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Senior Instrumentation Technologists in Aerospace (various teams)

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: TO-4 

Tenure: Continuing and term

Language Requirements: English


These are for one continuing position, 1 term position and anticipatory staffing.


Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC’s policies.

Underfilling may be considered if competition is unsuccessful.


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.

This job poster is a general call to look for Senior Instrumentation Technologists to support various teams in our Aerospace Research Centre. This person would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

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.

Aerodynamics Laboratory (AL) Montreal Road Facilities (1 continuing and 1-year term positions available)

Your core responsibilities would be to provide technical support for the instrumentation needs of the projects in the wind tunnel facilities. This includes defining requirements and selecting scientific instrumentation components, software and test equipment for wind tunnel tests. You will also be responsible for instrumentation installation and validation, software configuration, documentation and technical drafting, troubleshooting and repair of test systems and providing assistance in model preparation and installation.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Ensure the data quality provided by the instruments and data acquisition systems utilized in the wind tunnels by calibration of transducers and data analysis to comply with our ISO quality system;
  • Assist in the design, development and assembly of electronic and real-time computer hardware / software used for control and measurement in the wind tunnel facilities of the laboratory; and
  • Provide occasional functional supervision of junior instrumentation technicians and coop students involved in the above items.

Gas Turbine Labotary (GTL)

You will be specifically responsible for working closely with NRC team leaders, external clients and other research and technical staff within the Gas Turbine Laboratory team to support the operation and maintenance of the instrumentation and control systems of the GTL Central Facilities; along with supporting specific projects that make use of these facilities. These facilities include high power air compressors and exhauster systems; air treatment systems; high pressure air distribution; engine test cells; etc.

Your Challenge (continue)

Your responsibilities include :

  • Plan, execute and supervise (occasionally) preventive and corrective maintenance of industrial instrumentation including electronic transmitters, control valves, switches, sensors, etc;
  • Execute and supervise (occasionally) the calibration of critical and noncritical instruments following existing procedures and quality system work instructions based on the NRC Aerospace ISO-9000; as well continuous improvement of the procedures;
  • Troubleshoot control and interlock problems in the Allen Bradley ControlLogix® PLC and emergency shutdown systems as well as designg and implement changes and improvements according to new operational requirements; and
  • Mentoring junior instrumentation technologists.


While mainly tasked in the duties above, you may also be assigned to similar duties in support of Facility operations or projects in other areas of the Gas Turbine Laboratory, as required.


The Aerodynamics Laboratory’s Montreal Road Facilities and Gas Turbine Laboratory’ teams are located on NRC’s main campus on Montreal Road.  It 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.

Your Challenge (continue)

Aerodynamics Laboratory (AL) Uplands Facilities


You will be part of the Uplands Capability Development Group which is responsible for the design, development, operation and maintenance of electronic and real-time computer hardware / software used for the control and measurement in the wind tunnel facilities of the laboratory.  You will be working at the development of new systems and procedures that enhance the data acquisition and control capabilities of the facility; assist in the definition, specification and documentation of systems used for control and data acquisition; provide support for the instrumentation needs of the projects in the wind tunnel facilities. This includes the troubleshooting and repair of test systems and providing assistance in model preparation and installation; provide technical expertise for defining requirements and selecting scientific instrumentation, components, software, and test equipment; provide functional supervision and leadership for instrumentation technicians and coop students involved in the above items.


Steps away from the Ottawa airport, Uplands offers some of NRC’s research facilities including two wind tunnels. There are lots of group activities such as hockey, soccer, badminton and volleyball teams, tennis courts and plenty of space for running. Getting to and from work is a breeze, as we always seem to go against the flow of traffic, and parking is free.

Across all teams, from time to time, you may be asked to work at the other wind tunnel facilities at either the Uplands or Montreal Rd. campuses of the NRC.

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:


Screening is conducted based on understanding how you meet both the Education and the Experience criteria discussed in this poster below.


As such, candidates must provide a cover letter that clearly articulates how and where they meet the criteria.

In your cover letter, please identify your preferred position and team.


Post-secondary education in Engineering or in Mechanical or Electrical Technology or in a related field.



An equivalent combination of a minimum of two (2) years of work-related experience, training and education will be considered.


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


GENERIC EXP1: Significant and recent experience in experimental measurement techniques and signal conditioning/processing;

GENERIC EXP2: Basic and recent experience in the design, specification, and development of instrumentation, data acquisition and control systems hardware;

GENERIC EXP3: Significant and recent experience in troubleshooting electronic, instrumentation and software systems while working under pressure to provide rapid and robust solutions and;

GENERIC EXP4: Significant experience in the maintenance, calibration, operation and repair of electronic measurement instrumentation while working under pressure to provide rapid and robust solutions.


Aerodynamics Laboratory (AL) Montreal Road Facilities

  • Basic experience using laboratory programming languages (LabVIEW, MATLAB or similar) to develop custom software and integration of hardware and data acquisition systems; and
  • Significant experience using software tools to analyze, interpret and draw conclusions from large amounts of test data.


Gas Turbine Labotary (GTL)

  • Significant experience in ControlLogix® to troubleshoot, configure and implement new control loops and interclock functions in the PLCs; and
  • Significant experience in understanding and creation of design drawings and electrical/instrumentation schematics.


Aerodynamics Laboratory (AL) Uplands Facilities

  • Significant experience in the design, specification, and development of instrumentation hardware systems;
  • Significant experience using programming languages/environments such as LabView, C, C++, Matlab, etc. (or similar software) to develop custom control and data acquisition systems; and
  • Experience planning and implementing technical projects including delegating tasks and the development of cost estimates, status updates and schedules.
Condition of Employment

Secret Level (11)

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

GENERIC TC1: Advanced knowledge in specifying, installing and calibrating instrumentation, sensors and data acquisition hardware for temperature, pressure, flow and vibration measurements, including the required calibration standards for such measurements;

GENERIC TC2: Basic skills in using various hand tools for instrumentation panel building;

GENERIC TC3: Advanced knowledge of software design principles and the use of software such as Excel, LabView and Matlab and;

GENERIC TC4: Significant knowledge of safety best practices and methods used in industrial facilities.


Aerodynamics Laboratory (AL) Montreal Road Facilities

  • Advanced knowledge of experimental measurement techniques, feedback control systems and signal conditioning / processing;
  • Advanced knowledge of the design, troubleshooting and repair of electronic and electromechanical systems and;
  • Advanced knowledge of calibration methods and standards as well as the analysis of measurement accuracy.


Gas Turbine Labotary (GTL)

  • Advanced knowledge in reading electrical diagrams and P&IDs;
  • Advanced knowledge of electronic instrumentation calibration;
  • Advanced knowledge in ControlLogix® and PLC Hardware and;
  • Advanced knowledge in control valves and closed-loop controls.


Aerodynamics Laboratory (AL) Uplands Facilities

  • Advanced knowledge of feedback control systems and signal conditioning / processing and;
  • Advanced knowledge of the design, troubleshooting and repair of electronic and electromechanical systems.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 3)
  • 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.

Salary Range

From $68,118 to $87,604 per annum.

  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • These positions are being advertised internally and externally simultaneously; however, first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • Must be able to possess and retain the physical capabilities to perform the position which includes 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.
  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required.
  • Travel may be required according to specific project specifications.
  • Willingness to occasionally work on high ladders and/or scaffolding.
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces.
  • Willingness to work in an environment that may include exposure to chemicals, dirt, noise, noxious odours, hazardous equipment, extreme temperatures and/or working in awkward conditions.
  • 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 (6750) to:


Telephone: 450-641-5132 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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Date Modified:2020-01-06

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