Weapons Technicians maintain and repair weapons, weapons systems and ancillary equipment. They are members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. They also are responsible for the maintenance and repair of miscellaneous equipment such as scales, hydraulic lifts, locks and security containers, personal flotation devices, rebreathers, and equipment for heating, cooking and lighting in the field.
Weapons Technicians are primarily responsible for the maintenance and repair of the following equipment:
- Rifles, submachine-guns and handguns
- Machine-guns and non-guided anti-tank weapons
- Sub-calibre adapters
- Training devices, including simulators
- Grenade projectors, mortars and launcher systems
- Light weapons and turret systems for armoured fighting vehicles
Weapons Technicians who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
Related civilian occupations
- Gun Assembler
- Firearms Inspector
- Small Arms Tester
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
Following their Driver Wheels training, which is done locally on weekends, Weapons Technicians attend the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers School in Borden, Ontario. Through a combination of instruction, demonstrations and practical work, they learn the following subjects:
- Care and use of common and special tools and electrical test equipment
- Operation and principles of weapon systems
- Electricity and hydraulics
- Use of firearms, pyrotechnics and grenades
- Maintenance of small arms, mortars, recoilless rifles, towed field guns, and turret systems for armoured fighting vehicles
- Basic identification and handling of ammunition
- Alignment of sighting devices
- Test-firing weapons
- Knowledge of various ancillary equipment
- Basic soldiering skills, including field craft, rescue techniques and first aid and
- Operation of light armoured vehicles, armoured reconnaissance vehicles and armoured personnel carriers
Weapons Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including attending further technical training. There is also the possibility of taking training to reach supervisor and manager levels.
As they progress in their career, Weapons Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
- High security containers and locking devices
- Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle Remote Weapon System (40mm grenade launcher or C6 7.62 general purpose machine gun)
- C3 105mm towed Howitzer
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec, including Grade 10 Applied Math or Math 426 in Quebec. Equivalent foreign education may be accepted.
This occupation is available part-time within the following environment: Army
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 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 and Soldier qualification, the home unit will arrange for additional training for specialized skills, such as driver training. Weapons Technicians attend the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers School in Borden, Ontario for their trade qualification.