Traffic Technician plan, execute and manage the movement of all Canadian Armed Forces equipment and personnel. They use all modes of transport from any local, regional, national or international location in support of all Canadian Armed Forces Exercises and Operations. Traffic technicians operate in teams in existing or fabricated supply chains.
The primary responsibilities of Traffic Technicians are to:
- Prepare, process, record and account for all transportation documents and forms relating to cargo/equipment and personnel movements
- Plan, administer, execute and manage the loading and offloading of cargo/equipment, personnel and baggage from military and commercial road, rail, air and maritime transport vehicles
- Dangerous cargo processing
- Customs documentation and liasion
- Operate military vehicles and materiel handling equipment, and
- Process transportation contracts, invoices and maintain financial records
Traffic Technicians work in warehouses, offices, terminals, the field and flying squadrons in Canada and around the world in support to Canadian Armed Forces operations. They may be required to work shifts and be employed in both established and isolated locations with extreme climates and conditions.
The starting salary for a fully-trained Traffic Technician is $51,500 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Traffic Technicians who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
Traffic Technician specialty occupation employment may include crew duties as a Loadmaster on transport aircraft and/or employment within Special Operations Command. These employment opportunities are available after the core occupational skills have been achieved.
Related civilian occupations
- Warehouse Manager
- Cargo Agent (Air, Rail, Land and Sea)
- Customs Agent, and
- Shipping and Receiving Agent
Basic military qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course (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.
Basic occupational qualification training
Traffic Technicians attend the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre in Borden, Ontario. The initial Training lasts approximately 15 weeks and includes the following topics:
- Driver Training:
- Operation, maintenance and servicing of military vehicles and material handling equipment
- Operation, maintenance and servicing of forklifts and other container movers
- Traffic Technicians Training:
- Cargo/equipment movement by road, rail, sea and air
- Basic aircraft loading principles for fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft
- Rail load planning for vehicles
- Customs and international movements requirements
- Passenger processing
- Transportation invoices and financial records, and
- Process documentation applicable to cargo/equipment and personnel movement
Traffic Technicians are employed as Loadmasters on transport aircraft after aquiring the core occupational skills and successfully completing training on the aircraft. The RCAF employs Loadmasters on the following aircraft:
- CC130H Hercules Aircraft
- CC130J Hercules Aircraft
- CC150 Airbus Aircraft
- CC177 Globemaster Aircraft, and
- CH147F Chinook Helicopter
As they progress in their career, Traffic Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
- Dangerous cargo handling
- Helicopter Underslung Operations
- Ship Loading and Stowage
- Tactical Airlift Support
- CC177 Loading Specialist
- Aerial Delivery – Basic, and
- Airline Host Check-In System
We accept applications for this job through Direct Entry, Occupational Transfer, or Component Transfer.
The minimum required education to apply for this job is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.
This job is available within the following environments: Air Force, and Army at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members can serve at an Air Force Wing, Navy Base, or an Army base in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. 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.
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 the Reserve Force mirrors that of the Regular force as described above.
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends (Air and Army Reserve Traffic Technicians usually serve up to 12 days per month in a regular work day), although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do. They 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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