Global Digital Communications
The Information Technology Telecom Systems (ITTS) major is a 2 year post secondary technology program that covers the global digital communication systems used for voice, video, data and wireless. Topics of discussion are VOIP (voice over IP), Wide Area Networks (WANs), Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), computer networks, telephone networks, cellular networks, wireless networks and service provider networks which create the backbone for the Internet. As a matter of fact, the information that you are reading now has passed through several telecommunication providers to arrive on your display!
SAIT Polytechnic is in a unique position where we have small class sizes and specialized labs dedicated to industry standard equipment. Find out more about the Information Technology Telecom System program (ITTS):
Is the Telecom Systems Major for you?
How do telephone conversations travel around the world? How is the Internet connected between cities? How do major corporations share their data communication with branch offices around the world? If you are interested, then the Telecom Systems Major is for you.
During the course of the Telecom Systems major, you will discover the digital communication secrets of the data communications industry from handsets and cell phones to central office equipment; microwave transmitters to satellites.
You will discover that the telecommunications industry is the digital backbone for the Internet and that all computers communicate on the Internet using a telecommunication provider!
You will also discover that all major businesses such as banks, department stores, grocery stores, retail outlets, oil and gas companies, schools, hospitals, governments and small businesses rely on the telecommunication system for their data communication needs from 1-800 numbers, to Wide Area Networks (WANs), to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and private telephone systems.
The IT Telecom System major - short and sweet!
Read what past graduate's think of the ITTS program
Read about Synqh Telecom - a company started by SAIT student's Gurbinder Jassal, Sutej Bath and Gurtej Rai
The Program Through Pictures
Take a look at our Program Overview ebook to visually see, through network drawings, the topics that are taught:
Click here to see the Program Overview eBook
Come join the Telecom Systems Major (ITTS) and discover the exciting world of digital communications!
Take a slideshow tour of our labs and equipment on our facilities page (the good stuff is at the end!):
Click here to see the Facilities Slideshow
Did we mention that you will learn all about Voice over IP (VoIP)? Click on the image for an overview of our VoIP lab course.
What does a Telecommunication Technologist do?
If you want to know what a graduate does, the Alberta Provincial Government has a detailed occupational profile on their website .
Advance your Career
Fast Track "Job-Ready" Option
Short on time and can't afford to spend 2 years? Take a look at the Telecommunications Installation Technician (pdf) 21 week Apprentice program. It will get you working and the courses can be credited towards completing the 2 year ITTS program at a later time. You spend 15 weeks in class and an additional 6 week work practicum.
NOTE: The Information Technology Program - Telecom Systems Major (ITTS) is the evolution of the Telecommunications Technology (TXT) program, and the Telecommunications Engineering Technology (TNT) program