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Technical Officer, Non-destructive Evaluation

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: Aerospace 

Classification: TO-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English



The NRC Advantage

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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 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 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 Non Destructive Evaluation team has specialized evaluation technologies that inspect for abnormalities including manufacturing defects and in-service damage in a wide variety of materials, including metals, carbon fibre composite laminates, fibre metal laminates and honeycomb or foam core structures, as well as coatings, welding, conventional and additive manufacturing, and adhesive bonding. It performs strategic research in non destructive evaluation, and supports fee for service inspection work using techniques that include visual, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, ultrasonics, eddy current, radiography, infrared thermography, laser shearography, and other electromagnetic methods.


The Technical Officer, NDE develops and performs customized non-destructive inspection in support of aerospace R&D projects. Moreover, you maintain and expend the non-destructive evaluation facilities and capabilities to address current and future needs.
In addition, you work with the NDE team to maintain the facility, perform equipment verification, maintain the quality records, and all NDE documents related to the Aerospace Research Centre quality system.


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.

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 three (3) of the main non-destructive testing (NDT) 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 NDT techniques applied to aircraft engine and airframe components; and
  • Significant experience in developing inspection techniques and procedures.


  • Significant experience with Level II certification based on the CGSB in all 5 main NDT methods listed above;
  • 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. 

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. 


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.
  • 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 (18256) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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