Have you discovered your passion in life? Do you love being outdoors? As a Canadian Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist, you’ll set up leading communication networks to provide troops with reliable data even in rugged outdoor conditions. You’ll enjoy unique experiences, stimulating travel opportunities, and the chance to work with a dedicated team of cutting-edge technology experts.
Army Communication and Information Systems Specialists are usually posted to one of the tactical Signal Squadrons at Petawawa, Ontario; Valcartier, Quebec; Edmonton, Alberta; or the Joint Signal Regiment in Kingston, Ontario.
Besides the exciting possibility of working in breathtaking outdoor environments,
qualified Army Communication and Information Systems Specialists may also
enjoy the opportunity to work in Infantry, Artillery, Armoured and Special
Operations Regiments with other units throughout Canada and around the world.
As an Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist, you’ll provide
fast, reliable, wired and wireless communication and information services using
cutting-edge voice and data systems. You’ll be part of a larger team providing
Army units and the Forces with communication and information services
throughout Canada and around the world. You will also expertly install, remove,
operate, maintain and repair cutting-edge communication and information
To be eligible to apply to the Canadian Armed Forces, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen.
- Be 17 years of age (with consent from a parent or legal guardian) or older,
except for junior candidates in the Regular Officer Training Plan, who must
be 16 or older.
- Have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec.
- Certain entry programs and occupations require higher levels of
Salary and Benefits
The starting salary for a fully trained Army Communication and Information
Systems Specialist is $49,400 per year. However, depending on previous
experience and training, the salary may be higher. Army Communication and Information System Specialists who demonstrate the required ability, dedication, and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotions, and advanced training.
Professional Training and Development
As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, you have access to ongoing
training. You also have the opportunity to travel the world and enjoy several other services and benefits.
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 core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Forces physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding but achievable.
Basic Military Qualification – Land Course
After Basic Training, you’ll be sent to a Military Training centre for the Basic Military Qualification - Land Course, which lasts approximately one month and covers the following topics:
- Army Physical Fitness
- Dismounted Offensive and Defensive Operations
- Reconnaissance Patrolling
- Individual Field Craft
Basic Occupational Qualification Training
Army Communication and Information Systems Specialists attend the Canadian Forces School of Communication and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario. Training takes approximately 18 weeks and teaches the following basic skills and knowledge:
- Radio and antenna systems theory
- Computer systems theory
- Satellite and microwave systems theory
- Radio communications and information security
- Installation and operation of communication and information systems
- Maintenance and operation of power generating systems
- Communication and information systems maintenance and repair techniques
- Installation and maintenance of fibre and copper systems
Army Communication and Information Systems Specialists may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including in one of four sub-occupations:
- Communication Systems Technologist
- Information Systems Technologist
- Line Systems Technologist
- Communication and Information Systems Technology Manager
As they progress in their career, Army Communication and Information Systems Specialists who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
- Communications and information systems facility controller
- Systems support specialist
- Communications and information systems management
- Data network design concepts
- Small system support
- Leadership and management
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 Forces
Learn more about a career as an Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist in the Canadian Armed Forces and discover over 100 other job opportunities at Canada.ca/forces-jobs, by calling 1-800-856-8488 or by visiting a Canadian Armed Forces Recruitment Centre near you.
This position is also available part-time.
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