Engineer – Guidance, Navigation and Controls

Company Details


The MDA facility in Brampton, Ontario has supported human spaceflight for the past 30+ years through the design and operational support of space robotics systems such as Canadarm on the Space Shuttle, and Canadarm2 and Dextre on the International Space Station. In addition, this site develops rover technology for Mars missions, space-borne sensors for planetary exploration missions, as well as a multitude of terrestrial spin-offs for medical robotics and nuclear power plant operations. MDA is currently exploring future opportunities in areas such as AI-based robotics for Lunar Gateway (the next international space station, which will orbit the moon), on-orbit satellite servicing, and next-generation space missions.

The Role

MDA is currently seeking an Engineer to work in the Dynamics and Controls Group. As an Engineer, the suitable candidate will work in the L&SE program (to support On-Orbit Space Station activities), and/or in the nuclear program (to support Bruce Power), and/or R&D activities. The daily duties will include

Mathematical modelling of rigid/flexible payloads using the in-house developed SPOTS simulator. Tuning of the control system parameters. Performing simulation runs to validate the new parameters. Perform simulation runs to analyse failures and recovery scenarios. Validate simulation models using On-Orbit data Troubleshoot on-orbit anomalies in a fast -paced, pressure filled environment. R&D activities. Present analysis results to Technical Leads, Program management, Canadian Space Agency, NASA, and Bruce Power.

About You

Interested candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, or Computer Systems Engineering or Physics/Applied Mathematics. Candidate should have 4 years of hands on experience in advanced control and dynamic modelling of multi-DOF manipulators and algorithm implementation. The candidate must have demonstrated the ability to work in a team environment.

Excellent verbal, written communication skills are essential to this position. All candidates must be able to obtain CGP and ITAR clearance.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting diversity in the workplace.

With respects to Accessibilities for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc. is proud to provide accommodation(s) during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodations, please feel free to notify us.

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.​

Tagged as: design engineering, GNC Engineer, payloads, simulation and modelling

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