Embedded Systems Development (Graduate Certificate) (Co-op)
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.
Length: Two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - May/2014 (Open) - Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 60
Applicants must possess a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree in any of these areas:
- Computer engineering / technology
- Electronics engineering / technology
- Communications engineering / technology
- Software engineering / technology or Computer Science
Other relevant disciplines may also be considered, such as mechanical engineering / mechatronics and others that offer a significant degree of electronics in their curriculum.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL 580 or 237 computer-based or 88 internet-based with TWE 4.5, IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0, CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60, CAAT D at 65%; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the post-graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Application Form.
- Attach proof of the admission requirements.
- Applicants not meeting the admission requirements must submit a resume outlining work, experience and career goals.
- Final acceptance is based on a review of post-secondary background and relevant documentation.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to Program Fee Chart for information
*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 is not available for this program.
- Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op and Career Services webpage for more details.
- The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Co-op Office.
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: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Degree Completion Opportunities
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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 contact 519-748-5220 ext 2260, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the testing website.
- Provide a customer solution that meets quality standards and satisfies customer requirements for embedded systems products.
- Solve complex embedded systems problems through research, experimentation, integration of computer hardware and software, and the use of electronic instrumentation.
- Design, develop, test, configure and maintain embedded systems.
- Integrate engineering skills and knowledge with current business strategies to provide cost-effective and economically sound embedded solutions to product realization problems.
- Adhere to professional, ethical and legal codes of practice and comply with industrial, labour, and environmental legislation.
- Work with diverse teams consisting of hardware and software specialists.
- Convey product specifications, requirements and other relevant product documentation using current and relevant communication techniques and language.
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 www.conestogac.on.ca/registrar/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr.
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
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.