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Engineer – Guidance, Navigation and Controls

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Maxar Technologies Ltd. (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, geospatial data and analytics. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched end-to-end advanced systems capabilities and integrated solutions expertise to help our customers anticipate and address their most complex mission critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in 21 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes SSL, MDA, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions. Every day, millions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that empower a better world. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information visit

For more than three decades, human spaceflight has been supported by advanced robotics developed by MDA. We have combined complex robotics with control software to develop the Space Shuttle’s Canadarm and the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) for the International Space Station. Leveraging our expertise in robotic technology and space-borne sensing systems, MDA is developing sophisticated systems for on-orbit servicing of satellites and planetary missions to explore the Moon and Mars.

On Earth we are taking our experience in space robotics into new areas of advanced robotics for novel industrial, medical, nuclear, and mining applications. We invite you to visit our website at

MDA is currently seeking an Intermediate Engineer/Member of Technical Staff 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.

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.​

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