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    Electronics Engineering Technology - Control Systems

(Optional Co-op)

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

Program Description

As a student of ELN, you’ll gain a broad understanding of instrumentation, process control, sequential control, data acquisition, servo control, event–driven PC programming, PLC programming using modern industrial programming languages (IEC 61131–3), analog/digital electronics, AC and DC machines, industrial field bus and conventional networks, and power electronics.

During the final year of the program, you’ll focus on applying learned principles to a project demonstrating computer control of a manufacturing process. The project involves the integration of PLCs, PCs, a robot using field bus and ethernet technology and TCP/ IP protocol. You’ll also study instrumentation and control systems to better understand the effects of process static and dynamic characteristics on control strategy and controller tuning.

This program includes a high proportion of relevant hands–on laboratory work to ensure that the graduate appreciates the practical aspects of industrial/factory automated systems.

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

Pursue a rewarding career as a Control Systems specialist. Our six–semester Electronics Engineering Technology advanced diploma prepares you to work in the area of automation, process control and instrumentation. You’ll find a wide range of employment opportunities with utility companies, manufacturers, consultants, contractors, or government agencies. Your work may include PLC programming, networking, software development, operations, maintenance, technical sales and design. The ELN program will also prepare you for work in GUI and PLC programming, as well as PC interfacing and configuring as applied to automated processes.

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 the ELN 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 (Control Systems) program. For specific credit requirements, please refer to the Electronics Engineering Technology (Control Systems) 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.

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.

Co-operative Education Option

Apply for co–op in your third semester, and if accepted, you’ll gain valuable on–the–job work experience, an opportunity to apply the skills learned in your courses and exposure to employers in the industry. Our employers are committed to providing all co–op students with meaningful work assignments. You could graduate with up to 12 months of paid employment experience while spending only four or eight months longer to achieve your diploma. To be eligible for and progress in co–op, you must achieve and maintain above–average academic standards. Students in the co–op option will also take CPP100 in the semester preceding their first co–op work–term, and CPP200 in the semester following their first work–term. Students must successfully complete CPP100, CPP200 and at least two work–terms to graduate from the co–op option.

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Affiliations and Associations

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

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Electronics Engineering Technology – Control Systems 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 Technologist

OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Electronics Engineering Technology – Control Systems 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)
Queensland University of Technology• Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) or Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Avionics)

Important Academic Dates

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


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
IEL553 Industrial Electronics 5
MCO556 Real-Time Embedded Microcontroller Applications 5
PLC553 Automated Systems 4
PRG553 Event-Driven/GUI Programming 4
SCS553 Science of Control Systems 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ATA653 Advanced Topics in Automation 5
COM426 Wireless and Satellite Communication Systems 5
IEE653 Industrial Electrical Equipment 2
MCN653 Motion Control 2
TPJ655 Technical Project 4
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3


Contact Us

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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: 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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"Seneca’s Electronics Engineering Technology – Control Systems program is excellent. It covers the entire range from the basics of electronics to very complex programmable logic controllers. The professors do an excellent job of guiding students through the course material. Besides their vast knowledge, they have years of experience in the field and they maintain contacts within the industry to keep up to date with current industry standards. Overall an excellent program for anyone who believes automation is the future."

Anoop Chako
2006 Graduate

"I loved my Seneca education. It was a powerful learning experience. It gave me the education and hands–on experience that I needed to succeed in my career."

Homayra Soltani
2004 Graduate

"Seneca College was a great start to a career in Electronics Engineering Technology. Not only do they offer state of the art labs and facilities, but the teachers and faculty are great. They are knowledgeable and up to date in their fields and willing to offer help and advice beyond the standard curriculum. Seneca provides a learning environment dedicated to student success."

Amanda Splaine
2004 Graduate

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