Technical Translator

Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • This is a continuing position.

Your challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's premier research and technology organization.

The model codes – the National Building Code, the National Fire Code, the National Plumbing Code, and the National Energy Code for Buildings – are now collectively referred to as “Codes Canada.” Codes Canada are developed by experts, for experts, through a collaborative process that is 75 years in the making. They build on the best expertise from across Canada and around the world to provide effective building and safety regulations that are harmonized across Canada.

These quasi-judicial, technical documents are accessed by thousands of practitioners in the construction industry so the quality standards are very high.

We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Technical Translator to support our Construction Portfolio. The Technical Translator would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The Technical Translator produces high quality technical translations from English into French of printed and electronic documents published by Codes Canada, the National Master Specification (NMS) and the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC).  This includes proposed change forms, intent statements, user’s guides, complementary code documents (agendas and correspondence), promotional materials, listings, evaluation reports and texts for Codes Canada and CCMC Websites.  The incumbent also edits contract translations, and performs other duties as necessary.

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:


Degree from a recognized Canadian university in Translation, Communication, Journalism or a related field.


Significant and recent experience (at least three years in the last five years) experience in translation from English to French, and occasionally from French to English, in a technical publishing environment.

Significant (at least three years in the last five years) experience in French editing of technical and legal documents.

Significant (at least three years in the last five years) experience in the use of terminology banks and available translation tools.

Experience in the use of computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools would be an asset.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

In-depth knowledge of the translation process, i.e. of reading the source text and analyzing its content, style and terminology and ensuring the wording of the translation clearly reflects the intent of the author of the source text.

Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word and knowledge of software packages, such as XML, HTML, Adobe Acrobat and PowerPoint.

Knowledge of the terminology and particular needs and preferences exhibited by technical practitioners, such as regulatory code users and/or technical professionals in the Canadian construction industry.

Accuracy, attention to detail, judgement and excellent organizational skills.

Ability to carry out instructions and to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Behavioural competencies:

Team work  (Level 2)
Self-knowing and self-development  (Level 2)
Results orientation  (Level 2)
Communication  (Level 2)
Client focus  (Level 2)
Initiative  (Level 2)

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): | Management Services

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

Salary range

  • From $55,447 to $74,524 per annum.

Closing date

05/03/2017 (9 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter 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 he/she gained the experience.
  • 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.
  • Job description available upon request.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

To apply

All applications must be submitted on-line.  Please do not fax or email your applications. By applying over the web, your application becomes available to managers immediately. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

You should also be prepared to attach your résumé into the online application form in one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • ASCII text
  • PDF

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. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Please review instructions before applying online.

To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (145-16-1215) to:

Telephone: (613) 998-6825