Technical Advisor (National Master Specification)

Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for a one-year period for similar positions of various tenures and linguistic profiles.
  • This is a Continuing position and Anticipatory staffing for positions of various tenures and/or various linguistic profiles.

Your challenge

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

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

The incumbent provides technical advice and support to technical committees in the development of Canadian National Master Construction Specification (NMS). He / she provides information and replies to inquiries on NMS and related issues to users across Canada.


Developing and maintaining a knowledge and understanding of the initiatives, policies and programs at NRC and in the construction industry in general, and an awareness of the technology events and trends that impact on NMS in order to advise the technical committees and aid them in sound decision making.

Researching and maintaining a knowledge and understanding of building sciences, engineering and economics involved in the application of technology to design and construction.

Maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of the National Construction Codes, referenced standards and of the technical developments in these documents.

Identifying areas requiring study and undertaking research in those areas, assisting in technical discussions, and writing papers on the findings for consideration by the standing committees.

Providing response to technical inquiries concerning NMS and, where appropriate, researching additional information to determine if revisions to the content are required.

Processing change requests submitted by the construction industry and general specification using community, and by the Research Laboratories of NRC. More specifically:

  • Advising the relevant technical committee regarding the implications and possible formats of such requested changes;
  • Reviewing and revising the proposed language where necessary; and
  • Ensuring that changes that meet certain criteria as set out by NRC are brought to the attention of that body.

Participating in the deliberations of the technical committees and their task groups regarding potential code changes so that:

  • Available relevant information is considered by the committee;
  • Possible conflicts with other specification sections or code provisions are identified;
  • The proposed changes are enforceable within the typical legislative framework of the provinces and the territories; and
  • The final language of proposed specification changes accurately reflects the intent of the committees and principles of specification writing.

Providing administrative support to the committees and their task groups by planning meetings, preparing material and taking accurate meeting minutes.

Maintaining close, effective and harmonious relations with:

  • Researchers in the area pertinent to committee work; and
  • Organizations representing the concerns of the construction industry (i.e. construction specification or materials associations, contractors and installers’ associations, engineering and architectural associations).

Making presentations to stakeholder and user groups on specification-related matters such as education and training initiatives, and introduction of changes to NMS.

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 Master's degree in engineering.

For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


Experience in the use of specifications, codes and standards in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Fire Prevention;
  • Fire Safety;
  • Fire Protection;
  • Energy;
  • Structural design;
  • Earthquake design;
  • Building envelope;
  • HVAC Plumbing services;

Extensive experience in the use of computer programs for word processing and communication tools such as email and the internet, and familiarity with spreadsheet calculations, simple databases and project management programs.


Candidates who possess a Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture or building science with extensive relevant experience in the field of specifications, codes and standards will also be considered.

Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Knowledge of the contemporary construction industry and the impact of regulations on construction economics.

Knowledge of contemporary and emerging technologies in the building construction industry.

Knowledge of building design and construction technologies.

Knowledge of the regulatory framework in Canada including the role of the national code documents, and their relationship to provincial codes and material/design standards:

  • The National Construction Codes;
  • The cost of construction and the impact of regulations on construction economics; and
  •  Construction research and development performed at NRC and its application to the construction industry is an asset.
  • Ability to write a variety of reports and meeting minutes in English is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.


Behavioural competencies:

Communication  (Level 3)
Results Orientation  (Level 2)
Teamwork  (Level 2)
Client Focus  (Level 2)
Networking  (Level 2)
Conceptual and Analytical Ability  (Level 3)

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

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

Salary range

  • This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $49,670 to $140,670 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.

Closing date

08/18/2017 (Tomorrow)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required.
  • 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.
  • Some travelling is required.
  • 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.

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 (145-17-0290) to:

Telephone: (613) 998-6825