Drafting and Survey Technician
Non-Commissioned Member | Full Time, Part Time
Drafting and Survey Technicians (DS Tech) provide both deployed and domestic drafting and survey support to the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments anywhere in the world.
Drafting and Survey Technicians belong to the Military Engineering Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their primary responsibilities are:
Drafting and Survey Technicians may be members of either the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force. They may be called upon to support all CAF exercises and operations, including those lead by the Royal Canadian Navy. The primary work environment is in an office, however fieldwork is a large component of the job and is conducted in approved weather conditions, 24/7, on bases, wings or in operational theatres. Drafting and Survey Technicians use high-tech computer workstations and software designed for drafting and survey applications. Drafting and Survey Technicians are employed in Kingston, ON; Gagetown, NB; Cold Lake, AB; and Greenwood, NS. As you progress in your career, you may also have the opportunity to be posted to Brussels, Belgium.
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Learn more about Basic Training here.
Drafting and Survey Technicians attend the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME) at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick. You will receive instruction from civilian and military instructors on the following topics:
Drafting and Survey Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
The minimum required education to apply for this occupation is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 11 high school, secondary V in Quebec or equivalent secondary school education, including: Grade 11 applied math, or Secondary V applied math in Quebec.
This position is available for part-time employment with the Primary Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part time at a military unit in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required basic professional military standards. Following basic military training, the home unit will arrange for additional training for specialized skills.
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends, although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do. They are paid 92.8 percent of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.