National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Ottawa, Ontario

Hull Technician

Across Canada
Entry Level, Early Career


By becoming a Hull Technician, you are choosing to follow the path of one of the oldest crafts in the Royal Canadian Navy, and will be responsible for everything concerning the hull and superstructure of ships. As part of the crew, you will also play an important role in various offshore operations both in Canada and abroad, and you will experience the unique adventures and challenges that come with life at sea.

Hull Technicians monitor the stability of the ship and identify potential problems before they become critical. Ingenious and efficient, they are versatile technicians who are able to assume a wide range of maintenance responsibilities to ensure the operational status of ships. They work everywhere on the ship from confined spaces, to open decks, and in a range of weather conditions.

You will be responsible for numerous tasks within the Royal Canadian Navy, an organization that is respected around the world, and will be part of a team that promotes camaraderie, the spirit of the Forces.


As a Hull Technician, your main responsibilities will be to maintain and repair the structure, stabilizing components, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation, and damage control and firefighting equipment.

You will also perform testing, maintenance and repair of structural and hull elements, piping systems, pumping and flooding systems, steam heating and de-icing equipment, and the ship’s anti-pollution and sanitation systems. 

You are the ship’s carpenter, welder, metal worker and damage control expert. As a Hull Technician, you will be called upon to calculate ship stability and identify potential problems to ensure that crew safety standards are always maintained.

Salary and Benefits 

The starting salary for fully-trained Hull Technicians is $49,400 per year. However, depending on previous experience and training, the starting salary may be higher. 

Occupational 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. If you demonstrate dedication, and have the potential and required skills, you may be selected for opportunities for career advancement, promotions and advanced training.

Basic Military 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. 

Naval Environmental Training

Naval recruits learn the attend the Canadian Forces Fleet School either in Esquimalt, British Columbia or Halifax, Nova Scotia for approximately five weeks. Training includes the following topics:

  • Naval History and Organization
  • Shipboard Firefighting and Damage Control
  • Shipboard Safety
  • Watchkeeping Duties
  • Seamanship

Basic Occupational Qualifications 

Hull Technicians learn their trade by attending the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Esquimalt, British Columbia, for approximately 20 weeks. This training includes the following topics:

  • Reading and Interpreting ship’s drawings, blueprints and sketches
  • Maintenance and Repair of watertight and non-watertight openings
  • Ship’s Plumbing and Piping Systems
  • Sheet Metal Work
  • Wood-working
  • Welding
  • Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence
  • Firefighting and Damage Control
  • Ventilation and Air-conditioning

Specialty Training

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

  • Petroleum Products Handling
  • Welder – Inert Gas
  • Instructional Techniques
  • Air-Conditioning Controls
  • Advanced Training

As they progress in their career, Hull Technicians who demonstrate the required ability and potential may be offered advanced training. Available courses include:

  • Pollution Abatement
  • Helicopter Firefighting, Crash and Rescue
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Advanced Damage Control


  • 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 how you can become a Hull Technician 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. 

How to Apply