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Gain Practical Technical Skills and Prepare Yourself for an Exciting Career in Electronics!

The Electronics Technician Common Core program is a springboard to a variety of exciting careers in electronics.
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Through theoretical and practical study, you will develop the skills needed to install, maintain and repair electronic circuits and equipment. In addition, you will gain insight into the variety of advanced study options available to graduates, helping you to choose your direction.

Program graduates are encouraged to enrol in a specialty program to complete their training and are eligible to enter the following BCIT Diploma Programs:

Program Entry

If you’re interested in working with electrical and electronic equipment, and want an exciting career in electronics, check the program entrance requirements. Entry to the Electronics Technician Common Core program is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's important that you apply as early as possible. The program is offered in September of each year.

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Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.
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If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or if you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor at 604-453-4089.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait-list from year to year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 11 (60%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 11 (60%) or
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 (60%) or
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11 (60%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 11 (60%) or
    • BCIT Math Trades Pre-entry Test

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Follow up program

In Level 3 of Electronics Technician Common Core students will rank the follow-up programs in order of their preference:

  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Wireless Communications Technician

Entrance to the follow-up programs is competitive with preference given to applicants based on their GPA in Electronics Technician Common Core.

Applicants that have previously completed the Electronics Technician Common Core program are required to apply directly to their first choice follow-up program.

Recommended for success

  • Applicants should possess good hand/eye coordination and good colour vision

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your certificate in Electronics Technician Common Core!

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study. If you have concerns about being able to afford the program, please visit Financial Aid to learn how you may benefit from financial assistance.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$900 (general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Explore the courses and classes you will be taking!


As you explore this page you will get a better idea of what it will be like taking the Electronics Technician program at BCIT. You will find out about the number, and kinds of courses you will be taking, as well as what the learning experience will be like. The Program Matrix will show how courses are structured
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over terms and you will be able to access course descriptions and course outlines.

Your classroom time will include lectures, problem-solving sessions, individual and group work, and maybe even the occasional card game (educational of course!). You will complete most of your lab work independently, at your own well-equipped laboratory station. At each lab station, you will find:
  • A triple-output power supply
  • A multimeter
  • Soldering equipment
  • A function generator
  • A multichannel oscilloscope.
Internet-connected computers are available to do research, download equipment manuals, or to run simulations of the circuit you are working on. Your fellow students and your instructors will be there to help you understand the experiments, and to help problem-solve when things do not work as expected.

You will take one course at a time, allowing you to focus all your attention on that subject. New material will be introduced every day, so you will need to work consistently to keep up.

Class hours

0800–1500, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Level 1 (13 weeks) Credits
  TELX 1101 Electronics Technical Skills 1 2.0
  TELX 1105 DC Circuit Analysis 12.0
  TELX 1106 AC Circuit Analysis 10.0
  TELX 1115 Mathematics 2.0
 
Level 2 (10 weeks) Credits
  TELX 1201 Electronic Circuits 1 12.0
  TELX 1202 Electronic Circuits 2 8.0
 
Level 3 (12 weeks) Credits
  TELX 1301 Digital Principles 12.0
  TELX 1302 Microcontroller Principles 6.0
  TELX 1315 Local Area Network Principles 6.0
 
Total Credits: 70.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The program information below provides a synopsis of the Electronics Technician Common Core program where you will
student in a lab
gain some insight into your training at BCIT and the kinds of hands-on skills you will acquire.

Electronics Technicians install, maintain and repair electronic circuits and equipment. To do this effectively, you need to learn the theoretical and practical aspects of the operation of electronic equipment. To prepare for this you will learn:

Circuit Theory
  • To analyze analog and digital circuits
  • Common commercial circuit configurations like rectifiers, tuned circuits and filters, amplifiers, buses, etc.
Circuit Construction and Testing
  • To solder and de-solder electronic parts
  • To construct circuits on a breadboard
  • Measurement techniques to verify the operation of a circuit
Troubleshooting
  • To make and follow a troubleshooting plan
  • Techniques to isolate, verify and repair circuit faults
Basic Electronic Test Equipment
  • To use a bench power supply, multimeter, oscilloscope and function generator
  • To understand the limitations of measurement equipment

Program length

35 weeks, full-time

Level 1: 13 weeks
Level 2: 10 weeks
Level 3: 12 weeks

Grading

Students must maintain a minimum 60% overall average in each level in order to proceed to the next level. Failure to do so could result in automatic withdrawal from the program.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

The following diploma programs are available to students who have successfully completed the Electronics Technician Common Core program or equivalent.

For additional information see your high school counselor, Technical Education teacher, call Student Information and Enrolment Services at 604-434-1610 or contact a Program Advisor.

Transferability
This program has been developed under the guidelines of the provincial government's Common Core Electronics Technician program. As such, students who successfully complete the Common Core program will be able to transfer to other provincial institutions or colleges offering specialties not offered at BCIT.

Graduating & Jobs

Explore the great career opportunities as an Electronics Technician!


A great future awaits you when you complete your education and training
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as an Electronics Technician. With a good grounding in electronics, you will be able to select a number of different career paths in industry and you will have a real edge in the job market working for a broad range of excellent employers.

The Electronics Technician Common Core program is the first step toward a rewarding career as a technician. Your Certificate is recognized by local industry and BCIT specialty programs.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

A team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors work hard to help make students successful in their Electronics Technician Common Core program.

Faculty and staff

  • Alex Wai, Chief Instructor
  • Dave Hogg, Instructor
  • Mike Lowe, Instructor
  • Sherry McCarnan, Instructor
  • Lance McCollum, Instructor
  • Mike Osmak, Instructor
  • Jill Simmons, Administrative Assistant
  • Blair Thompson-Jendrysek, Instructor
  • Bruce Van Groenigen, Instructor
  • Len Worley, Instructor
  • Paul Morrison, DipIT, BEng, AScT, Associate Dean

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Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.
Find out more

If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor at 604-453-4089.

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