Supply Technician


You will be responsible for ensuring that all of the supplies and services necessary for Canadian Forces operations are available when and where they are required. You will handle a variety of items such as food, fuel, heavy machinery, spare parts, stationery and clothing.

What They Do  

Supply Technicians (SUP TECH) are responsible for ensuring that all of the supplies and services necessary for Canadian Forces operations are available when and where they are required. They handle a variety of items such as food, fuel, heavy machinery, spare parts, stationery and clothing. Their tasks involve purchasing, warehousing, shipping, receiving, stock control and disposal of obsolete stock and equipment.


  • Receive, handle and prepare items for shipment

  • Operate military vehicles weighing up to 10 tonnes and materials-handling equipment such as forklifts

  • Process invoices and prepare shipping documents

  • Order material from internal and external sources and purchase supplies

  • Deliver supplies and provide services to operational units

  • Perform recordkeeping, stocktaking and inventory control

  • Maintain accounting and financial records

  • Process and Coordinate Repair and Disposal functions

    Qualification Requirements  

    Supply Technicians must have initiative, good organizational skills and the ability to work independently. They must also have average or better physical strength and stamina. Accuracy, attention to detail, adaptability and an interest in performing a variety of tasks are essential attributes. Clerical skills and an interest in computer operations and systems are also an advantage.

    You must meet Canadian Forces medical standards, and successfully complete a selection process that includes interviews and a wide range of examinations.


    Basic Military Qualification

    The first stage of training for everyone is the 13-week Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) course held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. 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 CF physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding. BMQ covers the following topics:


  • Policies and regulations of the Canadian Forces;

  • CF drill, dress and deportment (the “three D’s”);

  • Basic safety;

  • First Aid;

  • Personal survival in nuclear, biological and chemical conditions;

  • Handling and firing personal weapons;

  • Cross-country navigation; and

  • Personal survival in field conditions.

    Basic Military Occupational Training

    On completion of the Basic Military Qualification (BMQ), Supply Technicians attend Basic Military Occupational (MOC) Training at the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics (CFSAL) in Borden, Ont. Training takes approximately 67 days and covers the following topics within the Canadian Forces Supply System:

  • Inventory control, stocktaking and accounting procedures

  • Requesting, receiving, issuing and warehousing materiel

  • Handling and accounting for petroleum, oils and lubricants

  • Handling and accounting for rations

  • Accounting for ammunition

  • Materiel and services procurement

  • Processing of materiel for repair and disposal

  • Financial management procedures

  • Budget management

  • Supply operations

  • Materiel identification

  • Preparation of requisitions

  • Warehouse stock location system

  • Use of materiel handling aids

  • Military correspondence

  • Processing issues and receipts

  • Computer operation and maintenance

  • Loan procedures

  • Preservation and packaging of materiel

  • Serially numbered materiel control and accounting

  • Supply-related administrative and support functions

    Working Environment  

    Supply Technicians (SUP TECH) work in all types of environments and weather conditions. Members serving on board a ship may live and work in the most extreme conditions in all parts of the world. They must carry out their duties in enclosed and exposed positions as well as in confined spaces above and below the water line. They may experience extreme discomfort and nausea as a result of the ship’s motion. Supply Technicians must stand duty watches, perform ship's husbandry duties and other related tasks. Members serving with field force units must participate regularly in operations and training with combat arms, including such duties as driving and maintaining vehicles. They are routinely exposed to extremes of heat and cold and to odors, noise, dampness, dust, dirt and mud. Supply Technicians must become accustomed to working in cramped quarters such as vehicles, trenches or tents. Members serving in the air environment may be deployed to remote locations on very short notice, and must adapt to abrupt climatic changes.

    Appropriate training, environmental clothing and equipment are provided and Supply Technicians’ health, safety and morale are closely monitored.

    Advanced and Specialty Training  

    Individuals who demonstrate the required ability and ambition may undertake advanced occupational training through formal courses or on-the-job training as they progress in their career. Specialty training such as Parachute Riggers, Control of Hazardous Material, and Hazardous Material Packaging are also available.

    Below are some examples of training related to this occupation;

    Advanced Training Courses


  • Military Contracts

  • Internal Audit Procedures

  • Personnel Management

  • Material Management

  • Budget management

  • Business planning process

    Specialty Training Courses

  • Instructional Techniques

  • Parachute Packer/Rigger

  • Control of Hazardous Material

  • Hazardous Material Packaging

  • Storage and Packaging

  • Special packaging

    Career Development  

    Qualified Supply Technicians may work with static and field units virtually anywhere in the world where the Canadian Forces serve. The distribution of Supply Technicians within the three military environments averages 16% Navy, 60% Army and 24% Air. Travel opportunities are extensive. In geographic terms, a Supply tech may serve on bases and wings throughout Canada, including the Arctic, or on other continents with Canadian contingents supporting the commitments of the UN, NATO or other coalitions of allied forces. Supply Technicians represent the largest support classifications in the Canadian Forces. Career progression and various employment opportunities are readily available to individuals with proven abilities.

    Related Civilian Occupations  


  • Stores person

  • Contract Administrator

  • Purchasing Officer

  • Warehouse Supervisor

  • Material Manager

  • Truck or Forklift Operator