What to Expect
The Program will provide a strong foundation in micro- and nano-fabrication, electronics, material science, instrumentation, chemistry, and biology, supported by courses in communications, ethics, management, and process improvement.
Students will gain lab experience and learn clean room protocols in our facilities. Students will work with equipment and systems used by manufacturing companies and researchers alike. An example of the equipment is an SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope), used to obtain images of objects at the nanometre scale. Graduates will be familiar with lithography, a technique used to make micro-chips (integrated circuits) and MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems), and chemical synthesis of nano materials. Students will experience application of biochemistry that leads to the “lab on a chip” technology (where medical tests may be carried out on a hand-held device the size of a phone).
Course delivery is based on a lecture/lab model. Course delivery is supported by field trips to Nanotechnology facilities at the University of Alberta and the Edmonton Research Park, and with guest lectures.
- Class size for lectures is 24 students.
- Class size for lab sessions is 6-12 students
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 28 hours per week attending lecures or labs in all semesters.
Is This Program For You?
The multidisciplinary nature of the program will appeal to those students seeking a varied science and technology education in one diploma. It will also appeal to science-oriented high school graduates looking for high-tech, non-traditional careers, as well as practicing technologists in other fields who are ready for new challenges in an emerging sector.
The Nanotechnology Systems program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.