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Including sea pay and considering Vicky's years of experience and technician status, her annual salary can reach $47,700.00.




Vicky was eight years old when she knew that she wanted to join the military. She ended up joining on June 19, 1991. Vicky began by acquiring three years of CEGEP, and received a diploma in administration and marketing. Her electronics training was all supplied by the military.

On board the HMCS Montreal, she is currently a non-commissioned member in the Canadian Forces. As a naval electronics technician, her duties are to maintain electronics equipment as well as repair the faults in the equipment.

For Vicky, one of the most rewarding parts of the job comes from the mental challenges involved. It is not a routine job. When maintenance has to be done or when something breaks, she has to know what to do.

What makes this job exciting for her is that a great deal of knowledge is needed to do it. Her training is 18 months long, and it is one of the longest required by the military. After two years, you need to go back for another 14 months to specialize.

Did you know? Jargon and acronyms have always been part of military life. On modern naval vessels, the "Shin Pad Display" is the individual computer screen device that is connected to the ship's central communication and control system.

Vicky's job pays approximately $48,000 including sea pay. She notes, however, that not every leading seaman receives the same amount. Since she is a technician, she gets a little more.

Vicky also points out that there are not many females in the trade, but the numbers are increasing.

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What does a Chanel representative and a naval electronics technician have in common. They are both the same person!

Leading Seaman Vicky Marier is a naval electronics technician specializing in tactical fire control on-board the HMCS Montreal. She also demonstrates Chanel products part-time when she's not at sea. As a non-commissioned member of the Canadian Forces, Vicky's job is to maintain and repair the electronics and radar equipment used by the ship to determine if a 'target' is a threat. A target could be anything from another ship to an enemy submarine.

Vicky's training as a naval electronics technician is one of the longest in the military, taking 18 months to complete. But it's worth it. Vicky now has an exciting job with a lot of responsibility.


Education: Three years of CEGEP, Diploma in Administration and Marketing, military training

Hobbies: Going for coffee, attending movies, shopping, running, oil painting, working part-time as a demonstrator for Chanel