Senior/Staff Engineer – Satellite Operations

Longueuil, QC/Remote
Added: February 9, 2024
Company Overview

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.

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.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

The Position

MDA is seeking an experienced Satellite Operations Engineer to join the multi-mission operations team in our St. Hubert, QC satellite operations centre.

MDA Geospatial Services Inc. is a leading global provider of advanced geospatial information solutions derived from the high-resolution RADARSAT satellites, commercial optical satellites, and aerial systems to an operationally-focused, global customer base. Leveraging over 20 years of experience, MDA is a recognized leader in the provision of satellite-based information, data products, and services to customers in a diverse range of markets that include Oil and Gas, Defence and Security, Disaster Management, Natural Resources, Mining, Aviation and Agriculture.

MDA owns and operates the RADARSAT-2 Satellite and operates three satellites from the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), on behalf of the Canadian Space Agency, from its control center at St. Hubert, near Montréal, Québec. The Systems comprise Satellites (4 total) in Low-Earth (Polar Sun-synchronous) Orbit and Ground Segments for order handling, planning, and satellite control, and for SAR data reception, processing and distribution, archiving, cataloguing, and image quality maintenance. System operations are undertaken by MDA and through internal and subcontractor service contract arrangements.

MDA is also preparing for the launch (late 2025) and operation of its own CHORUS satellite, which is the next MDA SAR mission.

Job Responsibilities

The Senior Engineer – Satellite Operations will lead key aspects of MDA’s multi-mission satellite operations including Management of Satellite Flight Operations for key missions including MDA’s RADARSAT-2, or upcoming CHORUS mission or CSA’s RCM.

  • MDA’s Satellite Flight Operations Management includes Ordering, Planning, Tasking, Spacecraft Engineering, Mission System Engineering, Flight Dynamics, and maintenance and operation of the ground control antenna system.
  • Provide Mission System Engineering (MSE) coordination, ensuring Satellite and Ground System risks are properly mitigated in a timely manner;
  • Planning, designing and overseeing projects; Strategize and manage project timelines;
  • Supervising technical team, hiring new talent, identifying training opportunities and career development strategies to support growth and retention within the team. Coordinate resource allocation with the various team leads. Provide recommendations to the Flight Operations manager.
  • Monitor and report system performance against defined metrics through aggregated statistics collected from the Ground Segment;
  • Promote and support continuous improvement processes and team mindset, striving to continuously improve satellite operation efficiency.
  • Define and/or adjust operations concepts, the development and/or review of automated procedures;
  • Coordination of system modifications, including their documentation, testing, approval, and implementation;
  • Communicate with and provide support to the operations staff; represent MDA in conferences or meeting.
  • Optimize the use of satellite resources while striving to achieve major stakeholder’s satisfaction.
  • Respond consistently to customers’ requests (both internal and external).
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements (experience/skills)

  • Degree of higher degree in numerate discipline, preferably in the areas of Aerospace, Engineering, Computer Science or Geography/Remote Sensing. Post graduate degree in other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields will also be considered;
  • At least 15 years post graduate experience in an operations environment, or systems development with exposure to spacecraft operations;
  • Strong aerospace engineering skills in area such as Spacecraft Bus, Payload and/or flight dynamic with solid understanding of ground segment component;
  • A flexible team player, with agility to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Working language is in English;
  • Willingness to be included in overnight and weekend "on-call" rotation to support anomaly decision and resolution process.

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)
  • The Senior Engineer will work as part of the MDA team at the MDA Control Centre, in the St. Hubert area, Quebec.
  • The candidate must be well organized and focused on priorities. He/she should be able to extract information from a vast source of documentation and to demonstrate initiative and leadership.

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.

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.

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