Mechanical Technician (2 positions)

Aerospace Research Centre
Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for a one-year period for similar positions of various tenures, various linguistic profiles and various locations.
  • These are two (2) continuing positions.

Your challenge

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

We are looking for two vibrant and dynamic Mechanical Technicians to support the Flight Research Laboratory in our Aerospace Research Centre. You would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration in supporting the maintenance and operation of our fleet of aircraft and other specialised research facilities.

The primary purpose of these positions is to provide technical support services in laboratory and equipment maintenance, material handling, as well as participate in the preparations for tests and experiments. They will also be involved in helping to track inventory and the conduct of routine experiments/tests and facility operation, and may assist in design and analysis activities. 

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:


Diploma from a post-secondary Engineering Technology Program in Mechanical or Electrical or related field.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


Basic experience working with mechanical or electrical / electronic component installation assembly and disassembly;

Basic experience in materials handling including forklift operations and other lifting devices;

Basic experience in the preventative maintenance and inspection of gas powered and electrical equipment;

Basic experience in maintaining workshops in organized and functional condition;

Basic experience in stock and inventory control and tracking;

Basic experience using hand and power tools; and

Basic experience using MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, etc.


• Experience in the fabrication and installation of various mechanical and electronic instrumentation equipment;
• Experience in general maintenance of workshop equipment such as jacks and power carts;
• Experience of working in an aviation environment;
• Experience with calibration and installation procedures of various sensors; (i.e. temperature and pressure transducers);
• Experience with fuel dispensing systems and receiving fuel deliveries;
• Experience working in  large scale test facilities; and
• Experience with human participant testing in dynamic environments.


An equivalent combination of work related experience, training and education will be considered.

Condition of employment

  • A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.
  • Must be able to travel overnight and/or travel for more than one day.
  • Driving NRC vehicles for work purposes and maintaining a valid driver’s license is required.
  • Level II (Secret)
  • Must be able to work overtime, including nights, weekends and statutory holidays.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC) from the Ottawa Airport Pass Control Office.
  • Must be able to possess and retain the physical capabilities to perform the position which include but may not be limited to: crouching, bending, twisting, walking, climbing stairs & ladders, ability to hear to diagnose mechanical troubles, and the ability to handle heavy and bulky objects.

Language requirements

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Knowledge of safe work practices, tool handling and safety standards required in an industrial environment;

Knowledge of mechanical systems including structural components and mechanisms;

Knowledge of inventory tracking and recording using any type of software database such as MS Access;

Ability to work from schematics, drawings and technical manuals; and

Ability to safely use various hand and power tools as well as machine tools such as a drill press.


Behavioural competencies:

Results Orientation – level 1
Teamwork – level 1
Communication – level 1
Initiative – level 1

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

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

Salary range

  • From $43,114 to $60,663 per annum.

Closing date

10/26/2017 (3 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • These positions are being advertised internally and externally simultaneously; however, first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

To apply

All applications must be submitted on-line.  Please do not fax or email your applications. By applying over the web, your application becomes available to managers immediately. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

You should also be prepared to attach your résumé into the online application form in one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • ASCII text
  • PDF

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Please review instructions before applying online.

To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (141-17-0451) to:

Telephone: (450) 641-5132