Software Integration Engineer - Satellite Ground Systems

Richmond, BC/Remote
Added: February 9, 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.

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 Software Integration Engineer – Satellite Ground Systems for In-Service Support (ISS) on a complex Satellite Ground system on our Geointelligence team.

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 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 a Software Integration Engineer – Satellite Ground Systems, you will contribute to the support, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of a complex Satellite Ground System and data processing facility deployed on-premise.


  • Ensure high up time of a complex satellite ground system and processing facility to meet stringent customer availability requirements
  • Own assigned system and software components, become the Subject Matter Expert in their operations and troubleshooting
  • Interact with the operations team, vendor support personnel, MDA software development teams, MDA Cyber Security team and the rest of the MDA In-Service Support team, to identify root causes and recommend solutions
  • Expertly and quickly isolate issues to specific Software, Network or Security components
  • Rapidly develop workarounds to restore satellite ground system operations
  • Work along with SW Development, Cyber Security and System Admin teams to develop long-term solutions to observed issues and system enhancements
  • Performing testing and verification in the staging environment
  • Reporting issue status and recording actions/resolution
  • Providing remote and on-site system support to the operations team
  • Providing after hours on-call support (Rotating schedule with other ISS support staff)
  • Performing from time to time, preventive, corrective, and adaptive hardware and software maintenance activities on-site:
    • Retrieving and analyzing system logs
    • Performing Line-Replaceable Unit (LRU) replacement
    • Implementing problem correction or workaround
    • Deploying software and operating system releases and patches

Candidates must have the following knowledge, experience and skills:

  • A University Degree or Technical Diploma from an accredited institution in computer science, software engineering, or a combination of related education and experience.
  • Experience in system integration of multiple subsystems
  • Experience in software development and scripting
  • Experience working in Microsoft Windows and Linux environment
  • Excellent troubleshooting, fault isolation, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Proven ability to be a team player and yet work unsupervised on a project
  • Ability to quickly learn on the job and leverage your past experiences and knowledge.
  • Ability to travel to the Aldergrove station to perform onsite activities as required
  • Ability to work after hours when critical technical issues arise

Proficient knowledge and experience in the following areas will be an asset:

  • Java, Python
  • VM, Docker, Kubernetes
  • Logging via Kibana
  • Computer network
  • Security system development
  • Operating system administration
  • Remote sensing or Geographic Information System(GIS)
  • Satellite Ground Stations or Satellite Communication Systems
  • Experience troubleshooting systems with RF communication links
  • Electrical/mechanical knowledge/experience

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 compensation range for this position is $80,000 - $117,700 annually. The specific compensation offered will be based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Comments/Special Considerations

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the Nato Secret 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.

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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