Technical Advisor, NMS

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We are looking for a Technical Advisor to support our Construction Research Centre. The Technical Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Technical Advisor ensures National Master Specification (NMS) content keeps pace with industry codes, standards and technologies. This includes providing technical advice and support to technical committees in the development of the Canadian National Master Construction Specification (NMS).

The Technical Advisor provides information and replies to enquiries on NMS and other 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. Being aware of new technologies and trends that impact NMS in order to aid the technical committees in developing master specifications.
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 responses to technical enquiries concerning NMS and, where appropriate, researching additional information to determine if revisions to the NMS content are required.

Participating in the deliberations of technical committees regarding potential changes so that:

  • Available relevant information is considered by the committee;
  • Possible conflicts with other specification sections or code provisions are identified;
  • 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 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 stakeholders and user groups on specification-related matters, such as education and training initiatives, and changes to NMS.