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Telesat: Satellite Launch Services Engineer


This is a Full-time position in Ottawa, ON posted July 12, 2021.

About UsBacked by a 50-year legacy of engineering excellence, reliability and industry-leading customer service, Telesat has grown to be one of the largest and most successful global satellite operators.

Telesat works collaboratively with its customers to deliver critical connectivity solutions that tackle the world’s most complex communications challenges, providing powerful advantages that improve their operations and drive growth.In addition to our state-of-the-art global, geostationary satellite fleet, Telesat Lightspeed, our Low Earth Orbit network scheduled to begin service in 2022, will revolutionize global broadband connectivity by delivering a combination of high capacity, security, resiliency and affordability with ultra-low latency and fiber-like speeds.Telesat also provides industry-leading technical consultation and support services to satellite operators, insurers and other industry stakeholders around the globe.Privately held and headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc.


For more information, visit www.Telesat.Com.PURPOSE OF JOBTelesat is launching a state-of-the-art satellite constellation of highly advanced satellites in low earth-orbit that will seamlessly integrate with terrestrial networks.

The global network will deliver fiber quality throughput anywhere on earth.

We are growing quickly and are currently in need of an experienced and professional Launch Vehicle Engineer to join our team.As a Launch Services Engineer for the LEO constellation, the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that the launch service providers, the launch dispenser provider and their sub-tier suppliers deliver as per the contracts.

Responsibilities include oversight of the development and qualification of the launch dispensers, management of technical interchanges between launch providers, dispenser provider and satellite manufacture, and launch campaign planning and execution.This position resides within the LEO Satellite Engineering team, and will support the Space Segment development with a focus on the launch related elements.

The ideal candidate has previous experience in launch integration planning and launch operations, and is enthusiastic about being part of a team that is diverse and at the top of its game.MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:The responsibilities and range of activities may vary, however the role will include:Monitoring the launch vehicles service providers from a technical perspective with a view to ensuring that the committed services and deliveries meet all the technical requirements and remain on scheduleMonitor the launch dispenser provider from a technical and programmatic perspective to ensure that the dispenser design meets the technical requirements, is appropriately qualified and production is effectively established ensuring close collaboration with the spacecraft manufacturer and launch providersReviewing and assessing the launch vehicles technical interface mission integration activities including schedule updates and reporting the progress to Program Management on a weekly basisPerforming and/or being able to evaluate the pertinent technical analysis (such as Coupled Loads, Thermal, Mission, Separation, EMC/EMI, Environmental analyses etc.) in collaboration with the launch vehicle service providers, the dispenser supplier and the spacecraft supplier which will feed directly into the successful program execution planLiaising with the launch service providers and their sub-tier suppliers to understand the launch vehicles’ technical progress, compliance to requirements, deliveries and their interdependencies to ensure on-time deliveriesSupport launch campaign technical and planning activities and interface with the launch service providers, their designated launch sites, the dispenser and spacecraft suppliers to ensure fully compliant and on time executionPrepare presentations and regular status reports, serving as the main source of information about the project to external teamsProvide oversight of launch campaign operationsEDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREDBachelor of Engineering in Mechanical, Electrical or Aerospace is requiredMinimum of 10 years of highly skilled and extensive hands-on experience on multi-faceted complex projectsLaunch Vehicle Interface experience in a telecommunication or satellite business environment preferred with a firm background in the associated analyses and mission planningThorough knowledge of launch vehicle technology and deep understanding and familiarity with launch site campaigns including technical planning, logistics and coordination with the pertinent launch agenciesExcellent interpersonal and communications (verbal and written) skillsThe ability to understand changing critical paths at the dispenser, launch vehicle and subtier levels and their implications on the overall projectThe ability to effectively interface with other parts of the organization in order to help mitigate late deliveriesFamiliarity with manufacturing and supply chain managementStrong working knowledge of sub-contract management, collaboration and productivity toolsBilingual in English and French an asset (but not required)DECISION MAKING & SUPERVISION:In this role, the incumbent will have significant influence on the dispenser and launch vehicle technical monitoring for the Lightspeed program.

He/she will need to make recommendations and decisions based on their experience and identify key risks and develop risk mitigation plans with the suppliersSupervision ExercisedThis role has no direct reports, but will work and interact with multi-disciplinary engineering, contracts, legal, and commercial teamsWORKING CONDITIONS:Working conditions are typical of an office environment.Occasional travel, including international travel may be required.The successful candidate must be able to work in Canada and obtain clearance under the Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP).