Sonar Operator

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



Looking for a one-of-kind challenge? Then this is the career for you! As a Sonar Operator, you will learn to use the world's most sophisticated active and passive sonar equipment to compile, analyze and assess acoustic data to help protect the integrity of Navy missions. You will enjoy unique experiences, exciting travel opportunities, and the chance to be part of a team of highly skilled and motivated marine experts.


As a Sonar Operator, you will compile and analyze acoustic intelligence information. Your responsibilities as part of the ship's intelligence gathering team will be to collect, process, analyze and report on sonar and oceanographic data using highly sophisticated equipment. You will compile and maintain comprehensive classified reports on the ship's status and functioning, as well as on geographical, operational and tactical manoeuvres.

Sonar Operators spend much of their career on board ships with "home ports" in either Halifax, Nova Scotia, or Esquimalt, British Columbia. In addition to the unique challenges of working at sea, they also share in out-of-occupation tasks such as sentry duty, at-sea replenishments and emergency response services.

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

Although this occupation has no direct related civilian job, the experience, skills and leadership abilities developed in this position are highly valued by employers.

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.

Specific Navy Training

Sonar Operators attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School in either Halifax, Nova Scotia, or Esquimalt, British Columbia for around 5 weeks. Training includes the following topics:
Naval history and organization

Shipboard firefighting and damage control

Shipboard safety

Watchkeeping duties


Professional Training

Sonar Operators attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt, British Columbia, for approximately 25 weeks. Using a combination of theory instruction, demonstrations, practical work and simulation exercises, it covers the following:
Operation of active and passive acoustic sonars

Analysis of passive acoustic sound sources

Operation of auxiliary acoustic equipment

Physics of sound as applied to military oceanography

Specialty Training

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

Ship's team diver

Ship's team diving supervisor

Naval boarding party

Leadership and management courses

Instructional techniques

Advanced Training

As they progress in their career, Sonar Operators who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
Advanced Acoustic Analyst

Sonar Control Supervisor

Under Water Warfare Director

Submarine Sonar Operator

SURTASS Target Processor

Target Data Analyzer

Operations Watch Officer


The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.

Join the CAF

To learn more about becoming a Sonar Operator, talk to a recruiter at a centre nearest you or call 1-.

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

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