Intermediate Power Electronics PCB Designer

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada

Full Time

3 months ago

Job description

Building the space between proven and possible, MDA Space (TSX:MDA) is a trusted mission partner to the global space industry. A robotics, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 55-year+ story of world firsts and more than 450 missions, MDA Space is a global leader in communications satellites, Earth and space observation, and space exploration and infrastructure. The MDA Space team of more than 3,000 space experts in Canada, the US and the UK has the knowledge and know-how to turn an audacious customer vision into an achievable mission – bringing to bear a one-of-a-kind mix of experience, engineering excellence and wide-eyed wonder that’s been in our DNA since day one. For those who dream big and push boundaries on the ground and in the stars to change the world for the better, we’ll take you there.

We’re on the hunt for a Intermediate Power Electronics PCB 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 Power Electronics PCB Designer will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of hardware designers working on the design, implementation, and validation of Power electronics Printed Circuit Board (PCB) used in satellites and other space-based systems. This may include applications such as motor drive units, DC power systems, Digital-Analog Telemetry, and associated control circuits for space applications using new space technologies. 



  • Apply the different aspects of Electronics Power Circuit hardware design for space environment under the supervision of a senior technical authority.
    • Convert requirements into a board design concept.
    • Complete the schematic capture level design.
    • Manage design layout constraints definitions.
    • Perform design simulations (LTSpice, BoardSim) and various design analyses (ex: worst case, FMECA).
    • Support and review parts placement and PCB layout.
    • Prepare Material list and assembly drawings.
    • Oversee parts managements including long lead items, bill of materials, and parts qualifications for space.
  • Assist the preparation of detailed review documents.
  • Respect Design for Manufacture/Test in the space environment.
  • Interact with various specialties (structure, thermal, packaging, manufacturing, quality assurance, etc.).
  • Provide manufacturing activity support for the electronics PCB and unit assembly as well as testing activities.
  • Perform testing, troubleshooting, and debugging of EPC boards and units.
  • Support environmental and functional tests.



  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience designing high-frequency, high-efficiency “Full Bridge” power supply and printed circuit boards (PCB).
  • Good understanding of electronic circuits and Ultra-high efficiency EPC design using synchronous rectifier MOS transistors (eGaN preferred) with PCB design experience.
    • High frequency power supply above 200 kHz (up to 1 MHz desired).
    • Use of MOS transistors insensitive to radiation (preferably eGaN).
    • Design of low-cost, discrete, high-performance isolated gate driver circuits for MOS transistors.
  • Knowledgeable about PCB manufacturing processes.
  • Experience in conducting analyses (FMECA, WCA, EMC, power budget analysis, etc.).
  • Knowledgeable about part types and 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).
  • Knowledge of satellite design requirements (radiation, high reliability).
  • 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 Ltd. is proud to provide accommodation(s) during the recruitment process.  Should you require any accommodations, please indicate this on your application/cover letter and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

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