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Embedded Systems Development (Graduate Certificate) (Co-op)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
Engineering & Information Technology
Academic Year:
2014 / 2015
Accelerated Delivery?

About the Program

Embedded Systems Development (ESD) is a 4 semester program (3 academic semesters, with 1 mandatory co-op semesters), aimed at providing the student a solid understanding of the embedded systems industry, gaining hands on skills in the development (design and implementation) of both hardware and software for embedded systems.

The program integrates a hands-on, practical approach to augment theoretical knowledge a student may already have coming into the program. Applied projects and lab work, along with hands-on opportunities in co-op help prepare graduates for a career in embedded systems development.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - May/2015 (Open) - Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: May
First-Year Capacity: 60

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree in any of these areas:

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Co-op Information

Graduate Opportunities

Students graduate with the embedded software and electronic hardware development skills and experience necessary to design and implement innovative new embedded solutions for industry or entrepreneurial endeavours. Entry level positions for graduates of this program include embedded hardware designer, embedded hardware developer, embedded software developer, software specialist, embedded solution tester, quality control professional and entrepreneur. In addition to these, career path opportunities include project manager, embedded systems production manager and industry consultant.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Degree Completion Opportunities

Conestoga College is dedicated to creating exciting and flexible degree completion opportunities for current, former and prospective students. Learn how a Conestoga education can respond to the community's demand for a skilled workforce and help you to reach your goal obtaining a challenging and rewarding career.

Visit our Degree Completion Opportunities website.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

For more information on the PLAR process, please e-mail or visit the testing website.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
CDEV1020 Co-op and Career Preparation
EECE8000 Digital Design Principles
ELCN8000 Electronics Design Principles
ENTR2020 Entrepreneurship
PROG8120 Embedded Programming Principles
PROG8130 Data Structures and Algorithms for Embedded Programming
Level Two
CNTR8000 Hardware/Software Interfacing
EECE8010 Embedded Systems Hardware Design
INFO8110 Operating Systems Design
SENG8000 Embedded Systems Software Design
Level Three
COOP8050 Co-op Work Term I (Embedded Systems Development)
Level Four
EECE8020 Reconfigurable Systems Principles
EECE8030 Advanced Digital Signal Processing Applications
EECE8040 Engineering Capstone Project
SENG8010 Software Engineering Principles

Program Outcomes

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

How to Apply to the Program

Domestic students should apply using a Conestoga College Program Application Form. This form can be obtained from any Conestoga College campus OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office OR by using the College website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr.
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
MAY, 2014 Doon Closed
MAY, 2015 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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