Senior Manufacturing Quality Engineer

MDA Space
Kanata, ON/Remote
Added: April 4, 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.

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 Senior Product / Quality Assurance Engineer on our Robotics & Space Operations team at our Kanata office.


With 40 years of operational experience and proven performance on the iconic Canadarm programs including Space Shuttle and International Space Station robotics and operations support, our Robotics & Space Operations team has 100% mission success in making space dreams come true. As our Senior Product / Quality Assurance Engineer, you will become an integral part of the Product Assurance / Quality Assurance team ensuring the highest possible quality for MDA projects. Typical duties include:

We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative engineer with experience working in the aerospace / space industries.

Are you passionate about space exploration? Do you have experience designing or building systems for the harsh space environment?

If so then this is a rare chance to join a growing company with an exemplary heritage in the industry. We have exciting opportunities available to join our international team developing instrumentation for several space programs, including lunar and Mars missions and technology demonstrators.

Reporting to the Manager of Quality / Product Assurance, the Senior Product / Quality Assurance Engineer is an integral part of the team, and is responsible for ensuring the highest possible quality and product assurance for MDA projects.


  • Assist in developing, maintaining, and evaluating the company Quality system meeting ISO 9001 / AS9100 standards; including scheduling and performing quality audits, initiating corrective actions; investigating product failures
  • Preparation of PA/QA Plans and EEE parts control plans and implementing project product assurance requirements to ensure customer requirements are met
  • Review and approval of product electrical and software requirements and design drawings / documents, analysis, test plans / procedures / reports / test witnessing for assessing MDA products and deliverables ensuring customer requirements are met
  • Preparation of FMEA and Safety Review packages
  • Preparation of component and assembly Non-Conformance Reports (NCR), Conduct of NCR Material Review Boards (internal and with customer) NCR investigation, resolution and closure
  • Working in conjunction with others to create, implement, evaluate and adjust company’s quality policies, standards, and procedures

This includes working with process owners to establish programs and improve compliance with Product Assurance / Quality Assurance Standards.

  • Determining, reviewing and approving supplier’s performance as per required specifications
  • Developing and maintaining Product Assurance standards related to processes and products
  • Maintaining systems to measure performance against established standards
  • Implementation of EEE screening, sampling, reporting and data analysis
  • Participating in customer and supplier meetings
  • Communicating with and providing direction to project teams on Product / Quality issues on a regular basis, and proactively assist in issues relate to Product / Quality Assurance
  • Managing regulatory compliance requirements
  • Provide input to request for proposals on Product Assurance related issues
  • Knowledge of aerospace product / quality standards including those of NASA, CSA and ESA
  • Knowledge of workmanship requirements such as NASA-STD-8739.1B, NASA-STD-8739.4, J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, IPC-A-600 & IPC-WHMA-A-620
  • Knowledge of EEE parts qualification and radiation requirements as well as alert processing
  • Knowledge of EEE parts relifing requirements
  • Implementing approved sampling, reporting and data analysis as required
  • Familiarity with laser development and laser safety requirements
  • Developing and delivering product assurance training as required

Education And / Or Certifications

A degree from a recognized university (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Computer Engineering preferred).


  • Strong knowledge of product / quality assurance principles and practices related to aerospace / space product development and end item requirements
  • Knowledge of aerospace quality management system requirements in accordance with AS9100
  • Knowledge of engineering concepts and practices including electrical, optical and mechanical design
  • Verification / Validation of end product requirements
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in writing product assurance plans and proposal reviews
  • Experience convening MRRs (Manufacturing Readiness Reviews) and TRRs (Test Readiness Reviews)
  • Knowledge of product End Item Data Packages (As-Designed versus As-Built)
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office and configuration control software
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Capable of working well individually as well as part of a team
  • Attention to detail and ability up to date accurate records
  • Able to obtain a Federal Government Security Clearance


  • Knowledge of military and aerospace product / quality standards including those of NASA, CSA and ESA
  • Knowledge of workmanship and end item product requirements such as IPC, NASA, CSA and ESA PWB design and fabrication, circuit card assembly, harness assembly, mechanical assembly, cleanroom and ESD requirements
  • Knowledge of EEE parts quality and radiation requirements
  • Knowledge of product assurance / quality assurance program requirements
  • Knowledge of program product assurance requirement (Product Assurance Program Plans)
  • Familiar with Environmental testing (component and system level)
  • Familiar with laser development and laser safety

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 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 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.

COVID Statement

COVID-19 Hiring Update: Strengthening our workforce is more important than ever to meet our customers’ mission-critical needs. We are continuing to hire many talented people, and we are closely monitoring COVID-19 to ensure safe hiring practices are used. This includes limiting onsite candidate interviews and prioritizing video interviews.