Mechanical Technologist

Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre
Victoria - British Columbia


  • This is a 2 year term position.
  • Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.
  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.

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 a vibrant and dynamic Mechanical Technologist to support our HAA Research Centre. The Mechanical Technologist would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

A Mechanical Technologist is required to assist in the design, prototyping, fabrication, assembly, test and integration of world-class astronomical instrumentation for the international Gemini 8 metre telescopes, Canada France Hawaii Telescope, and future large telescope projects, including the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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 2400 Hour Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma Program or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.


Significant and recent experience designing in 3D CAD parametric solid-modelling environments, preferably with the Autodesk Inventor Series software.

Significant experience in the drafting of complex precision mechanical components/mechanisms preferably for scientific instrumentation.

Experience using Autodesk Vault for management of hierarchical CAD files is an asset.

Experience in fabrication, assembly, and commissioning of precision equipment, in particular scientific instrumentation.

Experience in the preparation of technical documentation.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience may be considered.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Working knowledge of the fundamental design principles and analytical tools needed for mechanical design.

Working knowledge of 3D parametric computer aided design software (preferably recent versions of Autodesk Inventor or SolidWorks) for creating complex assemblies and parts.

Working knowledge of mechanical drafting procedures and practices.

Knowledge of machine shop equipment, fabrication procedures and techniques, and commercially available components for precision instrumentation.

Working knowledge of the fabrication and assembly of thermally controlled enclosures, ideally with composite panel construction, is an asset.

Demonstrated ability to work independently and to execute substantial project tasks while handling several roles and task assignments.

Demonstrated ability to evaluate and analyze designs and equipment to confirm that it will meet specifications.

Demonstrated ability to efficiently produce clear, well-structured and well-written technical documentation.

Behavioural competencies:

Client Focus – Level 2
Communication – Level 2
Results Orientation – Level 2
Teamwork – Level 2

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):  | Technology Support

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

Salary range

  • From $51,114 to $70,000 per annum.

Closing date

10/31/2017 (8 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.
  • 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 (104-17-0514) to:

Telephone: (613) 949-7685