The variety and complexity of the systems you work on is nothing short of fascinating. No two days are the same when you are learning about, maintaining and repairing our 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-interested people engaged for an entire career.
The key to our world-leading safety record is a fully integrated Safety Management System (SMS) - one that recognizes that good safety performance is a sound business practice. It’s an integral part of our approach to safety every day. We’re also committed to an approach known as “Just Culture” – building a collaborative work environment based on trust, where everyone is encouraged to provide essential safety information so that we can all learn from incidents or errors.
The Air Navigation Service and the systems it relies on need to be up and running – 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 scheduled on a rotating basis. You also have to be able to manage changing priorities because of operational requirements to get the job done.
With more than 1,400 systems across the country you can expect to travel. This is especially true if you join the 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 your assignment, you may need to work alone for periods of time. For scheduled maintenance, CNS Technologists usually travel Monday to Friday. ATM Technologists typically travel only for special projects or training purposes.