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For those who dream of advancing our space in the Universe and on Earth, we’ll take you there.

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!

With 40 years of operational experience and proven performance on the iconic Canadarm programs including Space Shuttle and International Space Station robotics and operations support, our Robotics & Space Operations team has 100% mission success in making space dreams come true.


We’re on the hunt for a Software Engineering / Computer Science Student on our Robotics & Space Operations team at our Kanata (Ottawa) office.

Overall the successful candidate would be treated similar to a new graduate joining our company, where tasks will be assigned relative to the level of schooling and experience achieved to date. This is an 8 to 12 month Co-Op opportunity starting in May 2023. 

As our Software Student, you will be a member of the software team and be developing and testing software on the Dextre Deployable Vision System (DDVS) program.  The DDVS is a multi-sensor system targeted for use on the ISS to provide capabilities such external inspection and incoming vehicle tracking.


  • Implement specific software tasks as provided by senior developers (range of new development, optimizing existing code, bug fixes, etc.)
  • Perform general software functional and integration testing.
  • Assist in writing software documentation. This could include software design, test procedures, user manuals, etc.



  • Be enrolled in a Computer Science, Software Engineering, or equivalent program.
  • Proficient in C++ under Linux and Windows, MS Office suite, Visual Studio
  • Good understanding of Object Oriented Design
  • Strong team player
  • Be able to work independently.
  • Strong oral and written communication.

Desirable Skills:**

  • Prior internships related to Computer Science.
  • Experience or knowledge of 3D sensors and 3D data.
  • Experience with programming and debugging embedded systems.
  • Familiar with any of Python, Git, Bitbucket, Jira, QT, Jenkins.
  • Familiar with communication / network protocols such as serial (RS-422, USB) and TCP/IP
  • Familiar with third party libraries such as Boost and OpenCV

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.

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.

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, Kanata, Ontario
Posted 4 months ago
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