Senior LEO Satellite Systems Engineer-L17-2019 - 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).

As a Senior LEO Satellite Systems Engineer will provide technical expertise in support of Telesat LEO Constellation spacecraft systems design, development and production. This includes participation in evaluation of technical proposals, design evaluation with a focus on system analyses, oversight of qualification and test plans and monitoring of qualification, integration and test of the satellites.


How you will contribute

  • Provide technical expertise in areas of LEO spacecraft systems with an emphasis on the Platform
  • Provide systems engineering support for the spacecraft development and production including power, attitude control, mechanical, thermal and propulsion for the Telesat LEO Constellation
  • Provide support in areas of spacecraft subsystems specification and testing definition during bid evaluation and contract negotiations
  • Analyze design review packages and actively participate in design review meetings. Identify areas of potential risk, and recommend appropriate preventative actions. Effect design, test, schedule, and cost trade-offs advantageous to the program
  • Review and assess detailed spacecraft system analyses including Reliability, availability, outage, Fault Detection Isolation and Recovery (FDIR), Radiation environment, Charging effects, EMI, EMC, and Constellation management and provide feedback and guidance to the supplier
  • Perform review of spacecraft budgets and their evolution including Mass properties, Average and Peak (including instantaneous) Power, Propulsion, Thermal, Volume, Field of View
  • Oversee the spacecraft Platform On Board Computer design and development including associated analyses - radiation susceptibility, SEU/SEL, Worst Case Analyses, Parts Stress Analyses, CPU utilization, performance, FMECA, DFM, DFT, BIST, memory utilization, reliability
  • Ensure Spacecraft Integration and Qualification plans and procedures are adequate
  • Provide on-site presence during the Platform qualification program, and lead effort to accept Qualification reports and resolve spacecraft system level NCs
  • Ensure Platform test and analysis plans are adequate and that verification meets expectations
  • Witness and evaluate unit and subsystems testing, and spacecraft level assembly, integration and test, particularly environmental performance tests
  • Ensure Spacecraft In-Orbit Test plans and procedures are adequate, lead effort to accept IOT reports and resolve NCs
  • Interface directly with peer Contractor engineering staff to understand and resolve design, production or test issues
  • Prepare and present detailed technical reports/presentations to engineering and/or technical management


Education & Experience Required

  • Masters of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering is required
  • 10+ years of experience in the spacecraft systems engineering field


Specialized Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

  • Strong technical, presentation, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Independent self-starter with good project management capabilities
  • Familiarity with spacecraft Platform systems modeling and analysis techniques for LEO environments
  • Experience in the execution and evaluation of environmental testing including thermal, vibration and acoustic testing will be beneficial
  • Assesses, and agrees if acceptable, on behalf of program, engineering design and design changes proposed by Contractor to meet contractual requirements.
  • Refers contract changes to the appropriate authority and recommends acceptance or rejection
  • Referred to for expert advice in spacecraft subsystems
  • Provides advice to engineering and program management relating to technical and schedule risks on programs
  • May lead task team in the resolution of technical problems or in spacecraft monitoring activities


Additional Information

  • The successful candidate must be able to work in Canada and obtain clearance under the Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP).
  • Frequent International travel may be required for this role. A valid passport will need to be available at all times.

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