Considering re-enlisting down the road and am trying to get some info on a few different areas. Talked to a recruiter about this one and he really couldn't offer me any insight so I figured I'd try here in case there are some recruiters posting who would know or better yet, some people actually IN the aforementioned field.
First some background on me. Fresh out of high school I went into ROTP as an Air Navigator and Mechanical Engineer. I left before the start of my second year of classes as it turned out Mechanical Engineering wasn't what I thought it was and it didn't appear they were going to let me switch degree programs. I left there and completed a 5 year degree program and ended up with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and minor in Wildlife Biology. I have also since done some Masters level courses in geodesy and geomatics. I am in my thirteenth year with provincial Natural Resources. One of my jobs is overseeing about 1/4 of the province's geographic information systems. I have also always been very heavily involved in mapping and navigation. I am a Chief Air Navigator and Training Officer with the Civil Air Search And Rescue Association (working in conjunction with 413 Greenwood). While going back in as an Air Navigator would be terrific, I'm fairly certain my eyes are no longer as good as they would need to be. However, I stumbled across the Construction Engineering Officer and thought it might be interesting depending on the actual day to day work.
In reading the ads, I don't exactly fit what they state but my background covers a lot of what they are seeking.
"The preferred degree is a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental Engineering. Other degrees that may be considered include a Bachelor of Engineering degree in the Chemical, Fire Protection, Physics, Management or Systems field, or a Bachelor of Geology or Applied Science.
full range of engineering support services to CF installations such as facilities management, fire engineering, contract and project management, and construction and environmental engineering as well as mapping, charting and geodesic support to sea, land and air operations."
I'm not sure what constitutes "applied" science? While Forestry on its own probably doesn't sound like what they are after, we study fire, geology, geodesy and geomatics and enviroment. Our degree is not an engineering degree but is considered close enough to one that we actually receive an iron ring (symbol of graduation from and engineering field).
I know no one here can probably definitively answer but does anyone with knowledge of the system think I'd have a chance at being accepted? I also see they list possible bonuses. Any idea what they may be for that field?
Perhaps more importantly than any of that is I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the day to day work is for someone in the geomatics side of this field or the environmental side? Any help would be appreciated. I am going to try to see if I can somehow get in contact with someone in this field as that was about the best the recruiter could offer.
Thanks in advance!