Are you looking to learn in-demand skills? Do you have a talent for mechanics? Then consider the Forces. By land, sea, or sky, Forces members operate in the pursuit of security, justice, and equality. Ensuring that vehicles in military operations perform optimally and safely is the all-important task of the Vehicle Technician.
Vehicle Technicians experience the unique adventures and challenges that come with working in different environments. Vehicle Technicians are employed at bases and stations across Canada and on deployed operations around the world. While on a base, they may be working in small spaces, like a workshop. In the field or on deployment they may work outdoors most of the time or in temporary accommodations.
Vehicle Technicians maintain, repair, and overhaul land vehicles and related equipment to keep them in top condition. Vehicle Technicians belong to the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
A Vehicle Technician has the following responsibilities:
- Inspect, repair, overhaul and modify all types of automotive equipment and components
- Repair, adjust, and modify automotive systems
- Repair, adjust, overhaul and modify powered equipment such as electrical generators and fuel-fired heating devices
- Use and maintain common and specialized tools, basic garage hydraulic, mechanical and pneumatic equipment and oxyacetylene welding equipment
- Carry out the recovery of all types of vehicles used in the land forces, utilizing standard towing trucks and specialized tracked and wheeled recovery vehicles
- Drive all types of vehicles ranging from small support wheel vehicles to tank transporters
- Prepare and process maintenance documentation dealing with work orders, individual time cards and parts request forms
- Perform in land operations, when necessary, fight as infantry
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.
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
Vehicle Technicians attend the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics in Borden, Ontario for four weeks of Driver Training. Driver Training for Vehicle Technicians covers a wide range of commercial and military-pattern vehicles up to a three-ton capacity.
Following Driver Training, they attend the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers School, over approximately 30 weeks, to receive a combination of theory, instruction, demonstrations, and practical work on the following subjects:
- Principles and operating characteristics of internal combustion engines
- Repair and overhaul of typical engines and vehicle components
- Common and special tools and electronic test equipment
- Basic garage equipment
- Oxyacetylene welding equipment
- Automotive systems
- Operating light tracked vehicles
Vehicle Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including further technical training. Supervisor and Manager level training is also available.
As they progress in their career, Vehicle Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
- Instructional Techniques
- Northern Terrain Vehicle Maintenance
- Engineering and Ground Support Equipment Maintenance
- Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridge/Armoured Engineering Vehicle Maintenance
- Recovery Vehicle Maintenance
- Leopard C1/A2 Main Battle Tank
- Leopard Armoured Recovery Vehicle Maintenance and Recovery
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.
If you have a college diploma, the Forces will decide if your academic program matches the training criteria for this job and may place you directly into the any required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.
Non-commissioned Member Subsidized Training and Education Plan (NCM-STEP)
Because this position requires specialty training, the Forces will pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. NCM STEP students attend basic training and on-the-job training during the summer months. They receive full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full-pay in exchange for working with the Forces for a period of time. If you choose to apply to this program, you must apply both to the Forces and the appropriate college.
Join the Forces
To learn more about becoming a Vehicle Technician, talk to a recruiter at a centre nearest you or call 1-800-856-8488.
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