Weapons Engineering Technician

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



A warship sizzles with state-of-the-art missile systems, satellite dishes, high-precision radar antennas, ultra-high-speed guns and computer-guided torpedoes. Weapons Engineering Technicians keep this high-tech arsenal at red-alert readiness. Their portfolio includes the radar, sonar and communications systems that help a warship find the fight, as well as the weapons systems to finish the fight. Cool gear for a potentially cruel ocean.

Weapons Engineering Technicians are part of a highly valuable, highly qualified team of specialists responsible for maintaining and operating complex weapons and communications systems on board ships.


As a Weapons Engineering Technician, you spend much of your career on board ships with "home ports" in Halifax, Nova Scotia, or Esquimalt, British Columbia, on the outskirts of Victoria. You will experience exciting adventures and unique challenges that come with working at sea, such as performing tasks in tight, dimly lit spaces. You will sometimes have to work on open decks to repair and maintain equipment. While at sea, all members of the ship's company stand watch in shifts.

When the ship is ashore, Weapons Engineering Technicians usually work the regular day shift on board a ship they are assigned. In addition to their usual duties, subordinate Weapons Engineering Technicians perform out-of-occupation duties such as cleaning, painting, working in the cafeteria and loading supplies.

To be eligible for a position with the Canadian Armed Forces, 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)

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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, or through disparate Training Establishments across Canada from Esquimalt, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia. 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 but achievable.

Naval Environmental Training

Naval recruits attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School either in Esquimalt, British Columbia, or Halifax, Nova Scotia, for approximately five weeks. Training focuses on the following topics:
Royal Canadian Navy history and organization

Shipboard firefighting and damage control

Shipboard safety

Watch-keeping duties


Basic Occupational Qualification Training

Weapons Engineering Technicians will attend academic training at Naval Fleet School Atlantic in Halifax Nova Scotia prior to proceeding on applications training. Applications training can be completed either in Halifax, Nova Scotia or Esquimalt, British Columbia. Both the academic and applications training will take approximately 9 months to complete, it includes:
Academic upgrading (primarily mathematics and physics)

Electrical and electronics theory

Communications theory and applications

Radar theory and applications

Sonar theory and applications

Shipboard weapons system theory

Ammunition handling and safety

Use of hand tools, electrical meters and diagnostic equipment

Specialty Training

Weapons Engineering Technicians may be given the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
Side Scan Sonar Operation

Video Conferencing Terminal Maintainer

High Reliability Soldering

Explosives Safety Inspection

Fibre Optics

Paid Education

Non-commissioned Member Subsidized Training and Education Program (NCM STEP)

Because this position requires specialty training, the Canadian Armed Forces pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. While you are a student, you undergo on-the-job training during the summer months.

You receive a full-time salary while you are studying, along with medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay. In exchange for the cost of your paid college education, candidates commit to serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for a certain period of time.

If you decide to enroll in this program, you must apply both to the Forces and to a college that offers this program.

Direct Entry

If you already have a college diploma, the Canadian Armed Forces will decide if your academic program matches the training criteria for direct entry. You may be placed directly into the required on-the-job training program after completing your Basic Training. Basic Training and Military Occupation Qualification training are required before being assigned to your first ship.


The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec. Candidates must have also successfully completed Grade 10 Applied or Academic Math, or Math 436 or Math 426 at the Secondary IV level in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.

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