"The projects just keep on coming. But when one is completed and done and you’re looking at the finished project, and it’s you who possibly designed or thought about that process and watched it through the whole construction and tendering process, and, now you can file that project away – for me, that’s what makes it all worth it."
–Aaron Slaney, Project Engineer, Facilities Maintenance
What is an engineer?
Major Crown Projects Engineer
As part of the Major Crown Projects team, you will work to support the design and construction of vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard's fleet renewal program. This is an exciting time for Engineers with the Canadian Coast Guard, as many new ships will be built over the next 30 years.
Working as a Major Crown Projects Engineer offers you great opportunities to travel to shipyards and design offices, providing professional expertise on design and construction. You may also get to travel overseas.
Integrated Technical Service (ITS) Engineer
As an Engineer with the Integrated Technical Services Directorate, you will help develop and construct new small Canadian Coast Guard vessels. You will also be responsible for the life-cycle management of existing vessels and marine and shore-based assets (like communications towers, bases, and CCG stations). This career includes a mix of office and field work. You will travel to work sites to inspect construction and installation projects and perform quality assurance of our vessels and sites.
As a Project Engineer with the Canadian Coast Guard, you will help install, restore, and refurbish aids to navigation infrastructure. This includes light stations, shore lights, communications towers, and sites supporting Marine Communications and Traffic Services.
As an Electrical/Electronic Engineer with the Canadian Coast Guard, you are responsible for both the engineering and project management of marine electronic systems. These include radars, electronic charting systems, gyros, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS), sounders, satellite communications, and computer systems. You will also work on land-based electronic systems to enhance marine safety, including marine communications over VHF and MF, DGPS reference stations, Automated Identification Systems (AIS), and radar systems.
"Working with the Coast Guard entails working in a dynamic environment where technology is rapidly changing and where the opportunity to be involved is exciting. I feel proud to say I work here and that I work with a great team in Electronic Engineering and Maintenance."
–Kathleen Chafe, Supervisor of Electronic Systems, Integrated Technical Services
Your responsibilities as a Major Crown Projects Engineer may include:
- validating the operational needs of vessels
- preparing initial concepts and designing marine systems through hull, mechanical, electrical, communications, navigation, or integrated logistical support
- conducting detailed investigations
- developing and evaluating assigned components of vessel construction projects
Your responsibilities as an Engineer with the Integrated Technical Services Directorate may include:
- designing and delivering marine systems through hull, mechanical, electrical, electronic communications and navigation, or other integrated logistic support
- ensuring that the Canadian Coast Guard fleet is supported efficiently and effectively
- ensuring that land-based assets like towers and other structures, telecommunications, navigation, and computer systems are well designed and supported
Your responsibilities as a Project Engineer include:
- identifying projects and developing plans, specifications, and cost estimates for projects
- site inspections of work in progress
- resolving any problems that occur during the project
- authorizing payment after work is completed
Your responsibilities as an Electrical/Electronic Engineer include:
- preparing initial concepts and designing marine and land-based electronic systems
- developing and evaluating assigned components
- managing projects, including other employees
- resolving any problems that occur during the project
Where you will work
Engineering positions may be based at National Headquarters (in Ottawa, Ontario), or in one of the Coast Guard’s three regions:
- Western Region - British Columbia
- Central and Arctic Region - Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec
- Atlantic Region - New Brunswich, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island
- Engineer in various departments (at different levels)
- various positions in the federal public service
Income and benefits
An Engineer position offers a competitive salary and benefits. The average annual salary ranges from roughly $52,000 to $113,000 (based on experience and time worked). Please see the collective agreement for current salary rates.
Hours of work
Engineers usually work a 37.5 hour week from Monday to Friday.
Is this career right for me?
These qualities and interests are essential for this career:
- teamwork and cooperation
- interest in science/math/technology
- ability for physical work and handling equipment
- ability to quickly understand problems and resolve them
- leadership and management skills
- communication skills
- computer skills
Still want to know more? Check out our videos of engineers at work.
Training and education requirements
To become an Engineer with the Canadian Coast Guard, you need a degree from a recognized university in naval architecture, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or some other engineering specialty relevant to the duties of the position.
If you were educated outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas reviewed under Canadian education standards.
Recent field experience in marine engineering, mechanical systems engineering, electrical power systems engineering, or naval architecture is required for this position. To gain field experience, you should take advantage of the co-op program at the institution you are attending.
To join the Canadian Coast Guard as an Engineer, you must meet all Requirements. You must then apply through jobs.gc.ca (do not apply directly to the Coast Guard).
Please note: Résumés and applications are accepted only when a recruitment poster is advertised on jobs.gc.ca. Applications are not kept on file for future recruitment selection processes.
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