FAQs - Engineering Technology

This program is fast-paced and has a heavy course load.   Your courses will cover a lot of content in a short period of time.   Combining class and lab time, homework, assignments and study, you should expect to spend up to 50 to 60 hours a week on the program.  It is important that you prepare yourself for the time commitment of entering this program. 

RDC has designed a summer preparation program for Engineering Technology bound students.  This will help prepare you by polishing your Math skills as well as your time management and study skills.  If you have any questions or concerns about the workload in the program, please contact the Advising and Recruiting Specialist to discuss your concerns before you enter the program.

Please see the Academic Calendar for more information about the admission requirements for each program:

Electrical Engineering Technology

Instrumentation Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology

It is strongly recommended that students entering these programs have Math 31 and Physics 30 or their equivalents.  These courses will help prepare you to take on the content within the Engineering Technology programs

 In addition to the program admission requirements, applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English Language Proficiency.

RDC offers a Technology Math Preparation class for Engineering Technology bound students.  This will help sharpen your skills and prepare you for this high demand program.  More information is available at the School of Continuing Education webpage.

It is a good idea to do your research before you enter the program in order to fully understand the different fields and chose the right program for your goals.  We understand some people may change their minds after learning more about other fields, though.  The first term of all Engineering Technology programs at RDC is common.  This means that if you change your mind in your first fall term, we can move you to another field.  This is dependant on space and you may end up on a waitlist.  There is no guarantee that a space will be available for you to change to a different program in the Winter term.

Engineering Technology is an excellent option for Journeypersons who are looking to further their education.  A dual credential (Engineering Technology Diploma and related Journeyperson ticket) can make you a valuable employee with a wide variety of skills and the flexibility to perform in many areas.  Journeypersons who are interested in this program should consult with their Advising and Recruiting Specialist for more information about potential recognition of their prior learning.

This program requires all students to have their own laptop for use in class and labs.  This computer must use Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 10 with a 64 bit OS Intel I3 CPU or better and have 8 GB RAM or more.

The programs and equipment that we use in the Engineering Technology programs are designed to be compatible with Windows.  Using a Mac will require the use of additional software, emulators, drivers, etc. which may come at an additional cost.  Because work is completed in a Windows environment, our instructors may not be equipped to handle any technical issues that you may have or help you troubleshoot.  Macintosh laptops are not recommended.