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Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Electrical Power and Industrial Control Option)

Diploma Full-time/Cooperative Education

Overview

Delivery mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority, and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
  • Please see additional details about on-line and in person delivery during COVID-19.

The program

eight men in orange jumpsuits looking at a dam
The Electrical Power and Industrial Control option of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program offers students a foundation in the technology used in utility, industrial, commercial and residential applications. Graduates will have strong theoretical and practical, hands-on knowledge in many areas, including:
  • Power generation including renewable and conventional energy resources
  • Electric machines (motors and generators) and their controls
  • Power distribution design for utilities
  • Industrial electrical systems and lighting design according to the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC)
  • Measurement of power quality issues and how to solve them
  • Troubleshooting and operation of electrical power equipment including transformers and switchgear
  • Power systems protection including both legacy and modern protection system
  • Field measurement and design for grounding and bonding systems
  • Industrial data communications including traditional SCADA systems and new smart grid technologies
  • Industrial power electronics including variable frequency drives, inverters and rectifiers
  • Power conversion systems for renewable energy resources such as wind and solar
  • Programmable logic controller (PLC) system design and programming
  • Managing and completing student-initiated or industry-sponsored projects in small groups

Entry into the power-option is competitive and priority is given to students with sufficiently high academic standing after their first common year of the ECET program. Graduates of this option may also proceed to the full-time BEng, Electrical Engineering degree program (competitive entry) or part-time BTech, Electronics degree program after completion.

Careers

As an ECET graduate with a specialization in electrical power and industrial control, you could be doing many things day-to-day:

  • design, program, and maintain industrial control systems
  • work in the office in a design or project management role
  • field testing, commissioning and troubleshooting
  • technical sales and marketing as an applications-engineering technologist
  • develop cutting edge prototypes for research and development

Potential employers include both structured, well established firms, or fast-paced small businesses where you’ll encounter new technical problems every day:

  • electrical utilities
  • independent power producers
  • consulting engineering firms
  • electrical contractors
  • manufacturing
  • research and development centres
  • government agencies
  • electronic design firms

Entrance Requirements

Spend-A-Day with us

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.

If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration.

If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Program Head, Kathy Manson or call 604-432-8253.

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

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.

Courses

Program Details

In all of our technology diploma programs you will spend an average of 30 hours per week in lectures and labs, split approximately 50/50. This balanced approach gives you time to apply the theory in a practical lab environment. In addition, you should expect an additional 30 hours per week preparing for labs, completing assignments and studying. If you need to work while going to school, the majority of our courses are offered in both the September and January terms so that you can tailor your school workload to your other commitments.

We have 21 well equipped labs to support the practical aspect of your education. In almost every lab each student has their own individual work station.

In this program you will learn to use software and microprocessor technology in an electrical application, such as electrical power generation, and transmissions as well as industrial control. You will also learn to write software for microprocessors and programmable logic controllers. A comprehensive knowledge of the Canadian Electrical Code is developed.

Graduating & Jobs

An edge in the job market

A BCIT diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. Our programs and courses provide both fundamental theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills to help you “hit the ground running” in a new job. Graduates say that BCIT helped them fully prepare for employment.

Job opportunities

Graduates of the program may work with electrical utility companies such as BC Hydro; consulting engineering companies or resource industries such as electrical power and control system designers or construction supervisors; manufacturers such as control system designers, technical sales representatives or performing on-site commissioning; inspection agencies such as CSA and with other agencies such as Translink, GVRD or the Ministry of Transportation and Highways, in working design as well as maintenance.

Companies which have hired our graduates include:

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The Electrical Power and Industrial Control Technology program is supported by a team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors who work hard for student success.

Faculty

Kathy Manson, MASc, PEng
Program Head, Electrical Power & Industrial Control
Tel: 604-432-8785
Email: Kathy_Manson@bcit.ca

Jeff Bloemink, PhD, PEng (on leave)

Craig Hennessey, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-412-7586
Email: chennessey1@bcit.ca

Nurul Islam, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-451-6804
Email: Nurul_Islam@bcit.ca

Mahda Jahromi, PhD, PEng (on leave)

Joselito Laguio, MEng, PEng
Tel: 604-453-4046
Email: Joselito_Laguio@bcit.ca

Maurice LeNoble, PhD, PEng
Program Head, First Year
Tel: 604-432-8785
Email: Maurice_Lenoble@bcit.ca

Ali Palizban, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-451-6924
Email: Ali_Palizban@bcit.ca

Hassan Saberi, MSc, PEng
Tel: 604-412-8388
Email: hsaberi@bcit.ca

Chris Siu, MSEE, PEng
Tel: 604-456-8013
Email: Christopher_Siu@bcit.ca

Ron Stewart, DipIT, MEng
Tel: 604-432-8933
Email: rstewart67@bcit.ca

Pooya Taheri, MSc, PEng
Tel: 604-412-7587
Email: ptaheri3@bcit.ca

Robert Trost, MEng, PEng
Tel: 604-432-8662
Email: Robert_Trost@bcit.ca

Reza Vahidnia, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-432-8263
Email: rvahidnia@bcit.ca

Assistant instructors

Sajjad Askarzadeh, BEng, EIT
Tel: 604-412-7574
Email: saskarzadeh@bcit.ca

Chris Goetz, DipIT
Tel: 604-456-1173
Email: Chris_Goetz@bcit.ca

William Han, BEng
Tel: 604-432-8251
Email: whan16@bcit.ca

Todd Jelstad, DiplT
Tel: 604-412-7583
Email: Todd_Jelstad@bcit.ca

Steven A. McClain, BTech, SMIEEE
Tel: 604-412-7591
Email: smcclain@bcit.ca

Andrew Mokrzycki, MSc, AScT
Tel: 604-412-7584
Email: Andrew_Mokrzycki@bcit.ca

William Zhang, BSEE
Tel: 604-412-7581
Email: wzhang79@bcit.ca

Technical staff

Joseph Dobrzanski, BEng
Tel: 604-456-1017
Email: jdobrzanski2@bcit.ca

Staff

Amir Yousefi, PhD, PEng
Associate Dean
Tel: 604-432-8976
Email: Amir_Yousefi@bcit.ca

Rosmin Gilani
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-432-8369
Email: rgilani@bcit.ca

Gundi Minato
Program Administrator
Tel: 604-451-6892
Email: Gundi_Minato@bcit.ca

Advisory committee

Earl Friesen
Supervisor, Canadian Coast Guard

Paul Fuoco
VP Engineering, Lex Engineering Ltd.

Daniel Geheran
Regional VP, Business Operations, Ledcor Technical Services

Victor Goncalves
Chief Operating Officer, Alpha Technologies Ltd.

Chris Orosz
Manager of Technical Operations, Nav Canada

Parm Sandhu
Director, Network Services, Telus Mobility

Lee Vishloff
Principal, Tech-Know Services Inc.

Contact Us

Spend-A-Day with us

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.

If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration.

If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Program Head, Kathy Manson or call 604-432-8253.

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