School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Nanosystems Engineering Technology

Sep 01, 2022
Apply Now

Need more info? Learn how to apply.


The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


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.

Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


The average or expected time it will take to complete your program.

Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of B- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery varies by program and may be subject to change.. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

The Nanosystems Engineering Technology 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. Nanosystems 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
Computer chip Nanotechnology

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
Nanotechnology microscope

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 (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

Bachelor of Technology

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

Want to learn more about this program?

Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions.

Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
  • Navigating and MyNAITPortal

Contact Student Service Centre

Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal

Contact this program

( ) -

The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act and section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The information will be protected by the provisions of FOIP, and will be used for the purpose of registration and administration of the event. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use, security or disclosure of the personal information, please contact General Council at 780 471 7664 or



View courses for this program

Tuition & Fees

Get an estimate on cost to attend

How to Apply

Requirements, dates & deadlines

Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Scholarships & Awards

NAIT grads are prepared

Nanosystems Engineering Technology is a very diverse program, you get to try your hands in many fields like microbiology, material science, and electronics for a few examples. The instructors are very informative and have a lot of experience in their fields. This program will let you try a lot of really neat things and it’ll open your eyes to the very small world that makes up everything we see and do. Nanotechnology in general has so much potential! “

Nanosystems alumni wearing full PPE

Hear from an employer

“NAIT Nanosystems graduates work closely with our process specialists to run, develop, optimize, and characterize our micro and nanofabrication processes. NAIT graduates have greatly improved the efficiency of our team by providing technical fabrication support across a variety of state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization techniques.  From their training at NAIT, they are quickly able to learn, apply, and assist in improving fabrication techniques or providing insight on impacts of design decisions.”

Steve Rutledge, Process Manager at Avalon Holographics

Upcoming info sessions

Jan. 12 Event

Be Future-Ready with Nanosystems Engineering Technology

Explore the big world of the the very small! Join us in exploring the Nanosystems Engineering Technology program and get your questions answered by program experts.

  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Online

 Additional information

Bachelor of Technology

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

The making of techlife's 3D metal printed cover

A special project for the magazine's 10th anniversary

NAIT investigates cleaner fuel for trucking industry

A new project looks at bringing dimethyl ether to Alberta roads

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).

Technology Accreditation Canada

This program has been nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada.

Sydney Accord

This program is a national accredited program recognized by the International Engineering Alliance under the Sydney Accord.

Learn more

Apply to NAIT

Learn how to register through Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS) or begin the application process.

Apply now How to apply checklist


Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

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.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.