Weapons Engineering Technician
Non-Commissioned Member | Full Time
Weapons Engineering Technicians are responsible for the corrective and planned maintenance activities of the weapons systems onboard a ship.
The primary responsibilities of Weapons Engineering Technicians are to:
Weapons Engineering Technicians spend much of their career on board ships with “home ports” 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 small spaces, on open deck surfaces repairing and maintaining equipment and a rotating shift or watch system.
Weapons Engineering Technicians work with their fellow shipmates in out-of-occupation duties such as sentry or lookout duty, cleaning, painting, working in the cafeteria and 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. 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.
Weapons Engineering Technicians attend Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt, British Columbia, and training will take approximately 9 months to complete, it includes:
Weapons Engineering 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 position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec, including Grade 10 Academic Math (Math 436 in Quebec) or Grade 10 Applied Math (Math 426 in Quebec). It is an asset to have a Physics course at any level. Foreign education may be accepted.
If you already have a college diploma, the CAF 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 Subsidized Training and Education Program
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.