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Aerospace Control Operator

Aerospace Control Operator
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What They Do

Aerospace Control Operators operate radar, computer, communications and other sensor systems for the surveillance and control of airspace.

The Aerospace Control Operator controls and coordinates the movement of military and civilian air/ground traffic at Forces aerodromes and tactical units. The primary responsibilities are to:

  • Operate command and control systems
  • Provide ground control instructions to aircraft and vehicular traffic operating on the ground and flight advisory to aircraft
  • Receive, relay and record flight plan information
  • Interpret weather reports
  • Maintain records
  • Respond to emergency situations
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Working Environment

Aerospace Control Operators’ working environment can be underground or onboard aircrafts. They may be employed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Aerospace Control Operators can also further operate Air Traffic Control services such as flight advisory, ground control and Precision Radar control to the Wings and Tactical Helicopter squadrons across Canada.

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Career Development

The starting salary for a fully-trained Aerospace Control Operator is $49,400 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Aerospace Control Operators who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression and advancement.

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Related Civilian Occupations

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Railway and Maritime Controller
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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 Forces physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

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Basic Air Force Training

Air Force recruits are introduced to the working environment and culture through a four-day course before starting the training in their chosen job.

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Basic Occupational Qualification Training

Aerospace Control Operators attend the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations in Cornwall, Ontario. Training takes approximately three months and includes:

  • Performing the surveillance function
  • Assist with Visual Flight Rule services
  • Assist with Instrument Flight Rule services
  • Performing the Air Traffic Services function
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Specialty Training

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

  • Precision Approach Radar Controller
  • Data Systems Coordinator
  • Air Communication Control Squadron System

Now Hiring: We are now accepting applications for this job through Direct Entry.

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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 with Grade 10 applied math or Math 426 in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.

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

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Serve with the Reserve Force

This position is available for part-time employment with the Primary Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part time at an Air Force Wing in their community. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.


Part-time Employment

Aerospace Control Operators employed on a part-time or term basis usually serve at Forces bases and tactical units at locations within Canada.


Reserve Force Training

Reserve Force members 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 the Aerospace Control Operator qualification requires about two months and is conducted at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations in Cornwall, Ontario.


Working Environment

Air Reserve members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts and are employed in the same unit and perform the same job. Air Reserve members usually serve up to 12 days per month in a regular work day, with opportunities to serve full-time for short durations as needed. Reserve Force members are paid 85% of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.


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