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Instrumentation Supervisor, GTL - Central Facilities and Services

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: TO-5 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 

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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 an Instrumentation Supervisor to support the Gas Turbine Laboratory (GTL) for the Aerospace Research Centre. The selected candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


You will be specifically responsible for planning and supervising the technical activities of the Gas Turbine Laboratory instrumentation team.  These activities include but are not limited to designing and implementing instrumentation, data acquisition systems and controls for testing aircraft engines and performing maintenance of the instrumentation and control systems of the testing facilities.

As well, you will be in charge of the planning and supervising instrumentation and control research projects for internal and external clients, planning instrumentation maintenance for the facilities, work assignments to team members, work coordination with stakeholders, supervision of the team members, technical supervision of the quality of the work; assuring compliance with client requirements and applicable regulations.

You will also be expected to use your technical expertise to perform complex technical work with full autonomy, as well as preparing technical reports, progress reports, working schedules, Gantt charts, technical presentations and  technical drawings for internal and external clients.

This is an exciting job opportunity if you want to shine your leadership skills combined with your technical expertise!

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:


Diploma from a three-year post-secondary engineering technology program or an applied science technology program in electrical engineering, electronics or in instrumentation.



A combination of education and experience may also be considered.


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

  • Extensive experience in the application of technical principles,  technologies and best practices in instrumentation, advanced control and data acquisition including design, specifications, assembly, modification, programming, configuring and maintaining specialized systems and equipment.
  • Extensive experience in coordinating multiple-parallel activities in a facility, laboratory or technical service; including scheduling of resources and of equipment, operation, maintenance, training and oversight of laboratory users, and purchasing and inventory control.
  • Extensive experience in coordinating and delivering on projects under tight schedules, including identifying research/development requirements, writing proposals, gathering and analyzing data and reporting on projects.
  • Extensive experience managing a team of technical staff at different physical locations; including assignment of tasks, scheduling, optimizing workload distribution, providing guidance and evaluating performance.
  • Significant experience in hardware installation, implementation and programming of:
  • LabView® based data acquisition systems
  • ControlLogix® Programmable Logic Controllers


And at least one (1) of the following:

  • Human Machine Interface Wonderware ®and/or
  • Advanced Vibration monitoring



  • High speed data recording and data reduction
Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

Advanced knowledge in instrumentation, sensors, transmitters, signal conditioners,  transducers, data acquisition hardware for the measurement and recording of process variables including, but not limited to temperature, pressure, flow, vibration, strain; including the required calibration standards and procedures for such measurements and the implementation of closed loop PID and feedforward controls using motorized, pneumatic, electro-pneumatic, hydraulic actuators for testing and protection of aircraft engines and turbomachinery.
Advanced knowledge in reading and preparing electrical drawings and P&IDs using CAD tools.
Advanced knowledge in installation of hardware, troubleshooting and  programming complex-high-channel-count data acquisition and control systems using LabView® and Programmable Logic Controllers using ControlLogix®.
Solid knowledge in designing and implementing processes and procedures in a research facility environment, including knowledge of methods, techniques and best practices for establishing and applying quality assurance criteria, standard operating procedures and good laboratory/field practices.
Solid knowledge of project management principles, processes and use of office programs for word processing, calculation spreadsheets, project planning and slideshow presentations.
Solid knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations and legislation required to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment, as well as safety techniques and methods used in industrial facilities.

Behavioural Competencies
  • Supervisor - Communication (Level 3)
  • Supervisor - Developing others (Level 3)
  • Supervisor - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Supervisor - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Supervisor - Client focus (Level 3)
Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $86,451 to $102,119 per annum.  In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required.
  • Willingness to work shifts during special projects.
  • Some travelling is required.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples.  In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.  Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application.  Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • 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 (7761) to:


Telephone: 450-641-5132 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified: 2020-02-12

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