National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Ottawa, Ontario

Communicator Research Operator

Across Canada
Entry Level, Early Career


Enjoy being part of the action? Then perhaps this is the job for you. As a Communicator Research Operator, you will learn to use the world’s most sophisticated electronic equipment to intercept, analyze and ascertain the threat level of global electronic transmissions and computer data. You will need to be cleared for a high level of national security clearance and learn everything there is to know about the top-secret world of military signals and intelligence. 

Communicator Research Operators work with extremely sensitive information in a high-security, restricted-access facility. They typically work in shifts; however, they also have frequent opportunities to work regular business hours and can be deployed around the world.


As a Communicator Research Operator, you will intercept and analyze electronic transmissions, including foreign communications. You will collect, process, analyze and report on electromagnetic activity on radio frequency using highly sophisticated equipment, and also protect Government of Canada computer networks. You will use and maintain classified publications, manage and protect computer networks and ensure all information technology systems are secure.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for a fully-trained Communicator Research Operator is $49,440 per year. However, after four years of military service and upon completion of the intermediate trade’s training, they may receive a salary increase to $63,300 per year. 

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 services and benefits. Communicator Research Operators who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotions and advanced training. 

Basic Military Officer Qualification 

The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Forces physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

Basic Military Officer Qualification – Land Course

After Basic Training, Army recruits go to a Military Training Centre for the Basic Military Qualification – Land Course for approximately one month, which covers the following topics:

  • Army Physical Fitness
  • Dismounted Offensive and Defensive Operations
  • Reconnaissance Patrolling
  • Individual Field Craft

Basic Occupational Qualification

Communicator Research Operators attend the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario, for 45 weeks. Using a combination of theory instruction, demonstrations, practical work and simulation exercises, it covers the following:

  • Signals Intelligence Mathematics
  • Communications Rules and Procedures
  • Radio Direction-finding
  • Communications Data Systems
  • Operation of Auxiliary Equipment

Specialty Training

Communicator Research Operators may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:

  • High-Frequency Direction-Finding Operator
  • Mobile Research Operator
  • Satellite Communications
  • Foreign Languages
  • Computer Network Support
  • System Administration
  • Morse Code Operator

Advanced Training

As they progress in their career, Communicator Research Operators who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:

  • Signals Development Operator
  • Linguistic Operator
  • Education

The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.

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 

Learn more about a career as a Communicator Research Operator in the Canadian Armed Forces and discover over 100 other job opportunities at, by calling 1 800 856-8488 or by visiting a Canadian Armed Forces Recruitment Centre near you. 

This position is also available part-time.

How to Apply