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Put Your Problem Solving Skills to Work as a Wireless Communications Technician!

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The Wireless Communications Technician program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work with radio frequency (RF) electronics equipment. It is the only program of its kind in British Columbia. Through theoretical and practical study, you will develop the skills needed to install, maintain and repair RF and related electronics equipment. The program emphasizes hands-on, practical training using equipment typically encountered in industry.
student in a lab

Skills in the wireless communications industry are in high demand. If you like working with computers and electronic equipment, if you have good analytical skills, and if you want to work in an exciting, dynamic industry, the Wireless Communications Technician program can open the door to a variety of exciting careers.

A BCIT diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. Employers know that you have both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and that you can start contributing right away. Both graduates and employers say that BCIT was extremely helpful in preparing grads for work.

Why BCIT?

Great Faculty - You will learn from experienced instructors with a demonstrated interest in teaching. Our instructors have worked in the industry and maintain solid local connections through student practicum placements and through the program advisory committee.

Excellent Labs
- Hands-on experience with up-to-date well equipped electronics labs helps you to understand the concepts that you learn and gives you job-ready, practical skills.

Fantastic Career Choices - You could be working for an end-user of RF equipment doing bench testing, troubleshooting and repair of critical communications equipment. For example, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the RCMP have hired Wireless Technician graduates to keep their communication systems running. You could be working for a manufacturer of RF-related electronics equipment in a quality assurance or service technician role. You might work for a service provider, installing, configuring and maintaining voice and data communication systems, or entertainment systems based on cable and satellite communications.

Degree Completion - With your BCIT diploma and two years of related work experience, you can enter the Bachelor of Technology Management degree program at BCIT. The Bachelor of Technology Management degree is a part-time program, so you can continue working while you further your education.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY

Graduates of BCIT's Wireless Communications Technician program allow BC's first responders to communicate seamlessly over the wireless waves.  View the BCIT E-comm 911 emergency story above.

Program Entry

If you’re interested in a career as a Wireless Communications Technician, please review the program details, carefully check the entrance requirements, and then submit your application.

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Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.
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If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or if you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor at 604.453.4089.

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to April 25th*

*or next business day

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait list from year to year. Final selection will occur in June, after completion of the BCIT Electronics Technician Common Core program.

Note: This program does not accept direct entry applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

In Level 3 of the BCIT Electronics Technician Common Core (ETCC) program current students will rank the follow-up programs in order of their preference:

  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Wireless Communications Technician

Entrance to the follow-up programs is competitive with preference given to applicants based on their GPA in the BCIT ETCC program.

If you have already completed the BCIT ETCC program, apply directly to your first choice follow-up program by submitting an online application.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Note: This program does not accept direct entry applications from International students. View programs that do

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your diploma in Wireless Communications Technician!

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study. If you have concerns about being able to afford the program, please visit Financial Aid to learn how you may benefit from financial assistance.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $320; Level 2: $320; Level 3: $320
(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Explore the courses and classes you will be taking!

Your studies will combine classroom work and lectures with practical laboratory sessions designed to reinforce the theory. You will work on the latest equipment, studying the theoretical
student in a lab
and practical aspects of RF, data, satellite, navigation and cellular communications systems. You will learn as part of a team, working with other students and with your instructors to solve problems.

You will complete a three-week practicum working as a technician for a local company, gaining experience and employment contacts.

At your own well-equipped lab workstation, you will have your own networked computer, communications monitor, frequency counter and digital DMM in addition to standard electronics bench equipment. Two-way mobile and trunk radios, a wireless LAN, a spread spectrum radio network, a microwave repeater site and a basic cell site are all available to give you hands-on experience with all types of wireless communication equipment.

Studying and learning in a class of only 16 students, you will develop close working relationships and lifelong friendships with your classmates.

Class hours

0800–1500, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Level 1 (12 weeks) Credits
  TRFX 2105 Wireless Communications 6.0
  TRFX 2110 Radio Frequency (RF) Principles 14.0
  TRFX 2210 Technical Skills 4.0
 
Level 2 (11 weeks) Credits
  TRFX 3105 Radio Frequency (RF) Transmission Lines and Antennas 6.0
  TRFX 3110 Radio Frequency (RF) Navigation & Location 4.0
  TRFX 3115 Microwave Communications 4.0
  TRFX 3205 Data Communications 8.0
 
Level 3 (12 weeks) Credits
  TRFX 3210 High Reliability Soldering 4.0
  TRFX 3215 Structured Cabling Systems 4.0
  TRFX 4105 Radio Frequency (RF) Applications 8.0
  TRFX 4110 Integrated Radio Frequency (RF) Systems 8.0
 
Total Credits: 70.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The program information below provides a synopsis of the Wireless Communications Technician program where you will gain some insight into your training at BCIT and the kinds of hands-on skills you will acquire.
student working

Students in the Wireless Telecommunications Technician program learn the theory, communication standards, measurement and test equipment, and the standard practices of the wireless telecommunications industry.

As a student in the program you will learn:
  • The theory and standards associated with radio frequency (RF) communication and transmission systems
  • The theory and standards associated with video display and distribution, cellular communication systems, navigation systems and satellite communications
  • To evaluate the performance of and troubleshoot RF communication systems
  • To install, configure, test and document data communication systems, navigation systems and LANs
  • To bench test, isolate faults and repair RF equipment
  • To calibrate, use and maintain industry
  • Standard test equipment high-reliability soldering

Program length

35 weeks, full-time

Grading

All courses adhere to a percentage-based grading structure, and require a minimum passing grade of 70% GPA per level. Students must obtain 70% in one level before advancing to the next level.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Explore the exceptional career opportunities in Wireless Communications Technician!

What's in it for you?

A rewarding job as a Technician

Your BCIT diploma opens the door to an exciting career as a technician – a technical expert who works in a team to solve problems and is relied upon to install, maintain and repair electronic equipment.

An edge in the job market

A BCIT diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. Employers know that you have both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and that you can start contributing right away. Both graduates and employers say that BCIT was extremely helpful in preparing grads for work.

A broad range of employment possibilities

The job market for wireless communications technicians is strong. As a graduate of the program, you will have opportunities with large and small companies in a variety of roles. Most graduates start out in hands-on technical roles, but there are many opportunities to move into technical sales or managerial roles if you are interested.

Some of the many employers of BCIT Wireless Communications Technician graduates include:

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 Graduates. The reports are organized into two-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Our instructors are committed to keeping their skills current, and regularly attend advanced training courses.
instructor and student

You will also learn from people who are active in local industry. Guest lecturers introduce the latest technology and are available to answer your questions.

The advisory board of industry experts meets biannually to review the program focus and content, ensuring that our program and your skills are up-to-date.

Faculty and Staff

  • Alex Wai, Chief Instructor
  • Blair Thompson-Jendrysek, Instructor
  • Jill Simmons, Administrative Assistant
  • Paul Morrison, DipIT, BEng, AScT, Associate Dean
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Advisory committee

  • Douglas Bigrigg, Argosy Communication Products Ltd.
  • Werner Brunke, RCMP
  • Robert Dahn, CMC Electronics Inc.- Esterline
  • Earl Friesen, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Coast Guard Electronic Workshop
  • Mike Hamanishi, Samlex America Inc.
  • Darren Hamaoki, Imtech Marine Canada Inc.
  • Blair Kent, E-Comm Emergency Communications
  • Al MacTaggart, Telus Mobility
  • Colin Ross, Northrop Grumman Corporation Electronic Systems - Sperry Marine
  • Ryan Rowat, BC Communications Inc.

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Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.
Find out more

If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor at 604.453.4089.

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Testimonial

"The BCIT radio program offers its students the best training possible because it consults with industry leaders when developing its program. It has an incredible training facility with up-to-date equipment that ensures that students are prepared for their future in the real world. If you want an interesting career with tremendous growth potential, I would consider this program."

Ryan Rowat
BCIT grad and General Manager, BC Communications Inc.

Radio/Communications Technician for the RCMP


Sean Wharrie came to BCIT at the age of 33, determined to find a new career. After eight years in the glass industry he was ready for a new direction and new challenges. Sean figured electronics would offer that challenge and a work environment that suited him.

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