Understand how to design, configure and support global integrated computing infrastructure, including secure local and cloud-based systems.
Tuition and Fees
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 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.
Students will acquire the skills, attitude and knowledge to establish careers as technologists in the fields of computing and network infrastructure. Positions in these fields include:
- Systems Administrator
- Telecom and VoIP Technologist
- Cyber-security Specialist
- IoT Integrator
- Structured Cabling Technician
- Desktop Support Manager
- Network Infrastructure Analyst
- Wireless Communications Installer
- Virtualization Administrator
- 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%.
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