Satellite Operations Engineer - Ottawa, Ontario

About Us

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, and 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 Satellite Operations Engineer will support all engineering aspects related to ensuring effective in-orbit operations of all on-board subsystems on the assigned satellite bus type(s) in order to maximize subsystem health, performance and commercial availability.  This includes working, in collaboration, with others within the Group and Division to improve efficiencies, through innovation, across all facets of in-orbit fleet operations.


How you will contribute

  • Following a comprehensive technical review of 1) satellite manufacturer documentation and associated subsystem training, and 2) satellite real-time control system design and operation, support the development of satellite subsystem operations products for the assigned satellite(s).
  • Ensure the technical content and design of all operations products used for controlling the satellite(s) are fully validated and adhere to manufacturer and Telesat operational requirements and guidelines.
  • Oversee the creation, coding, modification and maintenance of satellite operating procedures utilized for control of both current and next-generation satellites.
  • Assist with the development of automated operations tools for evaluation and tracking of satellite on-board subsystem performance.
  • Ensure effective trending analysis of all satellite subsystems with a view to providing early detection of anomalous behaviors or trends.
  • Assist operations staff with ensuring that all matters pertaining to satellite subsystem health and operation are properly addressed and resolved.
  • Provide technical assistance and/or training on all matters pertaining to the development and use of the satellite operations products and supporting trending and analysis tools.


Education & Experience Required

  • Masters or Bachelor degree in an Aerospace, Electrical, Mechanical or Computer Engineering, or the equivalent
  • A background in Aerospace technologies and expertise in software systems and development
  • Relevant experience in the development of satellite operations products and management of operations of satellite subsystems would be an asset
  • Knowledge of satellite subsystem design and operation
  • Knowledge of electronics, control systems and radio frequency communications
  • Experience in developing software with a variety of platforms and programming tools
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, real-time decision-making, planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written English communications skills
  • Independent and self-motivated, with the ability to work effectively both individually and in a team environment


Decision Making & Supervision Skills Required:


Decision Making

  • Make decisions and recommendations governed by general policy. Recommendations are reviewed for technical soundness or judgment but are generally accepted as technically accurate


Supervision Exercised

  • Once experience is developed, may lead the technical development of operational components for both new and existing satellite programs
  • Manage development projects including collaboration with other operational staff;
  • Provide technical guidance to other staff


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

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