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Electrical and computer engineering diploma

The Electrical and Computer Engineering program provides a combination of theoretical and practical courses in electrical, electronic, and computer engineering. This is a full-time, two-year course of studies. Upon successful completion of the first year, students select one of four options to complete the diploma requirements. Each option includes information on the common first year foundation courses.

For more information on the program, including an overview of the curriculum, visit Electrical and Computing Engineering Technology.

Electrical engineering B.Eng

After successful completion of the first year of the Electrical and Computer Engineering diploma, students can choose to pursue the B.Eng Electrical Engineering. This engineering degree path requires an additional three years of study and includes a mandatory 12 or 16-week summer work term after the completion of the third or fourth year.

For more information on the Bachelor of Engineering program, including an overview of the curriculum, visit Bachelor of Engineering.

Program schedule

Students are available three times a year in the Electrical and Computing Engineering Technology program. They can start a co-op position in January, May or September and are available for four, eight or 12 months.

Intake Fall Winter Spring/Summer
September Academic Term 1 Academic Term 2 Co-op 1
Co-op 2 Academic Term 3 Break
Academic Term 4
January Academic Term 1 Break
Academic Term 2 Co-op 1 Co-op 2
Academic Term 3 Academic Term 4

Employers may submit job postings year round. However, the co-op office normally solicits job descriptions in October for the January placement period and in January for the summer placement period.

Student profile & capabilities

Students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering diploma share a common first year where they develop skills which include the following competencies:

  • Digital electronics
  • AC/DC circuits
  • C programming for electronics
  • Calculus for electronics
  • Electronic Manufacturing
  • Transistor circuits, linear power supplies, computer control
  • PCB layout
  • Troubleshooting/repair/documentation
  • Metal bending, soldering and electronic assembly.

After their first year, students may choose one of the following four areas to specialize: Automation and Instrumentation, Computer Control, Electrical Power and Industrial Control, or Wireless Communications and Computer Networks. Depending on their area of specialization, second year students may have competencies in the following areas:

  • Data Communication Systems
  • Satellite & Microwave Technology
  • Mobile and Cellular Radio Systems
  • Communication Systems
  • Radio Frequency Circuit Design
  • Electrical Transmission Line Protection
  • Rotating Electrical Machine Controls
  • Electrical Power Generation
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Building Electrical Systems
  • Microprocessor and Microcontrollers
  • Digital Design
  • Instrumentation Engineering
  • Process Control
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
  • Oscillators and operational amplifiers
  • Fundamentals of data communication
  • Digital signal processing
  • Data Acquisition and Monitoring

Employer testimonial

“The Co-op Program provides an excellent opportunity for employers to perform an extended interview. Many Co-op students end up being re-hired upon completion of their degrees or certificates. Students graduate with industry experience, which makes them more employable.”

Tyson Kaempffer, BC Hydro

Student testimonials

“My Co-op work term at Molsen Breweries has been an incredible learning experience. Not only did it help me to decide my option, but it also gave me a feel for the real work environment. I encourage all students to participate in the Co-op Program.”

Dusiant Charan

“The Instrumentation position allowed me to work at a variety of BC Hydro facilities, which always brought with it new challenges and rewards. Without the BCIT Co-op Program, I never would have known that this position existed. But because of my participation in the Co-op program, I now have a better understanding of the job market and my future career options.”

Geoff Green