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Applied Electronic Trouble-Shooting Techniques

Seneca College Certificate

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Overview

The expanding field of digital electronics requires trained technicians that can work in the electronics data-processing and communications industries. This program provides up to date skills and knowledge to those already working in the electronics field or those seeking entry level positions, by providing practical, hands-on training on state of the art equipment, reinforced with a sound theoretical framework.

Topics include:

  • electronic devices and circuitry
  • microcontroller-based circuits
  • diagnostic techniques and computer programming

Career Opportunities

Workers in this industry are employed by electrical utilities, communications companies, and manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment. They provide technical support and services in the design, development, testing and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems. They and may also be employed in sales, assembly, fabrication, inspection, and repair and servicing of electronic parts and component devices.

Some common job titles include:

  • production support technician
  • circuit board assembler
  • electronic components tester
  • electronics inspector
  • precision instrument assembler
  • wave soldering machine operator
  • wiring and assembly operator

For more information on careers in this sector, visit:

Entry Requirements

  • 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).

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Curriculum

EAC150
College English
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Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934, EAP 500, or EAC149.

College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.




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ETY155
Electricity
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This course begins the network analysis stream in the Technology program. All of the basic concepts of D.C. electricity are introduced at a math level consistent with that being done in MTH155. Thevenin and Norton Theorems are covered in the D.C. Networks area, since they prove useful in applications of Time Constants and associated calculations in Inductor and Capacitor Charging and Discharging circuits.




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LIN155
Electronic Lab Instrumentation and Techniques
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This is the first course in electronic lab instrumentation and techniques. It is intended to introduce the student to a variety of electronic components including a method of producing a working electronic assembly using reasonably priced commercial kits. Electrical tests on the assembly are carried out using laboratory instruments such as a DMM, oscilloscope and a power supply. The course includes a survey of electrical safety and a practical course on soldering. Workplace safety and WHMIS are also covered.




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LNX155
Introduction to Linux
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This lab-based course will provide technology students with a practical introduction to Linux, the free and open source operating system, used in everything from embedded systems to supercomputers. Students will install GNU/Linux and common Linux applications and learn to use them for every-day computing tasks such as: creating and organizing files, keeping the system secure and up-to-date, maintaining backups, using multimedia and office applications, as well as accessing the Internet and cloud services.




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MTH155
Mathematics
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Math 155 is an introductory course for students in the Electronics Engineering Technology or Technician programs. The subject matter covers technical calculations, and an intensive review of basic algebra. Topics include operations with algebraic expressions, solution of equations (linear, systems of equations) and basic trigonometry.
This course is taught using traditional methods of classroom instruction.
The objective of the course is to provide the students with a uniform background in fundamentals, and hence, facilitate the study of other professional subjects and the more advanced courses in mathematics.




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PRG155
Programming Fundamentals Using "C"
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This is an introductory course in programming using the C programming language.
The course teaches the multi-faceted skills which must be acquired in computer programming, with emphasis on those required for problem solving using a structured methodology. The methodology will be applied to solve a series of typical simple problems in engineering and technology.
The C programming language will be learned and used as the language for coding the programs. The course focuses on the three most fundamental logical structures central to all programming: the sequence, decision, and loop.
Numerous laboratory exercises, assignments and at least one major design project will reinforce the lecture material presented.




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ECR255
AC Circuit Principles
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Prerequisite(s):

ETY155 & LIN155

This course introduces AC network theory and includes such major topics as AC signal characteristics, AC response of R, L, and C components, impedance, series and parallel RLC circuit behaviour, series and parallel resonance, filters and AC applications.




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ELD255
Semiconductor Devices
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Prerequisite(s):

ETY155 & LIN155

This course provides an introduction to the electronic devices at the heart of all modern technology. It explores characteristics, principles and applications for diodes (rectifier, Zener and LED), transistors (BJT, FET and MOSFET) and operational amplifiers (Op-amps). This is a strongly lab-centric course, with lectures focusing on the support of hands-on lab work. Circuit analysis and design are aligned with Electronic Design and Automation (EDA) flow principles including schematic capture, circuit SPICE simulation (with OrCAD), prototyping, and test and measurement. Students learn how to analyze, design, build and troubleshoot a variety of circuits including rectifier circuits, power supplies and voltage regulators, transistor switches, Common Emitter (CE) amplifiers, and open and closed loop Op-amp circuits. A lab project draws together the key elements from this course. Students emerge with comprehensive and practical hands-on experience in basic electronic device analysis and design which provides a foundation for subsequent studies.




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IPS255
Interpersonal Skills
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Prerequisite(s):

EAC149 or equivalent

This course provides an opportunity for students to gain an appreciation for, and an understanding of, the importance of dealing effectively with others. The course introduces students to the need for effective interpersonal skills to enhance their career success and contribute to creating a positive workplace environment. It also addresses the fundamentals of engineering ethics, as well as the impact of engineering on society and the environment.




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MIR355
Microcomputer Repair
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Prerequisite(s):

LIN155 & LNX155

This course covers the introductory and intermediate features of Microcomputer Repair, with emphasis on x86-based PCs using Microsoft operating systems (Windows XP and Windows 7). The students will obtain hands-on experience in defining components, basic fault analysis and troubleshooting, and installing/troubleshooting operating systems. This course provides a good foundation for further study in the microcomputer hardware area, leading to A+ certification.




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MTH255
Mathematics
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Prerequisite(s):

MTH155 or equivalent

A sequel to Mathematics 155, this course studies applied trigonometry, radicals, exponents, quadratic equations, factorable equations, quadratic type equations, complex numbers, and analytical trigonometry. In addition, logarithmic and exponential functions with emphasis on electrical/electronic applications are studied. An introduction to statistics and probability is also given.




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PRG255
Advanced Programming Using "C"
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Prerequisite(s):

PRG155

This course continues on from PRG155 (structured programming and an introduction to the 'C' language). The course starts with a study of the Debugging Facility and its use in the 'C' environment. Advanced concepts such as Storage Classes, Bitwise Operators, Arrays, Derived Data Types, Pointers and File I/O are covered. Finally, an introduction to C++ is given.




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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Maintain and repair electronic equipment and systems in accordance with relevant operational guidelines.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot logic and digital circuits, as well as embedded microprocessor-based and microcontroller-based systems, including assembly and high-level language programs.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Graduation

Graduation/Convocation

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form, and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Forms are available at the Registration Office or can be downloaded from the convocation website below. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30/ March 31 (for Spring Convocation). Convocation information is mailed out approximately six weeks prior to the ceremony date.

For further information, please contact the Convocation Office at the Markham Campus at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461 or visit Convocation website.

Professional Certification

Courses in the Applied Electronics Troubleshooting Program meet the required content and outcomes mandated by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board

Program Contacts

Cherry Langlois
Program Assistant
Cherry.Langlois@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22523


Eduard Loiczli
Part-time Program Coordinator
Eduard.Loiczli@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x 22420


Sharon Estok
Academic Program Manager
Sharon.Estok@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22515