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Note: The September 2017 and January 2018 intakes are now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2018 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2017.

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.

Careers

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, Bob_Gill@bcit.ca 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.

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

Note: International students are not eligible for direct entry and must apply to Level 1.

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 1st for the Fall (September) intake
    • October 1st 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. *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.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2017 and January 2018 intakes are now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. Applications for the September 2018 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2017.

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.

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 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 TE 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.

myCommunication

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.

Costs & Supplies

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.

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: $1,520; Level 2: $540; Level 3: $550; Level 4: $450
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Ownership of a personal computer is required and not included in the above costs.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Program delivery

The Telecommunications and Networks option has two intakes per year in September and January.

Program matrix

September intake:

Level 1 (15 weeks)
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 1112 Engineering Tools 5.0
  ELEX 1117 Digital Techniques 1 5.0
  MATH 1431 Technical Mathematics for Electronics 6.0
  PHYS 1143 Physics for Electronics 1 5.0
 
Level 2 (19 weeks) Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  ELEX 2105 Circuit Analysis 2 5.0
  ELEX 2117 Digital Techniques 2 5.0
  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
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  COMM 1243 Technical Documentation 1.0
  ELEX 1101 Introduction to Codes and Standards 1.0
  ELEX 1102 Electronic Fabrication Tools and Techniques 3.0
  ELEX 1103 Introductory Networking 2.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  ELEX 3130 Signal Processing and Power Electronics 6.0
  ELEX 3305 Microcontroller Systems 6.0
  ELEX 3521 Analog and Digital Communications 5.0
  ELEX 3525 Data Communications 5.0
  ELEX 3540 RF Circuit Design 5.0
  MATH 3433 Transform Calculus and Statistics for Electronics 4.0
 
Level 4 (19 weeks) Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  COMM 2443 Technical Communication 2 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0404 Technologist Code of Ethics 0.0
  ELEX 4540 Local Area Networks 6.0
  ELEX 4545 Transmission Devices 5.0
  ELEX 4550 Wide Area Networks 6.0
  ELEX 4560 Telecom and Networks Projects 5.0
  ELEX 4618 Object Oriented Program Design 5.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  ELEX 3404 Industrial Networking and Smart Grids 2.5
  ELEX 3511 Special Topics in Telecommunications and Networking 1.5
  ELEX 4651 Programmable Logic Controllers 1.5
  ELEX 4653 Introduction to Python 1.5
 

January intake:

Level 1 (19 weeks)
Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  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 1112 Engineering Tools 5.0
  ELEX 1117 Digital Techniques 1 5.0
  MATH 1431 Technical Mathematics for Electronics 6.0
  PHYS 1143 Physics for Electronics 1 5.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  COMM 1243 Technical Documentation 1.0
  ELEX 1101 Introduction to Codes and Standards 1.0
  ELEX 1102 Electronic Fabrication Tools and Techniques 3.0
  ELEX 1103 Introductory Networking 2.0
 
Level 2 (15 weeks) Credits
  ELEX 2105 Circuit Analysis 2 5.0
  ELEX 2117 Digital Techniques 2 5.0
  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 (19 weeks) Credits
Term A (15 weeks)
  ELEX 3130 Signal Processing and Power Electronics 6.0
  ELEX 3305 Microcontroller Systems 6.0
  ELEX 3521 Analog and Digital Communications 5.0
  ELEX 3525 Data Communications 5.0
  ELEX 3540 RF Circuit Design 5.0
  MATH 3433 Transform Calculus and Statistics for Electronics 4.0
and
Term B (4 weeks)
  ELEX 3404 Industrial Networking and Smart Grids 2.5
  ELEX 3511 Special Topics in Telecommunications and Networking 1.5
  ELEX 4651 Programmable Logic Controllers 1.5
  ELEX 4653 Introduction to Python 1.5
 
Level 4 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2443 Technical Communication 2 for Electrical and Computer Engineering 3.0
  ELEX 0404 Technologist Code of Ethics 0.0
  ELEX 4540 Local Area Networks 6.0
  ELEX 4545 Transmission Devices 5.0
  ELEX 4550 Wide Area Networks 6.0
  ELEX 4560 Telecom and Networks Projects 5.0
  ELEX 4618 Object Oriented Program Design 5.0
 
Co-op Work Term Courses (Optional) Credits
  ELEX 2992 Cooperative Education Workterm 1 20.0
  or
  ELEX 2993 Cooperative Education Workterm 1 15.0
  ELEX 3992 Cooperative Education Workterm 2 20.0
  or
  ELEX 3993 Cooperative Education Workterm 2 15.0
  ELEX 4992 Cooperative Education Workterm 3 20.0
  or
  ELEX 4993 Cooperative Education Workterm 3 15.0
  ELEX 5992 Cooperative Education Workterm 4 20.0
  or
  ELEX 5993 Cooperative Education Workterm 4 15.0
 
Total Credits: 135.0

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 January each year.

This program also 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.

Accreditation

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

Co-operative 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 15.0 or 20.0 credits per co-op term (depending on the term), and will receive a Co-operative Education Endorsement on their Diploma. The paid work periods with an employer in the Electronics industry are of 15 to 20 weeks 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 Co-operative 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:

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

  • Yousry Abdelhamid, PhD
  • Jamil Ahmed, PhD, MBA, PEng, Program Head, Bachelor of Technology
  • Rich Beketa, DiplT, AScT, Program Head, First Year  
  • Jeff Bloemink, PhD, PEng
  • Gino Carrese, MEng
  • Ed Casas, PhD, PEng
  • Craig Cowan, BASc, PEng, Associate Dean
  • Neil Cox, PhD, PEng, Program Head, Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
  • John Dian, PhD, PEng 
  • Bob Gill, MEng, PEng, Program Head, Telecommunications & Networks
  • Chris Goetz, DipIT
  • Craig Hennessey, PhD, PEng
  • Nurul Islam, PhD, PEng
  • Mahda Jahromi B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng., C. P.Eng
  • Todd Jelstad, DiplT
  • Diane Kennedy, PhD, PEng
  • Joselito Laguio, MEng, PEng
  • Maurice LeNoble, PhD, PEng
  • David Leversage, BEng, PEng
  • Steven A. McClain, B.Tech, SMIEEE
  • Kathy Manson, BSc, BASc, PEng
  • Andrew Mokrzycki, MSc, AScT
  • Ali Palizban, Phd, PEng, Program Head, Electrical Power & Industrial 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 
  • TBD, Administrative Assistant
  • Colin Shaw, DiplT, BBA
  • Chris Siu, MSEE, PEng
  • Remya Sreenath, BTech., P.Eng.
  • Ron Stewart, BSc, BEd, DipIT
  • Robert Trost, MEng, PEng
  • David Verner, BASc, MEng
  • Kelly Voros, Program Administrator
  • Amir Yousefi, PhD, PEng 
  • Edmond Zahedi, Ph.D.
  • William Zhang, BSEE, DipIT

Advisory committee

  • Earl Friesen, Supervisor, Canadian Coast Guard
  • Paul Fuoco, VP Engineering, Lex Engineering Ltd.
  • Harminder Gill, VP, Business Development, Ledcor Technical Services
  • Victor Goncalves, Chief Operating Officer, Alpha Technologies Ltd.
  • Mike Hill, CPC Field Manager, BC Hydro
  • Chris Orosz, Manager of Technical Operations, Nav Canada
  • Parm Sandhu, Director, Network Services, Telus Mobility
  • Gordon Verrall, Owner, Allied Controls
  • Lee Vishloff, Principal, Tech-Know Services Inc. (PAC Chair)

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