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Technical Officer, Non-destructive Evaluation

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: TO-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English


Note :  This position is being re-posted. If you had previously applied, there is no need to re-apply.


On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a mandatory vaccination policy across the federal public service.


The Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the National Research Council requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that you attest to your vaccination status prior to the date of your appointment unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.  You can find more specific information on the collection and use of your personal information when you submit your attestation.

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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 Officer in Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) to support the Non-Destructive Evaluation Team within the Aerospace Research Centre.. The Technical Officer in Non-destructive Evaluation would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The NRC Aerospace Research Centre focuses on advancing aerospace research and technology developments in the core areas of aerodynamics, flight research, gas turbines, structures and materials, and manufacturing. We conduct research and technology development (R&TD) across the full spectrum of issues related to the design, manufacture, qualification, performance, use and maintenance of air vehicles. This work covers all of the major concerns in aerospace - cost, weight, safety, human factors and environmental footprint.


The Technical Officer, NDE performs customized non-destructive inspection services in support of laboratory R&D projects in aerospace structures and materials. You maintain and expend the non-destructive evaluation facilities and capabilities to address current and future needs.


You work with the NDE team Facility Manager to maintain the facility, perform equipment verification, maintaining the quality records, and maintain all NDE documents related to the Aerospace Research Centre quality system.

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:


College Diploma in Physics or Aerospace or Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.


Preference may be given to candidates who have an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Certification or Aircraft Technicians with all NDI methods certification at level 2.




A combination of relevant education and experience might be considered.


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


  • Significant experience with Level II certification based on the CGSB in all of the main methods: Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT), Magnetic Particle Testing (MT), Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Eddy Current Testing (ET) and X-Radiographic Testing (RT);
  • Significant experience in the development, application and interpretation of NDI techniques applied to aircraft engine and airframe components; and
  • Significant experience in developing inspection techniques and procedures.



  • Experience in the use of automated inspections system and advanced signal processing and image enhancement methods such as automated ultrasonic C-scan, x-radiography system, automated eddy current scanner, laser shearography, pulsed thermography, phased array ultrasonic;
  • Experience in performing NDE during full-scale testing;
  • Experience in airframe metal working and structural repair; and
  • Experience in defining, planning and/or managing projects.

Condition of Employment

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


All employees of the National Research Council are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of techniques for inspection of military/civilian aircraft metallic and composite structures;
  • Solid knowledge of inspection of composite materials; and
  • Solid knowledge of NDE facilities software and basic data process.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 1)

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.


From $73,744 to $94,839 per annum. 


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Willingness to travel. 
  • 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. 
  • Requires daily intermittent periods of standing, walking and sitting at a work bench; working in awkward positions; bending and stretching; moving lightweight objects and large, awkward and heavier objects on occasion; operating hand and power tools; climbing stairs and ladders on occasion. 
  • Willingness to work on uneven terrain and from heights. 
  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required. 
  • 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 (13548) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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