Table Five - Civilian Meteorological Technician Courses and Conferences (see Notes)

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1953:

Upper Air 1

Upper Air 2

1954:

Upper Air 1

1955:

Upper Air 1

Upper Air 2

1956:
Upper Air 1

Upper Air 2

Upper Air 3

Upper Air 4

Upper Air 3 & 4

Upper Air 3 & 4 Christmas Party
 

1957:

Upper Air 1

Upper Air 2

Upper Air 3

1958:

Upper Air 1

Upper Air 2

1959:

Upper Air 1

Upper Air 2

UATS 1

1960:

Basic Met 1

Basic Met 2 (names)

Ice Observer Course #3

UATS 1

UATS 2

UATS 3

UATS 4

UATS 5

1961:

Basic Met (TM 61-4)

Basic Met (TM 61-7)

UATS 1

UATS 2

UATS 3

UATS 4

1962:

Basic Met (TM 62-x)

Basic Met (TM 62-2)

Basic Met (TM 62-3)

Basic Met (TM 62-4)

UATS 1

UATS 2

1963:

Presentation / Operations 4

Basic Met (TM 63-1)

Names on Basic Met (TM 63-2)

Basic Met (TM 63-3)

Basic Met (TM 16)

Radar Meteorology Course #1

UATS 1

1964:

Basic Met (TM 64-1)

Basic Met (TM 64-2)

Basic Met (TM 64-3) 

UATS 1

UATS 2

Ice Observer Course

Radar Meteorology Course #2 (or #3)

1965:

Basic Met (TM-23)

Basic Met (TM 65-1)

Basic Met (TM 65-2)

UATS 6501

UATS 6502

Presentation Technician

Presentation / Operations

Radar Meteorology (#4)

Radar Meteorology (#5)
 

1966:

Basic Met (TM 66-2)

Basic Met (TM 66-4)

UATS 6601

UATS 6602

UATS 6603

Presentation / Operations
 

1967:

Basic Met (TM 67-2)

Basic Met (TM 67-3B)

UATS 6701

DOT Supervisors Training Course

1968:

Names on Basic Met (TM 68-3A) 

Names on Basic Met (TM 68-3B) 

UATS 6801

UATS 6802

Names on Presentation

1969:

UATS 6901

UATS 6902

UATS 6903

1970:

UATS 7001

UATS 7003

 1971:

UATS 7101

UATS 7102

1972:

Surface Ob 72-03

Names on UATS 7201

UATS 7202

1973:

Names on UATS 7301

UATS 7302S

UATS Instructors

Advanced Presentation Seminar

1974:

UATS 7401

UATS 7402

UATS 7402F

Advanced Meteorology

1975:

Surface Ob 75-04

Names on Surface Ob 75-05

Surface Ob 75-06

Met Inspectors' Seminar

Names on UATS 7501

UATS 7503

Advanced Meteorology  75-02

Ice Observer Course
(names only)

Computer Operations Course
 

1976:

Met Inspectors' Seminar

AOTC 76-01

Surface Ob 76-01

Names on Surface Ob 76-02

Names on Surface Ob 76-06

Advanced Meteorology 76-02

1977:

AOTC 77-01

1978:

TM 78-03 (Surface Ob)

Presentation
(names only)

1979:

TM 79-01

AOTC 79-02

1980:

TM 80-01

TM 80-03

CMA 80-2F

AOTC 80-01F

AOTC 80-02

AOTC 80-02 (special)

AOTC 80-03

Upper Air Inspectors' Course

AOTC 80-05

AOTC 80-08

1981:

AOTC 81-01

AOTC 81-03F

Presentation 81-01

Advanced Meteorology 81-01

Advanced Meteorology 81-02

1982:

TM 82-01

Electronics Maintenance at Cornwall

AOTC 82-01

AOTC 82-02

AOTC 82-03F

AOTC 82-04

AOTC 82-05F

TM 82-08

Advanced Meteorology 82-03

GMD / ADRES Courses 

1983:

AOTC 83-01F

AOTC 83-01

AOTC 83-02

Ice Observer Course

GMD / ADRES Courses 

1984:

Names on AOTC 84-01

Names on TM 84-01

1985:

AOTC 85-01

AOTC 85-01F

AOTC 85-03

Basic + Advanced Meteorology

Names on Advanced Meteorology 85-02

1986:

MTQC 86-01

Names on MTQC 86-02

AOTC 86-02

1987:

AOTC 87-01

Names on AOTC 87-02

AOTC 87-03

1988:

AOTC 88-01

AOTC 88-02

Weather Service Specialist

1989:

First EG Forecasting Course

Presentation 89-01

1990:

AOTC 90-02

SWOM 90-04

1991:

AOMC 91-01

AOMC 91-02

Weather Service Specialist

Satellite Course - Pacific Region
 

1992:

WO4 Cross Training Course I - Pacific Region

1993:

Superintendents' Conference, Banff - 1993
 1994:

EGX-1 Western Region

EGX-2 Western Region

1995:

Dernier cours (EG) en prévision

 
1997:

AWOS Maintenance (ten courses)

Surface Inspectors Workshops (five)

Ceilometer Course

Upper Air Maintenance
 

     
   
2003:

Surface Weather Observing, Burlington ON

2004:

1CAD Conference

Surface Weather Observing, Burlington ON

2005:

Surface Weather Observing, Burlington ON

2006:

Ice Observers Weather Course

2007:

Surface Weather Observing (1), Burlington ON

Surface Weather Observing (2), Burlington ON

Ice Observers Weather Course (F)

2008:

Surface Weather Observing, Burlington ON

2009:

Surface Weather Observing, Toronto ON

Surface Weather Observing, Richmond BC

2010:

Surface Weather Observing, Burlington ON

 2011:  2012:  2013: 2014:

Surface Weather Observing, Richmond BC

(all course photos by year of graduation unless noted)

Much Help Needed with Names and / or Dates

Some Acronyms:

TM Technician Meteorological
MTQC Meteorological Technician Qualification Course
UATS Upper Air Training School
TCTI Transport Canada Training Institute
AOTC Aerological Observers Training Centre
F Cours en français
WSS Weather Service Specialist
APTP Apprentice or Professional Training Program
MTQ Meteorological Technician Qualification
SWOM Surface Weather Observing & Maintenance
AWOS
Automatic Weather Observing System
AOMC
Aerological Observing and Maintenance Course


Notes re Civilian Technician Courses (with thanks to Gerry Flucke)

There were: Presentation/Operations courses, Presentation courses, Operations courses, and Advanced Met courses from the early '60s to the early '80s.  In 1967, the Presentation/Operations course was split into three separate courses: Advanced Met, Presentation, Operations. The Advanced Met was a pre-requisite for the Presentation and the Operations courses. The Operations Course faded out a little earlier as the computer-generated products took over in the major offices.

More on the History of ASTS by Otto Andres (January 2009)

The DOT (Transport Canada) decided to centralize the regional training in Ottawa in 1960.  The new airport terminal was partially vacant, to the embarassment of the Department, so it was decided that the new school be located there. There were three faculties, Air Traffic Control, Telecommunications (Radio Operator and Electronics) and Meteorology.  Meteorological training was provided by the Met staff to all three faculties.  Radio operators were included because they took official weather observations at most of their stations.

Initially, only a three-month basic weather observing course was taught to the new recruits.  Later, introductory training was provided to Met Officer courses and subsequently to advanced Met Tech courses (Presentation, Operations, Advanced and Field training).  The first staff consisted of several instructors transferred from the various regions.  The new ones were selected through competitions.

When Ottawa Airport flying increased significantly, other facilities had to be found.  Various closed military bases were considered but in early 1970's a fairly new convent was occupied while a new Transport Canada Training Institute was being built.  Cornwall Ontario was chosen as the preferred site and the move was made to the residential school in 1976. The Upper Air training School relocated to Cornwall from Scarborough in the late 1970's.

Still more (with thanks to Dave Tidbury and others) .......

During the 70's - 80's when technicians were hired by AES, there were 2 options (not necessarily choices) - take the 3 month surface weather observer course held at the Ottawa Airport, where, upon graduation, you returned to your region as an EG-1. While on course you received an allowance. The other option was to go Upper Air. You had to successfully pass the Surface Observers course upon which you were hired as an EG-1 on probation. You then proceeded to the UATS in *Scarborough for a four month course in Upper Air with one week dedicated to Seismology. You had to pass both to graduate. Later (from 1979), the upper air training school was called Aerological Observers Training Centre (AOTC) in Cornwall.

Approximate dates for locations and names of technical training (Surface / Entry and Upper Air) courses:

very early training was at Toronto Airport (not documented yet)
UATS Toronto Island (and Edmonton): about 1953 to summer 1959
ASTS Ottawa beginning in 1960
TCTI Ottawa from some time in the 1970s to 1978 when consolidated in Cornwall
UATS Scarborough fall 1959 to fall of 1978
AOTC Cornwall opened in early 1979, and entry courses, formerly called Surface Ob became TM
1979: Entry courses renamed Technician Meteorological (TM)
1986: Entry courses renamed again to: Meteorological Technician Qualification (MTQ) Courses

First entry courses have been called variously "Surface Met", Surface Obs" and "Basic Met".  We have standardized the naming of these courses to Basic Met.  Later they were called simply by their number, eg TM 80-01.

The last upper air course given in Scarborough was 79-01 with the last training flight being done on April 11, 1979.  The last of the staff left Scarborough on May 23, 1979.  The UATS moved to Cornwall during the summer of 79.  The first TM, course TM 79-01, was given in Cornwall.

Upon graduation, you were entered into the National Upper Air pool as an EG-3 and you could be posted anywhere in the country, although preference was given to the region you were hired in if there were vacancies. After one - two years you would be promoted by one level - Surface techs to EG-2 and Upper Air to EG-4. The next promotion for many would be as Officer In Charge (OIC) of the station. If you were in the surface Weather Observing program, you were promoted to EG-4, if Upper Air program EG-5, if combined Upper Air and Surface or Upper Air, Seismology and Ozonesonde program, the OIC was an EG-6.

After a few years, the option of taking pre-Advanced meteorology by correspondence would be offered. This was followed by the Advance Met Course, which then in turn you took the Presentation course. Your level on graduation depended on the station you were posted. If at the site, the tech was required to do both surface weather observing and Presentation, then you were an EG-5.  If you did only Presentation, you were an EG-6. The next step in their career path would be as Officer-In-Charge (OIC).

Many Upper Air techs who received a posting to an Upper Air site in the south often stayed in Upper Air for the rest of their career. For many southern Upper Air techs the option of being promoted from an EG-4 to EG-5 was not enough to convince them to go from Upper Air to Presentation when they compared working Upper Air shifts versus the shifts worked by many Presentation techs.

 

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