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Overview

Delivery mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority, and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The Telecommunications Systems Technician, Radio Systems Option 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.

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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 Telecommunications Systems Technician, Radio Systems Option 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 incredibly instrumental 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 our 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.

Telecommunications Systems Technician options

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Entrance Requirements

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

Spend-A-Day with us

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.

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 Department Head at 604.453.4089.

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Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your diploma in Telecommunications Systems Technician, Radio Systems Option!

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program, and will 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.

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 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.

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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.

Program Details

The program information below provides a synopsis of the Radio Systems Option of the Telecommunications Systems Technician program where you will gain some insight into your training at BCIT and the kinds of hands-on skills you will acquire.

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Students in the Radio Systems option 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

Graduating & Jobs

Explore the exceptional career opportunities as a Telecommunications Systems 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 incredibly instrumental in preparing grads for work.

A broad range of employment possibilities

The job market for telecommunications technicians is strong. As a graduate of the Telecommunications Systems Technician, Radio Systems Option 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 Telecommunications Systems Technician graduates include:

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

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

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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

Dave Hogg, DipT, AScT
Department Head
Tel: 604-432-8223
Email: Dave_Hogg@bcit.ca

Rick Davidson
Tel: 604-431-4949
Email: rdavidson2@bcit.ca

Mike Lowe
Tel: 604-412-7464
Email: mlowe16@bcit.ca

Rick Phelan
Tel: 604-432-8463
Email: rphelan@bcit.ca

Blair Thompson-Jendrysek, DipT, PID
Tel: 604-456-8157
Email: Blair_Thompson@bcit.ca

Gareth Williams
Tel: 604-432-8458
Email: gareth_williams@bcit.ca

Len Worley, DipT, PID, MEd
Tel: 604-412-7528
Email: Leonard_Worley@bcit.ca

Staff

Paul Morrison, DipIT, BEng, ASct
Interim Associate Dean
Tel: 604-432-8488
Email: Paul_Morrison@bcit.ca

Jill Simmons
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-456-8052
Email: Jill_Simmons@bcit.ca

Advisory committee

Darren Hamaoki
Service Manager, Radio Holland

C/M Jason A. Jaschinsky
A/Director Information Technology, RCMP “E” Division

Doug Peterson
Manager, MDT Technical Services, Inc.

Ralph Ryan
Service Manager, BC Communications Inc.

Craig Sexton
Manager, TELUS Wireless Implementation and Operations

Benjamin Staggs
Marine Services Manager BC, Mackay Marine Canada

Contact Us

Spend-A-Day with us

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.

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

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