FAQs | Communications Engineering Technology | Assiniboine Community College

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this a new program?

    This program is a revised version of the previous Wireless Telecommunications Engineering Technology program. After running the previous course for five years, changes were made to ensure that our graduates have the skills that industry is looking for.

  • What type of career does this program train me for?

    The great thing about this program is that the training is very diverse and the job opportunities are endless. Students will have the ability to pursue a career in the area that they excelled in during the program or their area of interest.

    Students can work in an office environment or in the field. They may choose to do troubleshooting or repair work. We also have graduates working in design and manufacturing positions.

    The low end of the scale would be working as a Technician and the high end would be either working as part of an engineering design team or working in a management position.

    Engineering Technologists are very well suited for management positions given their diverse training and ability to work with Engineers and Tradesman.

  • What can I expect for wages?

    Wages will vary from company to company and may also depend on previous work experience and the level of responsibility of the position. The average starting wages we have seen are in the $40K+ range. According to the recent Certified Technician and Technologists Association (CTTAM) Salary Survey the average wage for a Communications Engineering Technologist working in Manitoba last year was $81,666.67.

  • Can I further my education after this program?

    One option is to continue training in other Engineering Technology disciplines that have the same core first year. This will give you a dual diploma after another 18 months of college. Another option is to continue on to University Engineering either directly from college or after working in the field for a few years. Depending on the course and institute, students may be given credit for the courses they have completed at ACC.

  • Does this program qualify for the Canadian Forces subsidized education plan?

    For more details contact the local Canadian Forces recruiting office or visit www.forces.gc.ca.

  • What is the NSEP program and how does it work?

    After being accepted in our program, you can apply to join the Navy and take your Naval Electronic Technician training with us for two years.

    Benefits include:

    All books, tuition and equipment paid for. Students earn $66K in salary plus receive benefits while in school for the two year technology program. Upon graduation student are promoted to Acting Leading Seaman with an annual salary of $50K.
    For more details contact the local Canadian Forces recruiting office or visit www.forces.gc.ca.

  • Do I need to find my own Co-op placement?

    Students are required to apply and interview for positions as part of this process. In the past years we have always had more positions than students from companies that have contacted us directly wanting to hire graduates and co-op students. Students may also do searches for suitable position with any company in Canada.

  • What are the chances of co-op placements turning into full-time positions?

    In the past 100% of our Engineering Technology students have received full-time offers from their co-op employers. Some students have been hired permanently at the start of the co-op and other have been extended offers at the completion of the co-op term.

  • How much do I make during the co-op placement?

    We expect the companies participating to pay a fair wage for someone with the schooling and experience our students have. In the past we have seen wages from $14/hr to $22 /hr. By the time students have completed the co-op, they will have earned back the cost of the tuition and books for the CET program.

  • Can I make money while in school?

    Yes. We have local employers that often hire our students to work part-time while in school and full-time for the summer. This allows students to earn a wage while gaining related work experience.

Fast Facts

Duration/Start 2 years/September

Credential Diploma

Credits 165.00

Optional Exit Yes

Optional Exit Credits 81

Co-op Work Placement Yes

Distance Delivery No

International Students Yes

Study Options
On Campus
Open to International Students