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Re: Air Weapons Systems Tech?
« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2011, 23:38:49 »
Another thread in the wrong area. This should be in Maintainer's Bench.

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Re: Air Weapons Systems Tech?
« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2011, 18:51:29 »
I am a AWST or AVN C if you have any questions regarding the Trade msg me and I will try and answer them to the best of my knowledge.

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QL3 AVS Tech in Borden question.
« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2013, 13:16:06 »
Hi Guys,

Does anyone here know the length of the AVS QL3 in Borden and how often they run it. Does anyone know the dates for this coming fiscal year 2013-2014?
I am transferring from the reserves to regs. They gave me bypass POET status because of my college education in electronics. So my questions really are:

1. How long is the actual QL3 and common core?

2. How often do they run it?

3. How is Borden like? (Airforce side of it)

If someone could answer those q's that would be great. Please email me chicogomez33[AT}gmail.com

Thanks,

EDIT: Changed the email to detract from spammers.
« Last Edit: March 05, 2013, 20:35:07 by Bruce Monkhouse »

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air weapons tech or atis tech
« Reply #28 on: May 12, 2013, 18:03:19 »
Could anyone please help me choose one of these 2 trades?

which of these 2 trades is a more hands on job?
is atis tech boring?
is aws tech boring?

i plan to be in the forces for atleast 25 years, but is it easy to get a civvie job after being an aws tech?

Which of these 2 trades would you personally pick and why?

THANK YOU FOR ANYONE THAT CAN HELP ME!
the decision is tough... this is what i plan to do for the rest of my life

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Re: air weapons tech or atis tech
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2013, 19:09:15 »
Have you actually searched the site?  There's lots of information on both trades.  Try reading and then if something isn't answered, then by all means ask a question.

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Re: air weapons tech or atis tech
« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2013, 19:10:54 »
honestly just wanted to hear other peoples opinions on both trades to help me choose 1

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Re: air weapons tech or atis tech
« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2013, 19:21:28 »
One man's rewarding and exciting occupation is another man's this-sucks-yak-balls occupation.

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Re: air weapons tech or atis tech
« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2013, 19:49:54 »
honestly just wanted to hear other peoples opinions on both trades to help me choose 1

Currently whats YOUR opinion of both trades? If you answer that then you have answered your own question.

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Re: QL3 AVS Tech in Borden question.
« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2013, 09:36:15 »
1. 170 trg days
2. about every month
3. Pretty good. CFSATe has good staff and instructors.

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Re: QL3 AVS Tech in Borden question.
« Reply #34 on: June 02, 2013, 22:17:45 »
Anyone knows what's up with the new QL3?

Last I hear every courses up to January have been canceled until the new course is ready, and then they won't start translating it in French until the pilot group is a success. Am I looking at more than 2 years of PAT?
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Re: QL3 AVS Tech in Borden question.
« Reply #35 on: June 03, 2013, 09:06:13 »
Anyone knows what's up with the new QL3?

Last I hear every courses up to January have been canceled until the new course is ready, and then they won't start translating it in French until the pilot group is a success. Am I looking at more than 2 years of PAT?

I haven't heard anything but they have cancelled all the courses. I got some buddies on the current course, I'll ask around.

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Re: QL3 AVS Tech in Borden question.
« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2013, 14:08:09 »
As far as I have been able to figure out, all course up to Feb 14th have been cancelled as they redesign the course. However, any new AVS students will have a 7 month POET in kingston (may be 9 now) and a month on Common Core, so you won't be sitting around doing nothing the whole time.

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Re: QL3 AVS Tech in Borden question.
« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2013, 20:35:56 »
POET is 132 or so training days, about 8 months~ But yeah, there's a highly tentative date for June 2014 for the start of the next franco QL3. Thanks all the same!
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Re: QL3 AVS Tech in Borden question.
« Reply #38 on: July 17, 2013, 16:47:07 »
Once you've completed the common core you can ask to be sent to a flying unit while you wait for your TQ3... sorry, QL3. You may be just pumping gas or walking wings but at least you'll be getting experience.

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AWS Tech - Relevant Courses
« Reply #39 on: August 10, 2013, 10:12:15 »
Hi,

   I'm thinking of putting a CT to AWS Tech and was curious if there were any post-secondary courses, etc that are relevant to this trade as I know it's a bit tougher to get in the RCAF.

Thanks,

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Re: AWS Tech - Relevant Courses
« Reply #40 on: September 12, 2013, 16:24:49 »
Hey man;

I didnt do the the air weapons course but i did the avn course im now a awst i switched and from chatting with the guys who did it, all you need to attend is a pencil.

The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Canada. Foreign education may be accepted.
( Thats straight off the recruiment website )


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Air Weapons System Technician (AWS TECH)
« Reply #41 on: October 14, 2013, 21:34:56 »
Hello, I have recently applied for AWS Tech. In the video it states that once training is completed you will be posted to CFB Cold Lake, CFB Bagotville, or 'any other base that has aircrafts with weapons'....my question is, what other bases have aircraft's that carry weapons? In a perfect world I would like to be posted to CFB Trenton, but as far as I know they are no combat aircrafts there. Thanks for any info

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Re: AWS Tech postings
« Reply #42 on: October 16, 2013, 09:30:31 »
The three "training" bases are cold lake, bagotville and Greewood, NS. You could also concievably be posted to Comox, BC. For fully qualified TECHs, there are positions at the tac helicopter squadrons, and maritime helicopter squadrons. This covers just about every base in canada. Trenton is a posting because as a AWS you load all the chaff and flares, which Hercs have. If it involves aircraft and weapons, or explosives, or anything like that an AWS will be in charge of it.

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Re: AWS Tech postings
« Reply #43 on: October 16, 2013, 13:19:57 »
Excellent! That is good news. Thanks for the info!

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Are AWS Techs able to participate in humanitarian missions?
« Reply #44 on: November 17, 2013, 22:49:38 »
Hello, I've applied for AWS Technician. I am wondering if I will be able to participate in humanitarian missions (such as the one happening in Philippines) in this profession? A big part of why I am drawn to the military is to be able to help people in need (I currently do volunteer SAR). So would AWS techs have the opportunity to provide assistance or are these jobs generally left to soldiers, med techs, SAR techs etc?? Only reason I ask is because in the recruitment video for WENG Techs the one guy states he provided aid in Haiti after the earthquakes. So I am wondering/hoping that anyone in the CF can be picked to help. Thanks for any information!

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Re: Are AWS Techs able to participate in humanitarian missions?
« Reply #45 on: November 17, 2013, 22:53:02 »
If we're moving aircraft around, or utilizing it, you can bet they'll need techs to keep things going. You may not be hands-on in the effort, but providing those aircraft for the crews to work in is aid in itself.

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Re: Are AWS Techs able to participate in humanitarian missions?
« Reply #46 on: November 18, 2013, 11:32:57 »
Thank you for responding!

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Re: Are AWS Techs able to participate in humanitarian missions?
« Reply #47 on: November 19, 2013, 15:22:35 »
AWS folks also do some EOD type work; who knows where/when those skills could be called upon in a natural disaster.

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Re: Are AWS Techs able to participate in humanitarian missions?
« Reply #48 on: November 20, 2013, 11:40:18 »
Good point! Never thought of that. Thanks

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OT to AWS , Questions for the trade
« Reply #49 on: December 31, 2013, 18:11:03 »
Hi,

New to the forum and looking for some info for my OT.
Currently DP2 (QL5) Qualified weapons tech (Land)
Really hoping to get some info from the horses mouth on this one.

Just have a few general questions regarding the trade

-I've seen alot of duties on the recruitment site that seem like ramp work (i.e de-icing,towing,marshalling,refueling, etc.) . Just wondering if this is in a typical work day or if they just throw it in there because it's potentially a duty?

-What percentage would you say the trade spends in a workshop environment?( i.e benchwork , disassembly,troubleshooting)

-Is Cold lake as bad as it seems? i have 2 kids under 2 and i'm pretty strapped for cash now , even being on the east coast.

-What would be the best base to begin OJT after my QL3? I'm interested in jets and choppers, but prefer the jets

Any help would be great , as well as some follow ups as i continue to learn more about the trade.

P.S my BPSO meeting is scheduled after the christmas holiday

Cheers,