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HVAC Mechanic

*This position is being re-posted. If you had previously applied to competition 9680, there is no need to re-apply.


City: Ottawa

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management Branch

Classification: HVA 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English or French 

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 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 HVAC Mechanics to support our Real Property Planning and Management Branch (RPPM) in Ottawa. The successful candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
Are you ready to put your problem solving skills to work on maintaining and repairing equipment for our research labs? As a federal employer, the NRC offers the opportunity for a much greater work-life balance than most industrial facilities, and a cleaner environment! Our HVAC Mechanics typically work a 37.5 hour work week with only the occasional need for overtime – but no shift work, and no regularly scheduled weekends. Couple this balanced work schedule with a pension plan, medical/dental benefits and very reasonable leave provisions (vacation, sick leave, family related leave and December shutdown) and you have a great opportunity for a long term career with us.

Working at the NRC would provide you with the opportunity to work with our unique facilities which include industrial, commercial, residential, specialised and scientific equipment. Our HVAC Mechanics provide repair, maintenance and installation services for a variety of equipment and building systems in Zone buildings, including:
• Chillers
• Refrigeration systems
• Energy management systems
• Instrumentation and control systems.
The Refrigeration Mechanic’s maintenance activities are carried out in response to emergency situations, malfunctions and as part of regular preventative maintenance programs. He/she is responsible for equipment and control systems during emergency call-ins, scheduled overtime and power shutdowns. He/she must comply with and maintain government refrigerant regulations and records.

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.

Valid Ontario 313A-Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic or an equivalent Inter-Provincial Red Seal Journeymen’s Certificate of Qualification.

Ozone depletion certificate.


Completion of Working at Heights and Elevated Work Platform training could be considered as an asset.


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


  • Significant experience in industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  • Significant experience in building heating systems.


* Significant: 2 to 6 years.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Solid knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning in accordance with current codes and standards.
  • Solid knowledge of safety practices and procedures relevant to the trade.
  • Solid knowledge of energy management systems (DDC, SDC, PLC, Frequency drives, and process controllers).
  • Solid ability to read mechanical schematics/blueprints and interpret manufacturer’s specifications.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • 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 $63,043 to $68,095 per annum. 


An incumbent occupying a position within the HVA subgroup of the Operational (OP) Category who has refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic certification and performs the duties of a HVAC technician is currently entitled to receive an annual terminable allowance of $5,750.

  • 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.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • Working with hazardous materials, ie: refrigerant oils, refrigerant compressed gases, filter dust, water treatment and cleaning chemicals. Working in labs with potential health hazards.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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 (9824) to:


Telephone: 819-431-8570

Closing Date: 30 September 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.


Date Modified: 2020-09-22

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