Program OverviewPrinter Friendly
Please note: Software Engineering Technician is also offered in-class.
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Centennial College's Software Engineering Technician program will prepare you to work as a software developer. Whether someone wants to balance the books, edit photographs or produce a movie, it wouldn't be possible without software programs. You'll be at the forefront of designing, developing and maintaining the latest software.
During your time in the Software Engineering Technician courses of this college diploma program, you'll acquire solid knowledge of:
- Software engineering methodologies
- Programming languages
- Design and algorithm concepts
- Data management tools
To underscore the applied focus of the curriculum, Software Engineering Technician studies will include a software development project. This real-world business application will require you to make use of all the technical and business skills acquired during your time in the college technology program to build high quality software.
Please note: Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software may gain direct admission into Semester 3 of this fully online two-year program and receive their Software Engineering Technician diploma in two semesters (program #3478).
Career Options and Education Pathways
Career Options and Education PathwaysPrinter Friendly
Companies Offering Jobs
American Express, Bell Canada, IBM Canada, Manulife, Scotiabank, Toronto Stock Exchange, CIBC, RBC, Research In Motion (RIM), Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), various levels of government
- Software Engineering Technician courses are delivered using leading-edge technology geared to industry standards.
- Knowledgeable and approachable School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials.
- Smaller class sizes allow for more individualized learning and one-on-one time with instructors.
- The diploma you earn is recognized in Canada and abroad, reflecting high standards of learning.
- The program is offered in a continuous mode, which allows you to complete it in 16 months. Students beginning the program in a Fall term, graduate in the following year, Fall term. Students beginning the program in a Winter term, graduate in the following year, Winter term.
- Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) or their provincial engineering technology association.
- Computer programmer
- Software developer
- Systems analyst
- Software tester
- Business analyst
- Web applications developer
- Database administrator
- Applications or software support
Graduates of the Software Engineering Technician Diploma program may continue into year three of the Software Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma version (program #3409) and acquire solid knowledge of systems integration, enterprise programming, mobile computing and software security specialization.
Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.
Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.
|Partner Institution||Degree Program|
|Algoma University||Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Arts - Law and Justice|
|Brock University||Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Studies - multiple majors|
|Honours Bachelor of Science in Core Sciences - multiple majors|
|Honours Bachelor of Science - Biotechnology|
|Honours Bachelor of Science - Mathematics and Statistics|
|Davenport University||Bachelor of Science - Technology Project Management|
|Lakehead University||Bachelor or Honours Degree - multiple majors|
|Laurentian University||Bachelor of Arts|
|Ontario Tech University||Honours Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology|
|Honours Bachelor of Information Technology - Networking and Information Technology Security (5 course bridge)|
|Seneca College||Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies|
|Sheridan College||Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Information System Security|
|Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus||Honours Bachelor of Arts|
|Windsor, University of||Honours Bachelor of Arts - Applied Economics Stream|
|York University||Honours Bachelor degree in any major|
|Honours Computer Science|
|Honours Environmental Studies|
|Honours Science - Chemistry|
|Bachelor of Science - multiple majors|
Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.
For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.
The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes this TAC nationally-accredited program as meeting the academic standard for certification in the Certified Technician (C.Tech.) category as well as the OACETT language benchmark requirement.
The Canadian Information Processing Society and the Canadian Council of Technician and Technologies (CCTT) jointly approved accreditation of this program in 2011. This joint accreditation is the first of its kind in Canada.
The Software Engineering Technician program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).
This program has met the national educational standards of Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession, as such, has received national program accreditation by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC).
Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognition, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
- Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required), or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission (score of 170 or 171 is required for admission)
- Grade 11 Mathemathics (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required), or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission
How to Apply
How to ApplyPrinter Friendly
1. Apply Online
If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.
All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.
2. Submit Documents
Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.
Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.
If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).
For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.
3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.
You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.
You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.
When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.
4. Pay Fees
Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.
You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.
5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)
Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.
Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April
Your web-registration will not open if:
You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.
Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Ancillary Fees||Total|