Senior Optical Engineer - L70 - Ottawa, Ontario

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 16 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 and one Phase 1 LEO satellite which is the start of Telesat’s planned advanced global LEO satellite constellation that will offer ultra-low latency, extremely high throughput, affordable broadband services. Telesat is also a leading technical consultant providing high value expertise and support to satellite operators, insurers and other industry participants on a global basis. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

The Senior Optical Engineer for the LEO constellation will provide technical expertise in the field of laser optics with a special emphasis on spacecraft-to-spacecraft Optical Inter-satellite Links (OISLs), telescopes, mirrors, lens, cameras and their associated mechanisms, electronics and software. This includes participation in the generation of product assurance and production requirements for the OISL, the evaluation of spacecraft manufacturer proposals, qualification status and the monitoring of OISL activities at the unit, subsystem and spacecraft levels.

How You Will Contribute:

  • Define/review the OISL requirements for the LEO constellation, vet the proposals from the spacecraft manufacturers, and provide recommendations during the selection process.
  • Responsible for monitoring and vetting the optical, electrical and mechanical design of the OISL for space applications.
  • Ensuring that any non-conformances and anomaly investigations associated with the OISL are resolved along with corrective actions.
  • Tracking the qualification status of the OISL hardware and software to a satisfactory conclusion.
  • Liaise with the spacecraft manufacturer and their sub-tier suppliers.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace, Electrical Engineering, Physics (or a related discipline) is required.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the field of optics for space applications.
  • Direct experience in the aerospace field where quality and reliability are of the utmost importance.
  • Ability to summarize complex problems and provide solutions and recommendations.
  • Experience in test and calibration techniques for the OISL at unit subsystem and spacecraft levels will be a plus.


The successful candidate must be able to work in Canada and obtain clearance under the Canadian Controlled Goods program (CGP) and a Reliability level clearance.

International travel is anticipated; therefore, the successful candidate will need to maintain an up-to-date passport and remain legally able to travel internationally.

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