National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Ottawa, Ontario

Aerospace Control Officer

Across Canada
Entry Level, Early Career


Along Canada’s borders, across the country and wherever our aircraft are deployed, split-second, life-saving decision-making becomes the normal routine.

In control towers at home, in NORAD facilities across North America, NATO installations in Europe or in command and control centres around the world, Aerospace Control Officers direct teams of skilled operators as they detect and deter intruders, direct traffic in congested airspaces and ensure that troops receive the best possible air fire support.


Aerospace Control Officers may be deployed to a ship, aircraft or in the field throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Initially, Aerospace Control Officers are employed as either air traffic controllers at Canadian military airbases, or in the air defence realm, controlling fighter aircraft at the Canadian Air Defence Sector.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for a fully trained Aerospace Control Officer is $51,000 per year. However, depending on previous experience and training, the starting salary may be higher.  Aerospace Control Officers who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.

Professional Training and Development

As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, you have access to ongoing training. You also have the opportunity to travel the world and enjoy several other tangible services and benefits.

Basic Military Officer Qualification

After enrolment, you start your Basic Military Officer Qualification, or basic training, which lasts approximately three months, at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean- sur-Richelieu, Quebec, located 40 km southeast of Montreal. The subjects you study include general military knowledge, the principles of leadership, regulations and customs of the Forces, basic weapons handling and first aid. You also have the opportunity to apply your newly acquired military skills in training exercises involving force protection, field training, navigation and leadership. In addition, you participate in a rigorous sports and physical fitness program. The Basic Military Officer Qualification course is provided in English or French, and successful completion is a prerequisite for further training. 

Following your basic training, you may have access to official second language training. This training can take from two to nine months to complete, depending on your fluency in your second language.

Professional Training

You learn the ins and outs of your profession at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations in Cornwall, Ontario, over a period of three to five months. You apply control techniques for both air defence and air traffic control duties. You also receive instruction and simulator training on the following topics:

  • Airborne weapons systems
  • Ground control systems and radar
  • Meteorology
  • Radiotelephony and procedure
  • Air regulations and navigation orders
  • Aircraft performance characteristics
  • Command and control directives governing the control of interceptor aircraft

You are granted a license in the control of live aircraft after passing an examination on local operating procedures.

Specialty Training

You are offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the- job training, including:

  • Airborne Warning and Control System
  • Space and Missile operations
  • Tactical Air Control Party (Land)
  • Maritime Fighter Control (Navy)


  • A university degree is a prerequisite for this position.

Paid Education

Under the Regular Officer Training Plan, the Forces pay successful applicants who do not have a university degree to attend a diploma program at a Canadian university. You receive a full-time salary, which includes medical and dental care as well as vacation time with full-pay. In exchange, you must work with the Forces for a period of time. For more information, visit the “Paid Education and Training” page on the Forces website. 

Direct Entry

If you already have a university degree, the Forces will decide if your academic program matches the criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the- job training program following basic training. Basic training and professional training at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Control Operations are required before being assigned.

To be eligible to apply to the Canadian Armed Forces, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be 17 years of age (with consent from a parent or legal guardian) or older, except for junior candidates in the Regular Officer Training Plan, who must be 16 or older
  • Have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec
  • Certain entry programs and occupations require higher levels of education

Join the Forces

To find out how to become an Aerospace Control Officer in the Forces or learn about other job opportunities, visit, call 1 800 856-8488 or drop by the Canadian Forces Recruitment Centre nearest you.

This position is also available part time.

How to Apply