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    Computer Engineering Technology

(Optional Co-op)

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

Program Description

Seneca's Computer Engineering Technology program provides you with a sound inter– disciplinary foundation combining the three primary branches of Information and Communications Technology: electronics, software development and IT infrastructure.

The School of ICT incorporates curriculum and content from a number of widely–recognized companies and organizations, including CompTIA (A+ and Network+) and Cisco (the School is a recognized Cisco Academy). In addition, the School supports strong ties with major companies in Information and Engineering Technology, including Microsoft, Redhat, Rogers, Altera, and Agilent. These linkages are critical to providing pathways for you to gain exposure to current practices in Computer Engineering Technology, and also offer opportunities that can lead to key industry certifications such as CCNA, A+, Network+, and MCSE. In addition, option subjects in upper semesters allow you to specialize in your career field of interest, with courses which address current industry trends. As a graduate, your knowledge of both relevant equipment and its use will enhance your career opportunities in the computer and information technology fields.

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:

  • Diagnose, solve, troubleshoot, and document technical problems involving computing devices using appropriate methodologies.
  • Integrate multiple software and hardware components using appropriate network architecture.
  • Participate in analyzing, planning, designing, and developing the architecture of computing devices and systems.
  • Plan, install, configure, modify, test, and maintain a variety of computer systems to meet functional requirements.
  • Apply principles of digital and analog circuits to the implementation of embedded computing devices.
  • Analyze, build, test, implement, and maintain applications.
  • Evaluate and document security issues associated with a variety of computing devices and propose alternatives to increase product reliability.
  • Articulate, defend, and conform to workplace expectations found in technology environments.
  • Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.

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)


  • Seneca may also consider applicants with good grades in MAP4(C) (80% or over recommended) or MCR3(U) (70% or over). Students with grades lower than these recommended benchmarks and who test below the appropriate level in the skills assessment can expect to be placed into a preparatory mathematics course or will be counselled to enroll in the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.
  • 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 Computer Engineering Technology program. For specific credit requirements, please refer to the Computer Engineering Technology 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.

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

In today's world, computers and electronics are at the core of almost everything we do. The Computer Engineering Technology advanced diploma program prepares you to be a triple threat, able to work on circuitry, to write computer programs and to build computer networks, each of which is a job category of its own. As a Computer Engineering Technologist, you will be able to pursue a myriad of career paths involving computer technology, Specific roles include: programmer, network analyst, network installer, systems analyst, network designer, software specialist, product development specialist or technology support. You'll find employment opportunities in both small and large organizations serving many sectors.

Areas of Study

The Computer Engineering Technology program uses an "electronics first" approach to computers by providing a strong foundation in electronics, data communications, and digital signaling. In parallel, you will gain extensive training in programming using multiple languages, including C, C++, Assembler, Visual Basic, and Java. In addition, you'll study operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Unix/Linux. PC hardware assembly and trouble–shooting, as well as computer network design, installation, and support, including Cisco router implementation, are also addressed.

Common First Year

In the School of Information and Communications Technology, all electronics and computer engineering diploma programs (ECT, EEN, EET) have the first two semesters in common, facilitating easy transfer between programs before second year.

Co-operative Education Option

All Computer Engineering Technology students who meet the requirements are eligible to apply for co–operative education work–terms. Students may apply to co–op as early as semester two. After completion of semester three, you'll have the opportunity to begin your first work–term with co–operative employers in a position related to your field of study. The final two work–terms alternate with the three remaining semesters. This co–operative program allows you to gain valuable work–related experience, develop an effective job search strategy and to establish employer contacts – useful when seeking permanent employment.

Students in the co–op option will take CPP100 (Co–op Professional Practice) in the semester preceding their first work–term and CPP200 in the semester following their first work–term. Students must successfully complete CPP100, CPP200 and at least 2 co–op work–terms to graduate from the co–op option. For further information about co–op, please refer to

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Computer Engineering Technology 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).

Affiliations and Associations

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

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist

OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Computer Engineering Technology 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.

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):

Important Academic Dates

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Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
ETY155 Electricity 5
LIN155 Electronic Lab Instrumentation and Techniques 3
LNX155 Introduction to Linux 2
MTH155 Mathematics 4
PRG155 Programming Fundamentals Using "C" 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ECR255 AC Circuit Principles 5
ELD255 Electronics: Semiconductor Devices 4
IPS255 Interpersonal Skills 3
MIR355 Microcomputer Repair 4
MTH255 Mathematics 4
PRG255 Advanced Programming Using "C" 4
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
COM455 Communications Fundamentals 5
DGS255 Digital Systems 5
MCO455 Microprocessors I 4
NET455 Networking Essentials 4
PRG355 Object Oriented Programming Using C++ 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (Co-op option only) 1
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term (Co-op option only)
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DGS355 Advance Digital Systems 4
ECP455 Electronics Engineering Codes and Practices 3
MTH356 Mathematics - Introductory Calculus and Statistics 4
NSP655 Network Servers and Peripherals 4
PRG455 Event Driven Programming and Visual Basic 4
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (Co-op option only) #
CWT200 Co-op Work-Term (Co-op option only)
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ETD555 Engineering Technology and Design 4
NET556 Cisco Internetworking I 5
WCM555 Wireless Communication and Microcontrollers 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
CWT300 Co-op Work-Term - Optional (Co-op option only)
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AMT453 Advanced Mathematics 4
OLS655 On-line Systems 6
TPJ655 Technical Project 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4

Professional Options

A broad range of professional option courses in the areas of Communications, Computer Networking, Programming, and Embedded Systems are available. In addition, a course preparing you for the OACETT Professional Practice exam is offered twice per year. Please consult a student advisor or co–ordinator or check our website for more information.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
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. 22411
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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