Senior LEO Bus Engineer-L12-2019 - 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 Bus Engineer in mechanical/thermal subsystems, the incumbent will provide technical expertise in support of Telesat LEO Constellation spacecraft and launch services program. This includes participation in evaluation of technical proposals, design evaluation and critique, oversight of qualification, test and production plan development and monitoring of qualification, production, integration and test of the satellites and associated launch hardware.


How you will contribute

  • Provide technical expertise in areas of satellite bus subsystems with an emphasis on mechanical, structural and thermal subsystems. Provide Bus engineering support for all aspects of the spacecraft bus development and production including power, attitude control, launch vehicle interface, mechanical, thermal and propulsion for the Telesat LEO Constellation.
  • Lead or assist in areas of spacecraft subsystems specification and testing definition during bid evaluation and contract negotiations.
  • Lead or assist in troubleshooting problems with design and/or test of spacecraft and launch vehicle mechanical subsystems.
  • 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.
  • Provide oversight for the design, qualification and production of launch dispenser to ensure compliance to the technical requirements of the spacecraft and launch vehicle for the efficient and safe deployment of multiple satellites from the launch vehicles.
  • Witness and evaluate unit and subsystems testing and satellite level assembly, integration and test, particularly environmental performance tests.
  • Participate in Launch Vehicle Interface Meetings and monitor launch vehicle interface activities.
  • 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 Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the spacecraft Bus 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 thermal and structural modeling and analysis techniques will be an asset
  • 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 mechanical/thermal/structural 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 Skills 

  • 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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