RF Design Engineer Job at Satcom Direct – in Kanata, ON

Satcom Direct (SD) and its companies provide global connectivity solutions for business and general aviation, military, government, and head of state aircraft. We also provide land mobile services to areas with connectivity limitations. Since 1997, SD has worked to advance the technology of global connectivity, being first to market with many new capabilities in communications. SD’s industry-leading connectivity solutions are complemented by our divisional capabilities, including SD Avionics cabin router systems and SD flight operations software. Our next generation of services help to synchronize the aircraft with the flight department and connect the entire flight operation. SD’s technologies provide an integrated connectivity platform like nothing else in the industry.

Our company culture is based on innovation and creativity which allows our team members to thrive in a lively and dynamic atmosphere. We offer our employees a dynamic environment with an excellent benefits package and competitive compensation. SD hires team players with a high level of professionalism who demonstrate a positive attitude and an overall willingness to get the job done. We are looking for people who are passionate about customer satisfaction and who excel in a constantly changing technology environment.


The SD Ottawa Senior RF Design Engineer will be part of the design team responsible for the full design life products with various levels of reuse and complexity. This position requires engineering experience with RF design, knowledgeable in CAD processes & RF design tools. The RF designer must be capable of owning the RF design effort and collaborating with various functional areas for the design, build, and test.


The RF Design Engineer will primarily work within an Engineering role, and requires design, maintenance, SOW support, and supplier oversight support. In addition, responsibilities include test plan generation, static laboratory testing, HIL integration testing, Van Testing, Antenna Wave Front Simulator (AWFS) testing, and Captive Flight airborne testing. Candidate must possess ability to multi-task, eloquently communicate via written and oral means.

-Design, debug, and test Radio Frequency (RF) and Analog Circuits (power amplifier, low-noise amplifier and filter design)

-Prepare or direct preparation of product layouts, detailed drawings and schematics

-Direct and coordinate manufacture of prototypes

-Plan and develop experimental test programs to verify compliance to all applicable regulations and quality guidelines

-Analyze test data and reports to determine if the proposed design meets functional and performance specifications

-Coordinate with other functional teams during the life cycle of the product and be responsible for and require design modifications

-Evaluate engineering test results for possible application to developments of other systems

-Use of software tools and test equipment to formulate and test electronic designs

-Support production facilities in the manufacture of products

-Interface with the Test Engineers and factory personnel on the testing and production of the products

-Perform cost/performance tradeoff analysis of different circuit options

-Investigate the usage of the latest components and technologies

-Complete documentation of the design in the required formats

-Support module requirements development with systems engineering, perform trade studies, design analysis & simulations, present RF module at design reviews, create schematics while overseeing the layout in CAD, and support the module build.

-Hands on experience in extensive module checkout to the developed test plan and validation to the requirements matrix.

-Conduct investigation activities to identify and resolve RF performance issues.

-Electrical circuit analysis using simulation tools

-Develop detailed system descriptions along with the BOMs (Bill of Materials)

-Work with our CAD Designer to produce detailed design drawings and submittal packages


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

-Minimum 4 years of RF electronics experience w/strong technical background.

-Knowledgeable in the entire lifecycle of RF module development from requirements through design & production support.

-Familiarity with system thinking in electronic warfare or radar basic concepts, RF signal processing, hardware/software Integration & test process and procedures, field testing.

-Knowledge of advanced technical concepts in sub-systems and application to electronic SATCOM systems.

-Experience in writing Python scripts to automate and control test equipment an asset.


While performing general office duties for this position, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and/or walk around (including the use of stairs). Other demands include the ability to openly communicate with others by talking, listening and reading, able to lift light objects (< 25lbs), and use standard office equipment such as computer, printer, phone and cell phone. In addition there is an occasional need to bend, twist or stoop in order to open/close cabinets, reach for files or other standard office type objects.


The office environment is generally quiet and in a temperature controlled setting with random adjustments in noise or temperature due to others talking or laughing loudly, unscheduled maintenance repairs to the building or its interior offices or unpredictable situations due to weather or other acts beyond company control. An employee must be willing to work their regularly assigned work schedule for their particular duties and/or job responsibilities and in times of need, be able to work an extended schedule depending on company/department needs, project requirements or customer demands. Some overnight travel is required to facilitate work objectives. While at client site locations, if applicable, employee will be required to adhere to the proper safety precautions established by the client while in proximity to their work area, flight-line or maintenance repair center; work may require some physical effort in the handling of light materials, boxes or equipment. The temperature at client locations can vary from controlled to variations off hot/cold when working, standing or walking in or near the flight-line or maintenance repair center.

If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, contact our Human Resources department at (321) 777-3000

SD is committed to hiring the most qualified candidates for approved company positions, without preference to any individual on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Our policy is to engage in recruitment and selection practices that are in compliance with all applicable national or local employment laws. SD and its various international entities follow talent acquisition practices that identify qualified and diverse candidates, promote opportunities for employee development, and provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. Satcom Direct promotes equity in employment: As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Job Type: Full-time

Additional pay:


  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Paid time off
  • RRSP match


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Company: Satcom Direct –

Company Location:  Kanata, ON

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