Satellite Systems Platform Engineer

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC/Remote
Added: February 9, 2024
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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 geo-intelligence 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 a Satellite Systems Platform Engineer 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.


Provide RF and Electrical system design, performance analysis, implementation and testing in support of MDA Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) or Telecommunication satellite related to Telemetry, Command and Ranging, Bus Power & Thermal and Attitude Control Systems.


Depending on the job function, the Systems engineer will perform some subset of the following depending on the background and experience of the candidate.

  • The Satellite Systems Platform and Payload Engineer provides expertise on Telecommand and Ranging (TCR), Control and Data Handling (CD&H), Bus Thermal Control (TCS), Attitude and Navigation Control Systems (ADCS), S/C Power subsystems, Propulsion subsystems and architecture design, Flight Software and RF performance, Satellite life cycle, mission analysis, SAT OPS, SOCC, DSS, CONOPS, Bids, requirement definition, project in testing phases along with R&D activities in support of satellite improvement.
  • Provide support to and/or lead payload or platform design activities.
  • Monitor MDA’s platform team and partner suppliers and join an integrated product team involving some travels at MDA’s partner facility outside Canada for the duration of the programs.
  • Participate in the Satellite electrical and RF performance evaluation.
  • Write engineering documentations: system requirements, SOC, verification and validation matrix, design description, systems budgets, equipment specifications, test requirements, RFD/RFW.
  • Perform system worst case analysis, inputs and support to all program reviews including EQSR, SRR, PDR, CDR.
  • Support Satellite/ Platform assembly Integration and Test. Attend all test reviews TRR, TRB, DRB, and NCR’s.
  • Support Satellite/Platform testing: EGSE, Test supervision, data analysis.
  • Support Satellite tests at MDA, at test facilities or at S/C supplier premises.
  • Support In-Orbit Test (IOT).
  • Technical monitoring of major subcontractors.
  • Support to DC & RF harness design, Platform and Payload layout.
  • Write up subsystem Operations Manual.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field (electrical, aerospace engineering) 5-10 years of relevant experience
  • Previous design and AIT experience with GEO and LEO satellite systems
  • Understanding of the space environment and orbit mechanics
  • Strong understanding of aerospace systems and engineering fundamentals
  • Relevant Experience with testing of satellite subsystems
  • Demonstrated capability to test RF systems and resolve problems
  • Hands-on individual who can lead all systems integration processes
  • Experience with qualification and acceptance testing of new designs
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Demonstrated capability to efficiently work with little to no supervision
  • Ability to distill complex problems to fundamentals to solve with analysis, similarity, or creativity
  • Experience creating or using models and/or simulation software
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and French
  • Experience leading a technical team
  • Support the spacecraft operations team in critical phases


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.