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, 2023

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:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

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

Employment rates are reported by NAIT alumni, are for information purposes, and do not guarantee future employment opportunities. Please note that data for newer programs may not be included within this report.

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Median Starting Salary: $42,200

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

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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


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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Career Outcomes

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.

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. “

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

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Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

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.


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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.

Admission Requirements

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