Mission Systems Operations Engineer

Company Details


Job Details


The Company:

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.

The Position:

We’re on the hunt for a robotic Mission Systems & Operations Engineer on MDA’s Robotics and Space Operations team, on-site at the Canadian Space Agency in St Hubert, Quebec. In this role, the candidate will be part of the Engineering Support Lead group that provides real-time engineering support during operations of the Canada’s robotic systems known as the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) onboard the International Space Station (ISS).  In this exciting role, you will have a direct impact in supporting and enabling the success of human spaceflight exploration.

We have combined complex robotics with control software to develop mission critical robotic systems such as the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) for the International Space Station (ISS) and, previously, the robotic arms for the Space Shuttle. The MSS serves a vital role in keeping the ISS operational through continuous robotic operations to maintain and repair the space station, enable resupply missions and support a host of daily ISS operations. Today, MDA is developing sophisticated systems for new projects such as an artificial intelligence-enabled robotic system known as Gateway External Robotics System (GERS) – to assemble and maintain a lunar staging outpost orbiting the moon enabling future exploration missions, human lunar landings, missions to explore Mars and on-orbit servicing of satellites.

Job Responsibilities: 

Duties would include some or all of the following:

  • Provide systems engineering support to real-time robotic operations of space station assembly and maintenance missions involving Canadarm2 and Dextre.
  • Troubleshoot system behaviour anomalies –both on-orbit or on-ground systems; determine root cause, and the appropriate technical resolution.
  • Flight following of on-orbit operational tasks to maintain situational awareness for providing timely response to requests from ISS Mission Control teams.
  • Monitoring MSS performance and identifying deviations in the MSS system performances.
  • Performing desktop reviews of flight procedures from a systems engineering perspective and provide comments to the Operations Engineering Centre Lead
  • Acting as a subject matter expert on MSS elements and participate in system level technical discussions with our customer (the Canadian Space Agency) and NASA.
  • Support training of astronauts and flight controllers as a Subject Matter Expert.
  • Utilize and/or develop augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) applications for our zero-g robotics lab (DREAMR Lab) to emulate on-orbit performance of robots to plan and troubleshoot on-orbit operations as well as help in rapid prototype design of robotic systems and operations techniques.

Job Requirements:

  • Interested candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Electrical, Mechanical, Systems, Engineering Physics, or Computer Engineering and/or Applied Mathematics or Physics.
  • Four or more years’ experience in the robotics field or, 2 years’ experience and a Master’s degree, or a PhD in a relevant field.
  • A strong ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as a member of a team is required.
  • Preferably, the applicant should have some exposure to space operations and/or have a passion for human spaceflight exploration.
  • A strong ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as a member of a team is required.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication skills are essential to this position.

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 provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

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.



Bachelors or better in Engineering or related field.

Tagged as: systems engineering, mission management

Visit Us On LinkedinVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Twitter