Non-Commissioned Member | Full Time, Part Time
Line Technicians provide fast, reliable, wired communications infrastructure and support to wireless systems utilizing leading edge cable distribution systems. They are part of a larger team that provides the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with communications and information services throughout Canada and around the world.
Line Technicians expertly install, remove, maintain, and repair leading edge communications infrastructure such as:
Line Technicians experience the unique adventures and challenges that come with working primarily outdoors. Line Technicians work across the country and around the world wherever the CAF has a footprint. Line Technicians are required to work at heights and in confined spaces for extended periods of time, and are required to be well versed in the application of safety standards.
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 Forces physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
After Basic Training, Army recruits go to a Military Training Centre for the Basic Military Qualification – Land Course for approximately one month, which covers the following topics:
Learn more about Basic Training here.
Line Technicians attend the Canadian Forces School of Communication and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario. Training takes approximately 20 weeks and teaches the following basic skills and knowledge:
Line Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
As they progress in their career, Line Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential may be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec including Grade 10 Applied Math. Foreign education may be accepted.
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 at military bases within the region where they live. Reservists may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training and are not required to move. They can, however, volunteer to move and can also volunteer for deployment opportunities within or outside of Canada.
Reserve Line Technicians serve with the Canadian Army, providing fast, reliable, wired communications infrastructure and support to wireless systems to military units for training and operations. When employed on a part-time or term basis, they usually serve at a Canadian Army Reserve unit in their local community.
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training in their home unit to ensure they meet the required basic professional military standards. Following basic military training, arrangements will be made for occupational training. Line Technician training takes 20 weeks and is conducted at the Canadian Forces School of Communication and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario. The 20 weeks may be divided into modules in order to help accommodate those with civilian jobs or attending full time studies.
Reserve Force Line Technicians usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends. They may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending what type of work is needed. Line Technicians work both indoors and outdoors, in confined spaces, aloft, in buildings, and in temporary field environments. They are paid 92.8 percent of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a benefits package, and can contribute to a pension plan.