Signal Technician

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



Do you love the outdoors, new adventures and travelling? A career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as Signal Technicians work across the country and around the world wherever the CAF has a footprint.


Signal Technicians are experts in telecommunication technologies. They maintain, repair, configure, administer, and modify leading edge communication systems. They are a part of a larger team that provides the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with communications and information services throughout Canada and around the world.

Signal Technicians operate on specialized electronic test equipment. They perform corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, diagnosis, modifications, installations, configurations, inspections and administration for:
Wired and wireless communications systems

Radio, satellite, and microwave broadband technology

Radar location and detection technology

Fibre optic and copper wire broadband technology

Voice and data network defence, configuration, and administration


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 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

Signal Technician Training

Signal Technicians attend the Canadian Forces School of Communication and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario. Training takes approximately 16 months and is separated into two parts. Part one is equivalent to a two-year electronics engineering technician program and teaches the following skills and knowledge:
Electrical and electronic theory

Digital electronic theory

Signal processing devices and operation

Power supplies theory

Radio and antenna systems theory

Satellite and microwave systems theory

Use of basic and advanced test instrumentation

Part two of the program includes specific training on communications systems and equipment. You will learn the following skills and knowledge:
Radio communications and information security

Installation and operation of communications and information systems

Maintenance and operation of power generating systems

Communication systems and equipment maintenance and repair techniques

Installation and maintenance of fibre optic and copper wire systems

Basic Routing and Switching Concepts

Use of advanced radio equipment testing instrumentation

Specialty Training

Signal Technicians may have the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal military and civilian courses and on-the-job training, including:
Cryptographic equipment operation and maintenance

Electronic Warfare systems and equipment operation and maintenance

Counter-Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device equipment operation and maintenance

Satellite terminal operation and maintenance

Missile detection and defence equipment operation and maintenance

Ground Penetrating Radar equipment operation and maintenance

Basic Switches, and router operation, programming, configuring, and maintenance

Software and firmware operations and maintenance including software defined radios

Available Advanced Training

As they progress in their career, Signal Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential, will be offered advanced training. Courses include:
Technical Communications Security Inspector

Leadership Courses

Life Cycle Materiel Manager

Paid Education

Due to the requirement for Regular Force CAF officers to obtain a university degree, the CAF will pay successful recruits to complete a bachelor degree program in the Royal Military College System. Recruits will receive full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay in exchange for working in the CAF for a period of time. Typically, candidates enter the Canadian Military College System as an Officer Cadet where they study subjects relevant to both their military and academic career. In rare instances, based on the needs of the CAF, candidates may be approved attend another Canadian University. A determination will be made on a case by case basis. If you are applying for this program, you must apply to the CAF and it is recommended to apply to other Canadian universities of your choice should you not be accepted for Regular Officer training Plan (ROTP).

Direct Entry

If you already have a university degree, the CAF will determine if your academic program matches the criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military officer qualification training are 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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