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Nanotechnology Systems

Sep 08, 2020
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The Nanotechnology Systems program is the only program of its kind in Canada. In it, you will be exposed to face-to-face, hands-on learning in our labs including in our specialized cleanroom facility.

In the program, you will learn about the fabrication and evaluation of micro- and nanomaterials and devices commonly used in a wide range of industries, such as health care, smart devices, and energy production and storage. You’ll learn how to operate systems and equipment used by nanotech researchers and manufacturing companies, such as the scanning electron microscope (SEM), which is used to obtain images of objects at the nanometre scale.

If you are seeking a multidisciplinary career in science and technology, this program will appeal to you. Nanotechnology offers a growing number of high-tech and non-traditional career paths that will constantly challenge you with new and complex problems to solve.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

What is nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology (or “nanotech”) is the science and engineering of materials at sizes in the nanometre (one billionth of a metre) range.

Nanotechnology is creating many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications in electronics, biochemistry, medicine, energy production and other fields. Nanotechnology can be found in everything from smart phones to sunscreens made by companies like L’Oreal, 3M, Bayer and Intel. 

Following investment by the province, Alberta is fast becoming the hub for Canada’s expanding nanotechnology industry.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In this unique program, you’ll gain lab experience and clean room protocols through hands-on sessions in our specialized labs and at partner institutions at the University of Alberta and the Edmonton Research Park. You’ll become familiar with lithography (a technique used to make integrated circuits, or microelectromechanical devices), the synthesis of nanoparticles, the fabrication of devices such as Organic LEDs and solar cells, and lab-on-a-chip technology (where medical tests may be carried out on a hand-held device the size of a mobile phone). 

Upon successful completion of the Nanotechnology Systems program, you’ll be able to:

  • design and implement Quality Management Systems
  • apply fundamental scientific understanding from a nano to a macro world
  • collect and analyze data
  • operate and maintain advanced process equipment
  • adopt workplace ethical and safety practices
  • demonstrate communication skills in an interdisciplinary environment
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills

Enter the workforce with confidence

Globally, nanotechnology is an emerging market that promises new and interesting opportunities across a variety of applications in many different industries. Alberta now boasts a growing nanotech enterprise sector of more than 70 companies, with many located in the Edmonton region. Nanotechnology is also being used within organizations beyond the nanotechnology industry to solve industrial challenges.

After graduating from the Nanotechnology Systems program you may find work in a fast paced, challenging, and team environment with advanced equipment and small scale materials. Jobs are typically found in research and design, health, environmental, and manufacturing areas like:

  • microfabrication
  • sensors and devices
  • nanomaterial synthesis
  • clean technology
  • consumer products

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Nanotechnology Systems.

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. 

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

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  • Email: nan@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.378.5388
  • Fax: 780.471.7039



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BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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