Lead Technician - Submarine WHDS Trainer

Halifax, NS
Added: February 9, 2024
For those who dream of advancing our space in the Universe and on Earth, we’ll take you there.

Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth. Today, we're leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.

We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond. And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.

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 an On-site Representative (OSR) for the Submarine Weapon Handling Discharge System (WHDS) Trainer in our Geointelligence Engineering Team based in Halifax NS.

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.


The On-Site Representative (OSR) for the Weapon Handling Discharge System Trainer (WHDST) is to be a subject matter expert and specialist on the operation and maintenance of the Weapon Handling Discharge System (WHDS) and Submerged Signal Ejector (SSE) equipment aboard Victoria Class Submarines.


  • Flash-up, daily readiness checks, and shutdown of equipment.
  • Configuring and setting up for training.
  • Physical operation of the equipment.
  • Providing formal and informal training and instruction.
  • Assisting with tours, briefings and demonstrations.
  • Updating documentation (user manuals, configuration records, inventory lists, etc.).
  • Investigating, documenting and communicating system malfunctions.
  • Troubleshooting and resolution of system problems.
  • Performing configuration management activities.
  • Conducting preventative maintenance.
  • Validating and maintaining maintenance plans.
  • Monitoring and analyzing system performance.
  • Tracking local spares, conducting audits of the trainer configuration and assisting DND audits.

Required Experience

  • Victoria Class Submarine Qualification.
  • Proof of Secondary School Education or W Eng Tech QL5A Qualified.
  • Minimum 1 year experience in the past 7 years in the following areas:
    • Operation of real or simulated submarine weapon handling and discharge systems.
    • Maintenance of real or simulated submarine weapon handling and discharge systems.
  • Must be able to hold a SECRET security clearance, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP)
  • Must work daily within Halifax DND facilities.
While not mandatory, candidates will benefit from any of the following:

  • Experience operating instructing, facilitating and performing maintenance activities on a complex training system.
  • Operation of real or simulated submarine command and control systems and submarine tactical weapon systems.
  • Maintenance of real or simulated submarine command and control systems and submarine tactical weapon systems.
  • Experience in preparing training courses, training materials and instructing others.
  • Experience with Configuration Management practices.

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.

Comments/Special Considerations

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

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.