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Mechanical Technician

City: Halifax 

Organizational Unit: Administrative Services and Property Management 

Classification: PLA-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 

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

We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Maintenance Technician to support the Administrative Services and Property Management Branch of the NRC. The Maintenance Technician would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

This position will appeal to someone who enjoys working in a multi-site team environment with constantly changing priorities and new challenges daily. 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 maintain and troubleshoot equipment and systems in a safe manner in accordance with current codes and standards. The incumbent will perform and assist with scheduled preventative maintenance and daily work orders on equipment such as various types of compressors, pumps, fan coil units, air handling units, exhaust fans, and general base building systems (architectural and  mechanical) etc. He/ She will provide assistance to the various trade personnel on site such as Electrician, and Plumbers, and assist the Site Operations Supervisor with coordination of smaller projects. This position will also require some knowledge of building automation systems.  This position will also require you to be on call on a rotating schedule and perform work at both facilities in the Halifax area; the sites are 25km apart. A vehicle will be available for your use for travel between both destinations.

In addition, the incumbent will also undertake other related duties as needed, such as but not limited to, snow clearing, carpentry, plumbing, and mechanical.


Other duties include; performing routine tasks to maintain the physical plant and keep the community campus looking well-kept and presentable and he/she will have good communication and computer skills in order to write short reports and work from manuals, drawings, sketches, verbal instructions.

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 or equivalent, according to provincial standards.

Maintenance Technician or mechanical trade training, including apprenticeship would be considered an asset.


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


  • Significant experience in an industrial or commercial maintenance environment.
  • Experience with maintaining and troubleshooting equipment which may include but is not limited to: fan coil units, air handling units, exhaust fans, building automation system, building equipment and vehicles.
  • Experience with PPE safety equipment, harnesses and workplace safety procedures.
  • Extensive hands on experience with ventilation/air conditioning systems would be considered an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Must have and retain the physical capacity to perform the duties of the position which include but are not limited to the ability to lift, move, push, pull and/or carry heavy objects, to crouch and bend, to work on construction worksites or uneven terrain and to perform duties in a wide varied of work settings including dusty environments with irritating chemicals or disagreeable odors, on ladders or at heights or in a variety of climatic conditions.

Language requirements



Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the equipment, tools and materials related to the position. Such as hand tools and power tools, BAS system.  
  • Knowledge of job-related safety practices and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain and troubleshoot equipment which includes: compressors, pumps, fan coil units, air handling units, exhaust fans, building automation system, and building equipment etc.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)

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 $48,410 to $51,792 per annum. 


  • 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.



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 (5684) to:


Telephone: 613-993-0542 

Closing Date: 31 March 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-01-24

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