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Mechanical Technologist, Indoor Air Quality

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English 

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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.


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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 Technical Officer, Mechanical Technologist  to support the Indoor air quality research group facilities within the Construction Research Centre.

The work will be conducted at the the Montreal Rd Campus and in the field. Your role will be to carry out facility operations, maintenance support and upgrades activities. The Mechanical Technologist would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

You will be expected to independently operate full scale chamber, exhaust/supply fans, heaters, humidifiers, pumps, heat/energy recovery ventilators and other specialized equipment to provide stable and reliable operational conditions for an emission full scale chamber and other facilities in support of NRC clients and researchers. You will also be expected to safely and effectively perform troubleshooting, proactive and corrective maintenance to the aforementioned major facility, equipment and auxiliary equipment. You will also be required to independently or with a team perform facility improving activities that will include mechanical fabrication services.

Secondary duties will include  preparation of experiments, participating in both laboratory and field experiments, conduct of routine tests and assisting in experimental design and data analysis activities.

Some shift work is required and from time to time, the work can also include early-morning or late-evening shifts to accommodate flexible testing timeframes.

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 is 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:


A 3-year college diploma in Mechanical Technology.

A relevant combination of education and experience amy also be considered.


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



  • Significant experience with safe operation and maintenance of facilities in climatic chamber test facility, laboratory or filed environment.
  • Significant experience with safe operation of hand and power tools and/or material handling equipment.
  • Significant experience with the safe operation, maintenance and safety aspects of machines or equipment such as pumps, valves, air piping/ducting systems, compressors, humidifiers, heat/energy recovery ventilation systems, heaters, etc.
  • Significant experience with manual and electronic data logging.
  • Experience working with and supervising outside contractors to perform the work needed and in coordinating maintenance.
  • Experience with methods and techniques related to preparing for, conducting, documenting and analyzing experiments/tests.
  • Experience with CAD and in programing in Vee and/or Labview would be an asset.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies


  • Ability to logically analyze and discuss technical issues, troubleshoot and solve problems relating to full scale chamber facility, HVAC systems, IAQ laboratory systems and equipment.
  • Ability to assemble and disassemble mechanical installations and experimental setups.
  • Ability to operate mechanical or electrical tools and equipment for preparation of experimental setup and test rig. (Drills, power saws, thin snips, wire strippers and cutters, etc.) for ventilation and IAQ.
  • Basic knowledge of fundamentals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.
  • Knowledge of applied practices and  concepts for measuring indoor environment parameters (temperature, relative humidity, CO2, etc.) and ventilation parameters (airflow, pressure, air velocity, etc.).
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings, and process and instrumentation diagrams.
  • Ability to write draft protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety best practices required to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):  Research Technician/Technologist


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

Salary Range

From $57,581 to $78,857 per annum. 




  • 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 (9800) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 6 May 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-03-25

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