You will provide Army units with fast, reliable voice and data communications by means of top-of-the-line satellite, digitized, fixed, air-transportable and mobile information and communications equipment.
Training provided for approximately ten months
Opportunities for advancement
WHAT THEY DO
Signal Operators install and operate satellite communication systems and digitized high-frequency, very high frequency, and ultrahigh frequency radios, manage and administer local area networks (LANs) and local distribution networks, and plan communications services, i.e. transmitting and receiving messages and data, operating cryptographic equipment and generating key material, and coordinating circuit restoration in communications and information networks. They also take part in land operations and, when necessary, fight as infantry soldiers (which includes using personal weapons, reconnaissance and section-level tactics).
Signal Operators should have a high interest in electronics technology and equipment, and be enthusiastic and proficient with computer systems.
The first stage of training for all new recruits is the 13-week Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) course at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
Upon successful completion of the BMQ, Signal Operators go to a Military Training Centre for the Soldier Qualification course, which takes four weeks to complete.
The next stage is Basic Military Occupational Training (MOC), which takes about six months to complete and is given at the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario.
Upon successful completion of MOC training, Signal Operators are usually posted to the Signals Squadron attached to the Headquarters of one of the Army?s three Mechanized Brigade Groups. They are located in Edmonton, Petawawa and Valcartier for a period of on-the-job training, where they practise and build on what they learned during MOC training.
Signal Operators are exposed to all weather conditions and environments. When out in the field in support of land or air operations, they work outdoors (often in isolated places) in single-person mobile radio detachments, vehicle-mounted shelters, or communications vehicles. Field work, especially, requires physical strength to manipulate heavy objects. When assigned to a static unit in support of air and naval operations, they work in office-like conditions in a high-security environment, typically a restricted-access.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT
Signal Operators enjoy excellent opportunities for advanced training and promotion. They may be posted at a Canadian base or station or be deployed on missions all over the world. For those who demonstrate the required ability and potential, there are countless opportunities for advancement, promotion and advanced training.
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