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The MDA facility in Brampton, Ontario has supported human spaceflight for the past 30+ years through the design and operational support of space robotics systems such as Canadarm on the Space Shuttle, and Canadarm2 and Dextre on the International Space Station. In addition, this site develops rover technology for Mars missions, space-borne sensors for planetary exploration missions, as well as a multitude of terrestrial spin-offs for medical robotics and nuclear power plant operations. MDA is currently exploring future opportunities in areas such as AI-based robotics for Lunar Gateway (the next international space station, which will orbit the moon), on-orbit satellite servicing, and next-generation space missions.
MDA is currently seeking a Staff Engineer to act as the lead systems architect of a planetary rover system at MDA’s Robotics and Automation division in Brampton. As a lead systems architect, the candidate will act as the recognized technical authority in planetary rover development to: Generate the high-level vehicle system requirements, based upon the user/customer needs and other constraints.
Ensure requirements are consistent, complete, correct, traceable, and operationally defined.
Lead a team to generate performance models and error budgets to ensure that adequate design margins are provisioned to the design team.
Perform cost-benefit analyses to determine whether requirements are best met by operator, software, or hardware functions.
Determine multiple design alternatives, assessing each based upon all identified constraints (cost, schedule, space, power, safety, mass, usability, reliability, reusability, maintainability, availability, etc.) and select the most suitable options for further design.
Conduct system and subsystem level design trade-offs to optimize design by partitioning large systems into (successive layers of) subsystems and components.
Formulate and recommend alternative plans for the mitigation of project issues/risks.
Develop and disseminate processes and technology improvements that will significantly reduce either cost and/or schedule.
Provide leadership in internal team reviews, reviews of vendors and suppliers, and formal reviews with the customer
Successfully interface with other disciplines as required, including manufacturing, procurement, production control, quality assurance, and program management.
Take initiative in ensuring the rover program accomplishes its goals within cost while meeting its schedule milestones.
Develop and mentor a large group of engineers.
Provide oversight across a variety of programs using metrics (such as technical performance measures & Program Management Control System (PMCS)) to identify issue/risks and the impact to project cost & schedule.
Interested candidates must possess a degree in Engineering (Systems Design, Aerospace, Electrical, Software, or Mechanical Engineering). Must have a proven track record as a System Designer/Architect capable of conceptualizing, designing and building complex flight systems from initial customer requirements through to product delivery and commissioning. Fifteen (15) or more years of experience of diverse product development in end-to-end deployed systems in a leadership role is required. Experience developing and mentoring engineers and other technical staff. The candidate must have comprehensive engineering knowledge in more than one discipline. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are essential.
Excellent verbal, written communication skills are essential to this position . All candidates must be able to obtain CGP and ITAR clearance .
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting diversity in the workplace.
With respects to Accessibilities for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc. is proud to provide accommodation(s) during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodations, please feel free to notify us.
Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package
MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at its many locations. As a member of the MDA team, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection for employees and their families through health care plans, disability income protection, life insurance, and other employee benefits. The Company's retirement plans encourage employees to save for their future with a Company matching contribution in many locations.