Intermediate Digital-Analog PCB Engineer/Designer

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada

Full Time

5 months ago

Job description

For those who dream of advancing our space in the Universe and on Earth, we’ll take you there.

Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth. Today, we're leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.

We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond. And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

We’re on the hunt for an Intermediate Digital-Analog PCB Engineer/Designer on our Satellite systems team at our Montreal office.

As the leading global independent commercial supplier of antennas, payloads, and electronics for communication and radar satellites, our team has successfully contributed to hundreds of missions in the past 60 years. With an extensive heritage in a wide range of solutions delivered to customers globally, our Satellite Systems team continues to grow and evolve on the ground and in the stars.

We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.


The Intermediate Digital-Analog PCB Engineer/Designer will be part of a team of hardware designers working on the design, implementation, and validation of mixed signal (Digital & RF) electronics Printed Circuit Board (PCB) used in satellites and other space-based systems. This may include applications such as high-speed telecommunication, digital control/processing, on-board processors, mass-memory units, motor drive units, etc. for space applications using new space technologies. 


  • Apply the different aspects of Digital/Analog hardware design for space environment under the supervision of a senior technical authority.
  • Convert board level requirements into a board design concept (architecture, I/Os, key parts, power dissipation estimate, FPGA, Software, etc.)
  • Coordinate with FPGA, software and test designers to finalize the functional concept and facilitate the integration.
  • Complete the schematic capture level design.
  • Identify technology and design risks.
  • Respect Design for Manufacture/Test in the space environment.
  • Manage design layout constraints definitions, parts placement and layout reviews, manufacturing and assembly drawings completion.
  • Oversee parts managements including long lead items, complete bill of materials, and ensure parts qualifications for space.
  • Perform circuit simulation (SPICE, Hyperlynx, ADS, etc.) and various design analyses (ex: worst case, FMECA).
  • Coordinate with various specialties (structure, thermal, packaging, manufacturing, quality assurance, etc.) the necessary reviews for the PCB component placement and layout.
  • Oversee board assembly and manufacturing tests.
  • Contribute to the preparation of various documents such as review presentations, test plans, test procedures, etc.
  • Perform testing, troubleshooting, and debugging of complex mixed signals boards.
  • Support environmental and functional tests and validation for space missions.

Qualifications required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or equivalent.
  • Three (3) to ten (10) years of experience designing processor, digital, analog or mixed signal PCBs.
  • Knowledge and experience with Excel spreadsheets, Python, MathCAD, Spice, Matlab, JIRA or other such tools/software languages.
  • Good understanding of electronic circuits and communication protocols with extensive PCB design experience
  • Knowledgeable about PCB manufacturing processes
  • Exposure to mechanical packaging is an asset
  • Experience in conducting analyses (FMECA, WCA, signal integrity, power integrity, etc.) using various tools such as PSICE, ADS SiPro, Hyperlynx, etc.
  • Knowledgeable about part types, at ease with datasheets
  • Knowledge of space radiation effects on parts is an asset
  • Lab experience with electronic circuits and laboratory instrumentation such as oscilloscope, network analyzer, spectrum analyzer, arbitrary waveform generator
  • Proficient experience in schematic entry (ex: Mentor Xpedition, PADS, OrCAD)
  • Exposure to RF design, signal processing, high-speed or motor control design.
  • Knowledge of ruggedized designs
  • Fluent in English and French is an asset
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • The ideal candidate would be pro-active, enthusiastic, and result-oriented team player


Comments/Special Considerations:

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

Benefits statement:

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

Equal opportunity statement:

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.

COVID statement:

COVID-19 Hiring Update: Strengthening our workforce is more important than ever to meet our customers’ mission-critical needs. We are continuing to hire many talented people, and we are closely monitoring COVID-19 to ensure safe hiring practices are used. This includes limiting onsite candidate interviews and prioritizing video interviews.

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