Marine System Engineering Officer
Canadian Armed Forces
Do you love travelling and being in the outdoors? Are you looking for a rewarding role in leadership? A career as a Marine Systems Engineer in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) provides the opportunity to provide expertise and management on new equipment and provide training to a team.
Marine Systems Engineers within the CAF are responsible for the readiness, operation and maintenance of propulsion and ancillary systems, power generation and distribution, auxiliary systems, ship’s service systems, ship and machinery control systems, hull structure, ship’s stability, damage control, and the integration of these systems.
They analyze the state of their systems, equipment and personnel, predict their requirement for naval operations and advise Command accordingly. The primary role of a Marine Systems Engineer is to provide technical expertise, advice and leadership in support of:
Day-to-day naval operations and maintenance of marine systems in ships and submarines
The continuous renewal of the Fleet through modernization and replacement of naval marine systems and equipment, including:
Maintenance of infrastructure needed to support naval operations and missions in times of emergency, mobilization and war
To be eligible to apply to the CAF, you must:
Be a Canadian citizen;
Be at least 18 years old (17 years old with parental consent), except:
For the Regular Force Paid Education programs—you may be 16 years old (with parental consent);
For the Primary Reserves—you may be 16 years old (with parental consent) and must be enrolled as a full-time student; and
Have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Québec (some jobs need higher levels of education).
Related civilian occupations
Although this occupation has no direct related civilian job, the experience, skills and leadership abilities developed in this position are highly valued by employers.
Basic Military Officer Qualification
After enrolment, you start basic officer training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, for 12 weeks. Topics covered include general military knowledge, the principles of leadership, regulations and customs of the Forces, basic weapons handling, and first aid. Opportunities will also be provided to apply such newly acquired military skills in training exercises involving force protection, field training, navigation and leadership. A rigorous physical fitness program is also a vital part of basic training. Basic officer training is provided in both Canadian official languages (English or French) with successful completion being a prerequisite for further military training.
Following basic officer training, official second language training may be offered to you. Training could take from two to nine months to complete depending on your ability in your second language.
Naval Officer Training
All officer candidates in the Navy attend a nine-week Naval Environmental Training Program held at the Naval Officer Training Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. This course introduces the naval environment and includes four weeks on board a minor war vessel for officers to experience life at sea.
Marine Systems Engineers who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered specialized training in the following fields:
Marine propulsion control system analysis
Gas turbine engineering
Reliability centered maintenance
Advanced ship production
Marine Systems Engineering may also be offered the opportunity to further enhance their engineering credentials through fully funded post-graduate education in Canada or abroad, in the following fields:
Heavy electrical engineering
Control and instrumentation engineering
Due to the requirement for Regular Force CAF officers to obtain a university degree, the CAF will pay successful recruits to complete a bachelor degree program in the Royal Military College System. Recruits will receive full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay in exchange for working in the CAF for a period of time. Typically, candidates enter the Canadian Military College System as an Officer Cadet where they study subjects relevant to both their military and academic career. In rare instances, based on the needs of the CAF, candidates may be approved attend another Canadian University. A determination will be made on a case by case basis. If you are interested in applying for this program, you must apply to the CAF. It is highly recommended to apply to other Canadian universities of your choice should you not be accepted for a Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) option.
If you already have a university degree, the CAF 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.
Join the CAF
To learn more about becoming a Marine Systems Engineering Officer, visit www.forces.ca, talk to a recruiter at a centre nearest you or, call 1-800-856-8488.
Please note that this position is recruiting across Canada, not limited to the listed Province.
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