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Instrumentation Technologist, Gas Turbine Laboratories (GTL)

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 


Note: Preference may be given to visible minorities, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities in this process to address NRC's current and future organizational needs, i.e. to contribute to improving representation of designated group members.

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 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 Technologist, Gas Turbine Laboratories (GTL) to support our Aerospace Research Centre). The Instrumentation Technologist, Gas Turbine Laboratories (GTL) would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Working as an Instrumentation Technologist, you will provide Facility support for research and technology development projects within the Gas Turbine Laboratory team.  You will fabricate and install electronic systems required for the Laboratory’s projects, and will be required to: manufacture and install instrumentation cabling, purchase electronic components, perform instrument calibrations, maintain and troubleshoot the facility and lab instrumentation and control systems  and participate in supporting the experimental and operational testing needs of the Laboratory.  You will be expected to maintain knowledge of current instrumentation system technology and instrumentation trends, including sensor installation methodology, cabling, wiring and soldering and maintenance best practices. 

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 electronics or in instrumentation.


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


An equivalent combination of education and proven experience of at least 5 years in instrumentation and data acquisition projects for aircraft engine testing may be considered. 


  • Significant and recent experience in troubleshooting, implementing and documenting solutions, calibrating and data interpretation of complex instrumentation systems, transducers and equipment;
  • Significant and recent experience carrying out a wide range of complex work such as installing, maintaining, configuring and operating modern electronics instrumentation, data acquisition systems and motion control systems, including associated wiring and fabrication of cable harnesses; and
  • Significant and recent experience in working in multidisciplinary technical teams for the execution of industrial instrumentation projects.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge in specifying, installing, calibrating and troubleshooting instrumentation, sensors and data acquisition hardware for temperature, pressure, flow  and vibration measurements, including the required calibration standards for such measurements;
  • Basic knowledge in using various hand-tools for instrumentation panel building;
  • Solid knowledge of safety techniques and methods used in industrial facilities;
  • Knowledge in reading and drawing electrical diagrams and P&IDs; and
  • Knowledge in closed-loop controls, control valves, solenoid valves, IGVs, dampers, VFDs and heaters.




The following asset criteria may be used for the position supporting the Combustion Research Facilities:

  • Experience in installation, testing, troubleshooting and maintaining instrumentation devices for process monitoring and process control of industrial process heaters and combustion testing applications in research or industrial environments;
  • Experience programming, troubleshooting, maintaining and upgrading motion controls and traverse systems;
  • Experience programming and upgrading Sixnet hardware;
  • Experience programming and upgrading Lookout HMIs from National Instruments; and
  • Knowledge in LabView programming and Data Acquisition systems implementation, maintenance and upgrading.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $58,445 to $80,040 per annum.


  • 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 (14261) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: 3 November 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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