Instrumentation Technician

Date: Sep 23, 2023

Location: Vancouver, BC, CA

Company: BWX Technologies

BWXT Medical Ltd. provides its customers, who conduct life-saving medical procedures for patients around the world, the benefit of decades of experience in the development, manufacturing, packaging and delivery of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. Headquartered in Kanata, Ontario, BWXT Medical Ltd. employs over 300 highly-skilled people in Kanata and Vancouver, British Columbia. BWXT Medical Ltd. is part of the BWXT nuclear power segment (NPG) of BWX Technologies, Inc.

We are seeking a Instrumentation Technician at our Vancouver, BC facility. 


Job Summary:

The Instrumentation Technician carries out maintenance program on all equipment and instrumentation related to building operations, profuction facilities, production processes, radiation, monitoring and measuring equipment.; repairs, modifies and calibrates said systems and equipment utilising up-to-date trade methods and procedures. 


Work Performed:

  • Working from schematics or wiring diagrams and layouts, assembles and installs electronic and pneumatic equipment.
  • Examines and tests defective equipment to determine cause of malfunction or failure.
  • Overhauls, tests and calibrates electronic, electrical and pneumatic equipment throughout Company facilities.
  • Designs, documents and performs installations, operational and performance qualifications for equipment and facilities.
  • Maintains and repairs process instrumentation, programmable controllers and computer systems. Maintains the equipment tracking system.
  • Carries out the provisions of a continuous instrumentation preventive maintenance system and maintains applicable records.
  • Repairs and keeps record of work done on instrumentation and production process instrumentation.
  • Maintains inventory of adequate spare parts for instrumentation, air flow systems and production instrumentation.
  • Modifies, as required, newly received equipment to enable interface with existing systems.
  • Recommends improvements to electronic and pneumatic systems.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Education & Experience:

  • Minimum Grade 12 education.
  • Electronic Technologist diploma (3 year program), Pneumatic instrumentation diploma form a recognized Canadian College.
  • 5-7 years relevant experience.


Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Read blue prints and schematics.
  • Do free hand layout schematics and wiring diagrams.
  • Must have good colour vision to distinguish colour code components and wires.
  • Position involves work at heights and in confined spaces.
  • Must have knowledge of analytical techniques of pneumatic, electric and electronic controls.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of electronic, electric and pneumatic principles.
  • Must have mechanical aptitude in the use of hand tools for repairs.
  • Must have a good knowledge of all test equipment to be used relevant to this position.


Subject to trade rules and regulations as appropriate to this position.

Recommendations & Decisions:

  • Recommends on improvements to systems.
  • Recommendation on new installations and modifications related to instrumentation.
  • Recommendation on equipment and material purchases.


Consequence of Errors:

  • Loss of Property.
  • Plant down time and production loss.
  • Radiation Hazard and possible suspension of AECB License.
  • Carelessness in calibration could result in loss of revenue to the Company and serious injury or death to self or to others.
  • Stalling of projects.
  • Inefficiency.
  • Findings of non-compliance in regulatory audits suspends operations or delay product approvals.



  • Good verbal skills to enable communications with trainees and co-workers.
  • Good sketching skills including a neat, tidy and accurate presentation.
  • Must communicate effectively with technical and professional personnel within the Company, as well as, consultants, contractors and suppliers.


Responsibility for Supervision:

  • May be required to train others.


Working Conditions and Other Distinguishing Aspects:

  • Normal hours, but may be required to work weekends and evenings on an occasional or emergency basis.
  • Required to work in active areas, Nuclear Energy Worker Status.
  • Usual laboratory environment frequently working with radioactive materials.
  • Works with minimum supervision.


Why join BWXT Medical?

  • Work within the growing and exciting nuclear medicine industry as well as with highly skilled employees. 
  • Competitive salaries.
  • Company match pension plan.
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits.
  • Education Reimbursement Program.
  • Life insurance. 
  • Collaborative work environment... and so much more!




BWXT Medical Ltd. embraces diversity of thought, values individuality, encourages new perspectives and provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, a conviction for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended or any other category protected by federal law.

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