation package to assemble and simulate the code for a microcontroller system. You will create drivers to communicate with the external peripherals. You will wire-wrap and use a microcontroller system in a hands-on environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 51.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 123
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MICR 105
Microcontrollers 2
3
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You will study advanced hardware and peripheral components of a microcontroller system. You will study real-time clocks, digital potentiometers, infrared detectors, serial ports, memory devices, analog-to-digital converters, compare modules, counters, capture modules and pulse width modulation. You will work with a microcontroller system in a hands-on environment and use simulation software to develop programs to interface a microcontroller with its peripherals.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 51.0
Prerequisites(s): MICR 104
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MICR 106
'C' Programming for Embedded Microcontrollers
3
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You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the 'C' programming language. You will write a structured program in 'C'. You will then develop programs in 'C' with an emphasis on embedded microcontroller applications.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 51.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 123
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MICR 107
Microcontrollers 3
4
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You will program microcontrollers using the 'C' programming language. You will use a development system with an integrated 'C' compiler that will compile and simulate your code. You will write code in 'C' to initialize a microcontroller system and all drivers for the system will be written in 'C'. You will optimize code for speed using assembly language embedded in 'C' code.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MICR 105, MICR 106
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MICR 109
Digital Signal Processing
4
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You will study concepts and applications involving digital signal processing (DSP) and you will gain an understanding of representing signals in the discrete time domain. Your studies will introduce you to digital oscillators and digital filters. You will write and test programs using a DSP development system.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MICR 105
Equivalent Course(s): MICR 108
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PROJ 104
Project
6
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You will develop the design you produced in MGMT 102 (Project Management) into a final product. You will construct a prototype to validate your circuit design, design and build a printed circuit board for it, and assemble the printed circuit board into the final product. You will maintain appropriate documentation and provide regular progress updates to your advisor. You will also prepare a final report to document your design.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): CIRC 102, CIRC 104, CNTR 104, MICR 105, MICR 106, MGMT 102
Corequisites(s): TCOM 104
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
TCOM 103
Workplace Communication
3
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Building on the skills you developed in TCOM 102 (Communication in Technology), you will apply basic research skills to create workplace documents. Your studies will focus on the workplace skills of creating effective client relations, conducting meetings and giving presentations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 190
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
TCOM 104
Applied Research in Technology
2
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You will develop a technical proposal and apply advanced research skills to a technical problem. You will use the technical problem-solving process in an applied research project and present your research findings in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 34.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 103
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 115, COMM 182, COMM 290, TCOM 239
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory

Note: A technical thesis is an integral part of this program.

Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away almost $1.5 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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