👷 Lead Systems Engineer - Satellite Ground Systems


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 System 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 flows 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 System 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
  • Become a Subject Matter Expert in the operations, troubleshooting, and enhancement of the overall system including: MDA bespoke software, vendor supplied software, off-the-shelf software, networks, VMs and hardware
  • Coordinate 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 ensure issues are mitigated quickly ;
  • Lead the SW Development, Cyber Security and System Admin teams to develop long-term solutions to observed issues and system enhancements;
  • Plan the roll out of bug fixes and enhancements to ensure no service disruptions;
  • Direct the performance of testing and verification in the staging environment;
  • 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 technical engineering tasks, such as operational analyses and trade-off studies;
  • Maintaining and updating deliverable documents such as engineering plans; requirements specifications, interface control documents, and operational concepts;
  • Presenting technical design proposals and reports to internal and/or external customers in clear, complete, concise and non-ambiguous terms; and
  • Supporting work planning and cost estimates during the project’s lifecycle


Candidates must have the following knowledge, experience and skills:

  • A University Degree or Technical Diploma from an accredited institution in engineering, computer science, or a combination of related education and experience.

  • 10+ years experience demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility and complexity

  • Experience in system integration of multiple subsystems

  • 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 customer locations to oversee 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:

  • Experience in software development and scripting

  • Experience working in Microsoft Windows and Linux environment

  • VM, Docker, Kubernetes

  • 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.

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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Canada, Richmond, British Columbia
Posted 3 months ago
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