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Maintenance Technician

City: Edmonton 

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: PLA-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 

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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 NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

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 a Maintenance Technician to support our Real Property Planning and Management Branch. The Maintenance Technician would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the Site Operations Supervisor with maintenance of the Edmonton Research Centre, the Nanotechnology Research Centre.

This position will appeal to someone who enjoys working in a team environment with constantly changing priorities and new challenges daily. This position will be ideal for a self-starter who can also work alone. The successful incumbent should be someone who is open to learning and can provide their own input and ideas to benefit the workplace.


The successful candidate will perform or support regularly scheduled preventative maintenance, inspections, and break in daily work orders on equipment such as various types of pumps, fan coil units, air handling units, exhaust fans, closed loop filtration systems, building automation system, the security system and general base building systems (architectural and  mechanical) etc. They will coordinate the activities of maintenance contractors.


Other duties include; performing routine tasks to maintain the physical plant and keeping the site looking well kept, presentable and safe. He/she will have good communication skills in order to work from manuals, drawings, sketches and verbal instructions. In addition, the incumbent will also undertake other related duties as needed, such as but not limited to: set ups and tear downs for events, assisting with shipping and receiving duties, grounds keeping, snow clearing, carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, and other associated duties of teammates while providing vacation relief.


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:


High school diploma, according to provincial standards.

A combination of education and experience might be considered.



Maintenance or trade certification or training, including apprenticeship.

Building Operator certification.


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

  • Significant experience in an industrial or commercial maintenance environment.
  • Significant experience with maintaining and troubleshooting equipment such as: pumps, motors, fan coil units, air handling units, building automation system and security systems, mobile equipment or vehicles.
  • Significant experience with PPE, and workplace safety procedures. 
  • Basic experience with MS office such as Excel, Word, Outlook.


*Basic – a few months and up to 2 years
*Significant – 2 to 6 years



  • Experience as a Building Operator in an industrial or commercial maintenance environment.
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.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Solid knowledge of the equipment, tools and materials related to the position; such as hand tools, power tools, mobile equipment and vehicles.
  • Solid knowledge of job-related safety practices and procedures (PPE).
  • Solid ability to maintain and troubleshoot equipment which includes: pumps, motors, fan coil units, air handling units, building automation systems and the security system.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 1)
  • 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(s): Technology Support


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

Salary Range

From $51,633 to $55,240 per annum. 

  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Willingness to work in an environment that may include exposure to chemicals, dirt, noise, noxious odours, hazardous equipment, extreme temperatures and/or working in awkward conditions.
  • 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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (10999) to:


Telephone: 613-990-4292 

Closing Date: 02 December 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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