Basic Occupational Education - Electronics and General Assembly (Certificate)

New Westminster


The Basic Occupational Education (BOE) Program for Electronics and General Assembly is designed for students who have a barrier to learning and/or employment. The program is self-paced, with classroom, lab, and two four-week work experience components.

Hireable skills

Students train to perform assembly work in the high-tech electronics field or mechanical assembly industries. The range of skills taught varies for each student, but typically includes component preparation, fine and gross motor skills, board assembly, soldering, wire and cable preparation and hardware assembly. Students receive further training in specific skills with manufacturing firms throughout the Lower Mainland.

Job outcomes

Students often gain employment in the manufacturing industry including jobs related to electronic and general assembly. This includes packaging, pick ordering, soldering, working on circuit board assembly, wire assembly and mechanical assembly.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.

Admissions Requirements

A preliminary interview with the instructor is required for acceptance into the program.


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Electronic and General Assembly Option  Students in the Electronic and General Assembly Option receive training that enables them to work in entry-level assembly positions in electronics and other manufacturing industries. The range of skills taught varies for each student, but typically includes:

  • electronic component preparation
  • printed circuit board assembly
  • soldering
  • cable and wire preparation
  • hardware and general assembly

Job-site placements provide continued training and work experience opportunities through the application of learned skills in manufacturing firms throughout the Lower Mainland.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Career Pathways

Successful graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in electronic or mechanical assembly industries, with skills such as component preparation, board assembly, soldering, wire and cable preparation, and hardware assembly.