Technologist – Technical Officer


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Closing Date 2020-01-08
Reference Number 18- 968-08-049
Job Category Experienced
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens
Location Montréal, Québec
Toronto, Ontario
Salary Range

$78,800 - $95,870

$69,350 - $84,360

Status Indeterminate (permanent) 
Language Requirement Bilingual Imperative (BBB/BBB) – Montreal, QC
English Essential (EE)- Toronto, ON 

Job Summary

Technologists use their expertise and leading-edge technologies to solve complex problems and to advance investigative initiatives. They work at the forefront of technology and innovation to create and support tools and programs to enhance intelligence collection.

Collaboration, expertise and communication are the key criteria sought after for creating new solutions, systems, platforms and tools, or to creatively integrate existing (commercially off the shelf) technologies with the end goal of advancing investigations.

Candidates will provide high-quality, timely and professional services and technical support in a highly dynamic and changing environment. Implementing specialized equipment, they will train others in equipment use, satisfy field operations requirements, prepare reports, familiarize non-technical people with technical capabilities, and conduct hands-on work.

  • Plan and execute regional technical operations in order to gather intelligence.
  • In order to advance in investigations, technical officers need to use their expertise, be it with leading technologies or creatively use existing technologies to solve complex issues.
  • Liaise with counterparts at National Headquarters, as well as employees from operational branches and other members of technical units. Act as a contact person in order to provide advice on a varied range of technical questions.
  • Provide training and support to clients and colleagues in order to maintain and improve the Service’s technical capabilities.
  • Assess information and provide operational support to meet administrative and operational requirements related to plans, policies and budgetary needs in accordance with Service requirements.


Undergraduate degree and three (3) years of related experience

  • Underfill – one (1) year of related experience

Technologist diploma or a Professional technologist equivalency designation and four (4) years of related experience

  • Underfill – two (2) years of related experience

College diploma and six (6) years of related experience

  • Underfill- four (4) years of related experience

Field of studies:

  • Computer Science;
  • Electrical;
  • Electronics;
  • Network Security;
  • Telecommunications or Engineering.

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.
If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.

Note: Any higher level of related education could be recognized as experience.


Related experience is defined as recent experience in at least three (3) of the following disciplines:

  • Experience with electronic components, more specifically: voltage regulation, battery charging, switching, audio/video signals, protection circuitry and data logging.
  • Experience with networks and network security (switches, routers, VPN, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, intrusion prevention systems).
  • Knowledge of radio communication, radiofrequency theory, its concrete applications and various associated technologies.
  • Experience with telecommunication technologies (telephone and distribution switches, cellular waves - GSM and LTE, Wi-Fi, etc.).
  • Experience in electrical (basic vehicle knowledge; basic knowledge of residential and commercial electrical).
  • Experience in construction (residential or commercial).
  • Experience in building mechanics.

Recent experience is defined as having worked directly with the technologies in question within the last three (3) years.

Candidates who do not meet the required years of related experience will be considered as an underfill until having achieved the requisite number of years.

All underfills will be required to meet these requirements through achieving objectives set in their training plan and in order to subsequently be appointed to the full working level.


  • Rigour
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical skills
  • Organizational Skills/Multitasking

Conditions of Employment

Employees appointed indeterminately following a hiring process shall remain in their new position for two (2) years. 

Employees must possess and maintain a valid and permanent Canadian driver's license for the duration of their employment in that position. 

Flexibility is required in relation to the work schedule that may extend beyond core hours of work based on operational requirements. 

Underfill level 7:
Successful underfill applicants will be appointed to the position as a Grade 07, underfilling the position until they reach the full-working level (8).  A training plan, including the required objectives to be reached, will be established in order to allow the employee the possibility of qualifying in the full level of the position (normally within two years).


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The positions are designated CS; therefore, the employee may be eligible for a terminable allowance of 7% of the annual salary (4% at the underfill level).

Some relocation expenses may be reimbursed by the Service.

Official Language Proficiency

  • The immediate need is to staff this position with a linguistic profile of Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB. An offer will be made to a qualified candidate who meets the linguistic requirements.


  • Clearly demonstrate in your resume and cover letter how you meet each Education and Experience criteria. 
  • Provide concrete examples which illustrate how you meet each qualification. 
  • Include where, when and how these qualifications were acquired. 
  • Failure to do so will result in the screening out of your application.
  • Make yourself available for the Career Opportunity process or withdraw from the selection process.

Note: Human Resources will only send an invitation to applicants who screened-in. 

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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.



Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to diversity and inclusion and the equitable participation of all Canadians. Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential.

The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.
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