Naval Electronic Sensor Operator
Canadian Armed Forces
Naval Electronic Sensor Operators operate the radar and radio detection devices, radar jamming systems and decoys, and gun/missile-firing equipment carried on major naval warships.

As members of the ship’s Combat Team, they detect, locate and identify friendly and enemy submarines, ships and aircraft. They also support the defence of their ship from all threats. The primary responsibilities of the Naval Electronic Sensor Operator are to:

Locate and identify unknown radars
Listen to communications from other submarines, ships, aircraft and shore bases
Operate gun and missile-firing equipment used to defend the ship
Conduct intelligence and evidence gathering
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 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

Learn more about Basic Training here.

Basic occupational qualification training
Following Environmental Training, Naval Electronic Sensor Operators attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt, British Columbia, for approximately 20 weeks. Training includes:

Procedures for maintaining classified material
Procedures for conducting intelligence and evidence gathering
Basic radar and radio theory
Electronic warfare equipment operation and checks
Electronic emission classification
Internal and external radio communications procedures
Available specialty training
Naval Electronic Sensor Operators may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:

Ship’s team diver
Instructional techniques
Available advanced training
As they progress in their career, Naval Electronic Sensor Operators who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:

NATO maritime advanced electronic warfare course
Operational signal intelligence analysis
Technical electronic intelligence/radar analysis
Intermediate technical electronic intelligence/radar analysis
Advanced electronic intelligence collection analysis
Intermediate and advanced database courses
Specific Navy training
Naval recruits attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School either in Esquimalt, British Columbia, or Halifax, Nova Scotia, for approximately five weeks. Training includes the following topics:

Naval history and organization
Shipboard firefighting and damage control
Shipboard safety
Watchkeeping duties
Required education
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.

Direct entry options
Now hiring: we are now accepting applications for this job through direct entry.