Wireless Systems Technician
The resource and manufacturing sector is changing – get the skills you need to respond.
Next program intake: January 2023
Wireless Systems Technicians provide maintenance and repairs for wireless devices. They install and resolve issues relating to various types of wireless devices, such as cellular phones and PDAs. Technicians also help develop wireless networks and solve network problems.
Automation based on wireless telecommunications systems is rapidly transforming industry. New jobs are being created and require talented technicians with new skills. Be a part of the solution.
To work as an Wireless Systems Technician, you should:
- Have strong critical thinking skills
- Have good communication, writing and reading skills
- Have a knack for complex problem solving
- Exercise sound judgement and decision-making
What do Wireless systems Technicians do?
- Support complex networks that transmit wireless signals.
- Maintain and repair personal communication devices as well as wireless equipment, such as cellular phones, pagers, wireless Internet (WiFi) hotspots, and others.
- Have a proper understanding of broadband technologies, electronics, and mobile systems.
- Examine and evaluate electronic equipment with the aid of measuring and diagnostic tools.
- Report equipment failures, and create work orders to resolve them.
- Assist in installing and setting up wireless and new telecommunication services.
This program provides the knowledge and skills required to respond to rapidly transforming resource and manufacturing industry needs. The program aims to respond to the need for technicians skilled at installing and supporting wireless sensor and controller networks and other electronics systems. Graduates may find employment in a variety of industry settings, including users of telecommunications and radio frequency systems, manufacturing, and natural resources.
In year one, students learn the foundational skills required for more complex practical applications introduced later in the program. This includes a focus on electrical and electronics systems (AC, DC, circuits, and digital fundamentals). Students then proceed to microcontroller principles, several levels of data networks (LANs, WANs, routers, switches), and allowing networks to scale.
In year two, the program includes radio frequency concepts and practical applications for wireless environments as well as microwave communications. Radio frequency navigation and location tools, and structured cabling systems are covered. Students then have the opportunity to apply the learned principles by configuring and testing real world systems, finding faults and practicing advanced troubleshooting skills.
Why Consider a Wireless Systems Technician Career?
- The resource sector is in a state of rapid change, creating new careers and skill sets.
- As autonomous systems are more widely implemented, you’ll be well-positioned for a career in a wide-variety of resource and non-resource sectors, as many companies and organizations are using digital radio frequency communications.
- The average telecom technician salary in Canada is $60,200 per year.
Wireless Systems Technician Diploma Requirements:
Year 1 – Term 1
|WIST 101||Technical Skills||4|
|WIST 102||DC Fundamentals||4|
|WIST 103||AC Fundamentals||4|
Year 1 – Term 2
|WIST 104||Electronic Circuits 1||4|
|WIST 105||Digital Fundamentals||4|
|WIST 106||Introduction to Networks||4|
|WIST 107||Switching Routing and Wireless Essentials||4|
|WIST 108||Enterprises, Networking Security and Automation||4|
Year 2 – Term 3
|WIST 201||Radio Frequency (RF) Principles||4|
|WIST 202||Radio Frequency (RF) Transmission|
Lines and Antennas
|WIST 203||Internet of Things Fundamentals||4|
Year 2 – Term 4
|WIST 204||Microwave Communications||3|
|WIST 205||Structured Cabling Systems||4|
|WIST 206||Radio Frequency (RF) Applications||4|
|WIST 290||WIST Capstone Project||6|
WIST-101 – Technical Skills
This course provides the required skills for the student to perform the tasks that will be encountered in the practical phases of the Wireless Systems Technician program. Theoretical concepts as well as practical applications are included. Safety concerns for the electronics industry including Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) requirements are addressed. Training will be provided in the use of small hand tools used in the telecommunications industry concluding with the construction of a small electronics project. Math skills used by a technician will be studied in this course focusing on the trigonometric functions and logarithmic functions which apply in communications systems. Training will be given in basic report writing including graphing as related to electronics.
WIST-102 – DC Fundamentals
This course provides the foundation required for the understanding of all electronic circuits, including basic electrical principles and components. The concepts of the basic quantities of charge, voltage, current, resistance, energy and power are developed. The student will use Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s Voltage law and Kirchhoff’s Current law to analyze series, parallel and series-parallel Direct Current (DC) circuits. Additional analysis tools such as Thevenin’s theorem and maximum power transfer are also covered. DC test equipment will be used for measurements. General troubleshooting strategies and techniques are introduced, with emphasis on methods used to isolate faults in an efficient and logical manner. Students will apply these principles to troubleshoot problems in series, parallel and series-parallel DC circuits. Electromagnetism is also introduced. Theory is reinforced with hands-on practice.
WIST-103 – AC Fundamentals
This course provides the foundation required for the understanding of all electronic circuits with Alternating Current (AC) sources. The characteristics of various AC waveforms are discussed and
measured. The concepts and calculations of reactive values are emphasized. The student will study the response to AC of various circuit configurations and apply this knowledge to the analysis of Resistor Capacitor (RC), RL, and RLC circuits. Various practical applications of circuit configurations are explored. Theory is reinforced with hands-on practice and exposure to troubleshooting techniques.
WIST-104 – Electronic Circuits
This course provides the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for the student to install, maintain, and troubleshoot circuits which employ integrated semiconductor devices. The electronic devices covered are: diodes, rectifiers, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors, solid state switching devices, photosensitive devices, operational amplifiers, timers and voltage regulators. Practical circuits which employ these devices are also studied. Theory is reinforced with hands on practical skills in this course.
WIST-105 – Digital Fundamentals
This course provides the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for the student to install, maintain, and trouble-shoot circuits that contain digital logic devices. The Binary, Hexadecimal, and Decimal number systems are described, and techniques for converting from one system to another are introduced. Basic definitions and common elements of digital logic devices are introduced and explored. The digital logic devices covered include basic logic gates (AND, OR, NOR, NAND, XOR), logic functions, flip-flops, counters, shift registers, memories, and interfacing integrated circuits. Common representations of digital logic functions and circuits are introduced, including truth tables, waveform representations, schematics, symbols and Boolean expressions. Practical circuits that employ these devices are also studied. The lecture material is reinforced by a series of lab assignments that develop skills in designing and creating prototype circuits using common logic elements.
WIST-106 – Introduction to Networks
This first course in the 3-course Cisco Networking Academy series is an introduction to how networks operate and introduces students to architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements, functions needed to support the operations and priorities of Fortune 500 companies to small innovative retailers. Students will build simple local area networks (LANs), develop a working knowledge of IP addressing schemes and foundational network security and be able to perform basic configurations for routers and switches. After completing all three CCNA courses, WIST 107, WIST 108 and WIST 109 students are able to take the Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA) Certification.
WIST-107 – Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials
Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials is the second course in a 3-course Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA) series. Students perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure a basic WLAN. This course focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small to medium business networks, including wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts. Recommended preparation is WIST 107 Introduction to Networks. After completing all three Cisco Networking Academy courses, students are able to take the Cisco Networking Academy Certification (CCNA) exam.
WIST-108 – Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation
This final course in the Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA) series describes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. It covers wide area network (WAN) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access along with the introduction of software-defined networking,
virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks. Recommended preparation is successful completion of WIST 107 Introduction to Networks and WIST
108 Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials.
WIST-201 – Radio Frequency (RF) Principles
This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of electronics that are related to the transmission and reception of radio frequency (RF) signals. The course commences with theoretical and operational analysis of Angle Modulation (FM & PM) schemes as applied to radio transmission and reception. Common FM transmitter and receiver configurations, technical specifications, and schematics are investigated. Frequency synthesizers and phase locked loop (PLL) circuits are also introduced. Students will receive hands-on experience with basic analog and digital FM modulation technology. Commercial FM radio transmissions are examined, and students are introduced to advanced digital modulation techniques. The basic theory of spread spectrum radio systems and DSP analog is introduced.
WIST-202 – Radio Frequency (RF) Transmission Lines and Antennas
This course investigates Radio Frequency (RF) signal propagation in cables and through free space. Concepts related to transmission of the RF signal within cables and causes of transmission impairment are explored. Free space propagation of an RF signal as an Electromagnetic (E/M) field is examined. The properties of RF signals radiated by an antenna system will be explored. RF filtering systems are introduced, including cavity filters. The practical component of this course will include forward and reflected power measurements, Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR) minimization and Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) fault location techniques for transmission line systems. Antenna operational parameters will be measured, and cavity filter alignment will be performed.
WIST-203 – Internet of Things Fundamentals
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and provides the basis of this emerging field. Students will be able to describe the Internet and its evolution to the internet of things and explain how the IoT can be used to provide solutions in healthcare and business. In this course students will create Python programs on the Raspberry Pi to provide IoT functionality, use Packet Tracer to model Python-based IoT systems, describe the various systems that support a typical data center, explain how the Software Defined Networking (SDN) framework plays a key role in data center virtualization, recognize the steps of the Data Analysis Lifecycle and perform these tasks using the RapidMiner and RStudio data analytics tools.
WIST-204 – Microwave Communications
This course introduces the student to fundamentals of waveguide and microwave device theory. Health hazards and safe working/testing conditions are stressed at the start. The course explores the principles of Point-to Point land microwave fade margins and link budgets. Satellite communications and various orbits are covered. Common navigation/tracking satellite families are discussed. Fundamentals of radar are covered with a focus on pulsed radar system basics. Advanced systems such as phased array and marine radar are also introduced.
WIST-205 – Structured Cabling Systems
This course will introduce students to copper and fiber optic structured cable systems. The course aims to offer a balanced mix of theory and practice relating to cabling system. Students will learn installation and testing procedures for specific copper category cabling. The fibre portion of the course will cover the basic concepts of light transmission theory in fiber, the different types of single-mode and multi- mode fibers, installation of various fiber optic connectors and fusion splicing of fibres. A high degree of importance will be placed on development of good hand skills and safely handling copper and fiber optic cabling.
WIST-206 – Radio Frequency (RF) Applications
This course focuses on the configuration and testing of real-world radio systems. Digital radio systems using both conventional and trunked mode operation will be configured, modified, tested and documented. IP Switching and Routing protocols will be used to configure wireless applications such as Radio over IP (RoIP), Wireless LANs and Point to Point communications systems. Advanced antenna systems will be built and tested, and radio site power systems will be introduced. Students will learn the correct usage of technical manuals and radio system documentation. Advanced troubleshooting methodologies using logical fault finding are explored in the lab. Additional training in industry specific hand skills related to radio systems installation will be provided. General safety practices specifically related to the RF industry will also be reviewed.
WIST-290 – WIST Capstone Project
This course enables students to apply wireless systems knowledge and skills to identify and research an industry problem, and plan, implement and test a field-based, real-world solution. The project will involve designing, building and testing their solution. Students present and demonstrate their project results, and prepare a final project report. The course integrates knowledge and skills gained from other courses in the program, and builds skills in problem solving, research, project planning and time management, and industry relevant presentation and writing skills.
- 60% or higher in English Studies 12 or First Peoples English, ENGL 090 or equivalent
- 60% or higher in Foundations of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or Computer Science 11, MATH 080 or equivalent
- Physics 11, PHYS 080 or equivalent
Tuition and Fees:
|Tuition Year 1:||$6,991.36|
|Tuition Year 2:||$6117.44|
|Student Association Fee:||$138.00|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$177.60|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$459.00|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
Tuition and Fees for International Students:
|Tuition Year 1:||$16,800.00|
|Tuition Year 2:||$14,700.00|
|Student Association Fee:||$138.00|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$177.60|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$459.00|
*These prices are for international students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
Certifications from various vendors help the candidates to enhance their knowledge on specific subjects. These certifications will help the employers to analyze the capabilities and expertise in the field. Usually, organizations prefer candidates who hold in the products they use. So, some useful certifications for Wireless Systems Technicians include the following:
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)*
- Cisco Certified Network Professional Wireless (CCNP Wireless)
- CompTIA Network+
- Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)
- Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP)
*At the End of Year 1, Students are prepared to take the CCNA examination.