Non-Commissioned Member | Full Time, Part Time
Marine Technicians operate and maintain highly technical electro-mechanical, propulsion, mechanical and power generation/distribution systems, enabling Royal Canadian Navy warships to float, move and fight. They are trained to specialize in either the mechanical or electrical fields as they progress in their careers.
The primary responsibilities of Marine Technicians are to operate all marine systems engineering equipment onboard ship, troubleshoot failures, advise command on limitations and repair as required to restore system function. They execute and track maintenance schedules to keep the ship’s engineering equipment in prime condition. They respond to emergencies as the onboard experts in firefighting and damage control, including helicopter crash rescue. They are the ship’s metal workers and carry out burning, welding and machining.
Command relies on the Marine Technician’s in-depth knowledge of the following systems:
Marine Technicians spend much of their career on board ships based in either Halifax, Nova Scotia or Esquimalt, British Columbia. They experience the unique adventures and challenges that come with work at sea, such as working in limited light conditions and small spaces. There may be occasions when they work on open deck surfaces in a variety of weather conditions repairing or maintaining equipment. While at sea, all members of the ship's company stand watch in shifts. When the ship is alongside, Marine Technicians usually work a regular day-shift schedule.
In addition to their primary duties, junior Marine Technicians may spend time working outside their occupation performing general duties such as cleaning, painting, working in the cafeteria or loading supplies.
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. Occasionally courses are offered in other locations including Victoria and Halifax on an ad hoc requirement. 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.
Marine Technicians attend Naval Fleet School Pacific in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Training takes several months and includes:
Marine Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and/or on-the-job training, including:
As they progress in their career, Marine 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 provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec, including:
A GED would only be acceptable if applicant also has Gr 10 Academic Math (or Math 426) or Gr 12 Applied Math (or Math 526) courses completed.
If you already have a college diploma or Red Seal for a related civilian occupation, the Forces will decide if your academic program matches the training criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.
Non-Commissioned Member (NCM) Subsidized Training and Education Program (STEP)
Because this position requires specialty training, the CAF will pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. NCM STEP students attend basic training and on-the-job training during the summer months. They receive full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay in exchange for working with the CAF for a period of time. If you choose to apply to this program, you must apply both to the CAF and the appropriate college.
Learn more about our Paid Education programs here.
The Marine Technician Occupation is available for part-time employment with the Naval Reserve at certain locations across Canada, including 24 Naval Reserve Divisions (NRDs). Reserve Force members may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They usually serve part- time at a Naval Reserve Division in their community and full-time for short periods of training or deployment on bases, ships and military operations within Canada or abroad. They may also volunteer for long-term full-time contracts for up to several years. They are generally not posted or required to do a military move however, they are entitled to a military move for long-term full-time contracts. They can voluntarily transfer from one Naval Reserve Division to another as their civilian life relocates them.
Marine Technician – Reservists serve as members of the Royal Canadian Navy. Like their Regular Force counterparts, they are employed for the operation and maintenance of all mechanical, electrical and structural systems onboard RCN ships. Reserve Marine Technicians may be eligible for the same training and employment as Regular Force Marine technicians providing they have the time available; or they may choose to serve primarily part-time in their Naval Reserve Division. Reservists provide technical expertise in support of boatsheds, performing advanced preventive and corrective maintenance on small boats. In support of Naval Security Teams (NSTs), reservists conduct setup, operation and maintenance of power generation, ventilation, and related systems for portable operation centers and temporary support bases. In support of operations, Reserves may progress to taking charge of the maintenance teams and the equipment under their responsibility. Part-time employment is normally in the Marine Technician’s Naval Reserve Division and some part-time training is conducted on weekends at naval schools or in ships afloat. Short-term and long-term full-time employment in ships, NST exercises and operations, and at naval schools is normally available in the summer months.
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts for work that is common to the two components. Reservists usually begin training in their Naval Reserve Division to prepare them for the Basic Military Naval Qualification course at Quebec City, Quebec. Following basic training Reserve Marine Technicians usually start their occupational training at their Naval Reserve Division and then complete the initial occupational training and Naval Environmental Training at either Naval Fleet School Pacific in Esquimalt, British Columbia or Naval Fleet School Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia over several months.
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time within their home unit for scheduled evenings and occasional weekends. They are paid 92.8% of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package including a pension plan, and may qualify for reimbursement of civilian education expenses.