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RDC’s Electrical Engineering Technology program receives accreditation

Date posted: 
Tue, 06/09/2020

Red Deer College’s Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program has received national accreditation from Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), creating increased opportunities for RDC learners and graduates.

This national recognition reflects the College’s ability and commitment to prepare students for the workforce, meeting the high standards of TAC and the respective provincial body, The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET). Graduates from accredited programs are recognized for their knowledge and skills in both general and discipline-specific learning outcomes identified in the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria, increasing graduates’ employment opportunities and earning potential.

“We are delighted RDC has joined the ranks of TAC-accredited institutions. ASET proudly counts many RDC graduates among the ranks of our certified technicians and technologists,” said Barry Cavanaugh, CEO of ASET. “Formal recognition of the Electrical Engineering Technology program ensures more will follow, as EET students now have a direct route to their professional designations. Our warmest congratulations to the program’s Associate Dean, Dale Gust, and his fine team for completing the accreditation process.”

Using principles of applied science and math, RDC’s two-year Electrical Engineering Technology program teaches students to develop, implement, and maintain a broad spectrum of electrical systems. The skilled RDC instructors combine theory and practical experience to help students become sought-after employees and industry leaders. In a world of increasing automated and monitored electrical systems, these graduates will possess skills that can be applied in multiple sectors and careers.

“RDC is committed to TAC accreditation for our Engineering Technology programs because of what it means for our students and our industry partners,” said Joel Gingrich, Dean of Trades and Technologies. “This commitment extends to our Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program for which RDC is also pursuing TAC accreditation. Accreditation affirms the national-class quality of our program, students’ learning experiences, excellent facilities, and faculty expertise, each of which we are extremely proud.” 

Among other hands-on training throughout the RDC diploma, learners will plan, create, and implement capstone engineering projects in state-of-the-art facilities such as the College’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM).The CIM has $4.2 million in cutting-edge prototype and advanced manufacturing equipment. Working with industry, the Centre provides design, proof-of-concept and prototype fabrication services, design engineering, and 3D Computer Aided Design modeling.

Red Deer College’s School of Trades and Technologies has a range of valuable opportunities for learners, including two Engineering Technology Diplomas and Apprenticeship training in 15 trades.

More information about Electrical Engineering Technology, and other programs within RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies, including how to register, can be found online:


About TAC: Through accreditation, TAC is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive a quality education that meets the standards of Canada’s engineering technology profession.

For more information about TAC, please visit:

For additional information contact:

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate
brent [dot] forster [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate
shelley [dot] newman [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca