Senior Systems Engineer - Air Navigation
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
Vancouver, BC CA
20d ago

Maxar Technologies Ltd. (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, geospatial data and analytics.

As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched end-to-end advanced systems capabilities and integrated solutions expertise to help our customers anticipate and address their most complex mission critical challenges with confidence.

With more than 6,500 employees in 21 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes SSL, MDA, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions.

Every day, millions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that empower a better world.

Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR.

MDA is a business unit of Maxar Technologies (TSX : MAXR NYSE : MAXR).

MDA is an internationally recognized leader in space robotics, satellite antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defense and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery.

MDA’s extensive space expertise and heritage translates into mission-critical defence and commercial applications that include multi-

platform command, control and surveillance systems, aeronautical information systems, land administration systems and terrestrial robotics.

MDA is also a leading supplier of actionable mission-critical information and insights derived from multiple data sources, both owned and operated within the Maxar group and by customer and third party sources.

Founded in 1969, MDA is recognized as one of Canada’s most successful technology ventures with locations in Richmond, Ottawa, Brampton, Montreal and Halifax.

Job Description

MDA’s Aviation business delivers large software centric systems that enable our customers to meet the challenges of global aviation operations.

Working in multidisciplinary teams, we build systems to support our customer’s business. We are seeking staff to define and deliver the next generation of air navigation software tools for the aviation industry.

We are looking for a proven Systems Engineer to join our team in Richmond, BC (Vancouver Lower Mainland). This will be an exciting opportunity to work with our customers and projects teams, demonstrate leadership and assume significant ownership over establishing technical baselines and following these baselines through to successful delivery.

You will leverage your systems engineering experience over the entire life cycle of our systems. Understanding the business objectives and constraints of our customers is vital before these are translated into the concepts and specifications required by all teams to successfully meet these objectives.

You understand the importance of productive relationships, actively seek information, confirm understanding and constructively resolve issues.

You understand the systems engineering discipline and what it means to successfully apply this to large, complex software systems.

Primary Activities :

As a Systems Engineer, you will have the opportunity to establish ownership and demonstrate your abilities in all phases of the system life-cycle, including :

  • Creating engineering solutions that are attractive to our customers and are cost-effective
  • Conducting working sessions to understand our customers objectives, requirements and constraints
  • Establishing concept of operations, system specifications, system interfaces
  • Applying specialty engineering design disciplines to creatively address our customer’s requirements
  • Leading proof of concept , feasibility or trade-off studies; Selecting suppliers
  • Conducting structured reviews of system engineering deliverables
  • Concluding requirements elaboration and reviews with the establishment of technical baselines
  • Working with our customer to control change over the technical baselines
  • Creating or modifying systems engineering management plans
  • Monitoring and resolving customer concerns as design, implementation, integration and test progress
  • Supporting system test and acceptance
  • Supporting our customer’s change management process as the system moves into operations
  • Supporting business development and creating commercial offers to our customers
  • Candidate Profile :

  • A University degree in Engineering or Science from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years’ experience, Master’s degree and 7 years’ experience or PhD with 5 years’ experience, or established combination of education and experience in systems engineering
  • Experience in the Aviation domain is a big plus, but not required a keen interest in learning about it is Proven ability to focus on the customer, understand their needs and deliver results
  • The analytical skills and systems level thinking required for large, complex, safety critical systems
  • Extensive knowledge of the full system or product life cycle and how the system engineering discipline is applied successfully to each phase
  • The ability to identify and manage risks
  • The ability to create and manage the different system engineering deliverables
  • The ability to lead or participate in reviews of deliverables with the customer
  • The ability to support integration and test of large systems with many suppliers
  • The ability to work within a large organization and understand dependencies and stakeholder needs
  • A team oriented approach to solving technical problems within budget and schedule constraints
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Effective presentation skills.
  • Technical requirements - some combination of :

  • Experience working with customer representative, prime contractors, subcontractors
  • Experience with supporting business development and working with potential customers
  • Experience or expertise in engineering design disciplines (reliability, maintainability, availability, security)
  • Experience with large, software systems; Grounded understanding of software engineering
  • Experience with requirements management tools, such as DOORS or Requisite-Pro
  • Knowledge of geospatial information and formats available in the market
  • Knowledge of Aviation regulations, such as FAA 8260.58, AC 120-91 or ICAO PANS-OPS
  • Knowledge of Aviation technical standards, such as AIXM or ARINC 424
  • Knowledge of Aircraft navigation concepts and systems
  • Knowledge of Air Traffic Management concepts and systems
  • Comments / Special Considerations :

    The ability to obtain a security clearance is required for this position.

    MDA provides customers around the world with essential information solutions used for decision making. Our employees enjoy challenging careers with opportunity for growth and learning.

    MDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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