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Radio Systems Option Full-time Diploma 278bdipma

Put Your Problem Solving Skills to Work as a Radio Systems Technician!

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.
student at workstation

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 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 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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Program Entry

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.

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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

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Note: As of 2020, this program will open for applications on October 1st.

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait list from year to year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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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.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

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

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

Advanced Placement

Conditions

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Direct entry

If you are new to the program but have completed the BCIT Electronics Technician Common Core Certificate, you may be eligible for direct entry to level 3 (September start).

BCIT accepts complete applications starting November 1st (or next business day).

Submit the following with your online application:

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

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 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

$900 (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

Term 1 (15 Weeks) Credits
  TELX 1500 Technical Skills 8.0
  TELX 1505 DC Fundamentals 12.0
  TELX 1510 AC Fundamentals 10.0
 
Term 2 (20 Weeks) Credits
  TELX 1550 Data Networks 1 6.0
  TELX 2510 Electronic Circuits 1 8.0
  TELX 2515 Digital Fundamentals 8.0
  TELX 2520 Microcontroller Principles 6.0
  TELX 2550 Data Networks 2 6.0
  TELX 2610 Electronic Circuits 2 6.0
 
Term 3 (15 Weeks) Credits
  TELX 3550 Data Networks 3 6.0
  TRFX 3500 Radio Frequency (RF) Principles 1 10.0
  TRFX 3505 Radio Frequency (RF) Transmission Lines and Antennas 6.0
  TRFX 3600 Radio Frequency (RF) Principles 2 8.0
 
Term 4 (20 Weeks) Credits
  TELX 3520 Professional Skills 4.0
  TELX 4550 Data Networks 4 6.0
  TRFX 3510 Microwave Communications 4.0
  TRFX 3515 Radio Frequency (RF) Navigation & Location 4.0
  TRFX 3520 Structured Cabling Systems 6.0
  TRFX 4500 Radio Frequency (RF) Applications 10.0
  TRFX 4505 Practicum 5.0
 
Total Credits: 139.0

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 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.
student working

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

Program length

Two years, full-time

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

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 extremely helpful 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.
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

Instructors

Alex Wai
Chief Instructor

Dave Hogg, DipIT, AScT

Mike Lowe

Mike Osmak, BSc

Rick Phelan

Blair Thompson-Jendrysek, DipT, PID

Gareth Williams

Len Worley, DipT, PID, MEd

Staff

Kacem Habiballah, MA
Associate Dean

Jill Simmons
Administrative Assistant

Advisory committee

Douglas Bigrigg
President, Argosy Communication Products Ltd.

Darren Hamaoki
Service Manager, Radio Holland

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

Blair Kent
Wireless Operations Manager, E-Comm Emergency Communications

Doug Peterson
Manager, MDT Technical Services, Inc.

Ryan Rowat
Managing Director, BC Communications Inc.

Craig Sexton
Manager, TELUS Wireless Implementation and Operations

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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.

Testimonial

My experiences as a student at BCIT in the Wireless Technician program have become the foundation I have built my career upon.

I found the class sizes to be excellent, an environment where I could easily interact with the teachers and get any answers I needed almost immediately.

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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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Kyle Giroux entered the electronics program in 2006 with the intention of getting into a trade that incorporated both academic and physical skills.

 "After my first year I decided to continue with the Wireless Communications option for my second year as it seemed to lead to a promising career in a world of communications that few truly understand."