Electronics Technician Core Certificate

Take the first step toward an exciting career in industrial electrical and automation. Learn to troubleshoot, maintain and build electronic circuits including microprocessors and robotics equipment. Approximately 700 hours of lab time gives you hands-on experience in the correct use of tools, testing equipment, troubleshooting procedures and soldering techniques. Graduates may continue on to the second year of the Industrial Automation diploma.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: September
Length: 1 year
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The instructors of the program have extensive knowledge in most of the major industry fields which prepares our students for a diverse range of employment opportunities in automation, instrumentation or electrical.

Cory Batch, CTECH , RSE, Electronics instructor

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Program Requirements

*Note: Students not having current, valid WHMIS certification are required to take this course to meet program requirements. A separate fee will be charged for WHMIS.

Completion Requirements

To pass the program you are required to attain a minimum of 60% in each course. 

Admission Requirements

  1. C+ in one of English 11, Composition 11, Creative Writing 11, Literary Studies 11, New Media 11, Spoken Language 11, English First Peoples Literary Studies & Writing 11, English First Peoples Literary Studies & New Media 11, English First Peoples Literary Studies & Spoken Language 11, Communications 12, NIC ENG-052, or equivalent; or in ESL-052, ESL-055 and ESL-058, or certified CLB 8; or NIC English assessment; and
  2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, NIC MAT-053, NIC MAT-055 or NIC math assessment.
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

International Language Requirements

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

Consider NIC’s Academic English Language program if you need to gain the skills to speak and understand English in the college environment.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

To Be Successful

  • A Minimum C+ in Physics 11 or NIC PHY-050, and Mathematics 12 or NIC upgrading MAT-060 is strongly recommended.
  • You should discuss your plans first with the instructor and/or department chair. If your math prerequisite is older than five years, you should consider an assessment and/or a refresher course before enrolling. If you have successfully completed Mathematics 12, you may challenge the ELC-090 Mathematics for Electronics course.
  • If you are a high school student interested in bridging into NIC's Electronics Technician Core certificate program, you should speak to your high school counsellor.

Cory Batch

Cory Batch


Electronics Tech, Trades & Apprenticeships

Industrial Automation (North Island College, 1998)

Subjects: Electronics, Electrical, Mathematics
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9733 | Location DWG - 217

Program Highlights

You will learn the required skills to repair, maintain and install electronic circuits and equipment. Hands-on experiments teach you the correct use of tools, test equipment, troubleshooting procedures and soldering techniques. You will accumulate approximately 700 hours of hands-on lab time.

As a student in this program you will be eligible for student membership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). After two years of practical work experience, you will also be eligible to become a CTech or CET member of the provincial professional association. Benefits of membership in a provincial association include employer recognition and access to the Canadian Technical Employment Network (CTEN) for job hunting.

NIC is a charter member of the International Electronic Technicians Articulation committee. Upon completion of the certificate program, most graduates enter into NIC’s Industrial Automation Technician diploma program or transfer to other BC, Canadian or US institutions.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Electronics Technician Core certificate, you will be qualified to enter the second year of the Industrial Automation Technician diploma at NIC, or to transfer to other Canadian and US institutions.

Second-year specialties lead to a wide range of high-demand career opportunities in industries such as forest products, pulp and paper, chemical processing, oil/gas/petroleum, mining and metal processing, steam generation and utilities, water and waste water treatment, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, textiles, materials handling and electronics/semi-conductors manufacturing.

Supply List

You will be required to obtain the following basic supplies and tools:

  • scientific calculator (SHARP EL546W recommended)
  • pens, pencils, paper, eraser, binder, paper

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $3,025
NISU Fees $145
Lab Fees $95
Books $1,430
Learner Resource $160
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,130

NOTE: Students not having current, valid WHMIS certification are required to take this course to meet program requirements. A separate fee will be charged for WHMIS.

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).