Connected Factory IoT Specialist

MDA Space
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC/Remote
Added: April 4, 2024
Building the space between proven and possible, MDA Space (TSX:MDA) is a trusted mission partner to the global space industry. A robotics, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 55-year+ story of world firsts and more than 450 missions, MDA Space is a global leader in communications satellites, Earth and space observation, and space exploration and infrastructure. The MDA Space team of more than 3,000 space experts in Canada, the US and the UK has the knowledge and know-how to turn an audacious customer vision into an achievable mission – bringing to bear a one-of-a-kind mix of experience, engineering excellence and wide-eyed wonder that’s been in our DNA since day one. For those who dream big and push boundaries on the ground and in the stars to change the world for the better, we’ll take you there.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

We’re on the hunt for a Connected Factory IoT Specialist on our Satellite systems team at our Montreal office.

As the leading global independent commercial supplier of antennas, payloads, and electronics for communication and radar satellites, our team has successfully contributed to hundreds of missions in the past 60 years. With an extensive heritage in a wide range of solutions delivered to customers globally, our Satellite Systems team continues to grow and evolve on the ground and in the stars.

We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.


Working closely with the Engineering, Manufacturing and IT departments, the IoT Specialist plays a key role in securely interconnecting systems and allowing for data exchange within the manufacturing ecosystem. Working alongside automation engineers and developers, the IoT Specialist will focus on the connectivity and data flow that is critical to the automation of our manufacturing processes. Both IT technical skills and understanding of manufacturing environments will be key success factors

Job Duties And Responsibilities

  • Review and process all incoming requests for new computers and network equipment related to manufacturing and test equipment
  • Gather all requirements from the internal client and define the best connectivity and data processing design of each deployment scenario
  • Submit a clear and concise list of needs to the IT department for hardware orders and configuration
  • Connect computers using the standard security requirements
  • Inventory deployed computers
  • Provide support for existing devices
  • Configure data flow and storage between equipment, on-premise and cloud systems
  • Provide technical guidance to the business and for non-standard requests
  • Make recommendations on new solutions and technologies that would further mature the manufacturing ecosystem
  • Implement machine availability dashboards using the data collected from connected equipment
  • Work towards implementing true Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) on desired equipment and lines
  • Migrate equipment from the legacy networks to the new standard in a coordinated fashion so that it does not impact production schedules
  • Perform periodic self-imposed audits to ensure accuracy or our records and efficiency of our processes


  • College degree in IT, Manufacturing or other related field
  • 3 or more years experience in roles related to the experience requirements
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills
  • Problem solving
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Bilingual - English and French


  • Required
    • Familiarity with manufacturing equipment and processes in an enterprise setting
    • Knowledge of Industry 4.0 concepts
    • IT networking knowledge including TCP/IP, Firewall and VLANs functionalities
    • Azure or AWS cloud technologies including Storage, Networking, Compute, PaaS (serverless) and IoT
  • Optional
    • IT Architecture and security knowledge
    • Project coordination or management
    • LEAN manufacturing principles
    • Knowledge of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and/or Radio Frequency ID (RFID)
    • Experience with sensors and gateways for data collection and transmission
    • Experience with enterprise systems such as ERP and Quality
    • Experience with manufacturing systems such as SCADA, PLCs, MES
    • Basic programming knowledge
    • Experience with designing or creating visuals for analytics using Power BI or Grafana

Special Considerations

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

Benefits Statement

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

Equal Opportunity Statement

MDA Ltd. is proud to provide accommodation(s) during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodations, please indicate this on your application/cover letter and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.