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Electrical Distribution Tech
« on: December 18, 2015, 19:55:54 »
Hello!

Applied for the Electrical Distribution Tech trade and was interested to see if anyone else had applied or is currently enrolled! Would love to pick your brain!

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Re: Electrical Distribution Tech
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2015, 20:28:17 »
Would love to pick your brain!

This may help,

Electrical Technician vs. Electrical Distribution Technician?
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=119977.0

RE: Electrical Distribution Technician 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=109711.0

Electrical Distribution Technician
https://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Aarmy.ca+Electrical+Distribution+Technician&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-CA:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&gfe_rd=cr&ei=kcdkVsLxCIHd8gf8paeADA&gws_rd=ssl

Electrical Distribution Technician,
For applicants who have a Department of National Defense Certificate of Military Achievement with a QL5 rating and rank of corporal in one of nine matched trades (below), a copy of your Member’s Personnel Record Resume (MPRR) is sufficient evidence of your qualifications and experience; once submitted, the College will verify the validity of your certification and approve you to write the C of Q exam without further training.
http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/wp-content/uploads/Trade-Equivalency-Assessment-Application-Guide-March-2015-FINAL.pdf
See page 3.

ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION TECHNICIAN

GRANT: whether you’re in the Regular Force or the Reserve, electrical distribution work in the military is similar to what you’d do in the same trade on the civilian side. That means installing residential, commercial and industrial-grade wiring in all kinds of buildings.

CONNELL: But there’s a lot more to an ED Tech’s job than that: we can go from running simple electrical circuits for plugs and lights to pole climbing and working on bucket trucks, installing hardware on power lines and transformers, even laying in runway lights for the Air Force.

GRANT: I really like the fact that my job is different every day – that’s something you’re not likely going to find working as an electrician on the civilian side.

CONNELL: With the military, you can still do your job, it just has a broader scope. We can come in and be pulling wires, or working on panels, or we can be doing high-voltage work and working on an airfield or a fire alarm system. And it’s pretty rewarding at the end of the day.

GRANT: It’s on deployment that you really feel like you’re part of a big team.

Comradeship in the Forces is one of the best things about it. You make friends that you can’t make on civilian street being an electrician. And you experience things that most people will never experience in their life. While I was in Afghanistan, we maintained all the Canadian assets in Kandahar, we designed buildings such as the Canada House, lighting and power for a hockey rink; we also did jobs out in the forward operating bases where we’d go out and provide power for showers, and heat, air conditioning for the soldiers that are out fighting in the front lines.

CONNELL: You’ve got a job to do, and a tight timeline to do it, and you get a real feeling of satisfaction when you get it done.

The most rewarding part of the job, I’d say, is getting to work with the other trades, getting to learn other trades and I really enjoy the opportunities that they provide for us to continue our education.

GRANT: You don’t already have to be a working professional electrician to become an ED Tech in the Canadian Forces.

CONNELL: The military will train you and take you right through your apprentice and journeyman status.

GRANT: After your basic military training, the first semester of course work to become an Electrical Distribution Technician will bring you here to Gagetown and the School of Military Engineering for about six months.

You’ll start with the basics of wiring and circuitry, how to read blueprints, set up security and fire-alarm systems, and they’ll introduce you to specific military applications like airfield lighting.

CONNELL: After the first course, you’ll be assigned to an Army, Navy or Air Force base in Canada for about two years of on-the-job experience.

GRANT: Then it’s back to Gagetown for another 6-month course to complete your qualification.

CONNELL: We’re very fortunate to be doing the job we love and supporting the mission at the same time.

I’d say it’s a really rewarding job. It not only challenges you mentally, but it challenges you physically too.

GRANT: An ED Tech in the military is trained in many aspects of electrical. And also we train with weapons and in combat. It’s very exciting and that’s my favourite part about the job, is deploying overseas and really making a difference in a country and making a difference for our troops.


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Re: Electrical Distribution Tech
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2015, 20:44:02 »
Thank you for the information! Very appreciated. Just waiting on the call for BMQ.

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Re: Electrical Distribution Tech
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2015, 20:58:45 »
Thank you for the information! Very appreciated. Just waiting on the call for BMQ.

You are welcome. Good luck.

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Re: Electrical Distribution Tech
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2016, 13:02:39 »
Saw this question asked and answered in Ask a CAF Recruiter. Adding here for reference,

Education requirements to become an electrical distribution technician 
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,122930.msg1435455/topicseen.html#new
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