Signal Operator

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



Looking for a career with experiences filled with unique adventures and challenges that come with working outdoors, in military vehicles, and temporary shelters (e.g. tents)? Signal Operators work across the providing reliable wired and wireless communications and information systems within the Canadian Armed Forces, throughout Canada and around the world.


Signal Operators provide reliable wired and wireless communications and information systems using leading edge voice and data systems. They are a part of a larger team that provides Army units and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with communications and information services throughout Canada and around the world.

Signal Operators expertly install, remove, troubleshoot, and operate leading edge communications and information systems technology such as:
Wired and Wireless communications and information systems

Radio, satellite, and microwave broadband systems

Fibre optic and copper wire broadband technology

Voice and data systems

Work Environment

Signal Operators experience the unique adventures and challenges that come with working outdoors, in military vehicles, and temporary shelters (e.g. tents). Signal Operators work across the country on Army bases and around the world wherever the CAF has a footprint.

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 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) 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:
Army physical fitness

Dismounted offensive and defensive operations

Reconnaissance patrolling

Individual field craft

Basic Occupational Qualification Training

Signal Operators attend the Canadian Forces School of Communication and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario. Training takes approximately 19 weeks and teaches the following basic skills and knowledge:
Communications Security policies and procedures

Tactical line communications systems

Portable power generating systems

VHF and HF radio communications systems

Satellite communications systems

Service desk analyst

Available Specialty Training

Signal Operators may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
Cryptographic equipment

Advanced satellite communications systems

Line-of-sight microwave communications systems

Instructional Techniques

Available Advanced Training

As they progress in their career, Signal Operators who demonstrate the required ability and potential may be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
Advanced military vehicle operation (driver training)

Advanced telecommunications systems

Instructional Design

Leadership and management

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. Foreign education may be accepted.

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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