Electronics Technologist

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.


Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: St. John's 

Organizational Unit: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering 

Classification: TO-2 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: Two (2) years

Language Requirements: English

Work Arrangements: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require full-time physical presence at the NRC work location identified.


Note: There are screening questions to complete as part of your application. Please read the instructions carefully.



Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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 an Electronics Technologist to support the Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Center's (OCRE) Electronics support team. The selected candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

OCRE’s researchers are using physical modelling techniques to find real world solutions to ongoing challenges present in the natural world.  The primary purpose of the position is to provide technical support services in the design, construction, conduct and analysis of various physical model experiments. 

The incumbent would assist the other Electronics Technologists to design, construct, and test specialized electronics instrumentation and transducers, and assists in the procurement of commercially available instrumentation and transducers.

Other duties include:

  • Providing general technical support to the Institute by assisting with Facilities Operations (Ice Tank, Tow Tank, Offshore Engineering Basin, Cavitation Tunnel, Cold Rooms, etc.) and field experiments and sea trials.  
  • Assisting with the configuring, testing, and troubleshooting of electrical/electronic equipment used for model testing.  This includes assisting with the installation of electrical power systems, closed loop DC control systems, signal conditioning, telemetry, remote control equipment and associated interconnect cable systems.  Assisting with configuring, installing, calibrating, operating, and troubleshooting sea (field) trial equipment and field data acquisition systems.
  • Assisting with the maintenance of Electronic Laboratory stores by periodically checking the inventory and ordering items, or purchasing and adding new items.  Assisting in maintaining a computer database/inventory system for tracking electronic instrumentation and transducers.  In accordance with the Research Centre’s Quality System, files new, and maintains existing, instrumentation/transducer data sheets and calibration records.  Ensuring that all instruments and transducers are functionally checked and appropriately tagged, before being put into service and when being returned to the Electronics Laboratory. 
  • Assisting with the troubleshooting of damaged or malfunctioning equipment and transducers using standard laboratory test equipment and established troubleshooting procedures.  Assisting with the performance of repairs or arranging for such repairs to be completed by contractors or original equipment manufacturers.
  • Discussing methods, tests and results with colleagues, research staff and clients.

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:


Completion of a three-year technical course in Instrumentation and Controls, Electrical or Computing Systems Engineering Technology from a recognized technical college.

An equivalent combination of work-related experience, training and education may be considered.

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


  • Experience and understanding in general DC voltage electronics. 
  • Experience using computer hardware and software and preparation of technical quotations.  
  • Experience in electronics design, construction and maintenance environments.
  • Experience in conducting experiments in laboratory test facilities would be an asset.  

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of analog and digital electronic design techniques, analog signal conditioning principals, and analog to digital conversion techniques for data acquisition.
  • Knowledge of strain gauges and application techniques. 
  • Ability to respect and promote established health and safety guidelines, processes and procedures which may include the identification and recording of potential health and safety risks in relation to functions performed, and report health and safety issues (need for improvement, infractions, etc.).
  • Ability to assist in the design, assembly, and repair of surface mount and through hole electronic circuitry.
  • Ability to assist with the configuring of hardware and software and perform system maintenance for PCs.
  • Strong ability to follow detailed instructions, including the ability to prepare a work site such as setting-up apparatus and equipment in accordance with instructions or established procedures, assisting more senior technical officers.
  • Familiarity with DC voltage instrumentation such as load cells, pressure transducers, linear position transducers, servo accelerometers, and inertial reference systems.
  • Familiarity with closed loop DC motor speed and position servo control systems. 

Behavioural Competencies

  • Technology support - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology support - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Teamwork (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Communication (Level 1)
  • Technology support - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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Salary under review.

From $49,298 to $69,364 per annum. 


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

The NRC Advantage

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 Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes 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. 
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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • 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 (20095) to:

E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Closing Date: 01 December 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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