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Technical Advisor, NMS

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: Construction 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: This is a Continuing position, a 3 year Term position, as well as anticipatory staffing for Term positions

Language Requirements: English, and anticipatory staffing for various linguistic profiles.

Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require some physical presence at the NRC work location identified, in the form of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite)
** This position is being re-posted. If you had previously applied to competition 17157, there is no need to re-apply.

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 Technical Advisor to support our Construction Research Centre. The Technical Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

NRC Construction is implementing the “Platform to Decarbonize the Construction Sector at Scale” to accelerate and scale up new technologies to help transition the Canadian construction sector towards decarbonization and contribute to the emerging low-carbon economy. It will also establish new codes, standards, specifications, and guidelines to position the sector to achieve its 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon reduction targets. These investments will help spur the growth of Canada’s clean technology sector and help achieve Canada’s international commitments to reduce GHG emissions.

The Technical Advisor ensures National Master Specification (NMS) content keeps pace with industry codes, standards and technologies. This includes providing technical advice and support to technical committees in the development of the Canadian National Master Construction Specification (NMS).

The Technical Advisor provides information and replies to enquiries on NMS and other related issues to users across Canada.


Developing and maintaining a knowledge and understanding of the initiatives, policies and programs at NRC and in the construction industry in general. Being aware of new technologies and trends that impact NMS in order to aid the technical committees in developing master specifications.
Researching and maintaining a knowledge and understanding of building sciences, engineering and economics involved in the application of technology to design and construction.
Maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of the National Construction Codes, referenced standards and of the technical developments in these documents.

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.

Your Challenge (Continuing)

Providing responses to technical enquiries concerning NMS and, where appropriate, researching additional information to determine if revisions to the NMS content are required.
Participating in the deliberations of technical committees regarding potential changes so that:

  • Available relevant information is considered by the committee;
  • Possible conflicts with other specification sections or code provisions are identified;
  • The final language of proposed specification changes accurately reflects the intent of the committees and principles of specification writing.
  • Providing administrative support to the committees by planning meetings, preparing material and taking accurate meeting minutes.

Maintaining close, effective and harmonious relations with:

  • Researchers in the area pertinent to committee work; and  
  • Organizations representing the concerns of the construction industry (i.e. construction specification or materials associations, contractors and installers’ associations, engineering and architectural associations).

Making presentations to stakeholders and user groups on specification-related matters, such as education and training initiatives, and changes to NMS.

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.
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:  

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Fire Protection
  • Energy;
  • Building envelope;
  • HVAC and Plumbing services;

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

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 building design and construction technologies.
Knowledge of the regulatory framework in Canada including the role of the national code documents, and their relationship to provincial codes and material/design standards:

  • The National Construction Codes;
  • The cost of construction and the impact of regulations on construction economics; and
  • 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.


The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-2/RCO-3 level, which is a mid-career level position with a salary range of $74,230 to $123,393. 

NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).

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 (17157) to:


Telephone: 343-571-6509 

Closing Date:  9 February 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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