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    Computer Engineering Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:ECT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Seneca’s Computer Engineering Technology program provides you with a sound inter–disciplinary foundation, combining the three primary branches of Information and Communications Technology: electronics, software development and IT infrastructure.

The School of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) incorporates curriculum and content from a number of widely–recognized companies and organizations, including CompTIA (A+ and Network+) and Cisco (the School of ICT is a recognized Cisco Academy). In addition, the School of ICT supports strong ties with major companies in Information and Engineering Technology, including Microsoft, Red Hat, Rogers, Altera and Agilent. These linkages are critical to providing pathways for you to gain exposure to current practices in Computer Engineering Technology and also offer opportunities that can lead to key industry certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

In addition, option subjects in upper semesters allow you to specialize in your career field of interest, with courses which address current industry trends. As a graduate, your knowledge of both relevant equipment and its use will enhance your career opportunities in the computer and information technology fields.

Areas of Study

The Computer Engineering Technology program uses an “electronics first” approach to computers by providing a strong foundation in electronics, data communications and digital signaling. You’ll gain extensive training in programming, including structured programming techniques using C and C++, Assembler, Visual Basic and Java. In addition, you’ll study operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Unix/Linux. PC hardware assembly and trouble–shooting, as well as computer network design, installation and support, including Cisco router implementation, are also addressed.

Common First Year

In the School of Information and Communications Technology, all electronics and engineering diploma programs (ECT, EEN, EET) have the first two semesters in common, facilitating easy transfer between program before second year.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).



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Your Career

In today’s world, computers and electronics are at the core of almost everything we do. The Computer Engineering Technology advanced diploma program prepares you to be a triple threat, able to work on circuitry, to write computer programs and to build computer networks, each of which is a job category of its own. As a Computer Engineering Technologist, you will be able to pursue a myraid of career paths involving computer technology. Specific roles include: programmer, network analyst, network installer, systems analyst, network designer, software specialist, product development specialist or technology support. You’ll find employment opportunities in both small and large organizations serving many sectors.


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)
  • York Technology Association (YTA)
  • Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)
  • Cisco Academy
  • Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)

Co-operative Education Option

All Computer Engineering Technology students who meet the requirements are eligible to apply for co–operative education work–terms. Students may apply to co–op as early as semester two. After completion of the third academic semester, you’ll have the opportunity to begin your first work–term with co–operative employers in a position related to your field of study. The final two work–terms alternate with the three remaining semesters. This co–operative program allows you to gain valuable work–related experience, develop an effective job search strategy and to establish employer contacts, which is useful when seeking permanent employment.

Students in the co–op option will take Co–op Professional Theory in the semester preceding their first work–term and Co-op Professional Practice in the semester following their first work–term. Students must successfully complete those courses and at least 2 co–op work–terms to graduate from the co–op option. For further information about co–op, please refer to

Professional Certification

The Electronics Engineering Technology program has been designed to meet national technology accreditation requirements as mandated by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT), the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).


Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist

The Computer Engineering Technology program has been designed to meet the academic requirements set by OACETT for certification in the Technologist category. Application and additional requirements (i.e. work experience and qualifying professional practice, etc.) to become certified are available from OACETT.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Seneca College• Bachelor of Technology, Informatics and Security
• Bachelor of Technology, Software Development
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Arts in a related field
• Bachelor of Computer Science
Lakehead University• Bachelor of Engineering
McMaster University• Bachelor of Technology, Computing and Information Technology
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology – Engineering Technology Stream
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) (Honours) – Networking and Information Technology Security – Direct Entry
• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power – Bridge


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma)
• Bachelor of Science - Computer and Information Systems (Post Diploma)
British Columbia Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management
Camosun College• Bridge Program to University of Victoria - Bachelor of Engineering (Computer or Electrical)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Davenport University• BSc - Technology Management - Global IT Project Management


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Gloucestershire• BSc (Hons) Computing
Griffith University• Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) or Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering)

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in an electronics and/or computer engineering–related discipline, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
ETY155 Electricity 5
LIN155 Electronic Lab Instrumentation and Techniques 3
LNX155 Introduction to Linux 2
MTH155 Mathematics 4
PRG155 Programming Fundamentals Using "C" 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECR255 AC Circuit Principles 5
ELD255 Electronics: Semiconductor Devices 4
IPS255 Interpersonal Skills 3
MIR355 Microcomputer Repair 4
MTH255 Mathematics 4
PRG255 Advanced Programming Using "C" 4
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COM455 Communications Fundamentals 5
DGS255 Digital Systems 5
MCO455 Microprocessors I 4
NET455 Networking Essentials 4
PRG355 Object Oriented Programming Using C++ 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (Co-op option only) 1
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term (Co-op option only)
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DGS355 Advance Digital Systems 4
ECP455 Electronics Engineering Codes and Practices 3
MTH356 Mathematics - Introductory Calculus and Statistics 4
NSP655 Network Servers and Peripherals 4
PRG455 Event Driven Programming and Visual Basic 4
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (Co-op option only) #
CWT200 Co-op Work-Term (Co-op option only)
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ETD555 Engineering Technology and Design 4
NET556 Cisco Internetworking I 5
WCM555 Wireless Communication and Microcontrollers 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
CWT300 Co-op Work-Term - Optional (Co-op option only)
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AMT453 Advanced Mathematics 4
OLS655 On-line Systems 6
TPJ655 Technical Project 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Electronic Lab Instrumentation and Techniques
Introduction to Linux
Programming Fundamentals Using "C"
College English
Semester 2
AC Circuit Principles
Semiconductor Devices
Interpersonal Skills
Microcomputer Repair
Advanced Programming Using "C"
Semester 3
Communications Fundamentals
Digital Systems
Microprocessors I
Networking Essentials
Object Oriented Programming Using C++
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 4
Advanced Digital Systems
Electronics Engineering Codes and Practices
Network Servers and Peripherals
Event Driven Programming and Visual Basic
Technical Communications
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 5
Engineering Technology and Design
Cisco Internetworking I
Wireless Communication and Microcontrollers
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 6
Advanced Mathematics
On-Line Systems
Technical Project
Professional Option
Professional Option
General Education Option

General Education

One of the general education subjects must be a literature subject (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Professional Options

A broad range of professional option courses in the areas of Communications, Computer Networking, Programming and Embedded Systems are available. In addition, a course preparing you for the OACETT Professional Practice Exam is offered twice per year. Please consult a student advisor or co-ordinator or check our website for more information.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Diana Samuel-DeRoche
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
Program Coordinator: David Finlay
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22431
Co-op Coordinator: Tracy Rogers
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26833
Program Chair: Evan Weaver
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22446

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