School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Wireless Systems Engineering Technology

Sep 01, 2022
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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.

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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)

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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.

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 Wireless Systems 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 (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).

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NAIT Grads are Prepared

"NAIT's Wireless program will never get obsolete. There will always be unending growth in the field of communication. Which also means more demand for Wireless Technologist; not only unending demand of work but as well as knowledge."

  

NAIT Wireless Systems Engineering grad Charmaine

Charmaine Quadizar, Wireless Systems Engineering Technology '19

Service Technician  -  Tridon Communications 

"It is a great place to start if you are interested in the I.T world especially in Telecommunication. We will be exposed to in everything concerning Telecommunication from 1st Generation to the 5th Generation, design and installation, troubleshooting and monitoring radio equipment."

Chigozie Samuel Nzewi, Wireless Systems Engineering Technology '19

RF Engineer Specialist - Xplornet Communications Inc.


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Bachelor of Technology

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

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).   Find out more

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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.