Avionics Systems Technician

at Canadian Armed Forces
Location Not Specified, Canada
Date Posted September 22, 2022
Category Trades & Services
Job Type Permanent



Do you love travelling, flying and working as part of a team? A career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as an Avionics Systems Technician (AVS Tech) can give you an opportunity to work at most bases both domestically and abroad in support of Air, Land and Sea Operations.


AVS Techs are responsible for maintaining all electronic systems onboard CAF aircraft. As part of the aircraft maintenance team, the AVS Tech is responsible for first line servicing operations in launching and recovering all types of aircraft.

The primary responsibilities of AVS Techs are to:
Carry out performance tests, preventive/corrective maintenance, and calibration of the following systems and their associated components:

Aircraft communication


Search radar

Fire control radar

Acoustic sensing

Infra-red radar

Electronic warfare



Flight control systems

Automatic flight control systems

Electrical wiring interconnection system

Set up and operate test equipment to maintain the above systems

Operate and maintain computer-controlled automatic test stations

Serve as an instructor in field technical training units, training squadrons or basic training units

Prepare and maintain aircraft forms and statistical data

Operate aircraft support equipment

Perform first line servicing tasks such as marshalling, parking, towing, starting, refueling, cleaning and de-icing

To be eligible to apply to the CAF, you must:
Be a Canadian citizen;

Be at least 18 years old (17 years old with parental consent), except:

For the Paid Education programs you may be 16 years old (with parental consent)

For the Primary Reserves you may be 16 years old (with parental consent) and must be enrolled as a full-time student; and

Have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Québec (some jobs need higher levels of education)

Basic Military Qualification

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 CAF physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

Avionics Systems Technicians Training

AVS Techs attend Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE) in Borden, Ontario where they complete Common Core which includes common mechanical and aircraft servicing training over 8 weeks. After some time at a Squadron they will return to CFSATE and take their Trade Training over 36 weeks and includes:
Solid-state devices

Digital logic

Aircraft wiring

Magnetron, Klystron, Travelling Wave Tubes and Microwave theory

Computer techniques and architecture

Inspection and repair of:

Avionics (AVS) and combined Avionic (AVS)/Aviation (AVN) multi-purpose display systems

pitot static systems

flight instruments


aircraft flight recorder and locator

air data computer

automatic flight control

electronic warfare systems

navigation systems

radar systems

communication systems

aircraft data processing

Available Advanced Training

AVS Techs may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
Instructional techniques

Calibration technician

Computerized fault diagnosis and analysis

High reliability soldering

Aircraft specific type courses

Advance aircraft maintenance course

Instructional Technique

Life Cycle Materiel Management

Aircraft Fluid Handling

Corrosion Identification and Control

Technical Writing

Technical Inspection and Quality Assurance

Flight Safety Investigators Course

Available Advanced Training

As they progress in their career, AVS Techs who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
Technical administration

Leadership and management courses

Required Education

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 Gr 10 Applied Math or Math 416 / CST IV. Foreign education may be accepted.

Direct Entry Options

If you already have a college diploma, 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.

Join the CAF

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Please note that this position is recruiting across Canada, not limited to the listed Province.

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