Second Class Power (Operating) Engineer

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.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: HP-5 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English  


Work Arrangements: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the NRC work location identified.

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 the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing 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. 

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 Second Class Power (Operating) Engineer to support our Real Property Planning and Management Branch. The Second Class Power (Operating) Engineer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Our first class heating plant operates with a small team of Second Class Power (Operating) Engineers who are typically designated as either Shift Engineers or Maintenance Engineers.
An employee who is designated to perform the Maintenance engineer role will work under the direction of Assistant to the Chief Operating Engineer on an eight hour/day Monday to Friday work week. The incumbent is responsible for all maintenance related to the boiler room, compressor plant, gas turbine and steam distribution to the NRC Montreal Road Campus. He/she is also responsible for water treatment of open and closed loops. Maintenance Engineers are called upon to provide shift relief for the Shift Engineers as required, sometimes on a last minute on call basis.
When designated to the role of Shift Engineer, an employee operates on a rotational 12-hour shift basis (24 hours/day, 7 days/week) 365 days a year. Shift Engineers are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the NRC Montreal Road Campus Heating/Co-Generation Plant. He/she provides monitoring and emergency maintenance response for all Montreal Road Campus buildings and monitors equipment and systems for other NRC buildings in the National Capital Region during quiet hours.
Currently it is management’s intention to hire one new employee into the Maintenance Engineer role, however this could change based on future operational needs. 
The NRC employees enjoy a wide range of benefits including: The Public Service Dental Care Plan (PSDCP), Public Service Health Care Plan, Disability Insurance, generous leave entitlements, and a pension plan.
The NRC's main campus offers free parking and easy access to runners, walkers and in-line skaters to break away during the day and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. 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.

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.
Must have a Second Class Power (Operating) Engineer Certificate in accordance with Ontario Provincial standards or the Second Class Standardized SOPEEC Certificate
Candidates who hold a Second Class Power (Operating) Engineering Certificate in any other province except Quebec must be able to meet the criteria set by TSSA and pass the TSSA exam about Ontario’s Acts and Regulations within 60 days of receiving of an offer of employment and prior to being appointed to the position. See TSSA Labour Mobility for more information.
Candidates who hold Quebec Power Engineer “Class 2 (MMF2)” Certificate and a “Class A (MMFA) Refrigeration certificate” must be able to meet the criteria set by TSSA and pass the TSSA exam about Ontario’s Acts and Regulations within 60 days of receiving of an offer of employment and prior to being appointed to the position. See TSSA Labour Mobility for more information.

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


  • Significant operating experience working in a complex high-pressure steam plant. Candidates with operating experience in a first class plant may be given priority. 
  • Experience performing necessary maintenance and tests, keeping records and responding to power or equipment failures. 
  • Basic experience preparing reports for serious problems to be addressed by maintenance as part of its corrective/preventive maintenance programs. 
  • Experience operating gas turbine co-generation would be an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status.


Must be available to work on rotating 12 hour shifts as the heating plant operates 24/7. 


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

  • Ability to operate high-pressure steam plant and auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, motors, fans, compressors and chillers. 
  • Solid knowledge of operating and maintenance procedures related to the operation of a high-pressure steam and cogeneration (gas turbine) plant and its distribution systems; 
  • Solid knowledge of boiler water treatment and cooling tower water treatment applicable to the occupation; 
  • Solid knowledge of safety practices such a WHIMIS, confined space entry and use of personal protective equipment.

Behavioural Competencies

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

Competency Profile(s)

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


View all competency profiles


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


Salaries under review. 


From $81,498 to $85,589 per annum. 


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • 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 (20419) to:


Telephone: 514-258-1653 

Closing Date: 27 September 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time



For more information on career tools and other resources, check out Career tools and resources


*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


Report a problem                                                Date modified: This page is updated continuously.