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MDA Geospatial Services is strengthening the operation and development team in support of the MDA mission supported at St Hubert, Q.C. They include Radarsat-2,  Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) as well as future radar satellite operations in St. Hubert, QC. Radarsat-2 is a Canadian commercial satellite and provides high-resolution SAR imagery to customers around the world. RCM is a constellation of three satellites, which provides high-resolution SAR imagery for the Canadian Government users. 

The Spacecraft Engineering group at MDA is responsible for all spacecraft activities with a focus on monitoring and maintaining the health and safety of the satellites. The Spacecraft Engineer will act as a first responder to any anomalies and will be responsible for leading investigations and recoveries. They will be required to implement system modifications of both spacecraft and ground systems with cross-system interdependencies to enhance or maintain performance. The Spacecraft Engineer must have a good understanding of all spacecraft subsystems, including Bus and Payload. They will also require an in-depth knowledge and understanding of ground systems including those used to task the spacecraft as well as processing and analysis tools used for performance monitoring of spacecraft telemetry. A good understanding of operational constraints and procedures is essential. The Spacecraft Engineer may have to review, test, and develop operational procedures and write reports.

The candidate should have excellent organizational, leadership, and communications skills as well as a strong sense of real-time operations management. The candidate should have a good ability to work independently with initiative and little supervision as well as good reporting skill to management.

Teamwork skills and a positive attitude are essential for building productive working relationships in a satellite operation environment

 This position is located at the MDA Control Centre, Canadian Space Agency Headquarters, in St Hubert, PQ.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Monitor and report system performance against defined metrics through spacecraft telemetry
  • Perform satellite maintenance activities as recommended by manufacturers
  • Troubleshoot satellite anomalies with on-call support on a rotational basis when non-nominal operations are detected
  • Lead development projects for system and operational enhancements
  • Ability to follow well defined procedures and enforce application of well-defined processes
  • Maintain Flight Operations System, operations procedures, and other operational tools
  • Participate in Issue Review Boards (IRBs), Change Control Boards (CCBs), and Anomaly Review Boards (ARBs)


  • Degree or higher degree in numerate discipline, preferably in the areas of aerospace or mechanical engineering or physics
  • Preferably 3 years post graduate experience in a space systems development or operations environment, preferably with exposure to spacecraft operations
  • Strong leadership experience
  • A flexible team player, with the agility to work in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Well organized with ability to independently manage priorities
  • Experience in scripting language JavaScript, Python, Perl
  • Good understanding of satellite bus subsystems (ADCS, power, thermal, etc) considered an asset
  • Experience in analysis tools such as MATLAB, STK/ODTK considered an asset
  • Keen interest and passion for innovation
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; Working language is in English
  • Willingness to be “on-call” to support anomaly decision and resolution process, if needed, in unsocial hours
  • The candidate must be able to qualify for a Canadian Secret level clearance

 Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

 MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at its many locations. As a member of the MDA team, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection for employees and their families through health care plans, disability income protection, life insurance, and other employee benefits. The Company's retirement plans encourage employees to save for their future with a Company matching contribution in many locations.​

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