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Millwright / Mechanic

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups:  women, 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. 


City: Ketch Harbour 

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: MECL 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 


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.

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing 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. 

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 Millwright / Mechanic to support our Real Property Planning and Management (RPPM) Branch. The Millwright / Mechanic would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. 

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 Millwright / Mechanic needs to be very self-driven and is comfortable working alone. Under the general supervision of the Site Operations Supervisor, the Millwright Mechanic is responsible for maintaining, installing, inspecting, troubleshooting, calibrating and repairing a wide range of mechanical systems and equipment including specialized laboratory equipment and hydraulic/pneumatic systems. You will be required to maintain all equipment to required standards and be responsive to research needs and equipment failures. You will work as part of a team to support other trades on site but would routinely perform work independently and maintain a high level of accuracy and safety, while performing your duties. 

The Millwright / Mechanic will also be required to operate all shop equipment and tools, use precision measuring instruments necessary for the alignments, repair and installation of mechanical systems and facility projects. He or she will work closely with each Research group to support maintenance/repairs and set-up of equipment to ensure operational efficiency. 

This position will require some knowledge of building automation systems and will require you to be on call for emergencies on a rotating schedule to for both facilities in the Halifax area; the sites are 25km apart. A vehicle will be available for your use for travel between the sites. 

NRC offers regular working hours (37.5 hours per week) with great benefits including sick leave, family-related leave, and 3 weeks' vacation.

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:


Successful completion of secondary school or equivalency diploma according to provincial standards. 

Must possess a valid Interprovincial Red Seal certificate in the Millwright trade. Please ensure to include the date you obtained your Interprovincial Red Seal in your application.

Certifications that could be considered as an asset:

  • First Aid / CPR
  • Forklift
  • Fall Prevention 
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Overhead Hoist Training 


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


  • Significant work experience working as a Millwright / Mechanic in a plant, institute or industrial setting. 
  • Significant experience of the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of complex/specialized equipment and your standard industrial equipment such as pumps, fans, motors, air compressors, heat exchangers, HVAC equipment, actuators, accumulators, hydraulics, and related equipment.
  • Significant experience overseeing contractors and monitoring on-site work. 
  • Experience with a building management and preventative maintenance system.

*Significant – 2 to 6 years

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Must be able to possess and 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

  • Advanced knowledge in troubleshooting, problem solving and repairing hydraulic/mechanical systems and their components, air compressor systems, and building systems.
  • Knowledge of working in an environment utilizing a building management and preventative maintenance system.
  • Ability to use precision alignment tools and procedures for alignment of machinery.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, manuals and manufacturers specifications.
  • Knowledge of the National Building Code, the Canada Labor Code Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. 

Behavioural Competencies

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


From $61,880 to $67,491 per annum. 


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


  • Willingness to work on-call on rotation. 
  • 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 (18579) to:


Telephone: 819-431-8570 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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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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