Electronic Systems Engineering Technology


Program Overview

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.

Electronic Systems Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. 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.

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 or a mining engineering technology degree at Queen’s University in Ontario.

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.


Career and Salary Information

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.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Automation Controls TechnologistMechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2232)$37,500 - $80,000
Communications TechnologistElectrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2241)$54,100 - $101,000
Electronics Design TechnologistElectrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2241)$54,100 - $101,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August

Length: 74 weeks:

Year 1 - 37 weeks; Year 2 - 37 weeks

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  • Saskatoon


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 for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 240 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 256 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

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.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $7,545
Year 2 - $6,625

International Students

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Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Graduates of the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology Diploma may be eligible for 30 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Manufacturing degree program, or 36 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Bio-Medical, Electronics and Controls, or Petroleum degree programs 
Graduates of this program may obtain advanced standing toward a degree in engineering.
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report
Graduates of this program with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (75%) may qualify for admission to Queen's University's BTech (Mining) Degree Program. Block transfer of 72 units less the required Customized Bridge Course units will be granted upon admission. Students must pass each prescribed bridge course with a minimum C- in order to progress to Year 3 of the BTech (Mining) Program.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships


Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at the Technologist level.

TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.

Professional Registration

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan is the provincial regulatory body for graduates of this Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.  As a graduate of an accredited program recognized by Technology Professionals Saskatchewan, your academic training places you on an expedited path towards obtaining professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.).  For more information, visit tpsk.ca

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