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    Electronics Engineering Technician - Communications

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

Program Description

Gain a solid background in the fundamentals of modern electronics, with particular emphasis on communications systems and circuits. The ELCM program provides you with a high proportion of relevant hands–on laboratory work to build your knowledge of and experience in practical aspects of the global telecommunications system, and of electronic communications in general.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze, interpret, modify and prepare electrical and electronics drawings, layouts and reports, with guidance as required.
  • Analyze and solve routine technical problems related to electronics engineering by applying fundamental concepts of mathematics and science.
  • Apply appropriate troubleshooting techniques to electronic circuits or systems and perform test procedures.
  • Assemble, modify, test and troubleshoot electronic circuits, equipment and systems in accordance with job requirements, functional specifications and relevant standards, with guidance as required.
  • Maintain and repair electronic equipment and systems in accordance with relevant operational guidelines.
  • Provide justification for the purchase of electronic equipment, components and systems in accordance with code, standards and job requirements, and functional specifications.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot logic and digital circuits, as well as embedded microprocessor-based and microcontroller-based systems, including assembly and high-level language programs.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot circuits consisting of passive components by applying appropriate measurement techniques.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot circuits consisting of low power, high power, active and electromechanical components, and analog integrated circuits.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot control systems.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain and repair analog and digital communication systems.
  • Apply relevant shop practices in compliance with safety policies and current regulations for electronics engineering workplaces.
  • Assist in implementing and conducting quality control and quality assurance programs and procedures.
  • Complete work in compliance with relevant legislation, established standards, policies, procedures and regulations, and ethical principles.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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

Start your career as an Electronics Technician and work in the growing field of electronics. Your employment opportunities could include a wide range of fields involving the sale, maintenance, servicing, testing or installation of electronic equipment. Our graduates from the Electronics Engineering Technician – Communications diploma program expand their career options to areas such as telephone, internet, and cable service providers, wireless and satellite communication companies, as well as the associated communications service support companies.

Areas of Study

You’ll study such areas as electronic devices and circuitry, microcontroller–based circuits, diagnostic techniques, mathematics, and computer programming. During the final year of the program, you’ll focus on applying the learned principles to electronic communications. This includes such topics as digital, analog, and data communications, signal and transmission media characteristics, digital modulation and wireless systems.

FAST TRACK into Semester 3

With your existing diploma or degree 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 the ELCM 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.

Common First Year

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

Technology Program

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

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)
  • Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Electronics Engineering Technician – Communications 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).

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technician

OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Electronics Engineering Technician – Communications 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.

Canadian Forces Accreditation

This program has been accredited by the Canadian Forces – eligible students may receive full tuition and living expense support, as well as a salary while attending school. Work commitment to the Canadian Forces following graduation will vary. Please refer to the website at

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 and Security
• Bachelor of Technology, Software Development
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) (Honours) – Bridge – Information Technology Security


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering)

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
CTA352 Circuit Analysis 4
DGS355 Digital Systems 5
IPS355 Interpersonal Skills 2
MCO455 Microprocessors I 4
MIR355 Microcomputer Repair 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COM425 Digital and Broadband Communication Systems 6
COM426 Wireless and Satellite Communication Systems 5
NET455 Networking Essentials 4
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
TPJ452 Electronics Technician Senior Project 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

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:
  Aleksandra Sasin
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Diana Samuel-DeRoche
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
1st Year Program Coordinator: Goran Tesanovic
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22426
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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“The Seneca ELCM program provided me with a solid background to enter the workforce. The program offered a comprehensive study of electronics, and the entire electronics industry. The hands–on experience we gained in everything from communication radio to telecommunications techniques proved valuable tools in the “real world”. We had access to great labs and equipment, and through various building projects, experienced the intricate workings of electronics first–hand.”

Michael Falkner
1997 Graduate
Cabler, Aeroteck Ltd.

"The outstanding academic education I received at Seneca, although very important, was not the only factor that helped me succeed in my career in Electronics. The Co–op option was fundamental in helping me to enter the workforce, and in making the transition from school to work seamless and painless. In addition to that, many of my teachers provided me with an ethical and professional foundation that, along with the theoretical and hands–on knowledge I received in the classrooms and labs, have made me a very strong performer in my industry."

David Guerra
2003 Graduate

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