Senior Instrumentation Technologist

Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for possible future similar positions for a one year period with the option of different tenures.
  • 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.

We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Senior Instrumentation Technologist to support our Aerospace Portfolio on a full time permanent basis. This person would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The incumbent will be specifically responsible for working closely with NRC team leaders, external clients and other research and technical staff within the Gas Turbines Laboratory team to support the operation and maintenance of the central facilities along with supporting specific projects that make use of these facilities. These facilities include high power air compressors and exhauster systems; air treatment systems, high pressure air distribution, engine test cells, etc.

He/She will be responsible for the design, development and implementation of new instrumentation and control systems as well as the preventive and corrective maintenance of the existing systems of the central facilities.

Additional responsibilities include providing the design, implementation and operation of data acquisition and measurement systems required to support research projects in the turbomachinery testing facilities. This includes the maintenance and repair of existing data acquisition systems and supporting software.

While mainly tasked in the duties above, the incumbent may also be assigned to similar duties in support of Facility operations or projects in other areas of the Gas Turbine Laboratory, as required.
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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:


A three-year diploma in an Electrical/Electronics/Instrumentation Technology Program.


Extensive experience in installation, testing, troubleshooting and maintaining instrumentation devices for monitoring, regulatory and safety applications;

Significant experience in asset management and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems;

Significant experience in PLC, HMI and LabView® programming, including the design, development, and installation of complete data acquisition systems and computer networks.

Condition of employment

  • Level II (Secret)
  • Must be able to independently work in a laboratory environment in a safe manner.
  • Must be able to work with the presence of enhanced noise levels.
  • Must be able to work with high pressure air piping, hot surfaces, and lasers.
  • Must be able to work with the presence of hazardous materials and situations.
  • A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Advanced knowledge in reading and preparing electrical drawings and P&IDs using CAD tools;

Significant knowledge in software programming using LabView® and NI DAQmx devices, as well as NI PXI platforms;

Advanced knowledge in specifying instrumentation, sensors and data acquisition systems for temperature, pressure and flow measurements including required calibration standards for such measurements;

Advanced knowledge in control valves and closed loop controls based on PID and other algorithms;

Significant knowledge in industrial processes that include turbomachinery and compressor control and protection;

Solid knowledge in MS Office for use in maintaining facility documents and instrument calibration record;

Basic mechanical skills in using various hand-tools to independently work on mechanical installation and assembly of facility components;

Advanced knowledge of safety techniques and methods used in industrial facilities.

Behavioural competencies:

Client Focus (Level 2)
Communication (Level 2)
Conceptual and Analytical Ability (Level 2)
Results Orientation (Level 2)
Teamwork (Level 2)

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

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

Salary range

  • From $64,493 to $82,942 per annum.

Closing date

08/18/2017 (Tomorrow)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • Overtime may sometimes be required.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (141-17-0278) to:

Telephone: (450) 641-5132