Senior Systems Engineer – Spacecraft Electrical

MDA Space
Richmond, BC/Remote
Added: April 4, 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!

The Position

We’re on the hunt for a Senior Systems Engineer – Spacecraft Electrical, at our Richmond office, to be a part of the next generation of Earth Observation space missions.

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 the 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.


As part of the Mission Prime systems engineering team, you will participate with our cross functional, multi-disciplined team in developing cutting-edge solutions to deliver end-to-end missions for our customers.


As a Senior Systems Engineer – Spacecraft Electrical, you may have a wide range of responsibilities that include:

  • the development and maintenance of electrical requirements from the mission level down to the major subsystem level (Spacecraft Bus, Payload, etc);
  • the development and generation of deliverable documents such as engineering plans, engineering budgets, design reports, and operational concepts;
  • the analyses to support the mission development such as power budgets, link budgets, EMC/EMI analyses, etc;
  • the development and maintenance of interface control documents between the major mission subsystems (e.g. Bus to Payload) ;
  • the review of design material provided by Subcontractors to ensure compliance to requirements;
  • the development of spacecraft procedures for Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) and oversight of their execution;
  • the verification activities of the overall mission; and
  • mentoring and coaching team members.

Required Experience

  • Must possess an Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics or similar
  • Minimum of 10 year’s experience in a relevant field
  • Experience and knowledge in satellites and their applications, including:
    • Spacecraft attitude control, orbit determination, and orbit maintenance
    • Spacecraft systems such as power management, communications, etc
    • Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) of satellites or subsystems
    • Spacecraft EMC/EMI analysis or testing
  • Have experience with any of the following software tools:
    • MS Excel, for the purposes of engineering analyses
    • Requirements Management tools such as DOORS
    • MS Office
  • Experience with electronic equipment assembly, integration and test for the purpose of test planning, test procedure development, and troubleshooting
  • Familiarity with use of lab electronics and test equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and logic analyzers, and the analysis of test results
  • Familiarity with SPICE or other circuit analysis tools could be beneficial
  • A solid understanding of different types of engineering life cycles as applicable from large complex programs to software development
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to perform in a dynamic working environment
  • Possess excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to travel for spacecraft test campaigns
  • A team-friendly attitude and willingness to learn
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 Reliablity 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.

The compensation range for this position is $98,000 - $144,100 annually. The specific compensation offered will be based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

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.


This position qualifies for a $2500 referral bonus