Marine Technician

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


Always loved the sea? Want a career where you can work with your hands? Then this is for you! As a Marine Technician, you'll be responsible for operating and maintaining highly-technical propulsion, mechanical, and power generation systems, enabling the Royal Canadian Navy warships to float, move and fight.

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.

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.

Marine Technicians will gain in-depth knowledge of propulsion gas turbine and diesel engines, generators and power distribution systems, hydraulic and firefighting equipment. They will also manage refrigeration, air conditioning, and ventilation equipment.

To be eligible to apply to the Canadian Armed Forces (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

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

Related civilian occupations:
Construction Millwright and Industrial Mechanic


Equipment Mechanic

Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanic

Hydro Power Station Operator

Marine Engineer

Marine Equipment Electrician

Marine Electrical Technician



Sheet Metal Worker

Stationary Engineer and Auxiliary Equipment Operator

Arc/Acetylene Welder

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 but achievable.

Naval Environmental Training
Naval recruits attend Naval Fleet School Pacific in Esquimalt, British Columbia or Naval Fleet School Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia for approximately five weeks. Training includes the following topics:
Naval history and organization

Shipboard firefighting and damage control

Shipboard safety and ship's security

Watchkeeping duties


Basic Occupational Qualification Training
Marine Technicians attend Naval Fleet School Pacific in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Training takes several months and includes:
Basic mechanical, electrical and hull systems theory

Basic preventive and corrective maintenance for marine systems

The conduct of propulsion and ancillary rounds

Equipment flash-up and shut-down procedures

Basic emergency responses to equipment failures

Emergency burning and welding equipment and procedures

Repair of watertight and non-watertight closures

Specialty Training
Marine Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and/or on-the-job training, including:
Helicopter Crash Rescue Firefighting


Fabrication / Machining

Diesel Inspection

Gas Turbine Maintenance

Advanced Training

As they progress in their career, Marine Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential may be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
Advanced mechanical preventive / corrective maintenance

Advanced electrical preventive / corrective maintenance

Plant operation and watch supervision

Advanced firefighting / damage control

Refit management

Equipment lifecycle management

Maintenance management

Required Education

The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec, including:
Academic Math (Quebec Sec IV, Math 436); or

Applied Math (Quebec Sec Math 426)

A GED would only be acceptable if the applicant also has grade 10 Academic Math or Grade 12 Applied Math. It is an advantage to have completed a physics course at any level.

Direct Entry

If you already have a college diploma or Red Seal for a related civilian occupation, 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.

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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