Always loved the sea? Want a career where you can work with your hands? Then this is the role for you! As a Marine Technician, you’ll be responsible for operating and maintaining highly technical propulsion, mechanical, and power generation systems, enabling the Royal Canadian Navy warships to float, move, and fight.
Marine Technicians spend much of their career on board ships based in either Halifax, Nova Scotia; or Esquimalt, British Columbia. They experience the unique adventures and challenges that come with work at sea.
The primary responsibilities of Marine Technicians are to operate all marine systems engineering equipment onboard ship, troubleshoot failures, advise command on limitations, and repair as required to restore system function. They execute and track maintenance schedules to keep the ship’s engineering equipment in prime condition. They respond to emergencies as the onboard experts in firefighting and damage control, including helicopter crash rescue. They are the ship’s metal workers and carry out burning, welding, and machining.
Marine Technicians will gain in-depth knowledge of propulsion gas turbine and diesel engines, generators and power distribution systems, hydraulic and firefighting equipment. They will also manage refrigeration, air conditioning, and ventilation equipment.
To be eligible to apply to the Canadian Armed Forces, you must:
- 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 education.
Salary and Benefits
The starting salary for fully-trained Marine Technicians is $63,372 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Marine Technicians who demonstrate the required ability, dedication, and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion, and advanced training. With advanced technical training, they are assigned higher-level technical maintenance responsibilities, including supervisory and managerial duties.
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 basic 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.
Naval Environmental Training
Naval recruits attend Naval Fleet School Pacific in Esquimalt, British Columbia or Naval Fleet School Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia for approximately five weeks. Training includes the following topics:
- Naval history and organization
- Shipboard firefighting and damage control
- Shipboard safety and ship’s security
- Watchkeeping duties
Basic Occupational Qualification Training
Marine Technicians attend Naval Fleet School Pacific in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Training takes several months and includes:
- Basic mechanical, electrical and hull systems theory
- Basic preventive and corrective maintenance for marine systems
- The conduct of propulsion and ancillary rounds
- Equipment flash-up and shut-down procedures
- Basic emergency responses to equipment failures
- Emergency burning and welding equipment and procedures
- Repair of watertight and non-watertight closures
Marine Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and/or on-the-job training, including:
- Helicopter Crash Rescue Firefighting
- Fabrication / Machining
- Diesel Inspection
- Gas Turbine Maintenance
As they progress in their career, Marine Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential may be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
- Advanced mechanical preventive / corrective maintenance
- Advanced electrical preventive / corrective maintenance
- Plant operation and watch supervision
- Advanced firefighting / damage control
- Refit management
- Equipment lifecycle management
- Maintenance management
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec, including:
- Academic Math (Quebec Sec IV, Math 436); or
- Applied Math (Quebec Sec Math 426)
A GED would only be acceptable if applicant also has grade 10 Academic Math or Grade 12 Applied Math. It is an advantage to have completed a physics course at any level.
If you already have a college diploma or Red Seal for a related civilian occupation, the Forces will decide if your academic program matches the training criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.
Join the Forces
Learn more about a career as a Marine Technician 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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