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Maintenance Technician

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: St. John's 

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: PLA-3 

Tenure: 1 continuing and 1 term

Language Requirements: English 

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 two Mechanical Technicians to support our Real Property Planning and Management Branch in St. John’s. The Maintenance Technician would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

This position will appeal to someone who enjoys working in a multi-site team environment with constantly changing priorities and new challenges daily. This position will be ideal for a self-starter who can also work alone. The successful incumbent should be someone who is open to learning and can provide their own input and ideas to benefit the workplace.


Under the general supervision of the Site Operations Supervisor or Site Operations Coordinator, the successful candidates will maintain and troubleshoot equipment and systems in a safe manner in accordance with current codes and standards, assist the Supervisor in small projects and coordinate the activities of contractors on site. 

The incumbents provides assistance to staff in Electrical, Refrigeration and Millwright trades and performs a variety of maintenance activities including but not limited to, troubleshooting, servicing for a multitude of mechanical systems and or equipment such as hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, HVAC systems, plumbing systems, filtration systems, air compressors, heat exchangers, driers, exhaust systems, nitrogen systems, air compressors, motors, pumps, building automation and security systems etc.

Other duties include; performing routine tasks to maintain the physical plant and keeping the site looking presentable and safe. He/she will have good communication and computer skills in order to write short reports, including database upkeep, logs and reporting, and work from manuals, drawings, sketches and verbal instructions. In addition, the incumbent will also undertake other related duties as needed, such as but not limited to grounds keeping, office moves, model moves, operate fork lift, scissor lift, overhead cranes, and minor carpentry work such as plastering, panting and minor repairs.


The Mechanical Technicians will work closely with each Research group to support maintenance /repairs and setup of equipment to ensure operational efficiency. They will work as part of a team but will routinely perform work independently and maintain a high level of accuracy and safety, while performing your duties. 


This position will require sourcing and ordering material for RPPM, and research groups. Also to have  the knowledge to complete inspections on legislative equipment within the building such as Fire Extinguishers, First Aid Kits, Eyewash Stations, SCBA units, Fall Arrest Equipment, Sling Inspections, Alarm Notification System etc. 

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:


Successful completion of secondary school or equivalency diploma according to provincial standards. 


Maintenance Technician or mechanical trade training, including apprenticeship would be considered an asset.  

The following certifications will be considered assets:

  • Confined Space 
  • Fall Arrest
  • Standard First Aid and CPR
  • WHMIS” and "Workplace Violence" trained
  • Trained in safe use and storage of hazardous materials
  • Working at heights training
  • Forklift training 
  • Scissor lift training
  • Over cranes training
  • Rigging


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


  • Significant experience in an industrial or commercial maintenance environment.
  • Significant experience with maintaining and troubleshooting equipment which may include but is not limited to: plumbing systems, filtering systems, pumps, motors, hydraulics systems, pneumatic controls, HVAC systems, refrigeration systems, building automation system (BAS), and security systems.
  • Basic experience with MS Office word and Excel.
  • Experience dealing with hazardous and chemical products.
  • Experience with PPE safety equipment, harnesses and workplace safety procedures.
  • Experience working at heights, forklift, scissor lifts, overhead cranes, and rigging. 


*Basic – a few months and up to 2 years 
*Significant – 2 to 6 years

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Must possess and be able to retain the physical capabilities to perform the position which include but may not be limited to: crouching, bending, twisting, walking, climbing stairs & ladders, ability to hear to diagnose mechanical troubles, and the ability to handle heavy and bulky objects. 

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the equipment and proper use of tools and materials related to the position; such as hand tools, power tools and vehicles.
  • General ability to read and interpret drawings and or sketches.
  • Knowledge of job-related safety practices and procedures.
  • Advanced knowledge of working in an environment utilizing a building management and preventative maintenance system.
  • Ability to maintaining and troubleshoot equipment which may include but is not limited to: plumbing systems, filtering systems, pumps, motors, hydraulics systems, pneumatic controls, HVAC systems, refrigeration systems, building automation system (BAS), and security systems.

Behavioural Competencies

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

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 $52,407 to $56,069 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.


  • Willingness to work with hazardous materials such as lubricants and sprays, cleaning chemicals, and/or dust.
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays if requested.
  • 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.
  • 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 (18040) to:


Telephone: 819-431-8570 

Closing Date: 20 October 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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