Competition # 390

Mechanical Technician - Cryogenics

An exciting opportunity exists for a Mechanical Technician in the Vacuum & Cryogenics Group at TRIUMF's facilities.

TRIUMF, Canada's National Research Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, is one of the leading accelerator centers worldwide exploring the structure of matter with a variety of accelerated particle beams. This rare career opportunity will allow you to be part of a dedicated team providing ongoing services for our 500 MeV cyclotron, ISAC, and the future ARIEL facilities. As a member of the group you would be responsible for operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of the various cryogenic and vacuum systems, including LN2 and LHe piping, valves, filters, pumps, controllers. Key areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Installation, commissioning and operation of the gas collection, storage, purification and liquefaction equipment for CMMS/SRF/UCN helium recovery facility.
  • Maintenance and operation of the TRIUMF's cyclotron helium refrigerator and cryopumping equipment.
  • Liquid nitrogen equipment maintenance.
  • Troubleshooting of the cryogenic equipment and systems.
  • Leak detection of vacuum systems and components.
  • Electronic modules and controllers rudimentary troubleshooting.
  • Vacuum & Cryogenics replacement parts and components procurement and stock organizing and maintaining.
To be effective in this position, a general knowledge of industrial or mechanical maintenance is required, as is familiarity with all relevant specialized equipment, and ideally, some knowledge of the basics of vacuum and cryogenics. A good understanding of computers is necessary to be able to monitor processes and access archive data as well as update the stock data base and track supplies, components, and maintenance and repair history. Attention to detail is essential for precision work and for successful equipment assembly and repairs. Good communication, planning and organizational skills are a must, as is the ability to work effectively in a team environment and with minimal supervision. While not a requirement, an electrical/electronics background would be considered an asset. The position requires that the incumbent take the TRIUMF in-house radiation training course in order to be designated as a Nuclear Energy Worker. (Our next course is mid-September.)

Minimum qualifications include BCIT diploma or equivalent in mechanical technology or a related mechanical field, with a good understanding of the basics of mechanical system troubleshooting, and experience in repairing mechanical pumps, compressors or related equipment. Several years of practical and relevant experience in maintenance, repair of vacuum or similar equipment.

TRIUMF is a unique place to work and this is an excellent opportunity to further enhance your career portfolio in a high profile national research facility. Check out our Career pages on our website to see why you should consider joining TRIUMF.

TRIUMF is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Your complete application package should be submitted by email to and will include the following in one complete PDF file:

Applications will be accepted until 2013-07-15

TRIUMF Human Resources, 2013-06-20

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