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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic

City: Boucherville 

Organizational Unit: Administrative Services and Property Management 

Classification: HVA 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: French 

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 


And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

Your Challenge

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


We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic to support our Administrative Services and Property Management Branch. The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. 


The NRC is looking for an experienced Refrigeration Mechanic who wants to put their problem solving skills to work on maintaining and repairing equipment and facilities for our research labs at the Boucherville site (The employee may be asked to do tasks at the Royalmount and/or Decelles sites when needed).  As a federal employer, the NRC offers the opportunity for a much greater work-life balance than most industrial facilities, and a cleaner environment too! Our Refrigeration Mechanics typically work a 37.5 hour work week with only the occasional need for overtime – but no shift work, and no regularly scheduled weekends. Couple this balanced work schedule with a pension plan, medical/dental benefits and very reasonable leave provisions (vacation, sick leave, family related leave and December shutdown) and you have a great opportunity for a long term career with us.


Working at the NRC provides our Refrigeration Mechanics with the opportunity to work with unique facilities which include industrial, commercial, residential, specialised and scientific equipment. Our Refrigeration Mechanics provide repair, maintenance and installation services for a variety of equipment and building systems in Zone buildings, including:


• Chillers
• Refrigeration systems
• Energy management systems
• Instrumentation and Building Automation Control systems. 


The Refrigeration Mechanic’s maintenance activities are carried out in response to emergency situations, malfunctions and as part of regular preventative maintenance programs. He/she is responsible for equipment and control systems during emergency call-ins, scheduled overtime and power shutdowns. He/she must comply with and maintain government refrigerant regulations and records.

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:



Secondary School Diploma according to provincial standards.


Valid Quebec SF-1 –Certificate for Refrigeration Systems or an equivalent Inter-Provincial Red Seal Journeymen’s Certificate of Qualification.


Valid Quebec H1- Halocarbons certificate


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  • Experience in industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  • Experience in building automation systems.
  • Experience in building heating and cooling systems.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Must possess and be able to 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 refrigeration and air conditioning in accordance with current codes and standards.
  • Knowledge of safety practices and procedures relevant to the trade.
  • Knowledge of energy management systems (DDC, SDC, PLC, Frequency drives, and process controllers).

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $59,106 to $63,845 per annum. 



An incumbent occupying a position within the HVA subgroup of the Operational (OP) Category who has refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic certification and performs the duties of a HVAC technician is currently entitled to receive an annual terminable allowance of $5,750.


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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.
  • Working with hazardous materials, i.e: refrigerant oils, refrigerant compressed gases, filter dust, water treatment and cleaning chemicals. Working in labs with potential health hazards.



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 direct your questions, with the requisition number (5588) to:


Telephone: 613-993-0542 

Closing Date: 25 January 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2018-12-11

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