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My favourite assignment was working with motors. It was the most fun because we had lots of interaction. 

Robert Simpson
Electrical Technician - Instrumentation & Control
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I had heard that the Electrical Technician program at Durham College was one of the best and it was the closest to home. The shared campus is great [...]

Jenna-Lynn Williams
Electrical Technician – Instrumentation and Control
Electrical Engineering Technician

Electrical Engineering Technician

Electrical Engineering Technician

Electrical Engineering Technician

Electrical Engineering Technician

Whether you find yourself at a dairy farm or in a nuclear power plant, your knowledge and skills of electricity, safety and installation methods give you the ability to monitor the motor controls and wiring systems that allow businesses to operate. Having physical control of the temperature, pressure and Ph balances ensures that staff are comfortable, safe, and that work is completed effectively and up to code.

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Program Description

As an Electrical Technician student, you will learn the fundamentals of electrically based technologies and how to assemble, install, test and calibrate electrical testing equipment.

This program will focus on the skills required to install and maintain current industrial, electrical and electronic systems, including programmable logic controls, and enable you to develop troubleshooting and problem solving skills through theoretical and extensive hands-on training.

Topics include:

  • Electrical theory
  • Instrumentation
  • Motor controls
  • Canadian Electrical Code
  • Blue Prints
  • Electronics
  • Building systems (fire alarms, data networks, security, etc.

Hands-on instruction will account for up to 35 to 45 per cent of class time. If you successfully complete Year 1 and choose to leave at that time, you will receive an Ontario College certificate in Electrical Techniques.

Note: Students wishing to challenge apprenticeship exemption exams are required to pay an examination fee.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U) – technical mathematics (recommended)
  • Two additional senior level credits
  • Grade 11 or 12 physics and chemistry (recommended)

Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact or call 905.721.3126.

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Career Options


  • Building automation technician
  • Cable puller
  • Certified fire alarm apprentice
  • CN signaller
  • Electrical apprentice
  • Field specialist, fibre optics
  • Home theatre installer
  • Overhead linesman
  • Telecommunications technician


  • Construction companies/contractors
  • Electrical service companies
  • Home service companies
  • Hydro companies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Rail and shipping companies
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$4,185$14,357

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian international colleges and universities. 

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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