"Working in the military reserves is a great way to get a trade and be paid for doing so. Also, it's a great confidence builder, as well as keeping you in great shape. It's a great opportunity for anyone."


Nicole works in one of seven construction engineering occupations which supply all construction, civil, electrical, and mechanical services to the Canadian Forces.


Nicole Wamboldt is an Electrical Distribution Technician in the Canadian Forces Airforce Reserves. The military likes personnel to be multi-trained, so Nicole's duties can involve carpentry, electrical work, or metal work. A regular day for Nicole is 8-4pm. Thursdays, she returns at 6 p.m. for parade night. This involves drill and field training on map and compass reading, ethics, field hygiene and weapons and GPS training.

Nicole joined the reserves because of the opportunity to travel. She says, "being able to see the rest of your country is really cool. Most young people can't afford to travel. The first time I was on an airplane was when I went to basic training with the reserves."

After high school, Nicole took business information technology courses in college. She worked for a couple of years before applying to the reserves. Once accepted, she did ten weeks of basic training then went right into electrical training at the Nova Scotia Community College.

Did you know? Military reserve units are located across Canada, offering weekend, part-time and full-time employment for its members.

According to Nicole, working in the military reserves is a great way to get a trade and be paid for doing so. It's a great confidence builder and it keeps you in great shape. Many reservists work full-time, but only fourteen days of work per month are actually guaranteed. For an entry-level position, it would pay between $63 and $69 per day.

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If you need some electrical work done, it's Private Wamboldt to the rescue.

Nicole Wambolt is part of an Forces Airforce reserve unit. Before she was accepted into the military's training program, Nicole had to pass a seven-day assessment program to determine her capabilities. The assessment included climbing hydro poles up to 30 meters in height and transmission towers that were even higher. Her part-time military training has provided her with an excellent career as an electrical distribution technician.


Education: Electrical training at the Nova Scotia Community College

Hobbies: Reading, karate, playing softball, and walking her new puppy, Minnie