Pay and career development
The starting salary for fully trained Sonar Operators is $60,000 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Sonar Operators who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression and advancement.
Related civilian occupations
Although this occupation has no direct related civilian job, the experience, skills and leadership abilities developed in this position are highly valued by employers.
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 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Naval environmental training
Naval recruits attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School either in Esquimalt, British Columbia, or Halifax, Nova Scotia, for approximately five weeks. Training includes the following topics:
- Naval history and organization
- Shipboard firefighting and damage control
- Shipboard safety
- Watchkeeping duties
Basic occupational qualification training
Sonar Operators attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Training takes approximately 25 weeks and includes the following topics:
- Operation of active and passive acoustic sonars
- Analysis of passive acoustic sound sources
- Operation of auxiliary acoustic equipment
- Physics of sound as applied to military oceanography
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