A warship sizzles with state-of-the-art missile systems, satellite dishes, high-precision radar antennas, ultra-high-speed guns, and computer-guided torpedoes. Weapons Engineering Technicians keep this high-tech arsenal at red-alert readiness. Their portfolio includes the radar, sonar, and communications systems that help a warship find the fight, as well as the weapons systems to finish the fight. Cool gear for a potentially cruel ocean.
Weapons Engineering Technicians are part of a highly valuable, highly qualified team of specialists responsible for maintaining and operating complex weapons and communications systems on board ships.
As a Weapons Engineering Technician, you spend much of your career on board ships with “home ports” in Halifax, Nova Scotia; or Esquimalt, British Columbia, on the outskirts of Victoria. You will experience exciting adventures and unique challenges that come with working at sea, such as performing tasks in tight, dimly lit spaces. You will sometimes have to work on open decks to repair and maintain equipment. While at sea, all members of the ship's company stand watch in shifts.
When the ship is ashore, Weapons Engineering Technicians usually work the regular day shift. In addition to their usual duties, subordinate Weapons Engineering Technicians perform out-of-occupation duties such as cleaning or painting the ship, working in the cafeteria and loading supplies.
To be eligible for a position with the Canadian Armed Forces, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen.
- Be 17 years of age (with consent from a parent or legal guardian) or older, except for junior candidates in the Regular Officer Training Plan, who must be 16 or older.
- Have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec.
- Certain entry programs and occupations require higher levels of education.
Salary and Benefits
Starting salary for a fully trained Weapons Engineering Technician is $49,400 per year, but may be higher depending on your previous experience and training.
Weapons Engineering Technicians who demonstrate the required ability, dedication, and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression and advancement.
Through promotions, they can be assigned to higher-level technical maintenance responsibilities, as well as to supervisory positions. Those who receive advanced technical training are given the highest level of technical maintenance duties, including supervisory duties.
Occupational Training and Development
As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, you have access to ongoing training. You also have the opportunity to travel the world and enjoy several other tangible services and benefits.
Basic Military Qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, which is conducted at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, located 40 km southeast of Montreal. This training provides you with the basic core skills and knowledge common to all military jobs. One of the goals of this basic training is to ensure that you reach and maintain the Forces’ physical fitness standard. This training is therefore physically demanding but achievable.
Royal Canadian Naval Training
Naval recruits attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School either in Esquimalt or Halifax for approximately five weeks. Training focuses on the following topics:
- Royal Canadian Navy History and Organization
- Shipboard Firefighting and Damage Control
- Shipboard Safety
- Watch-keeping Duties
Basic Occupational Qualification
Weapons Engineering Technicians learn the ins and outs of their trade at the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt. This occupational training takes approximately 9 months to complete and includes the following:
- Academic Upgrading (primarily mathematics and physics)
- Electrical and Electronics System Theory
- Communications Theory and Applications
- Radar Theory and Applications
- Sonar Theory and Applications
- Shipboard Weapons System Theory
- Ammunition Handling and Safety
- Use of Hand Tools, Electrical Meters and Diagnostic Equipment
Weapons Engineering Technicians may be given the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, in areas such as:
- Side Scan Sonar Operation
- Video Conferencing Terminal Maintainer
- High Reliability Soldering
- Explosives Safety Inspection
- Fibre Optics
Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Training and Education Plan
Because this position requires specialty training, the Forces pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. While you are a student, you undergo on-the-job training during the summer months.
You receive a full-time salary while you are studying, along with medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay. In exchange for the cost of your paid college education, candidates commit to serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for a certain period of time. If you decide to enroll in this program, you must apply both to the Forces and to a college that offers this program. For more information, click on Paid College.
If you already have a college diploma, the Forces will decide if your academic program matches the training criteria for direct entry. You may be placed directly into the required on-the-job training program after completing your Basic Training. Basic Training and Military Occupation Qualification training are required before being assigned.
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec. Candidates must have also successfully completed Grade 10 Applied or Academic Math, or Math 436 or Math 426 at the Secondary IV level in Quebec.
Foreign education may be accepted.
Join the Forces
Learn how you can become a Weapons Engineering Technician in the Canadian Armed Forces and discover all the job opportunities at Canada.ca/forces-jobs, by calling 1 800 856-8488 or by visiting a Canadian Armed Forces Recruitment Centre near you.
This position is also available part time.
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