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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. Course work 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.

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 to 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. 

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Program Outline

First Year
Semester One
NTEN 111 Computer Components and Peripherals
NTEN 112 Computer Programming I
(or COSC 111 Computer Programming I)
NTEN 113 Voice and Data Communications Infrastructure
NTEN 117 Networks and Telecommunications I
CMNS 113 Technical Communication for Information Technology
MATH 127 Math for Network & Telecom Engineering Tech
Semester Two
NTEN 123 Network Applications of Analog and Digital Systems
NTEN 127 Local Area Network Management
NTEN 137 Routing and Switching I
CMNS 123 Analysis and Reporting for Information Technology
NTEN 128 Scripting for Network and System Administrators
NTEN 129 Project Management for Network and System Administrators
Extended Semester (2 weeks)
NTEN 199 Topics in Internetworking
Second Year
Semester Three
NTEN 207 Enterprise Telecommunications
NTEN 211 Virtualization for Enterprise System Administrators
NTEN 217 Routing and Switching II
NTEN 219 Linux Server Management
Two electives (6 credits)
Semester Four
NTEN 225 Internetwork Security I
NTEN 227 Carrier Telecommunications
NTEN 223 Internet of Things
NTEN 299 Network Project
One elective (3 credits)
Co-op Group
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.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.

Program Area:


Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Sep)




  • Full-Time


2020-21: $11,838.81 (Total for the two year program)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


This program is student loan eligible.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 09/20/2020