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PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Hours: 0
Course Code: SAFE-1005

Programmable Logic Controls I

In this course students learn the knowledge and skills necessary to understand what a Programmable Logic Control (PLC) is, some of what it can do, and how to perform basic programming and troubleshooting.

Hours: 30
Course Code: ATMN-2100

Programmable Logic Controls II

This course builds on the foundation set in Programmable Logic Controls I, allowing students to expand their knowledge of programmable controllers and programming. Students learn the graphical programming languages Function Block Diagram (FBD) and Sequential Function Chart (SFC) and construct programs using subroutines.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ATMN-2110

Instrumentation and Motion Control

Process control and servo (motion) control are two branches of control engineering that use automation to produce a product. Students learn about the components, circuits, instruments, and control techniques used in these two branches of industrial automation. Theory is reinforced through lab activities and projects.

Hours: 90
Course Code: ATMN-2120

Industrial Communication Systems

This course provides students with an overview of the control and information networks used today in many industrial plants and factories. Students examine the Open System Interconnection (OSI) model, protocols, Ethernet local-area networks (LANs), and networking devices. Students examine premise cabling options and prepare and test cables, as well as install, configure, and troubleshoot network components.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ATMN-2130

Automation and Control Wiring Methods

In this course students learn the practical skills required to perform the task of building an industrial control panel, complete with a PLC controller (programmable logic controller) and all associated inputs/outputs required for a complete turn-key operation. Students are responsible for ensuring that the control panel meets all applicable code requirements for the wiring methods used. Students also input their own PLC program to make the control sequence operate as per the specifications of the project.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ATMN-2150

Electrical Blueprint Reading

The ability to read and understand blueprints is essential in the construction field, as blueprints are used to design, plan, estimate and build projects. This course introduces students to blueprint reading and sketching, with a focus on engineered drawings for residential and commercial types of structures.

Hours: 45
Course Code: BLPR-1010

Introduction to Computer-Aided Design

This course is an introduction to basic terminology, concepts and functions of Computer-Aided Design / Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software. Students acquire the skills and knowledge to produce and modify technical drawings, set up and manage an electronic filing system, and specify hardware and peripheral equipment required to generate drawings. Students are also introduced to 3D modeling techniques and processes used to produce manufactured parts.

Hours: 45
Course Code: CADD-1015

Computer-Aided Design II

This course focusses on the application of CAD software and the reproduction of specific use drawings for other courses.

Hours: 45
Course Code: CADD-2015

Workplace Communications

This course is designed to allow students to develop preparatory skills for securing and retaining employment including; workplace communication, time management, critical thinking and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon successful completion of this course students are able to use oral communications techniques, and create a variety of written documents and reports used in the workplace. Methods and strategies for job search, preparation and retention are also incorporated.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMM-1005

Workplace Communications II

This course is a combination of the oral and written communication skills that are required for the transition from school to the workplace. Included in the formal technical writing is business correspondence, informal and formal report writing, proper citation techniques, and report formatting. Oral presentation skills, including utilizing technology, and job search and interview techniques, are also covered.

Hours: 30
Course Code: COMM-2005

Computer Essentials

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of various software programs and information processing systems used in today's workplace and educational environments. Students develop the skills necessary to understand and efficiently use common workplace productivity tools. The main areas of focus include: operating systems, e-mail and groupware, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software, and the integration of these technologies.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMP-1000

Occupational Safety and Canadian Electrical Code

Students learn safe working practices and measures to ensure both personal and public safety as it pertains to the electrical trade. Students also learn about the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), how to utilize this standard, and how it applies to electrical installations that they will encounter in the program, and throughout their careers.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ELEC-1001

Electrical Fundamentals

Study of electricity, passive direct current (DC) circuits, and passive alternating current (AC) circuits. Learners analyze DC and AC circuits; select and test passive components; measure electrical quantities using appropriate test equipment. Construction and troubleshooting techniques for circuits are introduced.

Hours: 90
Course Code: ELEC-1015

Wiring Methods I

In this course students learn the practical skills required for residential installations. Students become more familiar with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) by ensuring that all installations are in compliance.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ELEC-1040

Wiring Methods II

In this course students learn the practical skills required to perform commercial/industrial installations. The course focusses on the proper selection and installation of conduit, tubing and cables and the wiring methods employed with this type of installation. Compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) is stressed for all installations.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ELEC-1045

Three-Phase Circuits

This course introduces the theory of three-phase circuits and systems and their use in commercial and industrial wiring. The advantages of using three-phase circuits is that motors, generators and transformers are cheaper and more efficient, three-phase transmission lines can deliver more power for a given weight and cost, and the voltage regulation of a three transmission system is superior to that of a single-phase circuit. The course has a lab component to aid in reinforcement of theory.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ELEC-1053

Three Wire Distribution Systems, Conductors and Voltage Drop

In this course students learn about the various types, designs, and applications of three wire distribution systems and electrical conductors. Students explore internal and external variables that limit a conductor's ability to conduct electricity. Students perform calculations of a conductor's performance in the presence of certain variables, using the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) as a guide.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ELEC-1055


This course covers single-phase and three-phase transformers. A transformer is an AC machine that transfers energy from one circuit to another circuit. They are sometimes called voltage changers. This course has a lab component to aid in reinforcement of theory. The Canadian Electrical Code is applied in this course for the sizing of conductors and overcurrent devices used in transformer circuits.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ELEC-1150

Introduction to Rotating Electrical Machines and Controls

This course introduces the theory of DC and AC rotating machines and their basic control, with focus on the proper identification of the machine as well as the wiring connections and control methods. As part of this course, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate motor wiring skills in a practical workshop environment.

Hours: 90
Course Code: ELEC-1160

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices are the fundamental building blocks from which all useful electronic equipment is constructed. This course covers the theory and operation of electronic devices and circuits. Diodes, Bipolar Junction Transistors, Operational Amplifiers, Thyristors, and Photoelectric devices are studied.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ELEC-2100

Digital Logic Circuits

Digital Technology forms the foundation for computers, automobile electronics, industrial control systems, consumer electronics, wireless communication, television and radio. This course covers the core fundamentals of digital technology. Topics explored include logic gates, adders, encoders, decoders, comparators, multiplexers, demultiplexers, latches, flip-flops, timers, counters, shift registers and data conversion. Theory is reinforced through lab activities and projects.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ELEC-2110

Overcurrent Devices

This course explores over-current protective devices and the use of them for circuit protection on electrical systems below 750 Volts. Topics include: protection of electrical systems (short circuit calculations), fuse and circuit breaker construction, fuse and circuit breaker coordination using time current characteristic curve graphs. Reference to the Canadian Electrical Code for requirements for the protection of electrical circuits is stressed.

Hours: 30
Course Code: ELEC-2120

Rotating Electrical Machines and Controls II

This course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the Introduction to Electrical Rotating Machines and Controls course. Advanced motor control methods will be introduced including Variable Frequency Drives, Servo Motor control, Timers, Detection Sensors, and Motor Control Centers. There is a significant component of wiring advanced control schematics into real world scenarios. The course primarily lab based.

Hours: 90
Course Code: ELEC-2130

Building Systems - Electrical

This course provides an overview of the various building electrical systems that electricians typically encounter in both residential and commercial settings. Systems explored include; building lighting systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), alarm systems, as well as standby and backup systems. Students gain an understanding of the electrical characteristics of these systems in order to properly install and troubleshoot equipment in a safe and proficient manner.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ELEC-2140

Introduction to Fluid Power Systems

This course is an introduction to fluid power technology as it relates to hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The course begins with a study of the physical properties of fluid power systems. The function and application of compressors, control valves, pumps, actuators, reservoirs, filters and accessories are explored.

Hours: 45
Course Code: FLUD-1000

Technical Mathematics I

This course is designed to enable the student to develop technician level math skills. Students will acquire competency in the math skills as they relate to their energy systems engineering technology program and future career. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills that the student will use in troubleshooting. Students will be challenged to continually make connections between math and their main program, as well as every day applications.

Hours: 60
Course Code: MATH-1100

Technical Mathematics II

Building on the outcomes from Technical Mathematics I, students explore exponential and logarithmic equations, statistical calculations, and learn to perform calculations involving decibels as it relates to power. Students also learn to work with various number systems that they will encounter during their program and throughout their careers. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are used in troubleshooting.

Hours: 30
Course Code: MATH-1170

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills from a certified trainer. As required by regulation, this course covers CPR and the management of other breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as, the control of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. Also, includes automated external defibrilators (AED). This certification expires in 3 years.

Hours: 12
Course Code: NCPR-1001

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Hours: 3
Course Code: NCPR-1002


This course is designed to introduce students to mechanical physics. Topics in this course include kinematics, statics, energy, states of matter and waves. Emphasis is placed on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills as the students relate the physics' concepts to their program of study and their future career.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PHYS-1000