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Chief Operating Engineer

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: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: HP-8 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 

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


The Chief Operating Engineer directs and controls the operation and preventive/corrective maintenance programs of the NRC's Montreal Road Campus Heating Plant. He/She will provide technical advice/expertise on the heating plant operations and will prepare reports on the operation of the Plant. The Chief Operating Engineer also will prepare and manage the Heating Plant operating and maintenance budgets including special projects and contract services.  


The Chief Operating Engineer reports to the Director, Operations and Maintenance and is responsible for the supervision of the 8 employees who operate and maintain the NRC Montreal Road Campus Heating and Cogeneration Facility including steam, condensate and compressed air distribution systems for all Montreal Road buildings and facilities.

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 according to provincial standards.


1st Class Power (Operating) Engineer Certificate of Qualification (Standardized) in accordance with the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, Ontario Provincial Regulation 219/01.


Important note:


Candidates who hold a 1st Class Power Engineering Certificate (SOPEEC) in any other province except Quebec must be able to meet the criteria set by TSSA and pass the TSSA exam specific to Ontario’s Act and Regulations within 90 days of receiving of an offer of employment and prior to being appointed to the position. See TSSA Labour Mobility Certification process.


Candidates who hold Quebec Power Engineer “Class 1 (MMF1)” Certificate and a “Class A (MMFA) Refrigeration certificate” must be able to meet the criteria set by TSSA and pass the TSSA exam specific to Ontario’s Acts and Regulations within 90 days of receiving of an offer of employment and prior to being appointed to the position. See TSSA Labour Mobility Certification process.


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


  • Extensive experience at managing operation of a first-class high-pressure steam plant to ensure safe, efficient and reliable operation and maintenance of the facility including all associated distribution systems.
  • Significant experience managing a preventive and corrective maintenance program of a heating plant.
  • Significant experience scheduling and coordinating work activities of staff, other trades and contractors on the physical plant, all associated equipment, including tunnel steam, air and condensate systems up to the mechanical rooms. 
  • Significant experience providing technical expertise to Management on Heating Plant Operations. 
  • Significant experience with document management and keeping records of the on-going activities. 
  • Significant experience at troubleshooting and problem solving to then further identify root causes and take appropriate corrective action.
  • Significant experience in the recruitment, development and training of personnel, while implementing actions and standard processes for team growth.
  • Significant experience at managing by planning, scheduling and coordinating work activities during plant major shutdowns.
  • Significant experience at emergency response functions and walk-through drills.
  • Significant experience managing cooling towers and closed loop water treatment systems. 
  • Significant experience at responding to power outages and/or equipment failures.    



  • Experience with a Cogeneration Facility.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Must be able to be on-call for emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.


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.

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of steam and electrical power generation, including processes, and procedures related to operation and maintenance of first-class high-pressure steam plant.
  • Knowledge of Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, Ontario Provincial Regulation 219/01
  • Knowledge of ASME codes and CSA standards related to high-pressure steam plant.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and collaborate with staff to complete corrective actions, and ensuring completion of small projects.
  • Knowledge in occupational health and safety practices in accordance with the Canada Labour Code.
  • Ability to read and interpret P&ID drawings, technical reports and equipment specifications.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Supervisor - Teamwork (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Services Supervisor


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


From $95,366 to $105,962 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent who meets the language requirements will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


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


  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • Overtime may be required occasionally. 
  • 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.
  • 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 (18984) to:


Telephone: 819-431-8570 

Closing Date: 28 April 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time  



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