As a commissioned member of the Canadian Military Engineers, you will follow in the footsteps of the legendary professionals whose primary role is to help the army live, move and fight while denying the same to the enemy. Your focus will always be on combat readiness.
Engineer Officers (ENGRs) in the Canadian Armed Forces are responsible for force protection tasks wherever they are deployed, which includes the construction of habitable camps. The Engineer Officer is the principal planner and supervisor for all tasks assigned by the Squadron Commander. You may perform tasks such as breaching minefields, using explosives to destroy roads or bridges; constructing bridges or ferries; building combat roads; disposing explosives; or constructing obstacles.
You may serve in various terrains - arctic tundra, tropical jungle, desert, mountains, urban complex - and various climates. During training and on operations, you may be required to work long hours, by day or by night, often in conditions that include exposure to dust, mud, loud noise and combustion fumes. You may be supporting civil authorities during national emergencies in Canada or be deployed abroad on operational missions.
As an Engineer Officer, you must be a dedicated team member and selfless leader. You must be able to solve complex technical problems in stressful situations, even when fatigued and uncomfortable, and have strong character and be physically fit.
Appropriate training, environmental clothing and protective equipment are provided. Support for your health, safety and morale is essential and readily available.
Pay and Benefits
Your pay in the Canadian Armed Forces is based on your occupation and rank. The starting salary for a fully-trained Engineer Officer is $51,000 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Regular promotions through the junior officer ranks take place based on the completion of required training and on the length of service as an officer. Once promoted to the rank of Captain your salary is approximately $73,000.
All service personnel, men and women, married or single, are paid on the same scale. As a Regular Force member, you will also receive valuable opportunities for ongoing education and training, as well as family and personal benefits supporting work-life balance and a strong pension plan.
Training and Advancement
As a Canadian Armed Forces member, you will receive continuous support to advance your career, the chance to travel the world and many other tangible services and benefits.
Your career in the Canadian Armed Forces starts with training, including several months at facilities in Quebec and New Brunswick, followed by a period of obligatory service.
If you demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential, you will receive opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
Phase 1: Basic Military Officer Qualification (14 weeks)
Following your successful application, you will be enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces and undertake the Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. You will learn the principles of leadership, the regulations and customs of the service, basic weapons handling and first aid. You will also take part in a rigorous program of sports and fitness training. The BMOQ is instructed in English or in French and successful completion is a prerequisite for further training.
After the BMOQ, you may attend a second language training course lasting from two to 12 months, depending on your second language proficiency.
Phase 2: Common Army Phase (11 weeks)
On successful completion of BMOQ, you will receive additional training at the Infantry School at the Combat Training Centre at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, N.B. The Common Army Phase will prepare you for employment within the Army, with emphasis on basic infantry skills such as navigation, radio communication and weapons handling. You will also learn to lead a section of eight soldiers and employ war fighting infantry tactics. During the field training exercises, you will be assessed as a leader of Troops in infantry operations.
Phases 3 and 4: Basic Engineer Officer Course (11.5 months)
The next two phases of training take place at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, N.B. For the first two and a half months, training focuses on basic combat engineering skills and includes subjects such as basic demolitions, mine warfare, obstacle construction, field fortifications and dismounted infantry tactics at the platoon level. This instruction ends with a three-week field deployment where your ability to lead a Troop conducting dismounted infantry tactics will be assessed.
The final nine months of training concentrate on reconnaissance, planning and Troop-level combat engineer tasks. Subjects include:
- Bridge building
- Minefield construction
- Booby-trap clearance
- Route denial
- Bridge demolition
- Combat road repair and construction
- Defensive works
- Timber and rope field machines
- Destruction of battlefield munitions
- Construction of temporary camps
- Breaching various obstacles in the face of the enemy
At the end of this last phase, during a comprehensive four-week field deployment, the skills acquired will once again be evaluated.
A successful candidate must:
- Be a Canadian Citizen
- Be 17 years of age or older (with parental or guardian consent if under 18), except Regular Officer Training Plan - Junior applications must be 16 or older
- Meet Canadian Armed Forces medical standards
- Successfully complete selection process, interview and examinations
- Pass physical fitness tests
- Be proficient in mathematics and physics
The Canadian military is one of the most highly trained and respected forces in the world. Above all, the Canadian Armed Forces values strength of character and team contributions. This means that regardless of your gender, religion or ethnicity, the Canadian Armed Forces invites you to be a part of its team and to explore the opportunities it has to offer.
The Canadian Armed Forces has also taken great strides in safeguarding the equality of women. By adopting a "no exclusion policy," it has become one of the only militaries in the world to remove all barriers to full and equal service for all its members. This means that women have the opportunity to work any job in the Canadian Armed Forces.
How to Apply
Direct Entry Officer
If you already have a university degree, the Canadian Armed Forces will decide if your academic program matches the criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military officer qualification training are required before being assigned.
Find out more about becoming a Canadian Armed Forces Engineer Officer, and see what other opportunities are available at FORCES.CA, call 1-800-856-8488 or visit your nearest Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre.
This position is also available in part-time employment. If interested, please visit FORCES.CA for more information.