HVAC Technician (pension, full benefits)

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. 


Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: HVA 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English or French 


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


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 HVAC Technician 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? 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 Technician provides repair, maintenance and installation services for a variety of equipment and building systems of various facilities in the National Capital Region, including:
• Chillers
• Refrigeration systems
• Energy management systems
• Instrumentation and control systems.
The HVAC Technician’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.

As a federal employer, the NRC offers the opportunity for a much greater work-life balance and a cleaner work environment! Our HVAC Technician 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, a wide range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation starts at 3 weeks, 3 weeks of sick leave yearly, our offices are closed between December 25th and January 1st, we have 5 days of family related leave and employees are entitled to 2 days of personal leave. And on top of that, you have a great opportunity for a long term career with us.

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 and recent experience in servicing/installing/troubleshooting refrigeration and air conditioning systems and components such as chillers, air handing units, fan coils as well as packaged air conditioning systems;
  • Significant and recent experience Building Automation System;
  • Significant and recent experience in Control systems such Direct Digital Controls, Programmable logic controller (PLC), Variable Frequency Drives,  Pneumatic devices including troubleshooting and performing On-board diagnostics tests of electronic and solid state devices; and
  • Significant and recent experience in building heating and cooling systems.

* Significant is defined as: minimum of two (2) to six (6) years of experience.
* Recent is defined as: within the last two (2) 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.

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, 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: Technology Support


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Salary Range

Salary under review. 


From $63,989 to $69,116 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.


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. 


Help us solve problems for Canada. Grow your career with us today!



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (12198) to:

E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Telephone: 514-258-1653  

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.