Electronics technologist career
"The work is quite interesting and challenging. I have the opportunity to work with very skilled individuals who are leaders in new and developing technologies. I am also able to experience different areas of our beautiful province by traveling to various vessels and sites for work."
–Tony Morrissey, Electronic Technical Specialist, Newfoundland
What is an electronics technologist?
As an Electronics Technologist, you help provide essential technological support services. You make sure shipboard electronic systems on board Canadian Coast Guard vessels and at Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Centres operate properly. You also inspect radio installations on board commercial and governmental vessels. You perform technical tasks like maintaining, installing, troubleshooting, and programming equipment.
Your responsibilities as an Electronics Technologist involve maintaining and repairing radio communication systems, electronic navigation equipment, and computer systems and networks. This includes:
- ship and harbour radars
- ultrasonic depth finders
- satellite positioning equipment
- satellite communicators
- MF-HF-VHF-UHF radio telecommunications equipment
- communication control systems
- PBX telephone exchanges
You will also get to go on board commercial and government vessels to inspect radio stations.
- work as a technologist in engineering departments
- various positions in the federal public service
Income and benefits
The Canadian Coast Guard offers a Marine Electronics Development (MELDEV) training program to recruit and train electronics technologists. Your training will be free and you will receive a salary during the program.
An Electronics Technologist position offers a competitive salary and benefits. The average annual salary depends on experience and time worked. Please see the collective agreement for current salary rates.
Hours of work
Electronics technologists typically work a 37.5 hour week from Monday to Friday. But for certain projects, you may be asked to be on standby during the weekend or in case of emergency.
Is this career right for me?
These qualities and interests are essential for this career:
- teamwork and cooperation
- ability for physical work and handling equipment
- ability to quickly understand problems and resolve them
- leadership and initiative
- communication skills
- computer skills
The Marine Electronic Development (MELDEV) training program is a three-year Canadian Coast Guard training program that takes you through hands-on and theoretical instruction. After completing the program, you will immediately hold a full-time Electronics Technologist position with the Canadian Coast Guard. The training is done through Marine Communication and Traffic Services centres in the regions as well as at the Canadian Coast Guard College.
To join the Canadian Coast Guard team as an electronics technologist, you must first participate in a selection process. Minimal requirements to apply for the selection process are:
- successful completion of secondary school
- a degree/diploma in electronics technology from an accredited university or college (preferably a college education certificate (DEC) in electronics technology – program should focus on in-depth installation, modification, calibration, and maintenance of electronic equipment and systems)
A combination of education, training, and experience may also be acceptable.
To join the Canadian Coast Guard as an Electronics Technologist, you must meet the above requirements and then apply through jobs.gc.ca.
Please note: Résumés and applications are accepted only when the recruitment poster is advertised on jobs.gc.ca. Applications are not kept on file for future recruitment selection processes.
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