LEO Satellite Terminal Engineer - L48 -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).


How you will contribute

  • Bring engineering expertise related to the design and deployment of satellite user terminals (UTs) to be used on Telesat LEO Constellation network for fixed and mobile applications;
  • Design recommendations and analysis of terminal installation options and processes as technical inputs to the deployment of UTs for Telesat LEO Constellation;
  • Manage technical relationship with multiple UT suppliers, UT component suppliers, and field services companies;
  • Planning, support and execution of customer demos for Telesat LEO Constellation;
  • Support Telesat Sales Engineering in development of proposals for deployment of UTs for Telesat LEO Constellation customers;
  • Develops and recommends solutions for UTs;
  • Make decisions about task priorities as required in the course of leading project teams.

 Main Responsibilities:

  •  Develop technical requirements for Telesat LEO Constellation UT technology;
  • Lead LEO testing and demo activities at customer sites;
  • Support the definition and evaluation of UT installation and support requirements;
  • Help define the process for UT type approvals;
  • Support UT portion of responding to LEO sales proposals;
  • Interface with potential manufacturers of UTs;
  • Evaluate vendor proposed terminal designs for reliability, installation, and maintenance;
  • Propose modifications and/or new UT designs to achieve required cost, performance and reliability targets;
  • Identify tests to validate system assumptions with prototypes using specialized test equipment;
  • Lead engineering project team(s) to support customer and vendor activities to demonstrate LEO Constellation UT equipment and LEO Constellation services;
  • Engage with customers to gather and valid LEO UT requirements;
  • Work with Telesat Sales and Business Development teams to support the development and sale of LEO Constellation services;
  • Perform other duties as required.

 Education & Experience Required

  •  B.Eng. (Electrical or Physics);
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in satellite terminal and/or satellite system design.

 Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of antenna technologies, including tracking reflector systems, flat panel antennas and other antenna technology at Ka band for mobile land, aeronautical, maritime and fixed applications;
  • Knowledge of satellite modems and hub technology performance;
  • Knowledge of satellite RF equipment including satellite carrier setup and commissioning;
  • Understanding of physical layer communication protocols for satellite communications;
  • Understanding of networks, routing, switching, QoS, provisioning and service management;
  • Ability to summarize complex problems, solutions and recommendations;
  • Ability to plan and execute deployment of satellite terminals;
  • Ability to troubleshoot satellite terminal operation including sectionalizing and determining root causes of issues;
  • Fluent in English, written and oral.

 Supervision Exercised

  •  There is no direct reporting staff but this role is expected to lead multi-disciplinary project teams and/or provide technical assistance or guidance to other engineers or specialists;
  • Supervision of suppliers/contractor during customer facing activities.

 Working Conditions:

  •  Approximately 50% of the time is expected to be in a generally comfortable office environment;
  • Approximately 50% of the time is expected to be work in a light industrial environment, including outdoors;
  • Travel, support of projects across multiple time zones and other project requirements may require overtime;
  • International travel is anticipated; therefore, candidates will need to provide proof that they have no national/international travel or visa restrictions;

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

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