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.

Upcoming Intakes

Select your preferred intake to see relevant program information. Program details, including tuition and course information, may vary by intake.

Selection Start Date Delivery Mode Time Campus Length Domestic Status International Status
Sep. 03, 2024 (Fall) Hybrid Weekdays - Daytime Main 2 Years (Full-time) Open Limited
 
             
 

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Delivery Mode

  • In-person - All your class activity will be delivered in person, on campus.
  • Online - All your class activity will be delivered online.
  • Hybrid - Your classes will be a mixture of in person and online learning. You must be able to come to campus and participate remotely online.
  • Your choice - Your program offers a variety of class delivery options (in person, online, or a mixture of both) and you can select which type of classes to take. If you wish, you can complete your entire program either in-person or online.
  • HyFlex - All your classes are delivered for simultaneous participation in person and online. You can choose daily to attend your classes in person or join remotely online.

Time

  • Your choice - You can select class times and days that fit your schedule. There are a variety of class options for you to choose from including daytime, evening, weekdays or weekends.
  • No set time - No set class days or times, content is access on-demand. You can complete your studies on your own schedule within the scheduled class dates; may have set due dates and deadlines.
  • Evenings & Weekends - Classes are scheduled after 5 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on weekends.
  • Weekdays - Daytime - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, before 5 p.m.
  • Weekdays - Evening - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, after 5 p.m.
  • Weekends - Classes are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays.

Campus

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at this campus location.

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Length

  • Full-Time - This is the standard length to complete the program, with a full course load per term.
  • Part-Time - Students follow a structured schedule of classes so they can progress in their studies part-time while balancing everyday life.

Domestic Status

The program availability status for domestic applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

International Status

The program availability status for international applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications.
  • Limited - For international applicants, the program intake is now only available if you already have a valid study permit.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

Credit programs that accept international applicants also meet the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, including programs with a Hybrid delivery mode. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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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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

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.

Scholarships & Awards

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. If you are a current or recently admitted student you can find program and course information as well as contact details for your program on the My Program page on the MyNAIT Portal.








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