Materiel Acquisition and Support Officer Development Program

The Materiel Group at the Department of National Defence (DND) is looking to recruit dynamic and talented individuals to their Materiel Acquisition and Support Officer Development Program. The Program recruits eligible university/college graduates to full-time procurement, engineering, technologist and technical inspector positions within DND.

The Materiel Group serves the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces as a central service provider and authority for all defence materiel and equipment programs. The Group manages equipment through its entire life cycle, beginning with initial concept, moving through procurement/contracting, maintenance and support, ending with disposal.

The Group is the country's largest materiel manager and ranks as one of the largest business entities in the Canadian government. The success of the Canadian Armed Forces is intimately linked to the success of the Materiel Group. Products of defence procurement, materiel like ships, aircraft, trucks, ammunition, food, clothing and supplies, put military resolve into action!

Program highlights

The Materiel Acquisition and Support Officer Development Program offers successful applicants the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to function in one of these five streams:

  • Purchasing and Supply (PG), a two year, two phase program;
  • Engineering (EN-ENG), a three year, three phase program;
  • Engineering and Scientific Support (EG), a three year, three phase program;
  • Electronics (EL), a three year, three phase program; and
  • Technical Inspector (TI), a two year, two phase program.

The selected candidates receive continuous professional support and career advancement opportunities while doing meaningful work that makes a difference for Canadians.

Under the guidance of dedicated individuals at senior PG, EN-ENG, EG, EL and TI levels, you will be provided with solid leadership, personalized coaching and performance assessments supported by various developmental opportunities such as:

  • practical on-the-job training
  • formal courses
  • focused assignments
  • Canadian Armed Forces base and site visits

Education requirements

For the Purchasing and Supply (PG) stream:

  • Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution (university degree).

For the Engineering (EN-ENG) stream:

  • Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution (university) in mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, aerospace engineering, naval architecture engineering, software engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, chemical engineering and/or other relevant engineering specialities.

For the Engineering & Scientific Support Technologist (EG) stream:

  • A three-year Technologist Diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution (college) in a technology program such as Marine Engineering Technology, Chemical or Chemical Engineering Technology, Naval Architecture Technology, Marine Engineering Systems Design Technology, Textiles, Clothing, Heavy Equipment, Aerospace Engineering Technology and/or Mechanical Engineering Technology.

For the Electronics Technologist (EL) stream:

  • A 3-year Electronics Technologist Diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution (college).

For the Technical Inspector (TI) stream:

  • A Technologist diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution (college) in a 2 or 3 year Technology program such as: Electrical, Electronic, Aerospace, Mechanical, Maritime, Software and/or Industrial Engineering Technology.

Career progression and development

Successful candidates are accepted into the program at the PG-02, EN-ENG-02, EG-03, EL-03 or TI-03 level.  After successful completion of each developmental phase, members are promoted to the next classification level/pay incentive, specific to their program stream. Upon successful completion of the program, members are appointed to a position on the Materiel Group organization establishment at the PG-04, EN-ENG-04, EG-06, EL-06 or TI-05 levels (as appropriate) and on their way to further career progression opportunities.

Work environment

At DND, we offer you a dynamic work environment with the opportunity to operate in close relationship with civilian and military personnel under the same organizational umbrella and towards common objectives.

As a Federal Public Service employee, you benefit from a flexible work schedule where you can carry on with your favorite activities and maintain a good work-life balance. You will also get access to free gym facilities within most of DND’s buildings.

Pay and benefits

Your rate of pay as a member of the program will vary depending on the stream you have been selected for. View the rates of pay for the program’s 5 streams below:

As an employee of DND you will also receive a comprehensive benefits package and pension.

You may be eligible for relocation assistance if you are joining the program as a first-time employee of the Federal public service. For more information, please refer to the Treasury Board's Initial Appointees Relocation Program. Relocation assistance for existing Federal public service employees is determined in accordance with the National Joint Council Relocation Directive

How to apply

For all civilian job opportunities, you may visit the following link on a regular basis to find out about the ongoing job advertisement processes.

There are currently no processes that are ongoing for any of the ODP streams.

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