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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #75 on: July 08, 2015, 19:42:19 »
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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #76 on: July 05, 2016, 21:28:57 »
I got in the reserves INT Jan 2012 and switched to GEO Jan 2015 (on paper though only 6 months ago I think).  So I have 4 years in as a reservist now.  I CT'd to GEO at least a year ago, probably 2 years ago... do not recall as it took so long I just forgot about it.  I've did the reserve DP1 course summer 2015 and got my CPL soon afterward.

Interestingly, I got a phone call recently while I'm on Class B.  It was an Ottawa number calling asking me if I'd still like the CT to go ahead, as they're trying to load people on the course this fall in Ottawa.

My issue is, I just finished up school at NSCC COGS (Centre of Geo Science)  in Nova Scotia and now have an advanced diploma with GIS concentration.  So getting work where I want is much easier now.  I enjoy the reserves as well, and have some plans to help develop PRes GEO capabilities.

I'm not so sure now if I should accept, as I feel like I'll be doing a lot of work all over again, not to mention taking a reduction in rank (now Cpl).
Would this be the case?  I have massive student debt so keeping the Cpl rank plus pay would be amazing and I would probably accept if that is the case.

Not sure though.
Any thoughts is appreciated.

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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #77 on: July 05, 2016, 21:59:00 »
If I'm figuring this out correctly, you're CTing PRes Geo to RegF Geo? If so, Cpl is an uncontrolled rank, you should be able to keep it.

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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #78 on: July 05, 2016, 22:27:29 »
Correct.
I have this concern though because a Reg F Geo said he lost his Cpl after getting into Geo.  I *think* he may have transferred from Artillery though, so that is one possible reason why.
I mostly am concerned about pay scale, as I'm at Cpl 1 now and keeping it means being able to sustain someone else while paying off student debt, for both of us. It will be difficult to do that at Pte rank/pay scale

Thanks for responding!
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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #79 on: July 06, 2016, 08:18:15 »
I agree with PuckChaser's statement.

As you have furthered your education, you should be passing on that information and having a PLAR done.  That will have a great affect on what your future holds.  It could mean that you may bypass courses and/or get a better rank and IP offer.
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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #80 on: July 06, 2016, 18:25:47 »
Also good to know, thanks very much.  I didn't know a CT agreement could deviate much from the standard offer.  The WO in Ottawa doing the CT was aware of the Geography degree but not my newest GEO diploma, which is worth more than the uni degree (to me).  It is being updated in my MPRR as we speak.

I majored in Geography in University but honestly, community college is where it's at for GEO.  University is heavy on the theory and EXPENSIVE, while a technical school is very hands on and often more affordable.

Anyone thinking of getting involved in Geomatics reading this post now or in the future, I would recommend college Geomatics programs, such as the one at NSCC COGS, Algonquin, BCIT, Ryerson (uni?), and probably a few others I haven't heard of.

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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #81 on: January 11, 2017, 00:24:40 »
Hello everyone,

I am currently an undergraduate student in Geomatics supposed to be graduating in December 2018 and I am interested in being a Geo Technician with the Canadian Forces. My plan is to join the reserves and apply for a part-time job as a Geo Tech in the army while finishing my bachelor's degree.  After this, I would apply for a full-time position an do the Algonquin College military program. I just wanted to know if this plan makes any sense.

Questions:
Would I get a bonus salary if I become full time with a bachelor's degree?
And will it be possible for me to get some classes credited?
Also, what is the difference between being part-time Geo Tech and Full-time? Thank you

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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #82 on: January 11, 2017, 08:59:43 »
Hello everyone,

I am currently an undergraduate student in Geomatics supposed to be graduating in December 2018 and I am interested in being a Geo Technician with the Canadian Forces. My plan is to join the reserves and apply for a part-time job as a Geo Tech in the army while finishing my bachelor's degree.  After this, I would apply for a full-time position an do the Algonquin College military program. I just wanted to know if this plan makes any sense.

Questions:
Would I get a bonus salary if I become full time with a bachelor's degree?
And will it be possible for me to get some classes credited?
Also, what is the difference between being part-time Geo Tech and Full-time? Thank you

You would likely receive a pay incentive increase coming into the occupation with a degree in Geomatics by submitting a Prior Learning Assessment Review (PLAR); however, if your plan is to become a RegF Geo Tech, why not simply apply as a RegF Geo Tech?  You could always finish your degree part-time after completing the Algonquin College program (QL5A).  You would not get any of the Algonquin College program (QL5A) credited by arriving with a BSc/BEng in Geomatics, only the pay incentive, and also likely finding the training easier since you would have a background in theory and some of the "buttonology", etc.

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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #83 on: January 11, 2017, 09:54:40 »
But you would probably find the training complementary to your education if you join the reserves and do the two concurrently.  Where are you attending university?


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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #84 on: January 11, 2017, 10:21:05 »
Hello everyone,

I am currently an undergraduate student in Geomatics supposed to be graduating in December 2018 and I am interested in being a Geo Technician with the Canadian Forces. My plan is to join the reserves and apply for a part-time job as a Geo Tech in the army while finishing my bachelor's degree.  After this, I would apply for a full-time position an do the Algonquin College military program. I just wanted to know if this plan makes any sense.

Questions:
Would I get a bonus salary if I become full time with a bachelor's degree?
And will it be possible for me to get some classes credited?
Also, what is the difference between being part-time Geo Tech and Full-time? Thank you

You are unlikely to get a bonus salary due to your bachelors degree. It is more likely a recruiter will try and steer you towards becoming an engineering officer and get you into the *new* Geo stream for engineering officers(look this up for details). However if you still became a Reg F Geo Tech having the education would help your career, especially if you were able to apply it. I am not a recruiter, you'll have to talk to them about $$$.

You will not get any classes credited, you will do all the courses on your QL5A.

As far as has been explained to me Reservist Geo Techs are trained to accomplish the basic tasks of a team, like printing off maps and taking work orders. The program is still developing, and in a working environment a supervisor might use you to your capabilities but review everything you do that you have not been officially trained to do, maybe?

I would continue your education, and apply to be a reservist Geomatics Technician.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2017, 10:57:39 by walrath »

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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #85 on: July 07, 2017, 19:15:17 »
hi everyone, what is the difference between the hourly rate of a parttime geotech vs a full time geotech?

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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #86 on: July 07, 2017, 19:21:33 »
hi everyone, what is the difference between the hourly rate of a parttime geotech vs a full time geotech?

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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #87 on: July 10, 2017, 17:35:14 »
do you make more money as a GeoTech in the military or as a Civilian?

Hows the typical geotech career like in the military?

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Re: Geomatics Technician (merged)
« Reply #88 on: July 11, 2017, 16:15:43 »
For me geoteching was being a worker in a Geophysics crew, doing PEM, IP type surveys in the field, work was boom or bust and extremely hard on any family or social life, almost all the old hands were divorced. Going by this thread I suspect  the work the CF wants is more office based, so you are likely to have a better routine but less money than civy street.