Job description

Mobile Support Equipment Operators operate military vehicles ranging in size from standard automobiles to snow removal equipment and all-terrain vehicles.

The primary responsibilities of the Mobile Support Equipment Operator are to:

  • Operate buses, automobiles, trucks and tractor-trailers
  • Operate specialized mobile equipment such as fuelling tankers, tractors and all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and rough terrain forklifts.
  • Receive, load, secure and unload materiel and equipment transported by road
  • Provide transportation support for combat and field operations
  • Maintain equipment in serviceable condition by cleaning, inspecting and correcting minor faults
  • Prepare dispatch schedules and coordinate user requirements for vehicles and equipment

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Related civilian occupations

  • Bus Driver
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Dispatcher, Motor Vehicles
  • Professional Driver
  • Truck Driver


Basic military qualification

The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course. The training provides the basic core soldier skills and knowledge common to all trades. Another goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits acquire and maintain the Forces physical fitness standard.

Basic military qualification – land course

After Basic Training, Army recruits attend the Basic Military Qualification – Land Course which covers the following topics:

  • Army Physical Fitness
  • Dismounted Offensive and Defensive Operations
  • Reconnaissance Patrolling
  • Individual Field Craft

Basic occupational qualification training

Mobile Support Equipment Operators attend occupational specialization training at the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Center (CFLTC) in Borden, Ontario. This training covers the following:

  • Operation of both standard and automatic shift vehicles including Standard Military Pattern vehicles
  • Field operations, camouflage, re-supply techniques
  • Tactical/Administrative Road moves
  • Operation of vehicle systems and components
  • Vehicle recovery
  • Use of military maps
  • Basic knowledge of Air Field Operations
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Dangerous Goods Instructor

Specialty training

Mobile Support Equipment Operators may be offered the opportunity to develop additional specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:

  • Safety Supervisor
  • Evasive Anti-terrorist Driver
  • Evasive Anti-terrorist Driver Instructor
  • Tractor-trailer Instructor
  • Bus Instructor
  • Instructional Techniques
  • Air Brake Systems Instructor
  • Master Driver

Advanced training

As they progress in their career, Mobile Support Equipment Operators who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:

  • Dispatcher
  • Section Commander training
  • Middle management
  • Fleet management

Entry plans

Required education

The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Equivalent foreign education may be accepted.

Part-time option

This occupation is available part-time within the following environments: Army, Air Force

Serve with the Reserve Force

This position is available for part-time employment with 39 Service Battalion in Richmond and Victoria. Reserve Force members usually serve part time in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to transfer to another Primary Reserve unit should their civilian lives take them elsewhere. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.

Reserve Force training

Reserve Force members are trained to similar level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required basic professional military standards. Following basic military training, occupational training for Mobile Support Equipment Operators requires about 55 days and is conducted at Canadian Forces Logistic Training Center in Borden, Ontario.

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