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Senior Instrumentation Technologist in Aerospace (various teams)

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: TO-4 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 12 months 

Language Requirements: English 

Note(s): Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC’s policies.

Underfilling may be considered if competition is unsuccessful.

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 one Senior Instrumentation Technologist to support the NRC Aerospace Research Centre. This incumbent would share our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
This incumbent 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 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.
They will be responsible for the design and implementation of new instrumentation and control systems as well as the preventive and corrective maintenance of the existing systems of the central facilities.
Additional responsibilities include providing the design, implementation and operation of data acquisition and measurement systems required to support research projects in the turbomachinery testing facilities. This includes the maintenance and repair of existing data acquisition systems and supporting software.

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

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 post-secondary Technology Program in an Electrical/Electronics/Instrumentation or related field.

An equivalent combination of education and proven experience of at least 10 years in instrumentation and data acquisition projects for aircraft engine testing may be considered.


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


  • Extensive experience in installation, testing, troubleshooting and maintaining instrumentation devices for process monitoring, process control  and safety applications;
  • Significant experience in Programmable Logic Controllers programming and maintenance, and LabView® programming; and
  • Significant experience in working in projects and /or maintenance in industrial scale facilities and/or large research facilities;
  • Significant experience in hardware installation, implementation and programming of advanced Vibration monitoring systems.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge in reading electrical diagrams and P&IDs;
  • Solid knowledge in LabView® programming;
  • Solid knowledge in Programmable Logic Controllers maintenance and troubleshooting;
  • 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;
  • Advanced knowledge in control valves and closed-loop controls;
  • Basic skills in using various hand-tools for instrumentation panel building; and
  • Significant knowledge of safety techniques and methods used in industrial facilities.


  • Ability to prepare electrical drawings and P&IDs using CAD tools.
  • Solid knowledge in Studio 5000® and RSLogix500® PLC programming.

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)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $73,744 to $94,839 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.
  • Travel may be required according to specific project specifications.
  • 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 (11712) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: 26 April 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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