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Applied Electronics Design

Applied Electronics Design

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:AED
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The Applied Electronics Design program is a career-focused supplement to your existing postsecondary education or relevant work experience in electronics or engineering technology.

You’ll learn the fundamental design and product development concepts necessary to enhance your understanding of product design or facilitate a transition from one area of engineering technology to another. Your courses will also help deepen your understanding of both analog and digital engineering principles as applied in modern product engineering technology.

Focusing on the application of Wireless Communications, your studies will also include treatment of the following design fundamentals: Electro Mechanical, Printed Circuit Board (PCB), Applications Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC), Statistics and Quality Management, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), Advanced Real Time Microprocessors, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Safety Certification and Approvals.

You’ll use industry-standard software and hardware tools to learn current industry design methodology, help foster an awareness of Seneca in the industrial community through its effective use and gain important skills in the use of Electronics Design Automation (EDA) tools such as Mentor Graphics and Cadence, which have become industry standards. This knowledge and experience will help you graduate as a job-ready professional.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized Engineering degree or a three-year postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution in Electronics or Computer Engineering Technology; OR
  • Mature applicants with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • A home PC or laptop and ISP
    • UNIX familiarity.


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Your Career

Give yourself a career advantage - earn a graduate certificate in Applied Electronics Design. As a graduate of this program you'll be prepared for entry-level roles in support of product design and development teams, product verification and validation, printed circuit board design and development, support of ASIC development, electronics manufacturing engineering support and testing. Although your studies will focus on wireless communications, the design techniques you’ll learn are fundamental to a wide range of electronics industries.

Co-operative Education Option

The co-op model for this program includes of a four-month work term following the second academic semester. You may apply for co-op during your first semester. For more information, please visit


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)
  • Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
  • Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)
  • York Technology Association (YTA)
  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

Transfer Pathways

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
Davenport University• Any relevant Bachelor or Master of Business Administration

Important Academic Dates

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


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
C Based Real-Time Microprocessor Systems
Introduction to ASIC Development Principles
Advanced Field Programmable Date Arrays
Statistics and Quality Management for Technology
Electro-Mechanical Design I
Semester 2
Intro to Real-Time DSP Programming and System Design
Safety Certification and Approvals
Introductory Mixed Mode ASIC Design Concepts
3G and 4G Wireless Communications Systems
Printed Circuit Board Design
Co-op Work Term
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work–Term (co-op option only)

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AED701 C Based Real-Time Microprocessor Systems 4
AED702 Introduction to ASIC Development Principles 4
AED704 Advanced Field Programmable Gate Arrays 4
AED705 Statistics and Quality Management for Technology 4
EMD701 Electro-Mechanical Design I 5
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AED707 Intro to Real-Time DSP Programming and System Design 4
AED709 Safety Certification and Approvals 4
AED710 Introductory Mixed Mode ASIC Design Concepts 6
AED712 3G and 4G Wireless Communication Systems 4
AED713 Printed Circuit Board Design 5
Co-op Work Term Hrs/Wk
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (Co-op option only) 1
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (Co-op option only)

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Mizhi Wang
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Diana Samuel-DeRoche
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
Co-op Coordinator: Krista Lonergan
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26833
Program Chair: Evan Weaver
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22446

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