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Senior Mechanical Technologist, Structural Integrity

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: TO-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English


Note: Preference may be given to visible minorities, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities in this process to address NRC's current and future organizational needs, i.e. to contribute to improving representation of designated group members.

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 a Senior Mechanical Technologist, Structural Integrity for the Structural Integrity team of the Aerospace Research Centre to support applied research in the areas of structural full scale testing, structural mechanics, testing design, testing measurements/instrumentation for stuctrual intergrity and certification tests. The Senior Mechanical Technologist, Structural Integrity would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

You will be responsible for the development and presentation of layup and assembly drawings in both 3D and 2D environment associated with the design of full-scale aircraft test rigs, structural inspection platforms and counterbalance systems utilizing Autodesk Inventor and/or CATIA V5.  You will also be responsible for designing jigs and fixtures for use in load frames, burner rigs, spin rigs and other key equipment used in the Structures, Materials and Performance Laboratory (SMPL) Group utilizing Autodesk Inventor and/or CATIA V5.  This work will include carrying out stress analysis calculations to ensure that the components used in these assemblies will meet design requirements.  

Duties will include; being the design lead on major projects, overseeing other staff, delegating project work, creating bill of materials, purchase orders, database entries, assistance with follow-on assembly as well as manufacturing and Quality Assurance of designed components and systems.  

You will be required to collaborate directly with senior personnel, project managers and external clients. This position also requires you to interface with external suppliers and manufacturers and also with the internal DFS Fabrication Facility 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 an Institute of Technology (3 years program) in the Mechanical discipline.


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


  • Extensive and recent experience utilizing Catia v5 and/or Autodesk Inventor to produce layout, manufacture, and assembly drawings in an engineering environment, working in 2D and 3D;
  • Extensive and recent experience in the design of mechanical hardware and components to precise specifications (i.e. Bearings, Shafts, Surface Finish, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing and use of datum’s);
  • Significant experience in the assembly and manufacture of mechanical hardware and components to precise specifications; 
  • Extensive experience in static and fatigue structural test design and operation including test fixture design, structural repair detailing, creating instrumentation and inspection drawings for small to large component and full-scale tests; and
  • Significant and recent experience organizing large and small projects along with demonstrated experience setting priorities in a multi-client environment.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II).  A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to self-manage multiple concurrent design projects and appropriately balance work load in order to maintain project schedules;
  • Demonstrated ability to design, plan, carry out mechanical testing and collect test data, including both static and fatigue testing;
  • Solid demonstrated ability to use current versions of Autodesk Inventor and/or CATIA v5;
  • Solid knowledge of hydraulic equipment including, actuators valves, and pumps;
  • Solid ability to operate machine shop equipment and other fabrication equipment used for both fabrication and assembly processes;
  • Demonstrated ability to use Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce clear and accurate engineering drawings in a multi-task rapid paced environment with minimum supervision both individually and as part of a design team; and
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, assess and select proper materials to promote structural integrity and ease of fabrication including the the ability to perform technical calculations, ie. statics, strengths of materials and stress.


The following competency will be considered as an asset:

  • Knowledge of structural loads/strain measurement techniques including (but not limited to) load/strain gauge, digital image correlation, and fiber optic strain sensors.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 3)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $73,744 to $94,839 per annum. 


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Occasional national and international travel may be required.
  • Overtime will sometimes be required.
  • 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.
  • 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 (14541) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335  

Closing Date: 8 November 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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