Technical Lead
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Edmonton, AB
Detailed Job Description

NOTE: This is a three-year temporary position with a possibility of extension.

Central to NAIT’s vision of being one of the world’s leading polytechnics is our relationship with business and industry, a partnership that is dedicated to helping organizations compete and succeed. NAIT Industry Solutions seeks to create various avenues that support industry collaboration to improve productivity and competitiveness of businesses and whole industries in Alberta and beyond. We do this by partnering with individual companies, industry associations and government. Our work is highlighted by NAIT’s new state-of-the-art Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC), a 190,000 square-foot facility that features applied research centres, advanced technology labs, manufacturing services, training and certification programs, and unique conference and events venues.

NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration (CSSI) is a Technology Access Centre (TAC) staffed with professional researchers to support Alberta businesses on Applied Research & Development projects that deliver a new product, an improved service, or a more efficient process. Businesses across all major Alberta industry sectors have identified digital transformation as being the critical next step in their operational evolution. CSSI helps address their challenges through prototyping activities in preparation for later commercialization, which in turn enhance their productivity, competitiveness, and innovation. We may be automating a manual process, trialing the use of existing technology in an innovative way, sourcing an idea from another industry and developing a tool to meet the application, or designing and building something brand new.

CSSI is looking to expand the team’s technical expertise to meet growing industry needs in the areas of networking and digital communications, automation and control, and data management. We are looking for someone who can use their knowledge and experience to lead projects and deliver the data our industry partners need to make informed and timely decisions as they transform their businesses. The ideal candidate has strong technical and project management skills and is excited about innovative technology. This position requires a subject matter expert with experience applying their knowledge to create digital systems that are used in the lab, in an industrial setting, or in the field. The successful candidate will be proficient in at least one of the following areas of application: embedded systems and circuit board design, automation and mechatronics, or networking and wireless communications.

We expect this person to share their knowledge and help team members to develop their skills in his/her area of expertise, enabling a broader impact across all our projects. Above all, we are looking for someone with the desire to learn, the ability to adapt, and a history of successfully delivering projects on-time and on-budget.

Responsibilities include:
Project management. This includes identifying opportunities, project scoping, grant proposal writing, technical & experimental design, drawings & documentation, and technical estimates / budgets based on client defined requirements and expectations. Also required are data analysis, report writing and presentations.
Technical management. This encompasses the execution of applied research and development projects independently or as part of a larger team, to deliver the new technologies, systems, and products that are requested.
Leadership. While not directly supervisory, this position is expected to provide mentoring and knowledge transfer to our existing junior and intermediate level technical staff for them to continue their professional development.

Skills & Abilities:
Technical Skills, at least one of the following:
System design and integration in the areas of electronics, automation, control and networking / digital communications.
Electronic circuit design and testing, schematics, and PCB design.

We are asking for a versatile candidate with many technical skills. Working knowledge or familiarity with any of the following would be an asset:

A Master’s degree in Engineering or related discipline
Embedded system design.
IoT and wireless communication networks.
Electronic test equipment and troubleshooting techniques.
Automation and mechatronics
3D design and 3D printing
Mechanical aptitude and shop skills.
Process control and instrumentation.
Electrical control panel design, assembly, wiring and testing.
Intrinsically safe / hazardous location design (or knowledge of components for hazardous locations).
Engineered safety controls and safety standards.
Standards and compliance: CSA, AFC (Alberta Fire Code), ASME, ABSA, ASTM, ISO.
Software: C, MATLAB, LabVIEW, mechanical design software (SolidWorks or AutoCAD), Web Design (back end and user interface), Java/HTML, Android/IOS App development.
Technical documentation including operating procedures, electrical and P&ID drawings.
PMP Designation

A Master’s degree in Engineering or related discipline. Equivalencies may be considered.
3-5 years of system design experience and technical project management in an R&D or prototype development environment.

Remuneration: $2,634.52 to $3,534.02 bi-weekly plus a comprehensive benefits package. This position is covered by the AUPE Collective Agreement – Classification: Research Associate.

Thank you for your application however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from World Education Services or the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) -