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High-Tech laboratories for classes and extra practice time

Female Food Science student examines a solution in the chemistry lab as a male student looks on


Centennial has numerous lab spaces for practical training for many programs. At the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS), they mean business when it comes to lab facilities. It has 12 different types of labs, all equipped generously with modern tools and technology for their students in the Applied Biological and Environmental Sciences, Information and Communication Engineering Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Technology. Students have the advantage of connecting the in-depth theory in lectures with real-life work environments, giving them hands-on training conveniently on campus grounds. 

Explore each laboratory at Progress and Morningside campuses:

Applied Electronics Laboratory: Designed for the programs under the Information and Communication Engineering Technology Department, senior students apply programming concepts from early semesters to design and implement advanced applications using electronic circuits and systems.

Basic Electronics Laboratory: Common electronics equipment can be found in this room, with circuit boards, electrical and electronic circuits, and basic instruments and advanced computer programs for electronic circuit schematic drawing, simulation, analysis, and testing.

Biomedical Laboratory: An examination room for biomedical instrumentation systems, students perform biomedical instrument networking to complete calibration and preventative maintenance of equipment in biological labs. Students can practice their skills on tools such as ECG units, lasers, defibrillators, dialysis machines, ventilators, patient monitors, and infant incubators.

Computer Engineering Laboratory: Working with prototypes of digital integrated circuits, students build digital electronic circuits, microcontroller systems, interfacing analog-digital, and embedded systems, which they will also complete troubleshooting and quality assurance.

Data Centre Laboratory: This is the go-to place for computer networking students, where they can manipulate servers, switches, backup engines, and other equipment. Students will learn the installation, configuration, and troubleshooting for this equipment.

Data Communications Laboratory: As the name suggests, this lab facility focuses on data communications, where students use the LabVolt modular communication systems and the Ethernet computer network.

Enterprise Networking Laboratories: The main purpose of this computer networking lab is to learn about Network Management servers. Students can design and test their products using the following applications: SNMPc, SolarWinds, HP OpenView packages and Fluke OptiView Workgroup AnalyzerNetwork.

Network Operating Systems Laboratories: Professional server hardware, with Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems can be found in this lab, where students will complete common networking operations such as installation, configuration, and troubleshooting.

PC Hardware Laboratory: Designed for computer hardware, this lab contains PCs and laptops for students to practice upgrading and maintaining hardware equipment.

RF and Wireless Technology Laboratory: Students will find signal generators, where they can practice with various networks and systems, including computer wireless networks in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth systems.

Software Engineering Laboratories: Students can practice with various software programs for desktop and mobile, including the following: web application development tools, web server software, gaming frameworks, visual modelling tools, and programming language IDEs.

Telecommunications Laboratory: This room consists of telephony operations, with access to Private Branch Exchange (PBX) and Voice over IP (VoIP) switches and telephone sets.

These lab facilities and the wide variety of equipment available are big investments for SETAS and Centennial. The college maintains these labs and ensures that the tools are current with industries, so students have relevant training.