Ground Segment System Engineer

MDA Space
Richmond, BC/Remote
Added: March 26, 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 Systems Engineer – Satellite Ground Segment in our Geointelligence Engineering Team at our Richmond office.

Our mission is to turn data into insight. From detecting changes in fragile ecosystems to monitoring northern ice floes and shipping routes, our near-real time data of Earth observation and the environment makes our Geointelligence team a leader in geospatial imagery, ground stations, enterprise geospatial systems and defence programs.

As a member of the Engineering team you will work on our programs such as Chorus Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Satellite, Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope, Aeronautical Navigation products, and Marine Insights products. You will work as part of a technical team to develop new capabilities, enhance existing capabilities and deliver solutions to our customers.

As part of your growth and development we will work with you to establish your development actions alongside regular progress reviews. You are likely to move through various projects to gain the experience and knowledge to progress your career with us.

Systems Engineer – Satellite Ground Segment


As part of the Ground Segment Systems Engineering team, the individual will work with other engineers in a multi-disciplinary team environment to create and deliver engineering solutions to control satellites, downlink imagery and telemetry, process imagery, create value-added products and process orders from our customers in a cost-effective way.


As a Systems Engineer – Satellite Ground Segment, you may have a wide range of responsibilities that include:

  • working with both internal and external customers to understand their needs and requirements;
  • transforming high level requirements into lower level feature requirements;
  • performing technical engineering tasks, such as operational analyses and trade-off studies, to define system design and subsystem requirement details;
  • devising solutions for creating and delivering systems and subsystem features;
  • developing and generating deliverable documents such as engineering plans, requirements specifications, interface control documents, and operational concepts;
  • presenting technical design proposals and reports to internal and/or external customers in clear, complete, concise and non-ambiguous terms;
  • supporting work planning and cost estimates during the project’s lifecycle; and
  • supporting validation and verification activities of the overall system.

You will support senior engineers in the above tasks and have opportunities for mentorship and career growth.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Systems Engineering or Engineering;
  • Have an understanding of different types of engineering lifecycle as applicable from large complex programs to software development;
  • Familiarity with modern software development methodology, tools, and software specification;
  • Have familiarity with any of the following software tools:
    • Matlab
    • Python or other scripting languages
    • MS Excel, for the purposes of engineering analyses
    • AGI’s Systems Tool Kit (STK)
    • Requirements Management tools such as DOORS
    • MS Office
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and customer interaction skills;
  • Be a self-starter with the ability to perform in a dynamic working environment; and
  • Possess excellent problem-solving skills
  • Have a team-friendly attitude and willingness to learn.
While not mandatory, candidates will benefit from any of the following:

  • Prior involvement in development of cloud-based applications;
  • Prior involvement in remote sensing or earth observation missions;
  • Understanding of different types of engineering life cycles as applicable from large complex programs to software development; and
  • Familiarity with machine learning / deep learning.

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.

The compensation range for this position is $78,000 - $115,500 annually. The specific compensation offered will be based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Comments/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.

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.

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.

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