Plater Apprentice

MDA Space
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC/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 Apprentice Plater 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.


The apprentice position is focused on training and learning the trade, as well as developing technical skills. Training will be a combination of theory and practical on-the-job training.

Under the supervision of a more experienced painter or plater, the apprentice will be called upon to perform all tasks and activities related to the painting or plating of components of an aerospace or commercial product. In addition, may be required to perform the duties of the Production Worker and General Helper positions.


  • Maintain the laboratory and its equipment according to current specifications (pumps, filters, solutions, waste water, ...)
  • Plate tooling, commercial type components and flight components.
  • Participate in the design and construction of setups for plating or painting.
  • Operate coulometer and beta backscatter thickness meter.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on equipment in painting or plating areas.
  • Any other related duties.

Minimum Qualifications Required

  • Reading of drawings.
  • Asset - Basic knowledge of the principle of geometric tolerances and dimensions.
  • Asset - Knowledge of safe chemical processing requirements and methods.
  • Knowledge of spray painting techniques, an asset.
  • Ability to retrieve and enter data using a computer system.
  • Use of production databases.
  • Good knowledge of French.
  • Fine manual dexterity.


  • Asset - Secondary school vocational diploma in a related field.


  • None to two (2) years of experience in commercial and/or aerospace painting or plating.

Linguistic Level

  • Basic knowledge of English is an asset


Comments/ 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.