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Electrical Techniques
Electrical Engineering Technician – Industrial

Available as a one- or two-year program

As our dependence on electricity grows, so too does the demand for skilled electrical workers. Electrical Engineering Techniques students are introduced to electrical principles and building construction wiring while technician students advance into industrial automation and PLC programming, preparing for tomorrow's trends in next-generation robotics.

Want to learn more about this program? Join us on Saturday, November 6 for a live Electrical Techniques/Electrical Engineering Technician – Industrial program webinar via Zoom.


This program will be delivered in a hybrid format in the Fall semester. For more information, please visit our Fall Program Delivery page.


  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Certificate (Techniques)

    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

Find your career

Loyalist’s focus on industrial automation provides the foundation for a vast array of career options:

  • Residential, commercial or industrial electrician
  • Automation specialist
  • Robotics technician
  • Programmable logic controller programmer
  • Appliance repair
  • Heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC)
  • Electrical estimator
  • Industrial networking specialist
  • Electrical inspector
  • Electrical systems and products trainer
  • Communications systems technician
  • Gaffer (movie/video production electrician)
  • Railway signal technician
  • Average starting salaries range from $35,000 to $39,999.*

*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Electrical Designer, Bombardier Inc.
  • Millwright/Machine Maintenance, Horizon Plastics International Inc.
  • Construction/Maintenance Electrician, Hydro One
  • Electrical Apprentice, Quorum International
  • Account Manager, Torbram Electric Supply

Is it for you?

Students who thrive in this program:

  • Like taking things apart and knowing how they work.
  • Enjoy hands-on learning by doing.
  • Enjoy working with computers and new technology.

Experiential learning

Get practical, real-life training in a supportive learning environment that nurtures one-on-one relationships with instructors:

  • The first year provides a working understanding of electricity and electronics, as well as the fundamental skills needed in electrical construction and automation.
  • Develop skills in electrical installation, motor control and the basics of industrial processes — including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), fluid power and process control.
  • Hands-on work with actual PLCs in your first year, not just simulation software.
  • Students gain a solid understanding of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
  • A second year of study delivers skills required in installing, configuring, maintaining and calibrating industrial control systems, including industrial robotic and automated production systems.
  •  Students can apply their knowledge to extracurricular projects, such as building a racecar simulator arcade game using only automation equipment and software.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn with dedicated instructors who come from and still work in the industry.
  • Professors have extensive backgrounds in manufacturing, engineering, construction, technology and telecommunications in a variety of roles such as industrial and construction electrician, lead technician, technical project manager, network engineer and corporate trainer.

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