Systems Communications Payload AIT Specialist

London, UK/Remote
Added: February 9, 2024
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We’re on the hunt for a Systems Communications Payload AIT Specialist 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.


The Systems Communications Payload AIT Specialist will be responsible for RF and Electrical system AIT design, performance analysis, Test Plans & Test Methods definitions, EGSEs definition, implementation and testing in support of MDA Telecommunication advanced payloads.


  • Define & Write engineering documentations: Test Plans, system test requirements, SOC, verification and validation matrix, design description,
  • Participate in cross-functional teams
  • Production of relevant EGSE documentation, as needed
  • Payload assembly Integration and Test
  • Attend test reviews: TRR, TRB, DRB, and NCR’s
  • Support Payload testing: EGSE, Test supervision, data analysis
  • Support Satellite tests at S/C supplier premises
  • Support In-Orbit Test (IOT)
  • Write up Payload Operations Manual

Required Qualifications

  • Engineering degree in relevant field and 5+ years of experience in AIT, testing Electronic systems and communications payloads (Digital - Transparent or Regenerative - and Analog)
  • The knowledge of Direct Radiating Array (DRA) Antenna with multiple active elements and knowledge of digital modulations, signal processing and Networking will be considered favorably.
  • English required, French fluency would be an asset
  • Extensive experience with laboratory instrumentation such as:
    • Performance Network analyzer
    • High sampling oscilloscope
    • Spectrum analyzer
    • Arbitrary waveform generator
    • Modems
  • Knowledge of Digital Signal Processing theory
  • Knowledge/experience in the following programming languages:
    • MATLAB
    • Python
  • Knowledge of communication protocols such as:
    • CANbus
    • SpaceWire
    • SPI serial link
  • Good personal, written and verbal communication skills

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.