Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Diploma
This diploma program produces graduates who possess the skill set, attitude and knowledge to establish careers as certified technologists in the fields of local-area and wide-area voice, video and integrated data communications. Coursework stresses messaging principles and provides insight into wired, wireless and fibre-optic signal propagation.
The rapid development and enrichment of global communications has produced a worldwide reliance on IP networks and the convergence of data and telecommunications has stimulated the need for larger and more integrated network implementations. Network and Telecommunications engineering technologists are trained to design, configure and support this telecommunications infrastructure. They are employed as network support specialists, network operations and telecommunications analysts, communications integrators, network administrators and consultants.
National Accreditation: The Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) with recognized major competency areas of Data Communications Systems, Internet and Intranet Technologies, Computer Network Design and Configuration, Network Management and Administration, Telephony Systems and Applied Research. While attending Okanagan College, students may register with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC). Graduates are eligible for registration as an applied science technologist after two years of related work experience.
Graduates will possess the:
- skill sets, attitude and knowledge to establish careers and work efficiently as certified technologists in the fields of network and telecommunications engineering;
- understanding of how organizations function to provide effective integration of company operations and the networked corporate systems required today and in the future;
- necessary communication skills and knowledge of business operations required by corporate managerial roles or start their own business as independent entrepreneurs;
- knowledge and practical experience to confidently challenge exams that form part of current industry certifications; and
- general theoretical skills required to pursue life-long learning and/or continue their education.
- B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
- English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
- This program assumes the student is comfortable with the fundamental concepts and basic configuration of computer operating systems as well as word processing and spreadsheet applications. Any student new to the computing environment is recommended to find an introductory class or follow a self-study learning guide on operating systems, word processing or spreadsheet applications before entering the program. Click here to see Okanagan College course offerings in introductory computing.
- Math requirement:
A minimum of 60% in any of:
- Pre-calculus Grade 12
- Foundations of Mathematics Grade 12
- Principles of Mathematics 12
- Applications of Mathematics 12
- Adult Basic Education MATH 012
- Okanagan College MATH 120
Or a minimum of 67% in any of:
- Pre-calculus Grade 11
- Principles of Mathematics 11
- Adult Basic Education MATH 011
Or a minimum of 70% in an Okanagan College Mathematics 11Proficiency Test
One of the grade 12 mathematics courses is recommended.
- Physics 11 or 12 is recommended.
Mature Students: Applicants who do not have secondary school graduation may apply as a mature student provided they are at least 19 years of age and have not attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a year or more. Mature students must complete specific entrance requirements that apply to regular applicants.
Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.
Computer Components and Peripherals
(or COSC 111 Computer Programming I)
Voice and Data Communications Infrastructure
Networks and Telecommunications I
Technical Communication for Information Technology
Math for Network & Telecom Engineering Tech I
Network Applications of Analog and Digital Systems
Analysis and Reporting for Information Technology
Math for Network & Telecom Engineering Tech II
One elective (3 credits)
Extended Semester (3 weeks)
Virtualization for Enterprise System Administrators
Two electives (6 credits)
Scripting for Network and System Administrators
Project Management in an Information Technology Environment
NTEN 101 Co-op Work Term I (January - April) 4 months
NTEN 102 Co-op Work Term II (May - August) 4 months
NTEN 103 Co-op Work Term III (September - December) 4 months
In NTEN classes, approximately one half of the time is devoted to hands-on laboratory work. Course work will include field trips to local industry.
Technical, Business Administration and Communication Electives
9 credits of electives are included in the program
6 of these credits must be approved Information Technology courses, or Electronics courses, or Computer Science courses eligible for credit towards the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS) program, or Math courses eligible for credit towards the BCIS program. COSC 109, COSC 115, COSC 122 and COSC 127 or any course offering similar content to an existing course in the NTEN program are not eligible for credit towards the NTEN diploma. Any student considering a course that may offer similar content should consult with the chair prior to registration.
3 of these credits must be either Business Administration (BUAD) courses eligible for credit towards the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program or Communication (CMNS) courses.