Attachment 12 – OACETT

(1)Who We Are

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) is a non-profit, self-governing, professional association of over 24,000 members.

OACETT is Ontario’s independent certifying body for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists and confers the designations C.Tech. (Certified Technician) and C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist). These designations are recognized across Canada by employers and other engineering professionals. The A.Sc.T. (Applied Science Technologist) designation is no longer conferred but is still used by some OACETT members.

OACETT promotes the interests of engineering and applied science technicians and technologists in industry, educational institutions, the public and government.

OACETT was incorporated in 1962 and legislated under the Statutes of Ontario by the OACETT Act of 1984. The Act established OACETT as a self-governing body with right to title for its members. Later, the provincial legislature passed the OACETT Act of 1998, a revised act that includes a description of work for technicians and technologists.

Engineering technicians and technologists are part of the engineering team that also consists of engineers, scientists and tradespeople. Each performs an integral part of engineering work.


OACETT is a founding member of Technology Professionals Canada.

(2)Duties of An Electrical Engineering Technologist

In general, electrical engineering technologists work independently or as part of a team with other technologists and engineers to:

  • engineer and design power, lighting, control and communications systems in buildings and industrial plants

  • engineer and design electrical generation, transmission and distribution systems

  • write specifications for electrical installations and equipment

  • oversee industrial networks and data communications

  • manage electrical energy systems through load flow, power quality and energy management schemes

  • prepare project cost estimates from electrical drawings

  • manage electrical projects

  • write and perform testing and commissioning procedures for electrical installations

  • design, install and maintain electrical control systems and industrial automation systems

  • test and maintain electrical equipment including switch gear, control circuits, transformers, motors, protective relays, variable speed drives and programmable logic controllers

  • use computer software to design, test and control electrical equipment and installations including specialized functions such as distribution system design, fault calculations and relay settings, harmonic analysis and arc flash.