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MDA Systems Ltd.
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UAV Operator

Reference ID: SNI00000018

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Vancouver, BC
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Full Time
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Job Description
Project Description:
MDA is one of Canada' s largest systems engineering companies developers of advanced information system solutions for space, land, and maritime applications. As an ISR Company, MDA has delivered a number of large operational intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions to defence departments in Canada, Australia, and other government customers around the world.

The position(s):

The Air Vehicle Operator reports to the MDA Site Manager and will operate the UAV from a designated deployed location as a part of an overseas mission on a rotation of 8 weeks on 4 weeks off. This is a great opportunity for a trained Pilot/Operator with previous deployment experience.

Primary Activities

Responsibilities :

Operate the UAV system equipment :
  • Perform the preflight checks and inspections of UAV System.
  • Fly the UAV as the primary pilot/operator.
  • Operate the Electo-Optic system.
  • Be familiar with the normal operating procedures and the emergency procedures.
  • Be able to perform the Built In Test (BIT), trouble-shoot known technical issues and perform functional check flights after maintenance activities.
  • Coordinate with the local ATC (Air Traffic Control).
  • Assist in the deployment and setup of the UAV System. Be capable of using and maintaining the operation records and documentation.
  • Complete operator logs and records.
  • Use and update operator manuals.
  • Assist the Site Manager in the performance of his/her duties.

Mission planning:
  • Define mission scenarios.
  • Coordinate with the customer&rsquo s operational organizations.
  • Supervise team preparation for mission.
  • Brief the team before the mission.
  • Responsible for implementation of operational decisions such as dealing with emergencies and mission updates.
  • Conduct post flight briefing.
  • Additional supervisory and operations roles may be available to suitable candidates, in addition to AVO duties.

Candidate Profile

Requirements (experience/skills):
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Previous military air operations or previous deployed experience essential.
  • UAV experience an asset.
  • Military operational experience required and deployed experience an asset.
  • Willing to be trained and committed to the task.


Following formal training and pre-deployment training, the contract will be up to 4 years on rotational deployment to MDA operational sites.

Comments/Special Considerations :

Must be able to gain a secret security clearance.

Posted: November 13, 2017
Closes:January 5, 2018