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    Electronics Engineering Technology - Communications

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:ELM
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Your studies will encompass a broad background in analog/digital electronics, software development, and modern communications.

You’ll benefit from a comprehensive investigation of such areas as electronic circuitry, diagnostic techniques, applied mathematics, process control, and computer systems/networks. During the final year of the program, you’ll focus on applying learned principles to the design and testing of projects in electronic communications. In addition, you’ll study advanced communication topics, including digital and data communications, the characteristics of signals and transmission media, HDTV, satellite, microwave, PCS and cellular wireless systems, as well as broadband to the home.

This program provides you with relevant hands– on laboratory work to ensure that you’re well prepared for 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, design and produce electrical and electronics drawings, layouts and reports.
  • Analyze and solve technical problems related to electronics engineering by applying principles of advanced mathematics and science.
  • Apply appropriate troubleshooting techniques to electronic circuits or systems and generate and perform test procedures.
  • Design, build, test and troubleshoot electronic circuits, equipment, systems and subsystems in accordance with job requirements, functional specifications and relevant standards.
  • Modify, maintain, repair and recommend electronic equipment and systems in accordance with relevant operational guidelines.
  • Determine, select, recommend and justify the purchase of electronic equipment, components and systems in accordance with code, standards and job requirements and functional specifications.
  • Design, modify, analyze and troubleshoot logic and digital circuits, and embedded microprocessor-based and microcontroller-based systems, including assembly and high-level language programs.
  • Design, analyze and troubleshoot circuits consisting of passive components by applying appropriate measurement techniques.
  • Design, analyze and troubleshoot circuits consisting of low power, high power, active and electromechanical components, and analog integrated circuits.
  • Design, analyze and troubleshoot control systems.
  • Design, analyze, troubleshoot and repair analog and digital communication systems.
  • Apply relevant shop practices in compliance with safety policies and current regulations for electronics engineering workplaces.
  • Collaborate in selecting, co-ordinating 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.
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of team projects by applying project management 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

Complete your advanced diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology – Communications and you’ll be prepared for a career as an Electronics Technologist in a wide range of fields involving the sale, design, maintenance, servicing, testing, or installation of electronic equipment. You’ll find that your career–focused education in electronics can expand your employment opportunities to such diverse areas as telephone, internet, and cable service providers, wireless and satellite communications companies, as well as many communications support service companies, communications instrument manufacturers, optical fiber, broadband cable, and PCS/ cellular network installation and maintenance contractors.

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 ELM 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.

Note: Graduates of the Seneca College two–year Electronics Engineering Technician program, with a minimum grade point average of 2.8, will be required to take additional credit courses in order to make the transition to the three–year Electronics Engineering Technology (Communications) program. For specific credit requirements, please refer to the Electronics Engineering Technology (Communications) program description on our website, or seek advice from a program co–ordinator. It is recommended that technician students considering such a transition investigate current requirements prior to the end of their first year in the Technician program.

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Electronics Engineering Technology – 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).

Co-operative Education Option

In your third semester, you’ll be eligible to apply for co–op, a valuable opportunity to gain meaningful work experience with our industry partners. Employers are committed to providing you with relevant work assignments. Upon graduation, you may have acquired up to 12 months of paid employment experience while spending only four or eight months longer to achieve your diploma. You must achieve and maintain above average academic standards for acceptance and progression in co–op.

Students in the co–op option will also take CPP100 (Co–op Professional Practice) in the semester preceding their first co–op work–term, and CPP200 (Co–op Professional Practice) in the semester following their first co–op work–term. Students must successfully complete CPP100, CPP200 and at least two co–op work–terms to graduate from the co–op option.

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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)

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.

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist

OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Electronics Engineering Technology – Communications program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist 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.

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General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which EAC150 is a pre-requisite.

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
Lakehead University• Bachelor of Engineering
McMaster University• Bachelor of Technology, Energy Engineering Technologies
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Science - Science and Technology - Engineering Technology Stream
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) (Honours) - Bridge - Information Technology Security
• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power - Bridge
Western University• Bachelor of Engineering Science


University/CollegeDegrees Available
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)
Cape Breton University• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Manufacturing
• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Electronics and Controls or Petroleum majors


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Birmingham City University• Bachelor of Engineering - Electronics Engineering
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
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DGS355 Digital Systems 5
ECR353 Electronic Circuits 5
IPS355 Interpersonal Skills 2
MTH356 Mathematics - Introductory Calculus and Statistics 4
PHY354 Physics for Electronics 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AMT453 Advanced Mathematics 4
COM455 Communications Fundamentals 5
CST453 Control Systems Theory 5
ELM453 Electrical Machines 4
MCO455 Microprocessors I 4
NET455 Networking Essentials 4
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COM555 Digital and Broadband Communication Systems 5
ETD555 Engineering Technology and Design 4
MCO556 Real-Time Embedded Microcontroller Applications 5
PRG553 Event-Driven/GUI Programming 4
TRN553 Transmission Theory 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COM556 Wireless and Satellite Communication Systems 5
TPJ655 Technical Project 4
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 5

Professional Options

* Select from a broad range of professional option courses in the areas of Communications, Computer Networking, Programming, and Embedded Systems. In addition, a course preparing you for the OACETT Professional Practice exam is offered twice per year. You may also receive Professional Option credit for selected courses offered through the Faculty of Business. Please consult a student advisor or co–ordinator for more information.

Course offerings in a given semester are subject to change. It is suggested that you check our web page for more information (, Curriculum, then ELM Options for pre–requisites and current offerings, OR ELM Curriculum and select a Professional Option in the list to see course outlines). For additional details, please consult with a program co–ordinator.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit our website at:
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:
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: Goran Tesanovic
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22426
2nd Year Program Coordinator: Roderick Turner
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22431
Co-op Coordinator: Krista Lonergan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26833
Program Chair: Evan Weaver
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22446
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"I have been interested in electronics and computers all my life, and the Electronics Engineering Technology – Communications (Co–op) program at Seneca gave me the opportunity to further this interest with a valuable program that I enjoyed learning. The skills I learned in the classroom give me the competitive edge in the workforce, and the inspiring professors gave me the desire to pursue my interest at the university level. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who shares my interests, but I would also recommend it to those who know nothing about computers or electronics but want to learn."

Adam Hanna
2005 Graduate

"The Electronics Engineering Technology – Communications (Co–op) program has given me the opportunity to apply for every position available, ranging from a networking technician to a CSE (Customer Service Engineer). With the feedback from many employers, I can also move into various positions like Project Management and Design. The success I have is all due to the great knowledge and hands– on experience I have gained at Seneca in the ELMC program."

Vahab Jalali
2005 Graduate

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