Marine Electronics Development Trainee

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2023
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Marine Electronics Development Trainee

Reference number: DFO23J-024470-000671
Selection process number: 23-DFO-WCCG-EA-571099
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Canadian Coast Guard
Port Hardy (British Columbia), Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Richmond (British Columbia), Sidney (British Columbia), Victoria (British Columbia)
$52,001 to $67,084


Closing date: 29 March 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to accommodating the needs of persons with disabilities. We therefore encourage persons with disabilities to identify any accommodation needed. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has an Accommodation Policy and will accommodate up to the point of undue hardship for the duration of the selection process, and upon any offer of employment, for the performance of duties in the position.

Work environment

As an Electronics Technologist in the Canadian Coast Guard, you would work as part of a skilled team of experts to provide essential, technical support to our Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada clients. You would work off-site, as needed, at Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Centers, remote sites and onboard our diverse fleet of CCG vessels. You would support our mandate and promote effective asset management by performing technical tasks such as installing and commissioning new equipment and managing existing equipment through preventative and corrective maintenance. Your support will ensure our department can meet essential, operational requirements.

In this role, you would work on equipment such as:
• Ship and harbour radars
• Gyrocompasses
• Ultrasonic depth finders
• Satellite positioning equipment
• Satellite communications equipment
• Radio telecommunications equipment
• Communication control systems
• Networking equipment
• Public Address Systems and Phone Exchange Equipment

Your work day could involve flying in a helicopter to remote sites to restore service to radio communications, travelling to ship yards to install marine radar systems on Canadian Coast Guard vessels, programming computer network equipment in a workshop and more.

Benefits for employees could include three weeks of vacation (to start), leave provisions for family-related responsibilities, medical and dental benefits, a pension plan and more.

Marine Electronic Development Program
The Marine Electronic Development (MELDEV) Program is a professional development program which provides you with the required skills to be an Electronics Technologist in the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). MELDEVs are typically hired at the EL-02 level and progress to the EL-05 (working level) in approximately three years. To progress through the program, you would need to complete formal and informal training, meet established development goals and consistently demonstrate the required personal suitability’s/competencies. Training would involve on-the-job training/coaching with an experienced Electronics Technologist in your work area, individual self-study packages on Coast Guard electronic equipment, and formal training at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, NS.

Intent of the process

A fully or partially assessed/qualified pool of candidates will be created and may be used for future vacancies of various tenures (temporary or permanent).

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


A secondary school diploma (High School) and completion of an acceptable training program in electronics technology* OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience**.

If you do not possess the secondary school diploma (High School) or if you have not completed an acceptable training program in electronics technology, you will be required to describe what education, training and experience you have, in your application package, so the assessment board can determine if it meets their “acceptable combination” requirements.

*An acceptable training program in electronics technology is defined as the completion of a recognized post-secondary program, of at least two years in duration, in the field of electronics technology.

** Acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience is defined as the completion of a recognized post-secondary program for electronics engineering technicians followed by a minimum of five (5) years of on-the-job technical training and experience in informatics, repairs and installation of modems, landlines, navigational, communication, radars and/or sonar equipment OR having achieved the Canadian Forces developmental period two (DP2) in the field of communication, radar, sonar, or navigational systems.

Degree equivalency


Experience in using a computer and computer software such as word processing software, database software, spreadsheet software and presentation software.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements


Knowledge of electronics theory used in maintaining electronic equipment and systems in the categories of communications, radars, navigational aids, computers and microprocessor based systems.
Knowledge of digital and analog theory.
Knowledge of basic electronic test equipment.


Ability to communicate effectively in writing
Ability to communicate effectively orally

Personal Suitability:

Demonstrating integrity and respect
Thinking things through
Working effectively with others
Showing initiative and being action-oriented

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


Experience in the maintenance of land based navigational equipment
Experience in the maintenance of land based communications equipment
Experience in maintenance of ship based navigational equipment
Experience in maintenance of ship based communication equipment


Knowledge of optical and radio-frequency electronics.
Knowledge of radio wave propagation and antennas.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

A successful Health Canada pre-placement fitness-to-work assessment is required

Must possess a valid Driver’s License - free of restrictions. Note: New, beginners, graduated or restricted drivers licenses are not acceptable.

Must agree to be deployed anywhere in Canada during the first 7 years of employment including isolated posts (See National Joint Council Directive on Isolated Posts for more info

Must be willing to work on ships, either in port or at sea.

Must be willing to work overtime and weekends as required, sometimes on short notice, and in a 24/7 operational environment.

Must be willing to travel, sometimes on short notice and/or for extended periods, for general duties, for training purposes, to remote locations and/or to perform work on vessels at sea.

Must be willing to travel by various modes of transportation such as ship, boat, automobile, plane, helicopter, ATV, snowmobile, etc. to perform work at remote locations and/or to perform work on vessels at sea.

Must not be subject to vertigo (climbing and working on towers and ships’ masts), motion sickness or to claustrophobia(fear of confined spaces).

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

A tip for success – In your responses, include information about where, when and how you’ve demonstrated the qualification as well as details on the duration and the specific types of tasks you did to show us that you have what we’re looking for. This is important as we may use volume management strategies, such as ranking or top-down approach, to select candidates for further consideration.

Clarification will not be solicited so please be clear and thorough.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any additional information or clarification on application requirements or the appointment process. You can find information and guidance on preparing an effective application at the below link:

Applications will only be accepted on-line - click the “Apply Now” button to prepare and submit your application.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of all education and occupational certificates.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of Canadian Citizenship in the form of a valid passport or birth certificate.

Please note that various methods of assessment may be used such as interviews, tests, reference checks, behavioral based assessments and verification of work samples.

Applicants are entitled to participate in the official language of their choice; please indicate your preferred official language in your application. Candidates must meet the language requirement of the position being filled.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

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