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Mechanical Technician, Combustion and Fuels

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English

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 a Mechanical Technician, Combustion and Fuels to support our Aerospace Research Centre. The person would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


As a Mechanical Technician, Combustion and Fuels, you will provide technical support for research and technology development projects within the Combustion and Fuels (CAF) Group of the Gas Turbines Laboratory (GTL).


You will be responsible for working closely with a multidisciplinary team composed of Technical Officers, Research Council Officers and Research Officers within the CAF Group at NRC.  Under the supervision of more senior Technical Officers, you will support specific gas turbine combustion and fuels-related projects in CAF’s high pressure combustion test cells and in its research laboratories (such as the Mixing Research Laboratory, Spray Dynamics Laboratory and High Pressure Spray Laboratory), when tasked.


In addition, you will assist in the delivery of complete test systems including design, fabrication, assembly, and commissioning of high pressure air, fuel and water delivery systems.  At times, you will be responsible for the purchasing of goods and to track their delivery.  You will also be tasked assisting with implementation of test activities, including test rig or apparatus set-up, test hardware repairs, modifications and instrumentations.  Finally, you will also be tasked with monitoring and operating of test system controls via a computer-based user interface and you will be tasked with test facility maintenance duties based on the planned maintenance schedule.


NRC's main campus on Montreal Road offers free parking and easy access for runners, walkers and in-line skaters to break away during the day and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Most buildings have shower and locker facilities, in addition to an on-campus Fitness Centre. There are also areas for soccer, volleyball and even beach volleyball during the summer! There are ample picnic areas and easy access to a shopping centre, grocery store and pharmacy, as well as numerous restaurants.


Being a dynamic position means that the workdays are always evolving, challenging and motivating. This position will appeal to a person who is well organized, who is detail-oriented and who enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver excellent service.  If you’re that person, then this may be the perfect role for you!


In joining our team, you will enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

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:


College diploma (3-year) in a Mechanical Engineering Technology program or related field. 


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


•Basic experience of gas turbines and gas turbine combustors;
•Experience with installing, operating and trouble-shooting combustion and/or spray test rigs, or equivalents in a laboratory or test cell environment;
•Experience in using 3D CAD design software (Solidworks preferred);
•Basic experience with installation of instrumentation such as thermocouples and pressure tubing related to gas turbine combustors;
•Basic experience in the operation or installation of data acquisition systems; and
•Basic experience in hands-on machining or other fabrication operations.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements



Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Basic knowledge of gas turbine engines;
  • Basic knowledge of fundamentals of fluid mechanics;
  • Basic knowledge of the principles for common measurement techniques in fluid mechanics;
  • Basic knowledge of liquid and gaseous fuels storage, handling, processing (such as mixing, sampling and sparging) and disposal;
  • Practical knowledge of 3D CAD design software (Solidworks preferred);
  • Ability to use hand and power tools to aid fabrication and assembly of high pressure piping systems, laboratory or test cell equipment maintenance as well as repair and modification of testing hardware;
  • Basic knowledge of safety standards required in a laboratory or test cell environment; and
  • Knowledge of ASME B31.1 and ASME B31.3 piping installations, and pressure vessel installations would be considered as an asset. 

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Communication (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 1)

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.

Salary Range

From $45,537 to $64,072 per annum. 


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required.
  • Heavy lifting on occasional basis.
  • The working conditions are those found in an industrial laboratory or engine component test cell environment with the presence of hazardous materials and situations, including elevated sound levels, high temperature and high pressure process fluid piping, lasers, combustible liquid fuels and gases, as well poisonous or toxic gases. The incumbent is expected to independently work in such environments in a safe manner, with a working-level tolerance to a typical test environment with enhanced noise levels, heat and reduced air quality.
  • 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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (6268) to:


Telephone: 450-641-5132 

Closing Date: 21 May 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time


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Date Modified: 2019-05-13

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