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Note: This program is currently undergoing a review and the curriculum is subject to change beginning in September 2015.

Applications are currently being accepted for January 2016. The September 2015 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1 or direct entry to Level 3. Applications for re-admission may be submitted.

The program

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Building on the knowledge and skills gained in the first year of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program, students learn the principles required to design, develop, manufacture, and test telecommunication systems and networks. The program covers land mobile radio systems, digital data transmission, fibre optic and microwave technology, satellite communications, radio frequency (RF) design, local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), wireless networks, internet engineering technology, digital signal processing (DSP) techniques and the application of microcontrollers.

Graduates of this option may obtain a dual diploma in another ECET option by completing all the additional required courses for that option.  Entry to this second option is competitive and priority is given to students completing their first option.


Graduates of this program may find careers in the design, development, testing, commissioning, installation and maintenance of telecommunications and networking circuits and systems. With experience, many graduates move into supervisory and technical management positions. The graduates might work in an environment either alone or as part of a team to prepare engineering designs, provide technical services, commission systems involving the application of wired and wireless networks, provide technical sales services, resolve technical problems, or research new technologies.

Employers for the graduates of this program include commercial companies, government agencies and educational institutes. Please see the graduating and jobs link for a list of employers.

Program Entry

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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 Program Head, or call 604.412.7582.

Application processing

This program is open to applications beginning:

  • November 1st* for the Fall (September) intake
  • November 1st* for the Winter (January) intake

*or next business day

All students must complete the first year of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program before continuing to one of the two-year technologist diploma options (Automation, Telecom or Power) or the four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree program.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Physics 12 (67%)

  • Chemistry 11 (67%)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (73%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (73%)

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Continuation requirements

Midway through the second term of first year, students select their first and second choice for the next year(s) of the program:

Entry to each of the diploma options and to the BEng degree is competitive by GPA. Where space issues arise, students may get their alternate choice.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Technology Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications until:

    • March 31st for the Fall (September) intake
    • October 31st for the Winter (January) intake

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form* [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements** with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

  3. *Curriculum is subject to change beginning in September 2015. Applicants may be required to complete a revised Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form.

    **Applicants may be required to write Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (challenge exams) to assess their competence.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Transfer credit applied for and granted prior to admission to the program will be completed through the Advanced Placement process. Transfer credit applied for after admission will be completed through Course Credit/Exemption Application forms. Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript must be provided (or be on file with BCIT) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process. Students who wish to apply for more than this limit must use the advanced placement process.

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Note: Applications are currently being accepted for January 2016. The September 2015 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1 or direct entry to Level 3. Applications for re-admission may be submitted.

The two-year Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology diploma program options shares a common first year. The second year focuses on specialized options. Option selection is a competitive process, undertaken after successful completion of the first year.

Note: Do not specify an option/specialization at the time of application.

Before you start to apply online, you'll need to:

  • Ensure you meet the requirements
  • 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.

Scheduled intakes

September and end of January each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.


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 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 Telecommunications and Networks!

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 information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $680; Level 2: $457; Level 3: $1,150; Level 4: $514
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Ownership of a personal computer is strongly recommended.

Financial assistance

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


Below you will find a term by term listing of the courses. Click on the title for a quick "drop-down" course description or on the
student in a lab
link for a more complete course outline.

For students that need to work part time there is an option to take a reduced course load each term. Most of our courses are offered in both the September and January terms allowing you to choose a course load that is right for you. This will extend your graduation time beyond two years.

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  COMM 1143 Technical Communications 1 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0304 Learning Skills for Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology 0.0
  ELEX 1105 Circuit Analysis 1 6.0
  ELEX 1110 Electronic Manufacturing Processes 5.5
  ELEX 1115 Digital Techniques 1 4.5
  MATH 1431 Technical Mathematics for Electronics 6.0
  PHYS 1143 Physics for Electronics 1 5.0
Level 2 Credits
  ELEX 2105 Circuit Analysis 2 5.5
  ELEX 2115 Digital Techniques 2 5.5
  ELEX 2120 Electronic Circuits 1 6.0
  ELEX 2125 C Programming for Electronics 4.0
  MATH 2431 Calculus for Electronics 5.0
  PHYS 2143 Physics for Electronics 2 5.0
Level 3 Credits
  ELEX 3120 Electronic Circuits 2 6.0
  ELEX 3305 Microcontroller Systems 1 6.0
  ELEX 3318 PC Architecture using C Programming 5.0
  ELEX 3525 Data Communications 5.0
  ELEX 3530 Telecommunications Fundamentals 5.5
  ELEX 3535 Digital Signal Processing 2.0
  MATH 3431 Transform Calculus for Electronics 2.0
Level 4 Credits
  COMM 2443 Technical Communication 2 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0404 Technologist Code of Ethics 0.0
  ELEX 4525 Radio Frequency Circuit Design 5.5
  ELEX 4530 Wireless Communications 7.0
  ELEX 4540 Local Area Networks 6.0
  ELEX 4545 Transmission Devices 5.0
  ELEX 4550 Wide Area Networks 5.0
  OPMT 1165 Project Management 1.0
Co-op Work Term Courses (Optional)
to be completed after Level 2 and prior to Level 4
  ELEX 2990 Cooperative Education Workterm 1 19.0
  ELEX 2991 Cooperative Education Workterm 1 14.0

  ELEX 3990 Cooperative Education Workterm 2 19.0
  ELEX 3991 Cooperative Education Workterm 2 14.0

  ELEX 4990 Cooperative Education Workterm 3 19.0
  ELEX 4991 Cooperative Education Workterm 3 14.0

  ELEX 5990 Co-operative Education Workterm 4 19.0
  ELEX 5991 Cooperative Education Workterm 4 14.0
Total Credits: 138.0

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

In all of our technology diploma programs you will spend an average of 30 hours per week in lectures and labs, split approximately 50/50. This balanced approach gives you time to apply the theory in a practical lab environment. In addition, you should expect an additional 30 hours per week preparing for labs, completing assignments and studying. If you need to work while going to school, the majority of our courses are offered in both the September and January terms so that you can tailor your school workload to your other commitments.

We have 21 well equipped labs to support the practical aspect of your education. In almost every lab each student has their own individual work station.

In the fourth term of the program, you will work in teams to build your own network and also complete a wireless communications project.

Program length

Two years, full-time, beginning in September and the end of January each year. However, we provide the option of course-by-course registration, allowing for program completion over a longer period of time. BCIT strongly recommends that students plan to complete the academic portion of the program (exclusive of co-op) within three years.


Students may apply for student membership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Graduates may apply to ASTTBC for registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT).

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program, or equivalent, may pursue a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics. This part-time degree program is delivered by the ECET department and is specifically designed for ECET diploma graduates who wish to pursue a degree while working full-time in the electrical, electronics, automation and telecommunications industries.

BCIT also offers a full-time degree program entitled Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. This degree shares a common first year with the diploma program.

ECET diploma graduates who wish to continue their full-time studies external to BCIT may explore external bridging programs, which allow graduates to enter into the third-year of engineering programs at the University of Victoria or Lakehead University. Alternatively, transfer credit to UBC and SFU degree programs is available on an individual basis.

Note: Degree completion, bridging opportunities and external transfer credits are all subject to change. Students should check detailed program requirements at the time of registration.

Co-operative education

Cooperative Education, providing paid work experience is an optional part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology programs. Students who successfully complete a minimum of two and a maximum of four work periods will earn an additional 19.0 credits per coop term (or 14.0 credits per coop term if taken during the spring/summer term), and will receive a Cooperative Education Endorsement on their Diploma of Technology. The paid work periods with an employer in the Electronics industry are of three to four months' duration and must be taken after completion of level two and prior to completion of level 4 of the academic program. Work periods may be taken consecutively or they may alternate between academic terms. The industrial experience gained in the co-op component of the program gives an added advantage in securing a position after graduation.

Students are encouraged (but are not required) to participate in Cooperative Education. Please visit the Centre for Workplace Education (Co-op) for more information.

Graduating & Jobs

An edge in the job market

A BCIT diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. Our programs and courses provide both fundamental theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills to help you "hit the ground running" in a new job. Graduates say that BCIT helped them fully prepare for employment.

Job opportunities

A great future awaits you when you complete your Diploma of Technology in Telecommunications and Networks. As a nationally accredited technologist you will have a real edge in the job market working for a broad range of excellent employers. Some of the companies that have hired our grads in the past are:

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 2012-2014 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2011-2013 graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 graduates. The reports are organized into three-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

Electrical and Computer Engineering grad celebrated at BCIT!

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It's hard to keep track of all our students once they have left BCIT, but instructors are always delighted to reconnect with graduates and see that they have successfully applied their learning towards a wonderful career.


The Telecommunications and Networks program is supported by a team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors who work hard for students' success.

Faculty and staff

  • Jamil Ahmed, PhD, MBA, PEng, Program Head, Bachelor of Technology
  • Rich Beketa, DiplT, AScT 
  • Jeff Bloemink, PhD
  • Gino Carrese, MEng
  • Ed Casas, PhD, PEng
  • Neil Cox, PhD, PEng, Program Head, Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
  • John Dian, PhD, PEng 
  • Kiefer Elliott, PhD, PEng
  • Kulwant Gandham, MSc
  • Bob Gill, MEng, PEng, Program Head, Telecommunications & Networks
  • Chris Goetz, DipIT
  • Craig Hennessey, PhD, PEng
  • Todd Jelstad, DiplT
  • Diane Kennedy, PhD, PEng
  • Joselito Laguio, MEng, PEng
  • Maurice LeNoble, PhD, PEng
  • David Leversage, BEng, PEng
  • Kathy Manson, BSc, BASc, PEng
  • Andrew Mokrzycki, MSc, AScT
  • Bob Nicholson, MSc, PEng
  • Ali Palizban, Phd, PEng,Program Head, Electrical Power & Industrial Control, and Computer Control
  • Glenn Pellegrin, BASc, MET, PEng
  • David Querbach, BASc (EngPhys), Dipl.T (EE), OCS
  • Dorothy Rogers, BEng, PEng
  • David Romalo, MASc, PEng
  • Rosamund Russell, BASc, PEng, Program Head, Automation & Instrumentation Technology
  • Hassan Saberi, MScMEng, BScEEng, EIT 
  • Kavita Sharma, Administrative Assistant
  • Colin Shaw, DiplT, BBA, Program Head, First Year
  • Chris Siu, MSEE, PEng
  • Stephan Smolar, BA, MEd, AScT
  • Ron Stewart, BSc, BEd, DipIT
  • Robert Trost, MEng, PEng
  • Lewis Tsao, BEng
  • David Verner, BASc, MEng
  • Jodie Vigar, DiplT 
  • Kelly Voros, Program Administrator
  • Amir Yousefi, PhD, PEng 
  • Craig Cowan, BASc, PEng, Associate Dean
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Advisory committee

  • Earl Friesen, Canadian Coast Guard
  • Paul Fuoco, Lex Engineering Ltd.
  • Harminder Gill, Ledcor Technical Services
  • Chris Orosz, Nav Canada
  • Parm Sandhu, Telus Mobility  
  • Gordon Verrall, Allied Controls
  • Lee Vishloff, Tech-Know Services Inc.

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