Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

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: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: TO-3 

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 at the NRC work location identified.

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 an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) to support our Aerospace Research Centre. The Aircraft Maintenance Engineer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. 


Working for the NRC Aerospace Research Centre (NRC-AERO), the incumbent will perform and ensure proper completion of applicable maintenance activities related to aircraft.  This includes the installation, inspection, maintenance and repair of aircraft avionics and electrical systems. He/she will troubleshoot and rectify applicable aircraft system defects using standard or specialized test equipment as well as ensure aircraft documentation is complete and accurate. 


The incumbent will also carry out duties as per the appropriate maintenance control manual and ensure conformity to Transport Canada regulatory standards.  As required, the incumbent will assist the Aircraft Crew Chief in preparing aircraft for research flight operations, adhere to the Safety Management System Policy, provide training/guidance and oversight of the work of apprentices and accompany FRL aircraft on field deployments as required by operational commitments.  


This position will appeal to a person who is well organized, who is detail-oriented and who enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver excellent service.  If you’re that person, then this may be the perfect role for you!

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:


Graduation from a program of study at an accredited college meeting Transport Canada requirements for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer training in the avionics specialty.
Must hold an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) “E or M” licence issued by Transport Canada.
ICAO Type 2 Licence may also be accepted, however a Transport Canada AME “E or M” Licence must be obtained within 12 months.


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


  • Significant experience as a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) specializing in avionics on a variety of aircraft types.


  • Experience in a military or civil flight test environment;
  • Experience in an organization that performs major modifications or repairs to civil or military aircraft;
  • Rotary wing maintenance experience including type specific training on Bell Medium helicopters;
  • Experience on aircraft similar to those operated by NRC. (Note: current fleet includes Convair 580, Dassault Falcon 20, Twin Otter, Canadair CT-133 (T-33), Harvard Mk IV, Bell 205, Bell 206, Bell 412.); and
  • Experience with avionics installation and/or maintenance.

Condition of Employment

  • Secret (II); and
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain an Airport Restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC) from the Ottawa Airport Pass Control Office.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of how to perform and ensure proper completion of scheduled and unscheduled inspections, including inspections after abnormal occurrences;
  • Solid knowledge or how to research, evaluate and  complete airworthiness directive and service bulletins requirements;
  • Solid knowledge of troubleshooting and rectification of defects of applicable aircraft systems;
  • Solid knowledge regarding aircraft logbook entries and technical documentation;
  • Solid knowledge of how to carry out applicable installations in accordance with drawings;
  • Solid knowledge of weight and balance control procedures; and
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices associated with the implementation of a Safety Management System as defined by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA).

Behavioural Competencies

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

Competency Profile(s)

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


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From $58,445 to $80,040 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.
  • 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 positions.
  • Extended hours are sometimes required to meet client and test needs. 
  • Overtime will sometimes be required. 
  • Willingness to occasionally work on weekends and/or on statutory holidays. 
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants. 
  • Occasional national and international travel may be required.
  • 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 (21982) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: 31 July 2024 - 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.