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Medical Technician ( Med Tech )

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Can't really comment on the "day-to-day" life of a CAF Med Tech as it all depends on your initial posting location after completion of the occupation training.  If you haven't already completed your Paramedic Training (PCP) and are currently provincially licensed as a Paramedic, then you won't be enrolled as "Semi-Skilled".

Applicants enrolled into the Med Tech occupation as "Unskilled" will undertake their occupational training at the Canadian Forces Health Care Training Centre in Borden, ON and also the PCP training in Moncton, NB.
 

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DAA said:
Can't really comment on the "day-to-day" life of a CAF Med Tech as it all depends on your initial posting location after completion of the occupation training.  If you haven't already completed your Paramedic Training (PCP) and are currently provincially licensed as a Paramedic, then you won't be enrolled as "Semi-Skilled".

Applicants enrolled into the Med Tech occupation as "Unskilled" will undertake their occupational training at the Canadian Forces Health Care Training Centre in Borden, ON and also the PCP training in St John, NF at CNA  http://www.cna.nl.ca/programs-courses/Show-Program-Details.aspx?program=36
I am already a PCP, provincially registered and all. I am in ACP school (advanced care). Offer is for semi skilled Med Tech.

Thanks for your help though.
Hoping to get more info on this as my decision date is the 25th at latest.

BigRed

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BigRed94 said:
Just want to thank all of you above for answering every possible Med Tech question I had for applying through the semi-skilled route.

For reference,

BigRed94 said:
I'm trying to get a good grasp on the day to life as an Army medic as I already understand what the civilian life entails.

My biggest concern is completing training after leaving school, and doing nothing but kit check and maintenance day in day out without any action (excuse the phrase).

If anybody could give me some personal insight or from a recruiters standpoint? Or should I move this thread elsewhere.

DAA said:
Can't really comment on the "day-to-day" life of a CAF Med Tech as it all depends on your initial posting location after completion of the occupation training.  If you haven't already completed your Paramedic Training (PCP) and are currently provincially licensed as a Paramedic, then you won't be enrolled as "Semi-Skilled".

Applicants enrolled into the Med Tech occupation as "Unskilled" will undertake their occupational training at the Canadian Forces Health Care Training Centre in Borden, ON and also the PCP training in St John, NF at CNA  http://www.cna.nl.ca/programs-courses/Show-Program-Details.aspx?program=36
 

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mariomike said:
For reference,
I've read through this thread previously if that is what you're referencing?

I'm just looking for some standpoints.

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BigRed94 said:
I am already a PCP, provincially registered and all. I am in ACP school (advanced care). Offer is for semi skilled Med Tech.
Thanks for your help though.
Hoping to get more info on this as my decision date is the 25th at latest.

Okay, then you would be considered as "Semi-Skilled" at the time the offer of employment is made.

I'll flag a few Med Techs I know and see if they can give you some answers.  Stand-bye........
 

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DAA said:
Okay, then you would be considered as "Semi-Skilled" at the time the offer of employment is made.

I'll flag a few Med Techs I know and see if they can give you some answers.  Stand-bye........
Thank you DAA!

Much appreciated.


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For reference, perhaps,

MED. TECH Questions 

will be merged with,

Medical Technician (Med Tech) Questions 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/28820.225
10 pages.

and

A few questions about the MedTech trade 
http://milnet.ca/forums/threads/108013/post-1459214.html#msg1459214
2 pages.

and

Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/92188.0
3 pages

and

A few questions about the MedTech trade 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/108013.0
2 pages.

and

Quick few questions about Med. Tech Trade 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/118370.0

and

Medical Technician - Unskilled, Semi-skilled, Skilled Application 
http://army.ca/forums/threads/81858.75.html
5 pages.

etc...
https://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Aarmy.ca+med+tech&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-CA:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&gfe_rd=cr&ei=hf0AWJKlIIWN8QfAnpDYAQ&gws_rd=ssl
 

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BigRed94 said:
Good day,

I am seeking some information regarding a current situation I am having. I will start off by saying I have not been able to find any current information on what I'm looking for, only 4 plus years old info.

I was accepted for Semi-skilled Med Tech back in March of this year. At my enrollment ceremony, a medical problem kept me from going to my BMQ start date. I was to get cleared to be re processed, and I have been. I have been re offered my job as Semi-skilled Med Tech in the Army.

Now to my problem. I am currently enrolled in Advanced Care Paramedic school, and am a semester into the 2 year program. I am on the fence about leaving school and accepting this offer or staying in school and negating the offer.

I'm trying to get a good grasp on the day to life as an Army medic as I already understand what the civilian life entails.

My biggest concern is completing training after leaving school, and doing nothing but kit check and maintenance day in day out without any action (excuse the phrase).

If anybody could give me some personal insight or from a recruiters standpoint? Or should I move this thread elsewhere.

Any insight is appreciated,
Thanks,
BigRed

You have the right idea, when you get to your unit it will be a lot of checking kit and supplies etc and making sure that the unit is ready when deployment happens. (If you're at a field unit) however, you still will have opportunities to see patients in the field. You could also be posted to a clinic where you will see patients day in and day out in a sort of "walk in clinic" type feel.

It won't be as exciting as what a civilian paramedic deals with on a day to day basis, unless you're on certain deployments.

If it's excitement you're looking for day to day then civilian is probably best for you. However, (I've never been deployed), in talking with a member who was a military medic in Bosnia, when shit gets "exciting" it gets really "exciting".

If you like the idea of the civilian job, stick with it. If you truly want to join the forces and have the potential to see a lot of shit that you wouldn't see as a civilian, then come and join us. ✅
 

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Regarding "civilian" Paramedic.

1) Working 9-1-1 is not the same as being a Med Tech.

2) Another way it is different from the CAF,
If you've seen one Paramedic system, you've seen one Paramedic system.
That's within each province. Across Canada, requirements and issue of a licence to practice are set by the individual provincial regulators.
I worked for the largest municipal Paramedic Deaprtment in Canada. But, beyond those 243 square miles, all I know about other Paramedic systems is what I read on the internet.

3) Regarding the term "civilian". Although commonly used here, The City of Toronto under the City of Toronto Act, extends the definition of who is a civilian to exclude City of Toronto Police Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics.

 

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4) Can't speak for others, but to me being a Paramedic was a job. A good job, but not a spiritual vocation. So, if pay and benefits are a consideration,

Salary ( 2010 )
http://milnet.ca/forums/threads/100171.0.html

Salary ( 2011 - 2014 )
https://army.ca/forums/threads/105151.0

Benefits
http://milnet.ca/forums/threads/122985.0.html

5 ) It's not about leadership or teamwork. It's about Partnership. For better or worse, you are stuck with the same partner for years. Sometimes decades. So you had both better get along.

6 ) Customer Service. Likeability is 90 per cent of the job, in my estimation. You are being invited into people's homes. Smile and a shoeshine and all that.  :)

7 ) I can't say for out of town systems, but City of Toronto Paramedics only respond to 9-1-1 calls. Non-emergency transfers are handled by private companies.
 

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Hello everyone!

I'm 31 and strongly considering enlisting to become a Medical Technician. I currently have a GED equivalent and I just wanted to clarify that I would also need to get credits for either Biology 12 or Chemistry 12 as well? If so, is there a benefit to doing both?

To be clear, I'm really looking for what exactly I need to even apply.

I'm working on the physical requirements to get through basic and I'm also wondering how demanding it generally is and how much physical prep someone is expected to have? I'm a little concerned that being 31 is sort of a late start but I'm in good health.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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For reference, perhaps,

Questions about enlisting to be a Med Tech. 

will be merged with,

Medical Technician (Med Tech) Questions 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/28820.125
10 pages.

See also,

Med Tech
https://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Aarmy.ca+med+tech&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-CA:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&gfe_rd=cr&ei=tp1pWJHKAcSC8QeryLj4Dg&gws_rd=ssl

Canadyan said:
I'm working on the physical requirements to get through basic and I'm also wondering how demanding it generally is and how much physical prep someone is expected to have?

Fitness for Operational Requirements of CF Employment (FORCE): New PT test stds 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/106313.325
35 pages.

Recruiting > Physical Training and Standards
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?board=75.0

Canadyan said:
I'm a little concerned that being 31 is sort of a late start but I'm in good health.

Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
https://army.ca/forums/threads/207.0
12 pages.

Forces.ca
Medical Technician
Required Education
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 12 or Secondaire V in Quebec with Grade 11 or Math (or Quebec equivalent) and any Biology and Chemistry course at the Grade 12 or Secondary V level.

This position requires a valid driver’s license.
http://www.forces.ca/en/job/medicaltechnician-70?olvPlayer=0s&module=cue_70_1#re


As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of information.
 

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Thanks for compiling that info!

The question about educational requirements was because the wording of the requirements on forces.ca is not clear to me. I assume the requirements are that you also need Biology or Chemistry 12 but the wording sounds like it's GED equivalent OR one of those courses (with Math 12) though? 

Is my assumption correct in needing both or is a GED equivalent sufficient?

Thanks again!
 

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Canadyan said:
Thanks again!

You are welcome. Good luck.  :)

As always, Recruiting is your most trusted source of information.
 

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I'm not back into my office until 5-Jan but the minimum academic requirements are:
Completion of Grade 12 (Sec V in Quebec) and MUST include a Grade 11 (Sec IV in Quebec) Math, PLUS Grade 12 (Sec V in Quebec) Biology AND Grade 12 (Sec V in Quebec) Chemistry.
Please be aware that Medical Technician is a HIGHLY competitive occupation to join.

If you need any further assistance please don't hesitate to reach out to me, although my responses are delayed while I'm on block leave.
 

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I agree, the sub trades of the med tech are all remusters or job transfers once you've met the pre qualifications. My personal experience and recommendations to you would be to join the army if you enjoy the outdoors as most of your work will be done in the field with only you and your med bag. There is so much advanced medical training including combat training that navy and airforce medics just don't get to experience. However the experience comes with a price... for one you loose the comforts and the safety net of being in a garrison your whole career. And you will be exposed to much more trauma to put your medical skills to use.
A remuster to SAR tech after 4-6 yrs would lead to a very very rewarding and adventurous career.
Good luck
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