Imagery Technicians are visual media specialists and are responsible for the operation, maintenance and management of a wide variety of imaging equipment and products. They provide both still and video coverage of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in support of operations, public affairs and internal communications.
Imagery Technicians operate still and video cameras; produce prints and video and multi-media products; perform quality control of products; and maintain imaging equipment.
The primary responsibilities of the Imagery Technician are to:
- Produce still and video images
- Use Infrared, Image Intensified, and thermal imagery equipment
- Produce imagery using 3D animation
- Download image data from imaging sensors to ground processing facilities
- Process and duplicate aerial film
- Catalogue, describe, store and retrieve imagery
- Analyse, annotate and enhance imagery
- Perform colour management on imagery systems
- Produce imagery products
- Maintain an imagery database
- Test and evaluate new imaging equipment
Imagery Technicians work alongside other CAF members, in the Army, Navy and Air Force to document the important events in the life and times of the Forces. They may work at any base in Canada, on ships at sea, and overseas as part of United Nations and NATO missions.
Pay and career development
The starting salary for a fully trained Imagery Technician is $60,000 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Initially, Imagery Technicians are posted to an Imaging Section in Canada. As Image Technicians advance in their career, they will continue to receive the appropriate training for their new area of employment, as well as leadership and other skills development courses.
Related civilian occupations
- Journalism Photographer
- Video Camera Operator
- Video Editor
- Audio and Video Recording Technician
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 CAF physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Basic occupational qualification training
Imagery Technicians attend the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering in Borden, Ontario. Training takes approximately four months and includes:
- Basic electricity and electronics
- Use of video and still cameras, and appropriate lighting equipment
- Processing of colour prints using automated equipment
- Operation of digital acquisition and processing equipment
- Equipment maintenance
- Image management
Imagery Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Advanced video production
- Multi-media production techniques
- Underwater photography
- High-speed photography and videography techniques
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.
If you already have a college diploma, the Forces will decide if your academic program matches the training criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training are required before being assigned.
This occupation is available part-time within the following environments: Navy, Army, Air Force
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, 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.
Imagery Technicians may serve with the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force. They are employed documenting events in the life and times of the CAF, with still or video imagery. When employed on a part-time or casual full-time basis, they usually serve at military locations within Canada.
Reserve Force training
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. 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 Imagery Technicians takes about four months and is conducted at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering in Borden, Ontario.
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 percent of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.
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