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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!

MDA Geospatial Services Inc. is a leading global provider of advanced geospatial information solutions derived from the high-resolution RADARSAT satellites, commercial optical satellites, and aerial systems to an operationally-focused, global customer base. Leveraging over 20 years of experience in processing and delivering Earth Observation data, MDA is a recognized leader in the provision of satellite-based information, data products, and services to customers in a diverse range of markets that include Oil and Gas, Defence and Security, Disaster Management, Natural Resources, Mining, Aviation and Agriculture. 

MDA operates the three satellites from the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) as well as the RADARSAT-2 Satellite, all being SAR remote sensing satellites, from its control center at St. Hubert, near Montréal, Québec.  The Systems comprise Satellites (4 total) in Low-Earth (Polar Sun-synchronous) Orbit and Ground Segments for order handling, planning, and satellite control, and for SAR data reception, processing and distribution, archiving, cataloguing, and image quality maintenance. System operations are undertaken by MDA and through internal and subcontractor service contract arrangements. MDA is also preparing for the launch and operation of the CHORUS satellite which is the next MDA SAR mission.

The Operation System Engineer is expected to be available in an on-call role (typically one week out of every four).  This position is for a job located at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in St Hubert, Montreal, QC


The Operation System Engineer will:

  • Actively participate in the resolution of Ordering and Planning system anomalies ensuring the highest level of system uptime possible

  • Monitor and report system performance against defined metrics through aggregated statistics collected from the GS;

  • Support the definition of operations concepts, the development and/or review of automated procedures;

  • Develop and/or maintain tools, scripts, applications to improve the planning and ordering operations;

  • Coordination of system modifications, including their documentation, testing, approval, and implementation;

  • Maintain or review operations procedures and other operational tools;

  • Communicate with and provide support to the operations staff; represent MDA in a Canadian Government setting.

  • Manage Mission Planning specific activities (e.g. Support for Emergency acquisition handling, Manual conflict resolution, and Handling of Satellite anomaly from planning perspective…).

  • Optimize the use of satellite resources while striving to achieve major stakeholder’s satisfaction.

  • Respond consistently to customers’ requests (both internal and external).

  • Facilitate RADARSAT-2 order fulfillment processes.

  • Manage Mission Planning activities (e.g. slew plan definition and management, background mission data collection).

  • Configure application and database4 servers for final production and software documentations up to date.

  • Any other duties as assigned.

    Requirements (experience/skills):

    • Degree of higher degree in numerate discipline, preferably in the areas of Aerospace, Engineering, Computer Science or Geography/Remote Sensing. Post graduate degree in other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields will also be considered;
    • At least 2 years post graduate experience in an  operations environment, or systems development preferably with exposure to spacecraft operations;
    • Strong computer skills, any  software development, scripting (Python, PowerShell, Bash, JavaScript), and Windows / Linux system administration would be an asset;
    • Experience with database systems (MS SQL server, PostGres/PostGIS, Mongo DB), networking, DevOps, and IT automation software (SaltStack, Puppet) is also an asset;
    • A flexible team player, with agility to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
    • Good vbal and written communication skills; Working language is in English;
    • Willingness to be included in overnight and weekend "on-call" rotation to support anomaly decision and resolution process.


Comments/Special Considerations:

The Operation System Engineer will work as part of the MDA team at the MDA Control Centre, CSA Headquarters, St. Hubert, Quebec.

The candidate must be well organized and focused on priorities. He/she should be able to extract information from a vast source of documentation and to demonstrate initiative and leadership.

The candidate needs to be able to qualify for a Secret security clearance level.

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Posted 15d ago
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