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  • 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"
  • 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

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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 2 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)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. Fact Sheet - Wireless Systems Engineering Technology (pdf)
  2. Candidate Guide - Wireless Systems Engineering Technology (pdf)
  3. Applicaton Form (pdf)
  4. Payment Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

What do GPS, 5G, Bluetooth and broadband have in common? They’re all part of the fast-changing world of wireless communications! 

As the communication of voice, video and data continues to converge worldwide, there is an increasing demand for employees who have sound theoretical knowledge and highly-specialized technical skills. 

In the NAIT Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program, we’ll help you develop the skills you’ll need to get started in a wireless systems career.

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.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program at NAIT provides the building blocks necessary to begin your career in the technical world of wireless systems.

The program is broken into 4 sections:

  1. Introductory and advanced communications theory - fundamental wireless technology and architecture, network fundamentals, signal spectrum, and communication techniques and theory
  2. Communications infrastructure and transport media - infrastructure of communications systems, methods of communication systems transmission, site planning, and building wiring
  3. Enterprise (business infrastructure) and industrial communications systems (industrial applications) - broadband wireless technologies, enterprise data communications systems, land mobile concepts, wireless communication systems for industrial applications and personal communication technologies
  4. Systems and business management and final research project – includes oral presentation, written communications, interpersonal and teamwork skills, analytical thinking and problem solving

Classroom & Study Hours

This 2-year diploma program consists of four 15-week semesters. You’ll benefit from:

  • small class sizes and a personalized learning environment
  • curriculum that focuses on practical, real-world situations
  • instructors with first-hand industry experience

You can expect to spend, on average:

  • 27 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
  • 8 to 10 hours per week studying and completing class assignments

Facilities

Courses in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program take place in both traditional lecture and laboratory settings. Labs are equipped with test equipment, computers and commercial systems used in the information and communications technology industry.

Enter the workforce with confidence

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association reports that wireless communications generate a total economic value of over $39 billion for the Canadian economy. This growing industry employs nearly 300,000 people in various roles from engineering and technical design to technical support, servicing and sales.

The Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program will prepare you for employment in many fields, including:

  • wireless communications
  • data communications
  • transmission media services and sales
  • mobility services and sales
  • communication systems management
  • communications manufacturing

Typical employers in the wireless systems industry include:

  • mobility service and sales companies
  • telecommunication companies
  • oil and gas companies
  • government agencies
  • various public and private sector companies

Opportunities are also available in businesses that use information and communications technology services and require consultants or service personnel.

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology. 

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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Term 1

ELTR1141Introduction to Electric Circuits
  • Requisites: Co-requisites: WRLS1120, PHYS1186.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Wireless communication devices and systems are comprised of electrical and electronic circuits. This course is an introduction to fundamental electrical quantities and characteristics of electrical components and their behaviour in Wireless communication devices. Wireless Systems Engineering Technology students utilize appropriate test equipment to measure, test, and analyze the behaviour of standard electrical components used in DC, AC, and RF applications.

ENGL1159Effective Communications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is a practical English communications course for business and industry. Students learn how to speak and listen effectively, write with clarity, obtain and analyze data. Oral presentations, memoranda, informal reports, and mechanics of technical writing are emphasized.

MATH1118Technical Mathematics and Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASM118, MATH1118
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Wireless Systems Technology students. The aim of this course is to review and extend those topics in algebra and trigonometry which are necessary for Wireless Systems Technology. Topics include: scientific and engineering notation, graphs, systems of linear equations, matrices, trigonometric functions, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions and introduce statistics.

PHYS1186Physical Science
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASP186
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The PHYS1186 course covers the following topics: electric fields, electric force, electric potential, electric potential energy, resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance, magnetism, electromagnetic field, electromagnetic force, electromagnetic induction, transformer voltage, transformer current, transformer efficiency, wave theory, wave equation, wave reflection, index of refraction, Snell's law, critical angle, total internal reflection, interference, diffraction, polarization, brewster's law, quantum energy levels, photon energy, electromagnetic spectrum, electromagnetic line spectra, compton effect, solid state physics.

WRLS1110Computing Systems and Technical Documentation
  • Course Equivalencies: WIRE1120, WST112
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Wireless Systems Engineering Technologists utilize computer systems to configure and test wireless equipment, simulate and model wireless systems, and to prepare and present technical information. This course introduces the student to the architecture and operation of computing systems and the fundamentals of preparing and presenting technical information.

WRLS1120Professional Practice and Safety
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technologists program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Wireless Systems Engineering Technologists are required to address issues beyond their fundamental technical knowledge. This course introduces the student to the body of knowledge, professional conduct, and ethical behaviour of a Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist. Safety standards, hazard assessment, safe work plans and emergency response plan/procedures are introduced to ensure students are aware of safety practices in the workplace.

WRLS1130Digital Electronics
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: WRLS1120.
  • Course Equivalencies: WIRE1160, WST116
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Analog and digital circuits form the backbone of wireless communication devices and systems. This course introduces the student to numbering systems and simple logic components. The Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist is prepared to design logic circuits to achieve specified behaviour, use appropriate test equipment to verify behaviour, troubleshoot digital components, and to analyze behaviour of complex logic components used in communication systems.

Term 2

ELTR1241Electronic Circuits and Troubleshooting
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ELTR1141, WRLS1120.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Wireless communication devices and systems are comprised of electrical and electronic circuits which are susceptible to failure. This course introduces the student to semiconductor components and the various instrumentation used in studying communication signals. The course also teaches the Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist to create and implement experimental testing and troubleshooting procedures, and use appropriate test equipment to verify the behavior of semiconductor devices in communication circuits.

MATH1218Calculus
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Technology program. Prerequisite: MATH1118.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASM218, MATH2118
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Wireless Systems Technology students, dealing with differential calculus, derivatives of transcendental functions, integration, differential equations, and Fourier series, each with practical applications.

WRLS1230Electronic Communication Signal Analysis
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ELTR1141, MATH1118, WRLS1120, WRLS1130. Co-requisite: MATH1218.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In order to ensure spectral efficiency and integrity of information, a Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist must understand the properties of analog and digital electronic communication signals and the effects of noise on such signals. This course introduces the student to the time and frequency domain of baseband signals, analog and digitally modulated signals, and the effect of noise on these signals.

WRLS1240Transmission Media
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ELTR1141, MATH1118, WRLS1120.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Essential to wireless system link design, a Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist requires fundamental knowledge of transmission lines, antennas, and radio wave propagation. This course introduces the student to various transmission media, impediments affecting signal transmission in a medium; behaviours, properties and propagation of wireless signals, antennas and the test equipment used to verify and troubleshoot transmission network devices.

WRLS1270Communication Systems Installation
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ELTR1141, WRLS1110, WRLS1120.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Fixed and mobile wireless communication systems are often part of a larger communication infrastructure. Essential to the knowledge base of a Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist is an understanding of wired and wireless installation practices. This course introduces the student to telecommunication cabling standards, structured cabling plans, voice grade termination; and installation practices for wired, wireless, fixed and mobile applications.

Term 3

WRLS2310Fundamentals of Data Networks
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: WRLS1120, WRLS1130.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

With the growth of wireless networks, wireless data networking and wireless mobility; it is essential that the Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist has fundamental knowledge of the protocols and standards used in data networks and how they apply to wireless applications. This course introduces the student to OSI and TCP/IP models, IP addressing, protocols and standards used in personal area networks (PAN), in-building data communication systems, enterprise communication systems and industrial wireless communication systems.

WRLS2330Communication Engineering Techniques
  • Requisites: This program is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology. program. Prerequisites: MATH1218, WRLS1230.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In order to compete with the bandwidth of wired media, a wireless system must ensure spectral efficiency and quality of information. This course introduces the Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist to the elements of the communication systems model, basic concepts and theorems related to communication theory, and spread spectrum technologies. Students will use appropriate test equipment to verify behaviour of RF circuits, analyze the performance of communication signals and verify analog and digital modulation and demodulation circuits.

WRLS2340Optical Transmission Media
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: MATH1118, PHYS1186, ELTR1241.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Today’s wireless applications are incorporating fibre optic technology in order to meet bandwidth demands of users. Wireless applications such as fibre-to-the-antenna, fibre-to-the-cell-site, and fibre cable in distributed antenna systems all require the Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist to have a fundamental knowledge of optical transmission. This course introduces the student to optical transmission media, compares the characteristics and impediments of copper, optical and free space transmission, analyzes the characteristics and properties of an optical transceiver, and allows the student to assemble and verify the operation of optical cables and devices.

WRLS2350Land Mobile Communication Systems
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ELTR1241, WRLS1230, WRLS1240, WRLS1270
  • Course Equivalencies: WIRE2360, WST236
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Emergency first responders, public works organizations and companies with large vehicle fleets or numerous field staff rely on land mobile radio systems for communication with users in vehicles (mobiles) and on foot (portables). This course introduces the Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist to the applications and capabilities of land mobile communication systems, propagation modeling, and impairments of a narrowband wireless channel. Students perform frequency planning, system design, configuration, and testing of land mobile communication systems.

WRLS2360Broadband Wireless Communications Systems
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ELTR1141, ELTR1241, ENGL1159, MATH1118, MATH1218, PHYS1186, WRLS1120, WRLS1130, WRLS1240, WRLS1270.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Generally broadband refers to the technologies that support higher data rates in order to accommodate voice, video and data services on the network. Advancement in technology, access to new frequencies, and consumer demand has transformed what was historically a narrowband wireless link into a broadband wireless communication system. This course introduces the student to channel modeling, channel impairments specific to broadband wireless transmission, channel capacity, spectral efficiency and applications of broadband communication systems. Students use appropriate tools to design, configure and test fixed broadband wireless communication systems such as point-to-point microwave and satellite.

WRLS2370Applications of Telecommunications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ELTR1141, WRLS1130, WRLS1230.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Wireless access is often an extension of the existing wireline network and thus part of the larger telecommunications infrastructure. This course introduces the student to the wireline network, multiplexing techniques, wired to wireless transition, traffic analysis, last mile technology, and the backhaul requirements of a communication network.

Term 4

WRLS2410Advanced Data Networks
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: WRLS2310.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In many applications behind the wireless access is a core network which handles routing and switching, Quality of Service, provisioning, and service management. The Wireless Systems Engineering Technologist must have a good understanding of the differences between voice and data networks and how network layering concepts, protocol stacks and Quality of Service applies to such applications. This course introduces the student to routing and switching protocols, topologies used in wireless data communication systems, security vulnerabilities and allow students to configure and verify operations of an in-building wireless data communication system.

WRLS2450Industrial Communication Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ELTR1141, ELTR1241, ENGL1159, MATH1118, MATH1218, PHYS1186, WRLS1110, WRLS1120, WRLS1130, WRLS1230, WRLS1240, WRLS1270, WRLS2310.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Wireless technology allows us to connect with people, enables machines to talk to machines, and allows communication services in remote locations. In many industrial environments, wireless links carry vital information for monitoring, control, and automation. This course introduces the student to standards, applications, and capabilities of industrial wireless data systems. Students will create a frequency plan and use the appropriate tools to design, configure, and verify the operation of a wireless data communication system.

WRLS2460Cellular Communication Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ELTR1141, 1241, ENGL1159, MATH1118, MATH1218, PHYS1186, WRLS1110, 1120, 1130, 1230, 1240, 1270, 2310, 2330, 2350, 2360, 2370.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Once strictly voice-centric circuit switched architecture, advancement in technologies and protocols has quickly transformed the traditional cellular network into a data-centric IP based architecture providing voice, video, and data capability to its users. This course introduces the student to the historical evolution of cellular networks, the main functional components of cellular systems, operation and performance of multiple access techniques used in analog and digital cellular communication systems and ongoing developments in cellular systems and technologies. Students will analyze the performance of cellular system designs and techniques and create a frequency plan for a cellular system.

WRLS2470Site Planning
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ELTR1141, 1241, ENGL1159, MATH1118, MATH1218, PHYS1186, WRLS1110, 1120, 1130, 1230, 1240, 1270, 2340, 2350, 2360. Co-requisite: WRLS2460.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In order to plan the facilities infrastructure for a wireless site, the Wireless Systems Engineering Technologists must have a fundamental knowledge of AC and DC power systems, electrical protection, heating ventilation and air conditioning, physical security, alarming and surveillance, standards, codes and regulations. This course prepares the student to develop a site plan based on environmental factors and technical requirements; prepare a facilities plan based on physical requirements; evaluate site compliance based on industry standards, codes, regulations, and bylaws; identify sources of noise and interference, and write a maintenance procedure.

WRLS2480Capstone
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Wireless Systems Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: ELTR1141, ELTR1241, ENGL1159, MATH1118, MATH1218, PHYS1186, WRLS1110, 1120, 1130, 1230, 1240, 1270, 2310, 2330, 2340, 2350, 2360, 2370.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The capstone experience provides the student with an opportunity to synthesize a number of the course level outcomes and apply Applied Research and Project Management principles to an applied research based or non-research (project based) capstone project. This course introduces the student to the principles of Applied Research, principles of Project Management and prepares the student to perform a needs analysis, execute a project plan, present and defend a wireless design solution, and create a work completion and commissioning document.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,568

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $850
Level 1 Term 2: $600
Level 2 Term 1: $200
Level 2 Term 2: $450

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30
  • One of: Science 30, Physics 30 or Chemistry 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

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