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Apprenticeship

Communication Technician

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Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

School

The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Periods

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

Find your career connection

Communication technicians install and maintain wired or wireless networks for consumer and business communications.

They also maintain and repair various types of radio frequency (RF), transmission and switching equipment used to provide communication services.

Communication technicians are an integral part of many industries, including oil and gas, healthcare, forestry, education and utilities. Journeypersons are employed by companies that install, maintain, sell, rent or lease communication equipment in the public and private sectors.

NAIT's Communication Technician apprenticeship program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a capable and trusted communication technician.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training

The NAIT Communication Technician apprenticeship program will train you to install, remove and repair personal computers (PCs), local area or wide area networks (LANs and WANs), consumer communication equipment, private branch exchanges (PBXs) and specialized telecommunication equipment such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), digital subscriber lines (DSLs) or cable modems.

You will also learn how to maintain and repair various types of wireless LANs, cellular and point-to-point microwave systems, as well as troubleshoot and maintain fibre-optic transmission systems (FOTS), cable and satellite television systems and public / private / virtual networking equipment systems.

The Communication Technician program will cover all taskshelp you become a well-rounded  expected of a communications technician, by giving you the opportunity to develop your including the ability to:

  • supervise, train and coach apprentices
  • apply electrical and electronic theory to communication and associated equipment used in the telecommunications industry
  • understand different circuit combinations and components
  • use test instruments and understand their capabilities and limitations
  • carry out the mechanical functions required to complete repairs
  • use test procedures to locate faults and isolate defective components
  • read and interpret drawings, plans and specifications, as well as lay out and develop projects according to specifications
  • coordinate communication work with other trades employed in the industry (both installation and maintenance)
  • meet quality and production standards required in industry 
  • supervise, train and coach apprentices

What's in an apprenticeship education?

Apprenticeship training for Communication Technicians is post-secondary education designed to provide Alberta with a steady supply of highly skilled employees.

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If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Apprenticeship involves a combination of on-the-job training as an emploiyee of a participating employer, and technical training at NAIT. The term of apprenticeship for a Communication Technician is 4 years. The four 12-month periods include:

  • A minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training for each year under the supervision of a certified journeyperson or qualified Communications Technician tradesperson
  • 6 weeks during each of the first 3 years and 8 weeks in the fourth year of technical training, which includes leraning the theory, hands-on skills and technologies of the trade

Each period of technical training concludes with an apprenticeship board examination that requires a passing grade of 70% to continue to the next year. 

Learn more about the apprenticeship periods of this program

Enter the workforce with confidence

Communication technicians have traditionally been employed by large telecommunications and cable companies, as well as smaller companies that install, maintain, sell or lease telecommunications equipment. These smaller companies may subcontract to the larger telecommunications companies or install private communications systems.

Communication technician work is most rewarding for those who enjoy learning new things and doing precise work that sometimes requires creativity. To be successful in their trade, communication technicians need:

  • mechanical ability
  • analytical ability
  • strong mathematical knowledge
  • good communication skills

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General program information

General apprenticeship information

(For more on job duties, enrolment/registration, training locations, policies and procedures in Alberta.)

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training

  • Phone: 1.800.248.4823
  • Fax: 780.422.3734

For more information on roles, duties, career paths, salaries and more, visit:

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Periods

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Tuition & Fees

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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Below you will find a brief overview of the information you can expect to learn, and the skills you can expect to develop, in each of the program's 4 periods.

Each period of technical training concludes with an apprenticeship board examination that requires a passing grade of 70% to continue to the next year. 

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in safety awareness, basic electricity, trade mathematics, cable plant architecture, telephony and practical IP fundamentals.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided level 2 training in cable plant architecture and practical IP fundamentals, as well as training in electronics, basic transmission and fibre optics.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided level 3 training in practical IP fundamentals, as well as access technology, multiplexing, noise mitigation and DC power plants.

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are provided level 4 training in practical IP fundamentals and level 2 training in access technology, as well as training in voice networks, voice over IP (VoIP), video and wireless systems.

Tuition cap: $784.00

Period 1

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books and supplies: $355.00
  • NAITSA and materials fee: $115.88
  • Athletic fee: $28.20

Period 2

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books and supplies: $25.00
  • NAITSA and materials fee: $117.88
  • Athletic fee: $28.20

Period 3

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books and supplies: $25.00
  • NAITSA and materials fee: $117.88
  • Athletic fee: $28.20

Period 4

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books and supplies: $340.00
  • NAITSA and materials fee: $134.88
  • Athletic fee: $37.60 

Additional information

Get information on refund policies and parking on the Apprenticeship Fees and Expenses page.

Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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