Electronics Technician

Energy, Mining and Environment
Boucherville - Québec


  • 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.

Operating nationally with more than 3,600 employees working from over 20 state-of-the-art research facilities from coast to coast, NRC works with clients and partners to advance knowledge and accelerate technology development and deployment in various industrial sectors. Our multidisciplinary capabilities, world-class facilities, unbiased view, and international networks make us a critical player in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

NRC EME delivers advanced technology solutions to Canada's resource and utility sectors.  Our unique technology risk management capabilities help companies develop and maintain a globally competitive position, and support quality improvements and cost reductions for vital products and services delivered to Canadians.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic technical officer to support our programs.  The technical officer would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The primary purpose of the position is to provide technical electronic services to support research and development of prototype sensors. Most of the work will be related to digital electronics. Examples of work are programming communication interfaces between a computer and various instruments or components, programming microprocessors or specialized electronic circuits such as a FPGA or a GPU.

Some analog electronics will be required as well. Examples are the conception and fabrications of various circuits that include multi-element optical sensors, ultrasonic sensors, amplifiers, noise reduction. Other examples are conception and fabrication of circuits that include various components such as power supplies, sensors, relays, displays.

The selected candidate will also need to select and purchase components, have printed circuits be made by a supplier, assemble the components in an enclosure, and test and debug in the laboratory and sometimes in the field. The person may also be required to do some experimental work in an optical or ultrasonic laboratory.

The selected candidate works under the supervision of the Team Leader, Systems Integration/Prototypes.  There will be functional reporting relationships to Project Leaders. This position has no direct reports

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:


3-year technical CEGEP diploma in electronics or physics, or Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or physics, or equivalent program outside of Quebec

Note: The diploma must include courses in analog and digital circuits, as well as computer programming of microprocessors or specialised circuits such as a FPGA or a GPU.


Basic experience in conception and fabrication of circuits, and assembling analog and digital systems.

Basic experience in programming interfaces between a computer and various equipment or specialized electronic devices for example, using various communications protocols: USB, Ethernet, serial ports, internal bus.


Condition of employment

  • Reliability Status

Language requirements

  • French

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Knowledge of and ability to design analog circuits

Knowledge of and ability to design digital circuits

Knowledge of computer tools that help designing electronic circuits

Knowledge of at least one high level computer programming language

Knowledge of at least one specialized computer language such as assembler, VHDL, GPU, or others

Ability to document clearly the work that was accomplished so that others may understand easily the documentation

Behavioural competencies:

Creative Thinking ( level 2)

Results Orientation ( level 2)

Initiative ( level 2)

Teamwork ( level 2)

Communication ( level 2)

For this position, 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 NRC's directives.

Salary range

  • From $51,114 to $70,000 per annum.

Closing date

08/23/2017 (6 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Willingness to work with lasers.
  • 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.

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 (146-17-0330) to:

E-mail: HRQuestionsRH_CG3@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Telephone: (613) 993-0542