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Lab Processing Technologist - Welding

City: Vancouver 

Organizational Unit: Energy, Mining and Environment 

Classification: TO-3 

Tenure: Continuing 

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 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.

Our Inclusive Work Environment

Your work environment and tools will enable you to collaborate with your colleagues across Canada and the globe. We are committed to ensuring that each staff member promptly receives the accommodation they need to do their job and we understand the importance of work/life balance.


NRC employees enjoy a wide range of benefits that include comprehensive medical and dental, pension and insurance plans as well as annual vacation time and other leave. The NRC also offers learning and development opportunities. For more information, please visit our website.

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 Lab Processing Technologist – Welding to support our Energy, Mining and Environment (EME) Research Centre. The Technologist would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Working for NRC Energy, Mining and Environment (NRC-EME) Research Centre, the technologist provides technical expertise on techniques/approaches in the field of welding to ensure that objectives of projects related to weld cladding and wire-arc additive manufacturing are met in a timely manner. The incumbent will be independently in charge of daily operations of a lab for weld cladding and wire-arc additive manufacturing, including equipment set-up, operation, and maintenance of robotic and conventional GMAW / MIG welding systems. The Technologist conducts weld cladding and wire-arc additive manufacturing experiments. On-the-job learning and/or training opportunities will be provided.


The Technologist may perform basic offline robot programming enabling timely robotic welding operations. He/she should be willing to learn new technologies and to guide the students in relation to the related materials deposition and processing. 


The incumbent may, if needed and after proper training, also participate in materials testing in relation to mechanical properties and friction & wear as well as related material characterizations using a wide variety of analytical tools and surface topography mapping. The position will involve collection and compilation of test data as well as installation, maintenance, and coordination of lab equipment and facilities.

Screening Criteria

**As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Priority will be given to candidates who self-identify.


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:


Post-secondary education in a welding and/or a related engineering program.


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


  • Significant* and practical** experience performing welding operations using either robotic or conventional fusion welding systems in an industrial or research environment. Significant* experience doing additive manufacturing based on fusion welding, or welding procedure development and/or weldment inspection, may also be considered;
  • Practical** experience doing equipment set-up, operation, and maintenance; 
  • Experience in preparing short reports and presenting them both orally and in writing.


  • Direct experience with GMAW / MIG welding processes;
  • Experience performing offline welding-robot programming;
  • Experience performing mechanical testing of materials or materials characterization using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and/or x-ray diffraction.


*Significant refers to at least 2 years experience.
**Practical refers to hands-on experience obtained in a workplace setting

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of welding technologies & principles, or additive manufacturing based on fusion welding, or offline welding robot programming;
  • Knowledge of welding metallurgy and metallic materials;
  • Ability to interpret experimental results, identify problems, and troubleshoot equipment as needed;
  • Contribute to maintaining a safe and healthy environment based on knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations and requirements.
  • Basic knowledge of R&D testing techniques and principles including application of standards for referencing and calibration will be an asset;
  • Basic knowledge in materials testing & characterization methodologies, related standards, and equipment calibration will be considered as an asset

Behavioural Competencies

  • Research Technician/Technologist - Creative thinking (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Communication (Level 2)
  • Research Technician/Technologist - Initiative (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Research Technician/Technologist


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

Salary Range

From $58,445 to $80,040 per annum. 


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • 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 (11537) to:


Telephone: 343-573-1537 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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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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