This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students for entry into the lucrative wireless/mobility industry. Students have the opportunity to develop essential skills and knowledge, beginning with electronics fundamentals and leading up to the current state-of-the-art wireless and related telecommunications technologies. Students explore very large scale integration (VLSI) components, materials, specifications, and standards associated with mobile and fixed communications devices. Students are also exposed to wireless backhaul, wireless access systems, wireless platforms for communication systems integration, and the technologies to facilitate mobile multi-player gaming and computing. Qualified students have the opportunity to participate in a cooperative employment placement in the expanding wireless industry. While employed, students gain invaluable experience and insight into the wireless/mobility industry while earning a reasonable salary. Graduates are well-positioned to support and maintain the ongoing needs of organizations and institutions that use wireless and mobile protocols to fulfil their telecommunications needs. Moreover, their strong foundation in the underlying technological principles helps graduates remain current with the rapidly expanding knowledge base within this fast-pasted field. This program is part of Algonquin's mobile learning initiative. All students entering into the program are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements as designated by the program. Students in mobile learning programs will use their devices to enhance their learning experience, obtain and work with course materials, participate in collaborative and mlearning environments and become skilled, confident users of the technologies used within an educational environment and workplace. Hardware and software specifications are outlined at http://mlearning.algonquincollege.com. Computers and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates. SUCCESS FACTORS This program is well-suited for students who: Like analyzing and solving problems. Enjoy working in a dynamically-driven environment. Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
Wireless skills are sought in several industries, such as defence, telecommunication, aviation and manufacturing. Entry-level positions may include wireless network installation and repair technician, base station technician, mobile systems technician and general electronics maintenance technician. Career opportunities for graduates may include production, technical sales, service, support and installation, as well as the service and maintenance sectors of the wireless/mobility industry, and the industries that operate in the general electronics, telecommunications and military sectors.