Do you love flying and working as part of a team? A career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as an Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator can give you an opportunity to work at several bases both domestically and abroad in support of Air, Land and Sea Operations.
Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators use advanced electronic sensor systems onboard long-range patrol aircraft, maritime helicopters, search and rescue aircraft and remotely piloted aircraft.
They are responsible to participate as crewmembers on a variety of maritime and overland missions. Amongst others, missions include underwater warfare, above-water warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and search and rescue. They often provide assistance to other government departments and agencies in the collection of evidence on fisheries, pollution and counter-narcotics patrols.
Their primary responsibilities are to:
- Perform common aircrew tasks on fixed wing, rotary wing and remotely-piloted aircraft
- Conduct mission planning and preparation
- Perform photo reconnaissance in an operational environment
- Perform armament and search stores duties, to include arming/de-arming torpedoes, flairs, sono buoys and deploying survival kits
- Manage tactical information using aircraft data management systems
- Operate radar, electro-optic/infrared systems, magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) systems, acoustic systems and electronic support measures (ESM) equipment
- Conduct helicopter utility operations such as personnel and cargo hoisting, cargo slinging and confined area operations
- Performing as a helicopter door gunner
- Conducting routine and tactical communications on radios and internal communication systems
Eligibility to apply to the CAF, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old (17 years old with parental consent), except:
- For the 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)
Education requirement specific to Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator:
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for a high school diploma in Canada including Grade 10 Academic Math or Québec Secondary V with Math 426 or 436 / SN IV/TS IV. Foreign education may be accepted.
Acceptance into the AES Ops Occupation requires a strong commitment to the RCAF as training to become a qualified Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator can take up to two years. This probable timeline accounts for the Basic Military Qualification course through to the completion of operational training at the specific Operational Training Unit. This 2 year period includes some time awaiting training and structured on-the-job training in-between courses. Your commitment to the RCAF will result in unique opportunities to develop yourself and gain skills only available to military members.
Basic Military Qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator Training
Following Environmental Training (Land and Sea survival as well as Aeromedical Training) candidates attend the 4 month Basic Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator Course at 17 Wing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This training develops the core competencies required to function as an aircrew member. The course syllabus includes the following basic topics:
- Basic aviation concepts and theory of flight
- Human Performance in Military Aviation
- Conducting radio communications & monitor ATC clearances
- Basic electronic warfare & electronic sensor theory
- Airborne radar operations
- Basic airborne navigation
- Identifying targets using radar, electronic support measures and electro-optic/infrared sensors
Following the Basic Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator Course, candidates will complete operational aircrew training on one of three platforms, either the CP140M Aurora at 14 Wing Greenwood, NS, the CH148 Cyclone at 12 Wing Shearwater, NS or the CC295 Kingfisher at 19 Wing Comox. Upon completion of this 6 month long operational aircrew training, candidates will reach the operationally functional point and will be available for first employment.
Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Operational Test & Evaluation
Available Advanced Training
As they progress in their career, Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
- Advanced electronic warfare
- Advanced acoustic analysis
- Advanced electronic intelligence analysis
- Tactical electronic warfare instructor training
- Leadership and management specialty training
- Advanced survival, escape and evasion
Join the CAF
To learn more about becoming Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator, visit www.forces.ca, talk to a recruiter at a center 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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