Metallography Technologist

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Petawawa Employment Service
  • Post Date: November 15, 2017
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The successful candidate will join the Materials and Mechanics Branch of the Fuel Material & Design Division, to become part of a team conducting R&D programs relating to corrosion, mechanical testing and metallographic examination of materials common to nuclear related applications. The branch conducts R&D programs in corrosion and electrochemistry, fatigue and fracture mechanics and metallurgical examination. To support these and other R&D programs on our site, we maintain and operate corrosion laboratories, mechanical testing laboratories, and metallurgical examination facilities.



A self-motivated technologist is required to conduct day-to-day metallurgical examinations. Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Execution of metallography examinations and failure analysis, which may include (i) specimen preparation, (ii) microscopy and image analysis, (iii) laser profilometry, hardness measurements, (iv) interpretation, storage and reporting of results, and (v) interfacing with branch professional staff and collaborators.
  • Performing various material tests.
  • Periodic handling and processing of small samples of radioactive materials.
  • Participation in AECL, COG and commercial R&D programs as well as site support and component failure analyses on an as required basis.
  • The work will also involve close interaction with other groups on site, particularly hot cells, and Surface Science laboratories.



  • Graduation from a recognized institute of advanced technology, or equivalent formal education, in a field relevant to the position and normally six to eight (6-8) years of pertinent technological experience; OR Secondary School Graduation Diploma or equivalent and normally has ten to twelve (10-12) years of pertinent and progressive experience or the equivalent in experience, additional education and/or training
  • Experience sectioning, mounting, grinding, polishing and etching metal specimens.
  • Experience utilizing optical microscopes.
  • Experience in material testing and operations of load frames, ovens and other material testing equipment.
  • Experience with hardness testing and laser profilometry.
  • General knowledge of metallurgy, materials degradation phenomena, and failure analysis.
  • General knowledge of zirconium alloys would be beneficial.
  • Experience using image analysis software.
  • A sound knowledge of computers including: data acquisition, processing of scientific data, and office productivity software is preferred.
  • A demonstrated commitment to safety, especially when dealing with chemicals, and radioactivity is absolutely essential.
  • A proven track record for producing high quality work and the ability to communicate data through memoranda and reports.
  • The ability to work in a team environment with good oral and written communication skills is absolutely essential, as is the ability to work to schedule.


CNL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.


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