Choice 1: Traffic Tech


So a few days ago I had mentioned I was planning on enlisting in the Canadian Forces. During the initial application process you get to choose 3 career fields that interest you, that you would like to pursue. Over the next few blogs I’m going to devote an entry to each of my 3 choices. My first choice is Traffic Technician, aka Traffic Tech.

What is a Traffic Tech you ask? Traffic Techs plan and manage the movement of people, supplies and equipment by road, rail, air and sea. Their duties include passenger reception, warehouse operations, aircraft and rail load planning, and aircraft loading/unloading. So basically making sure everyone and everything gets where it’s supposed to.

Their primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Prepare, load, secure and offload baggage, cargo and freight from road, rail, air and water transport vehicles
  • Plan and arrange movements of personnel, furniture and effects, materiel and equipment by military and commercial means
  • Liaise with commercial moving, storage and transportation firms
  • Prepare, process, record and account for all transportation documents and forms relating to personnel and materiel movements
  • Process passengers for travel at military air terminals and coordinate movement of passengers through commercial terminals
  • As a member of a team, load and unload aircraft of materiel and people
  • Operate military cargo, passenger vehicles and materiel handling equipment
  • Process transportation charges and maintain financial records

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One of the wonderful things about the Canadian Forces is that they train you. I may not have all the skills or experience right now, but they’ll train me to make sure I can do the job. It’s not like going out an finding a new job, where you have to have previous experience in that field to even be considered! Some careers however, you do need a background in or some sort of formal training. Everyone has to do BMQ, Basic Military Qualification or Basic Training as most refer to it as. You go away to their training facility in Quebec for 3 months and are trained as a solider. Everyone has to do it, no matter which branch of the Forces you entering (Air, Army, Navy). Traffic Tech are either in the Air Force or Army. I’d prefer to be in the Air Force. I was raised on Air Shows, so I’m a tad more comfortable are air craft.

After you successfully complete BMQ, you begin you actual field training. And depending on you field, that could take weeks, months or even years. There’s just somethings you can’t learn in a day. With Traffic Techs, they undergo 18 weeks or training at the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics in Borden. There they are trained in the following:

1) Driver Training:

  • Operation, maintenance and servicing of military vehicles
  • Operation, maintenance and servicing of forklifts and other container movers
  • Airbrake qualification

2) Administration Training:

  • Operation of office equipment
  • Maintaining technical library filing systems
  • Telecommunications equipment

3) Traffic Technicians Training:

  • Personnel and materiel movement by road, rail, sea and air
  • Aircraft load planning, weighing and balancing
  • Loading and unloading of fixed wing aircraft
  • Rail load planning materiel
  • Customs requirements
  • Movement of furniture and effects
  • Passenger processing
  • Transportation charges and financial records
  • Document processing applicable to personnel and materiel movement

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The only thing that has me a little nervous is the Driver Training. You see, I don’t drive. I don’t have a driver’s licence….I know, hard to believe and I’d rather not go into why right now. Moving along, Traffic Techs can also specialize their skills or receive further training to work in specific environments. Some of the specialized training includes the following:

  • CC130 Hercules Aircraft – Loadmaster
  • CC130 Hercules Aircraft – Loadmaster Air Dispatcher
  • CC130 Hercules Aircraft– Loadmaster Search and Rescue
  • CC130 Hercules Aircraft– Air to Air Refueling
  • CC150 Airbus Aircraft – Loadmaster
  • Helicopter Slinging
  • Ship Loading and Stowage

And then there is even more advanced training a Traffic Tech can do:

  • Dangerous cargo handling
  • Military packaging, marking and preservation
  • Tactical Airlift – Basic
  • Tactical Airlift – Advanced

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