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Telecommunications Networking Technician

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Telecommunications Networking Technician

Program Overview

The Telecommunications Networking Technician program is an intensive 45-week certificate program offered full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus. It provides practical and analytical training in telecommunications and basic computer networking. The program emphasizes practical, hands-on training with the same equipment you are likely to use in your career.

Over three semesters, you will learn how to safely install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair a wide range of telecommunications equipment and computer-network cabling. You will learn about various types of transport mediums and protocols that are relevant to current state-of-the-art technologies such as fibre optics and wireless communications.

Nationally Accredited Program

The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists’ (CCTT) Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the technician level. Students will also obtain international recognition upon completion of the CFOT and CPCT certifications from the Fiber Optic Association Inc.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As the telecommunications industry continues to grow and evolve, the demand for technicians remains strong. Graduates of the program may find employment in:

  • telecommunications systems design, construction and installation;
  • computer networking systems installation;
  • satellite communications equipment installation and repair; and
  • fibre optics splicing and installation and more.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Fibre Optics Installation and Repair TechnicianTelecommunications Installation and Repair Workers (7246)$43,700 - $74,900
Telecommunications Trunking and Switching TechnicianTelecommunications Installation and Repair Workers (7246)$43,700 - $74,900
Regional Cable TV TechnicianCable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians (7247)$27,800 - $69,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 45 weeks

More than ever, advances in technology are making our world a smaller place.  The telecommunications industry continues to provide us with faster and more robust networks that keep us all connected.  This growth is ensuring that there is a strong demand for the technicians that can design, build, maintain and repair the telecommunications systems that keep global communications flowing.

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum of 60% in Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or Foundations of Math 20 or Pre-Calculus 20
  • English Language Requirement

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 75 Arithmetic
  • 60 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,000

International Students

Year 1 (31 weeks) - $13,600 tuition only (estimated)

Year 2 (14 weeks) - $6,700 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ELEC 150
Passive Direct Current (DC) Circuits 1
3
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You will describe basic electronic principles and verify Ohm's Law and power equations. You will apply these principles and equations in analyzing and troubleshooting series, parallel and series-parallel circuits. You will gain practical experience using multi-meters and power supplies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 142
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELEC 151
Passive Direct Current (DC) Circuits 2
3
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You will study the principles of magnetism and electromagnetism. You will test, measure and analyze inductors, capacitors, resistive networks and transducers.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 150(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 143
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELEC 152
Passive Alternating Current (AC) Circuits 1
3
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You will interpret and analyze waveforms using complex number math. You will troubleshoot and analyze resistive-capacitive (RC), and resistive-inductive-capacitive (RLC) circuits. You will gain experience using oscilloscopes, function generators and frequency counters.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 151(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 144
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELEC 153
Passive Alternating Current (AC) Circuits 2
3
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You will test and troubleshoot transformer and resonant circuits. You will analyze resistive-capacitive (RC) and resistive-inductive- (RL) pulse response and resonant and passive filter response.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 152(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELTR 135
Active Components and Circuits 1
4
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You will study linear and switching power supplies, the bipolar junction transistor (BJT), and field-effect-transistors. You will troubleshoot power supplies and their components, including rectifier diodes, filters and integrated circuit (IC) three-terminal-regulators. You will study BJT biasing and operation plus FET devices and circuits.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 153(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): ELTR 130
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELTR 136
Active Components and Circuits 2
4
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Your studies will focus on amplifiers and circuits. You will sudy the decibel, amplifier classes, op-amp circuits and integrated circuit (IC) timers and apply troubleshooting techniques to these circuits. You will also be introduced to specialized semiconductors.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 135(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELTR 137
Digital Integrated Circuits 1
3
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You will use and convert arithmetic operations in various number systems. You will test basic logic circuits and basic digital logic devices. Your studies will include describing and examining combinational and sequential logic circuits.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 151(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): ELTR 133
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELTR 138
Digital Integrated Circuits 2
4
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You will analyze and troubleshoot encoder and decoder circuits. You will build and analyze a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) circuit and an Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) circuit. Your studies will also include low-level programming of a basic microprocessor.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 137(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): ELTR 134
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MATH 158
Technical Mathematics for Electronics Technicians
3
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You will study mathematics that is directly related to applications in the telecommunications networking field. You will perform operations with signed numbers and solve and manipulate equations. You will use powers of ten, engineering notation, and computer number systems. You will learn the fundamentals of Boolean algebra, basic trigonometry with vectors and phasors, the sine wave, and exponents and logarithms.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 122, MATH 384
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNET 106
A+ Cisco IT Essentials 1
6
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Your studies will focus on identifying, installing and troubleshooting computer hardware and software components. You will become familiar with maintenance procedures. In a lab setting you will install, setup and troubleshoot printers and basic networks. Your studies will help prepare you to challenge the CompTIA A+ exam as well as one elective.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COOS 101
LINUX+
4
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Your studies will focus on describing, installing, configuring and administering Linux operating system workstations and servers. You will use troubleshooting practices to diagnose hardware and software problems and maintain the Linux network system. The course will help you prepare to write the CompTIA Linux+ exam.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELTR 113
Electronic Telecommunication Principles 1
4
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You will become familiar with the relationship between spectrum bandwidth and information. You will also learn special techniques and coded digital communications.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELTR 148
Electronic Communication Principles 1
3
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You will study noise concepts, amplitude modulation (AM) and single sideband (SSB) communications. You will also describe the fundamentals of amplitude modulation (AM).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELTR 149
Electronic Communication Principles 2
3
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You will study describe frequency modulation (FM) transmission, generation and reception. You will use a spectrum analyzer.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELTR 148(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ORTN 102
Orientation to Industry
2
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Your studies will include examining the possible roles of a technician and introduce you to professional ethics, industry standards and accountability. You will also study Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 25.0
Equivalent Course(s): ORTN 160
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PROJ 227
Project Management
2
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You will be introduced to project management. You will examine the basic theory of project planning and control, from project initiation to project close out. You will apply research techniques and various tools to practice project management theory.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
SHOP 144
Fabrication Techniques
5
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You will be introduced to the practical aspects of fabricating electronic prototypes and products. You will learn about surface mount and through-hole component identification, safe component handling, leaded and lead-free soldering, wire and cable, connectors, fasteners, hardware, chemicals and metalworking as they relate to the electronics field. The practical skills you will develop include soldering, de-soldering, wire harness assembly, chassis fabrication, chassis assembly and component and assembly testing. You will construct several electronic products as a core element of this course.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Equivalent Course(s): SHOP 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TCOM 105
Communications for Technicians
2
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You will learn and practice written, oral and interpersonal communication for the workplace. You will apply these skills as team members and in short presentations. You will also develop effective job search strategies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, TCOM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COAP 174
Software Applications
1
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You will study introductory concepts concerning the creation of a software-development "Project-Folder" and the use of a terminal-emulation application (RS-232 based). You will become versed in a web mark-up language, such as HTML. Finally; you will practice your web mark-up language skills by repeatedly modifying an existing web-page for its eventual use in your PROJ-108 "Final-Project: IP-Based Control Unit".
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELEC 154
Direct Current (DC) Power Plants
1
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You will discuss typical power plant configurations and the maintenance required to ensure the back-up equipment is ready to function in the event a commercial power supply is disrupted. You will describe grounding techniques.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PROJ 108
Troubleshooting and Project
4
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Your will practice troubleshooting techniques through applying a logical course of action to problems. Your studies will consist of applied industry-standard, project-based assignments. You will complete an internet protocol (IP)–based project.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): COAP 174(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
RADI 102
Radio Fundamentals
3
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You will describe microwave and digital radio systems as well as waveguides and common antennas. In a lab setting you will test digital-radio low voltage converters and alarms. Your studies will also include troubleshooting digital radio and transmit-receive (Tx-Rx) stations equipment bays.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SHOP 145
Installation Practices
4
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Your studies will include terminating cables and describing installation safety practices. You will practice your residential and commercial installation and troubleshooting skills using a variety of systems including coax, entertainment, security, telephone and wireless.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TELE 108
Access Network
3
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You will describe the telephone handset and its cabling. You will study signal characteristics and subscriber-loops. Your studies will focus on cable characteristics while transmitting voice and line frequencies as well as cable types used as a transmission medium, frequency response and noise tests.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TELE 109
Modulation Techniques
1
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You will describe pulse-code-modulation (PCM) and time-division-multiplexing techniques (TDM) as well as data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) and digital subscriber line (xDSL) technologies. You will practice your troubleshooting skills in a lab setting
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TELE 110
Switching and Transport
1
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You will study the telephony switching concepts used when establishing a connection between the transmit end (calling end) and receiving end (called end). You will describe signalling, digital multiplex system (DMS) based switching, private automatic branch exchange (PABX) theory and programming, plus discussion of transport mediums. You will practice your skills in a lab setting by constructing and verifying a CAT-5 cable-tester and troubleshooting faulty CAT-5 cables.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TELE 111
Premise Networking
3
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You will continue your studies of internet protocol (IP) technology as it applies to SOHO networks. You will classify cabling, wiring and Ethernet specifications as well as recognize networking devices. You will practice your skills in a lab by constructing and verifying a SOHO Premise-Network's operation. You will develop the groundwork skills for TELE-112 - Routing and VOIP and future IP studies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CNET 106
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TELE 112
Routing and Voice-Over-Internet Protocol (VOIP)
3
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Your studies will focus on routing within the “cloud” and voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP). You will practice some fundamental IP-Routing commands and VOIP skills in a lab environment. You will develop the foundational knowledge and skills to support future IP network studies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TELE 111(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TELE 113
Optical Fiber Basics
3
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You will be introduced to telecommunication transport technologies. You will practice your fiber cable measuring, splicing and installation skills. Your studies will help prepare you to be recognized by the Fiber-Optics-Association (FOA).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
TELE 114
Wireless Systems
3
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Your studies will focus on cellular systems, wireless-data techniques and the wireless evolution. You will practice your skills by setting-up a transmit-receive link.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): RADI 102(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

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Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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