Mechanical Technologists, Gas Turbine Laboratory, Aerospace (various teams)
National Research Council Canada
Ottawa, ON, CA
1d ago

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Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.

We are looking for 2 Mechanical Technologists to support the Central Facilities and the Engine Performance and Icing teams in the Gas Turbine Laboratory (GTL) within the Aerospace Research Centre.

The work will be conducted at the Montreal Rd Campus facilities. Your role will be to carry out facility operations, maintenance support and upgrade activities.

The Mechanical Technologists would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

You will be expected to independently operate large compressors, exhausters, heaters, pumps and other industrial scale and specialized equipment to provide stable and reliable operational conditions through the delivery of compressed air in support of NRC clients and researchers.

You will also be expected to safely and effectively perform troubleshooting, proactive and corrective maintenance to the aforementioned major equipment and auxiliary equipment.

You will also be required to independently or with a team perform facility improving activities that will include mechanical fabrication services.

Secondary duties might include working in the combustion (for Central Facilities team) and engine (for Engine Performance and Icing team) or altitude test cells when required.

Some shift work is required and from time to time, the work can also include early-morning or late-evening shifts to accommodate flexible testing timeframes.

This position will appeal to a person who is well organized, who is detail-oriented, and who enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver excellent service.

If you’re that person, then this is the perfect role for you!

NRC's main campus on Montreal Road offers free parking and easy access for runners, walkers and in-line skaters to break away during the day and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Most buildings have shower and locker facilities, in addition to an on-campus Fitness Centre. There are also areas for soccer, volleyball and even beach volleyball during the summer! There are ample picnic areas and easy access to a shopping centre, grocery store and pharmacy, as well as numerous restaurants.

In joining our team, you will enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates :

Screening is conducted based on understanding how you meet both the Education and the Experience criteria discussed in this poster below.

As such, candidates must provide a cover letter that clearly articulates how and where they meet the criteria.

Please identify in your cover letter your preferred team.


A 3-year college diploma in Mechanical Technology.


A relevant combination of education and experience may also be considered.

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency


  • Significant experience with the safe operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment in a gas turbine test facility, laboratory or industrial environment; and
  • Significant experience with safe operation of hand and power tools and / or material handling equipment.
  • Assets :

  • Experience working at heights and the use of the related equipment;
  • Experience with machine shop tools and wood shop tools;
  • Experience working with and supervising outside contractors to perform the work needed and;
  • Experience in coordinating maintenance.
  • Additionnally, for the Central Facilities team :

  • Significant experience with the safe operation, maintenance and safety aspects of machines such as large compressors, pumps, valves, air piping systems, pressure vessels, etc. and;
  • Significant experience with manual and electronic data logging.
  • Assets :

  • Experience working with large compressors and associated equipment;
  • Experience with electric / pneumatic valves and electronics;
  • Experience with fork lift;
  • Experience with overhead cranes; and
  • Experience with methods and techniques related to preparing for, conducting, documenting and analyzing experiments / tests.
  • Additionnally, for the Engine Performance and Icing team :

  • Basic expercience with CAD.
  • Assets :

  • Refrigeration operator B certificate; and
  • Experience assembling industrial equipment.
  • Condition of Employment

    Secret Level II

    Language requirements


    Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

    Assessment Criteria

    Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria :

    Technical Competencies

  • Ability to logically analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to gas turbine test and / or industrial facilities;
  • Ability to assemble and disassemble mechanical installations;
  • Basic knowledge of fundamentals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics;
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings, and process and instrumentation diagrams;
  • Knowledge of basic safety considerations relevant to a gas turbine test cell and / or industrial facilities; and
  • Ability to write draft protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician / Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician / Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician / Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Research Technician / Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research Technician / Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Competency Profile(s)

    For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile : Research Technician / Technologist

    View all competency profiles


    Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

    Salary Range

    From $53,987 to $73,935 per annum.


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • These positions are being advertised internally and externally simultaneously; however, first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, you are encouraged to provide, along with your résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how you meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples.
  • In addition, you are encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how you gained the experience.

  • Shift work may be required.
  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required.
  • Heavy lifting will be required on an occasional basis.
  • Climbing stairs with tools will be required on an occasional basis.
  • Working in a noisy environment will be required on an occasional basis.
  • Must be able to work in high and low temperatures.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
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