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  • Electronics Engineering Technician - Broadband Cable

    Electronics Engineering Technician - Broadband Cable

Program Code:ELCB
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

As a student of ELCB, you’ll gain a good foundation in fundamental electronics, as well as a broad background in general communications including both analog and digital techniques. In addition, you’ll benefit from extensive hands–on experience with actual cable system hardware, tools, and instrumentation. A minimum of two weeks working with experienced field technicians is required for completion of the final year in this program.

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).



The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

The Electronics Engineering Technician – Broadband Cable program prepares you to be job–ready in the field of broadband cable installation and service. Your career in the cable industry will involve the installation, setup, and configuration of a wide variety of home entertainment products, including standard and high–definition televisions, VCRs and DVD players, digital set–top units, and cable modems. You may also find employment opportunities in front–line sales and marketing, as well as the installation, upgrading, and trouble shooting of broadband cable distribution networks, which may include work with fiber optic cable. With your ELCB diploma, you have options – including careers in related areas of the telecommunications industry, such as telephony or telephone system service.

Common First Year

In the School of Information and Communications Technology, all electronics and computer engineering diploma programs (ECT, ELCB, ELCC, ELCM, ELM, ELN) have the first two semesters in common, facilitating easy transfer between programs before second year.

FAST TRACK into Semester 3

If you already have a post–secondary education in Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, or directly related technology disciplines, you may qualify to FAST TRACK your studies and be given direct entry into the second year of this program. The granting of credits beyond semester two is possible in exceptional cases. FAST TRACK entry may, at the discretion of the department, be offered to partially qualified candidates, in conjunction with requirements to complete additional courses from semesters one or two.

Technology Program

Graduates may be able, with additional courses, to proceed into Electronics Engineering Technology.

Areas of Study

Areas of study include DC and AC electricity, mathematics, passive and active electronics, analog and digital communications, microcontrollers, programming, cable system components and design, English, and General Education courses.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)
  • York Technology Association (YTA)
  • Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technician

OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Electronics Engineering Technician – Broadband Cable program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technician category. Application and additional requirements (i.e. work experience and qualifying professional practice exam, etc.) to become certified are available from OACETT.

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Electronics Engineering Technician – Broadband Cable program has met national technology accreditation requirements as mandated by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

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 & Security
• Bachelor of Technology, Software Development
York University• Any relevant major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) (Honours) - Bridge - Information Technology Security
Western University• Bachelor of Engineering Science


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Important Academic Dates

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


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
ETY155 Electricity 8
LIN155 Electronic Lab Instrumentation and Techniques 3
MTH155 Mathematics 5
PRG155 Programming Fundamentals Using "C" 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DGS255 Digital Systems 5
ECR255 AC Circuit Principles 5
EDV255 Electronic Devices 6
MTH255 Mathematics 5
PRG255 Advanced Programming Using "C" 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COM455 Communications Fundamentals 5
CSS352 Cable Systems Fundamentals 4
CTA352 Circuit Analysis 4
IPS355 Interpersonal Skills 2
MCO455 Microprocessors I 4
MIR355 Microcomputer Repair 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAP452 Computer Applications and Troubleshooting 4
CCM452 Cable Communications Networks 5
COM425 Digital and Broadband Communication Systems 6
CSP452 Cable Systems Project 4
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
International Admissions Advisor: Aakashni Ram
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22085
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Yuliya Krasko
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Diana Samuel-DeRoche
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
1st Year Program Coordinator: David Finlay
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22411
2nd Year Program Coordinator: Roderick Turner
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22431
Program Chairs: Evan Weaver
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22446
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