Technical Officer, Powder Forming

Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.


* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.


Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Boucherville 

Organizational Unit: Automotive and Surface Transportation 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 2 years, with possibility of extension or continuing employnment

Language Requirements: French

Work arrangements: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the NRC work location identified.



  • This position is being re-posted. If you had previously applied, there is no need to re-apply.
  • The technical competencies have been amended.

Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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 a Technical Officer to support the Powder Forming team of our Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre. The candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.  

The candidate will have to carry out research and development activities in the field of materials and fabrication processes using technologies associated with powder metallurgy processes. 


The work will involve the development of powder mixtures and components produced by powder metal forming processes (compaction, injection molding, sintering, 3D printing). The candidate will also be involved in the characterization of powders (ex.: microscopy, granulometry…) and components (ex.; mechanical tesying, magnetic properties…) produced with powders and intended for various applications (mechanical parts, electric motors, energy, etc.).


He/she will receive and inquire data through trials and experiences, and make the initial analysis as directed by the supervisor and/or project manager. The candidate will be involved in the operation of equipment as per the guidelines or procedures.  He/she will make sure of the operational reliability, adjustment and repair of some equipment and instruments according to the manual of operation and user guides. The Technical Officer will regularly discuss the progress of the project and report any problems to supervisor and/or project manager while maintaining a good knowledge of standard procedures in the field of expertise. He/she will help the project manager and/or supervisor to determine appropriate actions.


The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment in collaboration with researchers and technical officer of the Powder Forming team, colleagues of other groups, Research Centres and industrial partners.

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:


A College Degree in mechanical or metallurgy engineering, or similar domain. 


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


  • Experience in the fabrication and characterization of materials and specifically metals;
  • Experience in the design of components, tools and machine;
  • Experience in the use or development of experimental set-up (ex.: furnace, measurement system, mechanical or electrical set-up); and
  • Experience in conducting tests, acquiring data and performing analysis of experimental results (use of informatics tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point).


Note:  COOP and academic laboratory internship experience may be taken into consideration. 

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Capacity to work with laboratory equipment; and
  • Capacity to follow pre-established procedures or protocols.


The following linguistic competencies will be assessed:


  • Ability to read instructions and documentation in French.
  • Ability to communicate orally with colleagues in French.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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Rates under review


From $49,298 to $69,364 per annum. 


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans.

The NRC Advantage

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process. Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially. 


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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (21327) to:



Closing Date: 27 May 2024 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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