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    Applied Electronics Design

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:AED
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
optional co-op third semester (4 Months)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The AED program is a career–focused supplement to your existing post–secondary education or relevant work experience in electronics or engineering technology.

In it you’ll learn the fundamental design and product development concepts necessary for participants to enhance their understanding of product design, or facilitate a transition from one area of engineering technology to another. Your courses will also help deepen your understanding of both analog and digital engineering principles as applied in modern product engineering technology.

Focusing on the application of Wireless Communications, your studies will also include treatment of the following design fundamentals: Electro Mechanical, Printed Circuit Board (PCB), Applications Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC), Statistics and Quality Management, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), Advanced Real Time Microprocessors, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), and Safety Certification and Approvals.

You'll use industry–standard software and hardware tools to learn current industry design methodology, help foster an awareness of Seneca in the industrial community through its effective use, and gain important skills in the use of Electronics Design Automation (EDA) tools such as Mentor Graphics and Cadence, which have become industry standards. This knowledge and experience will help you graduate as a job–ready professional.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized Engineering degree or a three year post secondary diploma from an accredited institution in Electronics or Computer Engineering Technology; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant reference must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.
  • Working knowledge of current digital design practices using VHDL and PLD, analog design principles, and programming in the 'C' language.
  • Working knowledge of a Windows (PC or Workstation) environment, word processors, and web browsers.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • A home PC or laptop and ISP;
    • UNIX familiarity.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Give yourself a career advantage – earn a graduate certificate in Applied Electronics Design. As a graduate of this program you'll be prepared for entry–level roles in support of product design and development teams, product verification and validation, printed circuit board design and development, support of ASIC development, electronics manufacturing engineering support and testing. Although your studies will focus on Wireless Communications, the design techniques you'll learn are fundamental to a wide range of electronics industries.

Co-operative Education Program

The co–op model for this program will consist of a four–month work–term following the second academic semester. You may apply for co–op during your first semester. For more information, please visit Co–op Technology at

Affiliations and Associations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)
  • Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
  • Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)
  • York Technology Association (YTA)
  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Important Academic Dates

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Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AED701 C Based Real-Time Microprocessor Systems 4
AED702 Introduction to ASIC Development Principles 4
AED704 Advanced Field Programmable Gate Arrays 4
AED705 Statistics and Quality Management for Technology 4
EMD701 Electro-Mechanical Design I 5
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AED707 Intro to Real-Time DSP Programming and System Design 4
AED709 Safety Certification and Approvals 4
AED710 Introductory Mixed Mode ASIC Design Concepts 6
AED712 3G and 4G Wireless Communication Systems 4
AED713 Printed Circuit Board Design 5
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (Co-op option only) 1
CWT100 Co-op Work Term (Co-op option only)

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Diana Samuel-DeRoche
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
Co-op Coordinator: Krista Lonergan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26833

Program Chair:

Evan Weaver
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22446

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“I have hired many Seneca co-op students from the School of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology [AED program] (former School name). They have all played an integral role at Pixelworks and were able to make positive and immediate contributions to the work at hand.”

James Goel
Senior Director, Product Development, Pixelworks Inc.

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