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Computer Support Specialist - Level 2

City: Penticton 

Organizational Unit: Client Service Centre 

Classification: CS-2 

Tenure: Continuing (Permanent)

Language Requirements: English Essential


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.

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.


Are you looking for the next step of your career? Do you want to work in a challenging IT environment? Does working to support research fill you with purpose? Then we are looking for you!


We will be hiring a Computer Support Specialist (CS-2) to resolve second level technical issues and help us manage the configuration and deployment of all of our workstations. The Computer Support Specialist would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The incumbent will work as a member of the Front Line Support Team within the NRC-Client Service Centre (NRC-CSC), providing clients with IT support services for distributed computers, servers and networks within the various Research Centres/Branches/IRAP of NRC.  He/she will source, implement, and troubleshoot the hardware and software services provided to the clients.


In addition, he/she will assist IT team members to improve the general operating efficiency; create, edit and maintain documentation; maintain networked hardware, software; provide IT support to computer, server and network users; evaluate computers, desktop and network software and management tools. Finally, he/she will liaise with agencies to acquire technical information on new hardware and software.

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 Computer Science or related field.


Bachelor degree in Computer Science from a recognized University considered an asset.


Equivalency consideration may be given to candidates with significant experience and a High School diploma.


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


  1. Experience providing desktop and technical support to users (including problem analysis and resolution) in a Windows based environment including support of MS Office products, TCP/IP etc.
  2. Experience installing and supporting Linux & Mac OS would be considered an asset for the CS-2
  3. Significant* experience installing, configuring and maintaining the desktop hardware, software and peripherals.
  4. Experience in providing remote support.
  5. Basic experience in networking concepts TCP/IP Protocol.
  6. Significant* experience of MS Office suite.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)


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.

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies (Mandatory)

  1. Knowledge of troubleshooting techniques for networks, printers, desktops and laptops. (knowledge of single board computers would be considered an asset)
  2. Strong knowledge of Microsoft, Linux and Mac Operating systems.   
  3. Ability to research and analyze complex IT issues as well as provide sound advice and expertise to clients, other team members, and management.
  4. Ability to work concurrently on various projects, and be able to prioritize work accordingly.
  5. Ability to work independently as well as in a group setting.
  6. Good understanding of ticket management, such as prioritizing, updating, reviewing request, and ensuring SLAs are meet. (Knowledge of ITIL core processes would be considered an asset.)
  7. Basic knowledge of TCP/IP protocol, switches, and network cabling. (Knowledge of Fibre Optic network cabling would be considered an asset)

Behavioural Competencies

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

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $74,552 to $93,612 per annum. 


An incumbent occupying a position within the CS Group is currently entitled to receive a terminable allowance of $176 per month.


Employees at Penticton PEN01 also get a monthly commuters allowance due to the remoteness of the site and the lack of public transportation.


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • Candidates who self-Identify as being part of the following EDI groups will be given priority: visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with handicaps.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates will be required to answer screening questions explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how they gained the experience. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.Failure to provide appropriate or factual information in the application may result in the rejection of your application.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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 (16542) to:


Telephone: 613-990-4498 

Closing Date: 27 January 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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