The Work Environment
A career as a Technologist with NAV CANADA puts you on the front lines ensuring that critical air navigation systems are performing optimally. We operate coast-to-coast-to-coast with more than 450 Electronics Technologists located at 35 different sites across the country.
You need to be ready to rise to the challenge by understanding some key aspects of the work environment.
You’ll be joining a team that holds itself to a high standard and that takes pride in the contribution they make to the safety of Canadian skies. You need to be motivated, a team player, a good communicator and always willing to learn from your peers to succeed as an Electronics Technologist at NAV CANADA.
The variety, complexity and advanced state of the systems you’ll be exposed to is nothing short of fascinating. No two days are the same when you are learning about, maintaining and repairing critical operational systems. Add to that the advanced systems NAV CANADA develops in-house (and sells internationally) and there’s enough variety to keep the most technologically-impassioned people engaged for an entire career. You will always be learning about new technologies and procedures, and will be challenged to keep abreast of numerous systems.
Key to the achievement of NAV CANADA's overarching safety objective is an effective, efficient and fully integrated Safety Management System (SMS) - one that recognizes that good safety performance is a sound business practice. It’s an integral component of the Technologists approach to safety. The group is also committed to an approach known as “Just Culture” - a commitment to building a collaborative work environment based on trust, in which everyone is encouraged to provide essential safety information so that we can learn as much as we can from incidents or errors.
Few careers in electronics technology expose you to an industry as interesting, fast-paced and time-sensitive as the aviation industry. You’ll play a direct role in a system that keeps aircraft moving safely, efficiently and on time.
The air navigation service and the systems it relies on need to be up and running optimally – always. That means you need to be ready to respond to emergency requests, work shifts and sometimes, overtime. There is always a technologist “on call” at each location. Shift work and being on call are typically scheduled on a rotating basis. You also have to be able to manage changing priorities in light of operational requirements to get the job done.
With more than 1,000 systems spread across the country you can expect to travel regularly. This is especially true if you join the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) team responsible for navigational aids and equipment in the field. For CNS technologists, travel varies based on the region of the country. Depending on the nature of the mission, you may need to work alone for extended periods of time. For scheduled maintenance, CNS Technologists typically travel Monday to Friday. Air Traffic Management (ATM) Technologists typically travel only for special projects or training purposes. They do, however, work evenings and weekend shifts. New technologists spend several weeks in Cornwall, Ontario at the beginning of their career for training.
NAV CANADA operates one of the safest, most efficient air navigation services in the world. That’s because it employs great people with shared commitment and values. Our people make a difference in aviation safety every day, but they also take an active role in their communities. Whether it is team sports, volunteering for community organizatiobs or making donations to important causes, you’ll be part of a team that cares about giving back.
Technical Operations is ISO certified, both in service (ISO 9001:2008) and in environmental management (ISO 14001:2004). Electronics Technologists at NAV CANADA are represented by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).