Systems Communications Payload Engineer

MDA Space
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC/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!

We are on the hunt for Systems Communications Payload Engineer 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 are 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 are excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we will 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.


Provide RF and Electrical System design, System performance analysis, then implementation and testing in support of MDA Telecommunication advanced payloads for non-terrestrial applications.


The Payload Telecommunication engineer provides both payload architecture design and RF system performance analysis and performance budgets (i.e capacity, Gain, GoT, EIRP….) during the payload life cycle, including bids, requirement definitions, project implementation, testing phases along with R&D activities in support of payload or processes improvement.

  • Provide support to and/or lead payload design activities.
  • Participate in the Payload electrical and RF System performance evaluation.
  • Write engineering documentations: system requirements, SOC, verification and validation matrix, design description, systems budgets, equipment specifications, test requirements, RFD/RFW.
  • Perform system worst case analysis, inputs and support to program reviews: EQSR, SRR, PDR, CDR.
  • 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).
  • Technical monitoring of major subcontractors.
  • Support to DC & RF harness design, Payload layout.
  • Write up Payload Operations Manual.

Required Qualifications

BSc in electrical engineering and 5 years minimum experience in Telecommunications Satellite Payloads in the satellite industry or equivalent.

The Following Knowledge Will Be Considered Favourably

  • Familiarity in Direct Radiating Array (DRA) Antenna with multiple active elements
  • Familiarity digital signal processing
  • Familiarity of the DVB-S2X and DVB-RCS2 air interface standards and their applications.
  • Familiarity with Digital MODEM, Digital Channelizer and Digital Beam Forming performance requirements
  • Familiarity with Network Switching protocols (Ethernet, MPLS) for non-terrestrial applications
  • Familiarity with Payload AI&T activities and Payload test methods
  • RF Communication System modelling and simulation experience
  • Familiarity with digital communication interfaces such as Spacewire, CANBus
  • English required, French fluency would be an asset.
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident is preferred

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.