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Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Automation and Instrumentation Option): Diploma

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Applications are submitted externally through the BCIT website.

  • Fall
  • Winter

Study Options
  • Co-Op
  • Program Start Date
    September and January
  • Campuses


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    City of Burnaby
  • Length
    Two years, full-time
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    Approx total: Domestic $14,000, International $41,000. See Full-Time Studies tuition fees website for more information
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Approx fees: Level 1: $1,520; Level 2: $540; Level 3: $550; Level 4: $450
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Course Transfer
  • Learning Method Options

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out BCIT's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

This program opens for applications to both the September and January intakes on October 1st (or next business day).

Application Fee: $90 Domestic / $154 Intl

1) Program Admission Requirements

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • Chemistry 11 (67%)
  • Physics: one of the following
    • Physics 12 (67%) or
    • PHYS 0312 - Technology Entry Physics 2 (67%)

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Continuation requirements

Midway through the second term of first year, students select their first and second choice for the next year(s) of the program:

Entry to each of the diploma options and to the BEng degree is competitive by GPA. Where space issues arise, students may get their alternate choice.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

To apply for transfer credit, submit a Course Credit/Exemption form [PDF] and official transcript to BCIT Student Records within 14 days of term start. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit.

If you would like to transfer a larger number of credits prior to admission, you can apply for advanced placement in this program.

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The Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology diploma program options share a common first year. The second year focuses on specialized options. Option selection is a competitive process, undertaken after successful completion of the first year.


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy BCIT's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Review the full English Language Requirements policy here.

There are two ways to meet the English requirement:

1. Complete both of the following:


2. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening:

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

The English Language Proficiency requirement for studies at BCIT is detailed here.

Applicants to BCIT are also required to have completed two years of full-time study in a high school or post-secondary program in English in an English-speaking country.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For details on BC/Yukon High School credit equivalencies click here

Review BCIT Entrance Requirements and Application priority .


You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

Learn about Canadian high school course equivalencies here.  

For more information about admission, please review BCIT Entrance requirements and Application priority 

BC Transfer Student

For details on how to transfer credits from BC post-secondary institutions to BCIT visit this website.


Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on admission with Advanced Placement into BCIT programs, click here .


Mature Student

If you have not graduated from secondary school you may still be admitted to BCIT based on your relevant experience. To gain Mature student status, you must also meet BCIT's English-language requirements as well as any prerequisites for your desired program. Please contact BCIT Admissions to discuss your situation further. 

Note: there are several Upgrading options through BCIT.

For other information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of BCIT's Admissions website.

International Student

For details on applying to BCIT as an International Student check here.

Note: some BCIT programs with a post-secondary entrance requirement will necessitate a comprehensive ICES evaluation for applicants who completed their post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States or the United Kingdom. Please review your program’s entrance requirements and contact BCIT Admissions if you have further questions. 

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

The Technology Entry Program is for students who want to improve their skills in core areas such as communications, Math, Chemistry or Physics to meet the prerequisites of their intended BCIT Technology Program.

Learn about other BCIT Upgrading options here.



How to Apply

For information on applying to BCIT's programs check here.

BCIT’s application website provide a step-by-step process to help you identify the program that is right for you, find the entrance requirements to your program of choice, prepare your application, submit your application in a timely manner, and track your application status online.