Love the variety of always being on the road? Always had a fascination with heavy machinery? Then sign up to become a Mobile Support Equipment Operator in the Forces. You’ll learn to expertly manoeuvre a variety of oversized and specialized vehicles from trucks and trailers to tankers and all-terrain vehicles. You’ll also provide the supplies and the support needed to help keep crucial missions rolling.
As a Mobile Support Equipment Operator, you will encounter a variety of employment and environmental conditions, since you will be required to operate a broad range of mobile support equipment. You will work both indoors on bases and outdoors during field operations and while on missions abroad.
As a Mobile Support Equipment Operator, you will operate military vehicles ranging in size from standard automobiles to snow removal equipment and all-terrain vehicles.
In addition to operating oversized and specialized vehicles, your primary responsibilities will include loading and securing transport materials, supporting combat and field operations, and coordinating and maintaining vehicles.
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 education.
Salary and Benefits
The starting salary for a fully trained Mobile Support Equipment Operator is $49,400 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Mobile Support Equipment Operators who demonstrate the required ability, dedication, and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion, 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 Officer 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 but achievable.
Basic Military Qualification – Land Course
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
Basic Occupational Qualification Training
Once you’ve successfully completed the Land Course, you will attend training in Borden, Ontario, for approximately 87 days of training in the following areas:
- Operation of both standard and automatic shift vehicles including Standard Military Pattern vehicles
- Field operations, camouflage, re-supply techniques
- Tactical/Administrative Road moves
- Operation of vehicle systems and components
- Vehicle recovery
- Use of military maps
- Basic knowledge of Air Field Operations
- Dangerous Goods
- Dangerous Goods Instructor
You may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Safety Supervisor
- Evasive Anti-terrorist Driver
- Evasive Anti-terrorist Driver Instructor
- Tractor-trailer Instructor
- Bus Instructor
- Instructional Techniques
- Air Brake Systems Instructor
- Master Driver
As they progress in their career, Mobile Support Equipment Operators who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
- Section Commander training
- Middle management
- Fleet 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 a Mobile Support Equipment Operator 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.
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