School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Wireless Systems Engineering Technology

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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.

Sep 01, 2022

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for 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. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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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.

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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.

 

Hear from our grads

“This program broadened my knowledge and allowed me to become a more critical thinker. Hands-on experiences through laboratory exercises helped me understand how wireless communication works in real life. And most importantly, I wouldn’t have this knowledge without my teachers. The Wireless program has the best and most competent instructors. “ 

NAIT Wireless Systems Engineering grad Charmaine

Charmaine Quadizar
Wireless Systems Engineering Technology ’19 ,
Service Technician - Tridon Communications 

“NAIT’s Wireless program was able to offer me a strong balance of technical material with a mix of hands-on exercises. This balance helped solidify concepts learned throughout lectures when applying them in the laboratory environment. My instructors fostered technical and problem-solving mindsets which translated well into industry. Although I was introduced to a vast number of wireless technologies such as cellular and microwave, I settled by focusing on one specific wireless technology for my career: P25. I’ve met numerous people with decades of experience in land mobile technology and I am able to share and learn from them.”

Ali Rakie
Wireless Systems Engineering Technology ’13,
AFRRCS Operations Technical Advisor - Government of Alberta

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.   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

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, 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)

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

How to Apply

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