Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technicians provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning, refrigeration, aircraft-arresting systems and radar systems engineering support to operational units at home and abroad.
The Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technician job is one of seven Construction Engineering positions that provide all construction, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering services to Canadian Forces operations. The primary responsibilities of the Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technician are to:
- Install, operate, maintain and repair fixed and mobile refrigeration systems and associated control equipment
- Install, operate, maintain and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated control equipment
- Install, operate, maintain and repair Aircraft Arresting Systems
- Install, operate, maintain, repair and overhaul mechanical systems associated with Aircraft Radar Systems
- Produce associated designs and specifications
- Produce associated mechanical drawings
- Conduct reconnaissance related to the above
Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technicians often work with the challenges that come with varying environmental conditions. During peacetime, Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technicians maintain their skills while employed at home units or on humanitarian and United Nations operational assignments.
The starting salary for a fully-trained Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technician is $49,400 per year; however, depending on your previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technicians who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
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 Forces physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technicians attend at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Training takes approximately 24 weeks and includes:
- Environmental Skills such as defensive tactics and firearms
- Care and use of common and special purpose tools and test equipment
- Application of occupational codes and regulations
- Interpretation of drawings and schematics
- Fixed and portable refrigeration systems
- Aircraft radar systems
- Physics, mechanical, electrical and electronic principles
- Aircraft hangar doors
- Brazing and welding techniques
Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Heating ventilation and air conditioning controls
- Aircraft Arresting Systems
- Instructional Techniques
- Team Leaders Course
- Fixed Aircraft Arresting Technician Course
- Coastal Radar Mechanical Systems Course
- Air Surveillance Radar Mechanical Systems Course
This position is available for part-time employment through the Reserves. Reservists generally work part-time for a Reserve unit 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.
Reservists train with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required professional standards of the job. If additional training is required in order to specialize skills, arrangements will be made by the home unit.
Typically, Reservists work or train with their home unit for at least four evenings and one weekend per month, from September to May of each year. They are paid 85% of Regular Force rates of pay and receive a reasonable benefits package.