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Technical Advisor, Housing and Small Buildings

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 

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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.


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 Technical Advisor (Housing and Small Buildings) to support our Construction Research Centre. The Technical Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of integrity, excellence, respect and creativity.
The incumbent provides main technical advice and support to the Standing Committee on Housing and Small Buildings and to parent standing committees of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) in the development of the Canadian National Model Codes. He/she provides information and replies to inquiries on codes and related issues to code users across Canada. He/she promotes Codes Canada with stakeholders through participation in seminars, workshops, trade shows, conferences, etc.

Developing and maintaining a knowledge and understanding of the initiatives, policies and programs at NRC and in the construction industry in general, and an awareness of the technology events and trends that impact on the National Model Codes in order to advise the standing committees and aid them in sound decision making.
Researching and maintaining a knowledge and understanding of building sciences, engineering and economics involved in the application of technology to design and construction, more specifically but not limited to housing and small buildings.
Maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of the National Model Codes, referenced standards and of the technical developments in these documents applicable but not limited to housing and small buildings.
Identifying areas requiring study and undertaking research in those areas, assisting in technical discussions, and writing papers on the findings for consideration by the standing committees.
Providing response to technical inquiries concerning the application or intent of requirements in the National Model Codes and, where appropriate, researching additional information from historic records to determine the intent of the requirement under consideration.
Writing papers analyzing current code requirements and identifying options for improvements, including background history and justification, through reference to research papers and economic studies.
Processing code change requests submitted by the construction industry and general code-using community, and by the Research Laboratories of NRC. More specifically:
• Advising the relevant standing committee regarding the implications and possible formats of such requested code changes
• Providing guidance on and assisting with any necessary impact analysis
• Reviewing and revising the proposed language where necessary
• Ensuring that changes that meet certain criteria as set out by the CCBFC are brought to the attention of that body

Your Challenge (CON'T)

Participating in the deliberations of the standing committees, their task and working groups regarding potential code changes so that:

  • Available relevant information is considered by the standing committees
  • Possible conflicts with other code provisions are identified
  • The proposed changes are enforceable within the typical legislative framework of the provinces and the territories
  • The final language of proposed code changes accurately reflects the intent of the committees

Providing administrative support to the standing committees and their task and working groups by planning meetings, preparing agenda material and taking accurate meeting minutes.
Preparing or managing contracts in support of management or CCBFC’s priority tasks.
Representing Codes Canada on external technical and standards committees related to subject matter of the supported committee.
Maintaining close, effective and harmonious relations with:

  • Provincial and territorial departments responsible for adoption and enforcement of the National Model Codes
  • Building officials
  • Researchers in the area pertinent to committee work
  • Organizations representing the concerns of the construction industry (i.e. construction materials associations, contractors and installers’ associations, engineering and architectural associations)
  • Making presentations to stakeholder and code user groups on code-related matters such as education and training initiatives, and introduction of changes to the codes.
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 Master's degree in engineering or architecture.
Candidates who possess a Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture or building science with extensive relevant experience in the field of specifications, codes and standards will also be considered.


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


Experience in the use of specifications, codes and standards in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Fire protection
  • Energy
  • Building envelope
  • Use and egress

Extensive experience in the use of computer programs for word processing and communication tools such as email and the internet, and familiarity with spreadsheet calculations, simple databases and project management programs.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

Knowledge of the contemporary construction industry and the impact of regulations on construction economics.
Knowledge of contemporary and emerging technologies in the building construction industry.
Knowledge of the housing industry and the impact of emerging technologies in the building construction industry.
Knowledge of building design and construction technologies.
Knowledge of the regulatory framework in Canada including the role of the National Model Codes and their relationship to provincial codes and material/design standards:

  • The National Model Codes
  • The cost of construction and the impact of regulations on construction economics
  • Construction research and development performed at NRC and its application to the construction industry is an asset

Ability to write a variety of reports and meeting minutes in English is required.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Behavioural Competencies
  • Technology extension - Communication (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Networking (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.




  • 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.
  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required.
  • Some travelling is required.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (7407) to:


Telephone: 343-571-6509

Closing Date: 14 July 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-06-16

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