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Telecommunications Systems Technician (Telecommunications Networks Option)

Diploma Full-time

Overview

The Telecommunications Systems Technician program is a two-year program that provides the skills to install, maintain and repair telecommunications infrastructure. The Telecommunications Networks option emphasizes hands-on, practical training with equipment encountered in the wired telecommunications industry.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the fall semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

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 program

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The Telecommunications Systems Technician program emphasizes hands-on, practical training with equipment typically encountered in industry.

Telecommunications Systems Technician, Telecommunication Networks Option graduates install, maintain and repair telecommunications equipment. Through theoretical and practical study, this program will prepare you for a career in this exciting and dynamic industry.

Skills in the telecommunications industry are in high demand. If you like working with computers and data transfer equipment, if you enjoy the challenge of always learning something new, and if you want to be part of a growing industry, the Telecommunications Systems Technician, Telecommunication Networks Option program can open the door to a variety of exciting careers.

Why BCIT?

Great Faculty – Our instructors are committed to keeping their skills current, and are continuously upgrading their skills through advanced industry training, so that you will be ready to work on the latest equipment.

Excellent Labs – You will work on the latest equipment, studying the theory and practical aspects of telephone, data, radio frequency (RF) and fiber optics communications systems gives you job-ready, practical skills.

Fantastic Career Choices – 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 telecommunications equipment.

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 Telecommunications 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.

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your diploma in Telecommunications Systems Technician, Telecommunication Networks 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 hands on learning will take place in three well-equipped labs – the telephony lab, the data lab and the cabling lab. In the telephone lab, you will:

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  • Study switch programming and VoIP using Nortel and Mitel switches and systems
  • Work in a group of two to four students to program and troubleshoot telephone systems
  • Learn to use specialized tooling for assembling connectors, fusion splicing and testing fibre optic cables

In the data lab, you will have your own workstation to study computer operating systems and data transfer. The lab has its own Ethernet local area network (LAN), a representative wide area network (WAN), CISCO routers for internet routing, and Alcatel bandwidth managers for system performance testing. In the cabling lab, all the latest industry tools used for cable terminations, cable installation and testing cabling systems are available.

Studying and learning in a small class (usually 16 students), you will develop close working relationships and lifelong friendships with your classmates.

Program Details

Students in the Telecommunications Systems Technician program learn the theory, standards, measurement instruments, test equipment and standard practices of the telecommunications industry. As a student in the program you will learn to:

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  • Install, program, configure, maintain and repair telephone switches and systems
  • Install, administer, maintain and diagnose faults in data transmission systems
  • Install, test and repair fibre optic and high-speed local area network (LAN) cables Maintain, evaluate the performance of, and troubleshoot radio frequency (RF) communication systems
  • Use industry standard tools and test equipment
  • Understand digital cellular communication systems
  • Communicate effectively with customers

 

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. The Telecommunications Systems Technician, Telecommunications Networks Option program enjoys strong support with local industry. Telecom companies know that grads of the BCIT program have both theoretical knowledge and up-to-date practical skills, and that you can start contributing right away. Both graduates and employers say that BCIT was extremely helpful in preparing them for their work.

A great future awaits you when you complete your education and training as a Telecommunications Systems Technician. You will have a real edge in the job market working for a broad range of excellent employers.

An edge in the job market

The job market for telecommunication technicians is strong. As a graduate of the Telecommunications Systems Technician, Telecommunications Networks Option program, you will have opportunities with large and small companies in a variety of roles. While most graduates start out in a very technical role, there are many opportunities to move into technical sales or managerial roles. With a few years of work experience under your belt, you may be ready to start your own business.

Some of the many employers of BCIT Telecommunications Systems Technician graduates include:

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

A team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors work hard to help make students successful in their Telecommunications Systems Technician, Telecommunications Network Option program.

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Jim Boulter – Retired instructor, Telecommunications Technician Program says:

“I am grateful that I can give back something to an industry which has provided me with so much satisfaction over the years. I received my initial training at BCIT, and now I am helping the future leaders in this technology.”

Faculty

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

Rick Davidson, DipIT, PID, MEd, AScT
Tel: 604-431-4949
Email: rdavidson2@bcit.ca

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

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

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

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

Len Worley, DipIT, 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

Mary-Anne Pangan
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-456-8052
Email: maryanne_pangan@bcit.ca

Advisory committee

Huck Baldwin
Manager-Field Operations, BC & Networks Operations BC, Bell

Jeff Brown
Director of Operations-Western Canada, Zayo Fibre Solutions Infrastructure Engineering & Operations

Doug Halket
Technical Services Manager, NATG

Jason Krause
General Manager, OSP, OBS, Greenfield Build, Wireless, Ledcor Technical Services

Colin Leyh
Field Services Supervisor, Shaw Communications

Quincy Mittertreiner
Retired, Formerly NEC Canada, Inc

Scott Schmidt
Operational Leader LTS Build, Ledcor Technical Services

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 Department Head at 604.453.4089.

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