Job description

Supply Technicians ensure that all of the supplies and services necessary for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations are available when and where they are required. They handle a variety of items such as food, fuel, heavy machinery, spare parts, stationery and clothing.

The primary responsibilities of Supply Technicians are to:

  • Manage the purchasing, warehousing, shipping, receiving, stock control and disposal of obsolete stock and equipment
  • Receive, handle and prepare items for shipment
  • Operate military vehicles weighing up to 8 tonnes and materials-handling equipment such as forklifts
  • Process invoices and prepare shipping documents
  • Order material from internal and external sources and purchase supplies
  • Deliver supplies and provide services to operational units
  • Perform recordkeeping, stocktaking and inventory control
  • Maintain accounting and financial records
  • Process and coordinate repair and disposal functions

Supply Technicians who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.

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Related civilian occupations

  • Contract Administrator
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Warehouse Supervisor
  • Material Manager


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

Supply Technicians attend the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Center (CFLTC) in Borden, Ontario. The training covers the following topics within the CAF supply system:

  • Inventory control, stocktaking and accounting procedures
  • Requesting, receiving, issuing and warehousing materiel
  • Handling and accounting for petroleum, oils and lubricants
  • Handling and accounting for rations
  • Accounting for ammunition
  • Materiel and services procurement
  • Processing of materiel for repair and disposal
  • Financial management procedures
  • Budget management
  • Supply operations
  • Materiel identification
  • Preparation of requisitions
  • Warehouse stock location system
  • Use of materiel handling aids
  • Military correspondence
  • Processing issues and receipts
  • Computer operation and maintenance
  • Loan procedures
  • Preservation and packaging of materiel
  • Serial numbered materiel control and accounting
  • Supply-related administrative and support functions

Specialty training

Supply Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:

  • Instructional Techniques
  • Parachute Packer/Rigger
  • Control of Hazardous Material
  • Hazardous Materiel Packaging
  • Storage and Packaging
  • Special Packaging

Advanced training

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

  • Military Contracts
  • Internal Audit Procedures
  • Personnel Management
  • Material Management
  • Budget Management
  • Business Planning Process

Entry plans

Required education

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

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 the same 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, the home unit will arrange for additional training for specialized skills. Training for Supply Technicians takes about 70 days and is conducted at the Canadian Forces Logistic Training Center in Borden, Ontario.

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