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Applied and Technical Studies

Electronics Technician — Common Core certificate

Entry-level trades training

The program is designed to prepare people with no electronics background for a range of entry-level technical service positions.

This program is recognized by the International Electronics Technician Articulation Committee. This recognition allows students national and global mobility in pursuing employment and further education in the electronics field.

The Electronics Technician program is the common core pre-requisite for advanced electronic technician specialty programs at post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia and around the world.

Graduates will have fundamental skills and knowledge in analyzing, troubleshooting, repairing, and constructing analog and digital circuits.

Concurrent studies option

UFV allows high school students to complete this program through a concurrent studies model during their grade 12 year. For more information, contact your district/school career counsellor. You may also contact the UFV Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or email trades@ufv.ca.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment with:
 • manufacturers of electronic equipment
 • telecommunication centres
 • instrumentation service centres
 • business equipment service centres
 • cable companies
 • commercial sound companies

Most graduates will continue their education while specializing in any number of diverse fields such as business equipment, computer hardware and networking, industrial instrumentation, telecommunications and more.

Entrance requirements

1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.

2. One of the following: Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11, Applications of Mathematics 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or MATH 085.

If you think you have the equivalent courses or acceptable technical background, contact the instructor at 604-847-5429, to make an appointment.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

1. Read the program description and information carefully. If you require more information, please contact the Trades & Technology Centre at 604-847-5448 or trades@ufv.ca.

2. Submit a UFV application form, along with the $45 application fee, to the Office of the Registrar. You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any OReg or Student Services office. Applicants currently in Grade 12 may apply during their Grade 12 year. A statement from the school counsellor or principal, indicating that you are likely to meet graduation requirements by June, must be presented.

3. Prior to classes starting in September, applicants will be notified by telephone of the registration procedures. Applicants who cannot be reached by telephone after three attempts will be removed from the waitlist.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and other expenses

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Electronics Technician students should also budget approximately $200.00 for basic tools and $990.00 for required textbooks.

Note: A deposit (currently $200) must be paid at the time of registration, which typically takes place one or two months before the start of the program. The balance of fees must be paid by the end of the second week of classes.


The Electronics Technician program is located in the Trades & Technology Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack. The reception centre is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Classes and shops are in session 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Dates and attendance requirements

The Electronics Technician program starts in September and ends the following June.

The Electronics Technician program requires continuous attendance to successfully complete all requirements for the program. Students will be expected to attend classes five days per week for the duration of the entire program.

Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements as outlined in their individual program guides may be subject to a failing grade or academic warning.

See UFV's Academic Warning policy (79) and Attendance policy (62).

Program requirements

Students must complete all requirements with a minimum of 70% or better to receive a Credit (CR) grade in order to graduate.

Students who do not receive a Credit (CR) grade in all required areas by the program end date, may apply to their instructor for re-entry into the program. Students who reapply may register as upgrading students and must complete all program requirements no later than the program end date of the following year.

See upgrading policy for more details.


Students must apply for graduation by completing a Request to Graduate form available at the Trades & Technology Centre.

Academic warnings

Applied and Technical Studies students who demonstrate unacceptable academic performance will be placed on Academic Warning. See UFV's Academic Warning policy (79).

Unacceptable academic performance may, at the discretion of the instructor, include poor attendance, slow progress in theory and practical tasks, and/or lack of satisfactory participation in class activities. See UFV's Attendance policy (62).

Applied and Technical Studies students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner, and will be held responsible for their actions, whether acting alone or in group. See UFV's Student Academic Misconduct policy (70) and Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).

Withdrawal policy

Student-initiated withdrawal (discontinuing)

If a student wishes not to continue, he or she will need to initiate a withdrawal at the Office of the Registrar.

Required to withdraw (failed grades)

Failed grades may result in withdrawal from the program.

Required to withdraw (academic warning)

Students may be required to withdraw from a course or program for failing to comply with any of the following UFV policies: Academic Warning policy (79), Attendance policy (62), Student Academic Misconduct policy (70), Student Non-Academic Misconduct policy (204).

Upgrading policy

An upgrading student will be enrolled for no more than 13 weeks. Upgrading students will not displace anyone registered in the next intake.

The upgrading program allows those currently or recently employed in the industry to complete their certificate requirements or to become proficient in specific processes or techniques.

Upgrading students are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous or proof of industry experience approved by the program instructor.

Re-admission policy

Students who begin a trades program, but withdraw before completing the program, may contact the department to request re-entry to the program provided their absence is less than two years. Re-entry is subject to space availability.

If you are absent more than two years you will be required to apply for re-admission.

• An Application for admission form and Application fee will be required
• Applied and Technical Studies entrance exams will need to be retaken

Program outline

The program will focus on electronics as applied to:

• Computers
• Networking
• Home technology integration
• Automotive applications.

Skill development will consist of learning activities that provide hands-on lab work mixed with classroom-based activities including lectures, group activities, reading assignments and practice problems.

UFV’s Electronic Technician program is organized into the following areas of concentration:

• Introduction to AC and DC Circuits
• Discrete Semiconductor Circuits
• Linear Electronic Circuits
• Digital Electronic Circuits
• Microprocessors/Microcontrollers