Construction Engineering (Officer)
You will provide engineering support to deployed operations and to installations such as facilities management, fire engineering, contract and project management, and construction and environmental engineering.
î MAIN BENEFITS
Professional training provided
Opportunities for advancement
î WHAT THEY DO
Construction Engineers (CONST ENGRs) are commissioned members of the Air Force and members of the Military Engineers Branch of the Canadian Forces. They plan, develop and implement projects involving a wide range of military engineering tasks, including the following primary duties:
Prepare or approve construction drawings, designs and cost estimates for static and deployed operations
Advise superiors on military engineering matters
Exercise leadership and technical control over organizations involved in engineering services
Provide mapping, charting and geodesic support to sea, land and air operations
î QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
A Bachelor of Engineering in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental Engineering is preferred, however other degrees may be considered .
The first stage of training for a successful applicant is the Initial Assessment Period and Basic Officer Training Period (BOTP) at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
Second language training is available following BOTP course; depending on the second language proficiency of the candidate, it may take from two to nine months.
Upon successful completion of BOTP, in order to prepare for general employment in both airfield and construction engineering, CONST ENGRs attend the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in Gagetown, New Brunswick. An air combat support operations environment is used to teach leadership and effective management of personnel, materials and time. This training is divided into the following three phases.
During the first phase of occupational training, CONST ENGRs build upon the leadership training of BOTP, in addition to more advanced basic military skills including weapons handling, communications, cross-country navigation, fieldcraft, and section level tactics.
The aim of the next phase is to introduce Construction Engineering operations, such as leading troops in the execution of basic engineering tasks. CONST ENGRs will also be introduced to preparing operating surfaces for air operations and planning the installation of facilities and structures to support these operations.
During the final phase, CONST ENGRs will have an opportunity to function in various Construction Engineering roles undertaking tasks in different settings and scenarios and further develop leadership skills. Additional training as a Construction Engineering Flight Commander will include managing realty assets at main operating bases, and planning and directing airfield infrastructure projects for deployed operations.
î WORKING ENVIRONMENT
In a theatre of operations, regular duties will require sustained physical effort in austere living conditions and in extreme climates. CONST ENGRs must operate under conditions of fatigue, mental strain and physical discomfort over extended periods of time in order to carry out complicated tasks against exacting time schedules. Long periods of isolation are characteristic of survey and construction projects, particularly in the North and on foreign deployments .
î OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT
Initially, a CONST ENGR is posted to a Construction Engineering Flight or to a Construction Engineering organization within the Air Force to reinforce training with practical experience. As they gain more experience and knowledge, they may be employed in a variety of staff positions in operational, personnel or technical fields, and may serve in an international headquarters, on a multinational staff or mission, or in an exchange or liaison capacity. CONST ENGRs may be posted to any Canadian Forces Base or headquarters where the Canadian Forces serve, including international operations in support of UN, NATO or Coalition missions.
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