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Engineer - Development program - Post-Secondary Recruitment

Reference number: CSA17J-017769-000409
Selection process number: 17-CSA-EA-83741
Canadian Space Agency
Saint-Hubert (Québec)
EN-ENG-02 - leading to an EN-ENG-03
Employment tenure: Indeterminate (permanent)
$63,028 to $72,050

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Space Agency

For more information on the PSR Program, please visit the Post-Secondary Recruitment website

Closing date: 19 October 2017 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

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If you have a limitation that may impact your performance during an assessment, such as a test or interview, you may require an accommodation. Assessment accommodations are designed to remove the obstacles without altering the criteria being assessed so candidates with limitations can fully demonstrate their abilities.

To request an assessment accommodation or if you have questions, including the physical environment of the exam room, please contact us as soon as possible at CFP.RPAdaptation-PSRAccommodation.PSC@cfp-psc.gc.ca

Each request will be individually reviewed. You will be asked to provide information regarding your limitations. If needed, professional documentation could be requested to determine the appropriate accommodation measures. For more information about assessment accommodation, please visit our website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/recruitment/graduates/post-secondary-recruitment/exams-and-assessment-accommodation.html

Testing sessions and interviews will take place in the cities of Vancouver, Toronto, Gatineau, Montreal and Halifax on the following dates:

Cognitive Ability Test: October 30, 2017 to November 10, 2017.
Interviews and written tests: January 2018

Applicants residing outside the mentioned cities will be presented with alternatives.

The only major reasons accepted for a test / interview deferral request are: family death, serious illness, planned trip (with expenses incurred before the start date of the announcement), religious grounds, examination or laboratory for one University course at the same time.


As a trainee, you will be a link in the Agency’s chain of activities. To this end, your contribution will consist to work on one or several specific components of space hardware. You will:
- Support the preparation of internal reviews for projects.
- Conduct experiments and analyses in accordance with guidelines provided by senior engineers.
- Resolve individual issues related to technology integration and modification of space systems in support of engineering projects.
- Provide support to senior engineers in technical activities, testing, experiments and studies on processes, systems and equipment.
- Prepare reports of specific results of experiments, trials and studies and provide preliminary interpretations.

Work environment

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is one of 17 federal departments and agencies that make up the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Portfolio. Established in March 1989, the CSA is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. To achieve this, the Agency pursues excellence collectively; advocate a client-oriented attitude; support employee-oriented practices and open communications; commit itself to both empowerment and accountability and pledge to cooperate and work with partners to our mutual benefit.

Intent of the process

This appointment process is part of an integrated approach to planning and succession management in the field of space engineering within the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

This appointment process will be used to fill entry positions for ENG-02 engineers as part of a 2-year development program. Upon commencement of employment, the selected candidates will participate in an on-the-job professional development program at the CSA Headquarters in St-Hubert, Quebec. The objectives of the development program are: (1) to strengthen participants' knowledge and skills in space science and technology; and (2) prepare them for possible senior positions at the ENG-03 level within the CSA.

Persons from outside the Public Service recruited to participate in an apprenticeship program and appointed for a period of more than one year are subject to a probationary period corresponding to the duration of the apprenticeship, 24 months in this case, excluding any period of leave without pay, full-time language training or vacation with pay exceeding thirty consecutive days, and any period not worked for seasonal employees.

Positions to be filled: 8

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


Completion by May 2018 of a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in an engineering discipline related to the position.


Profile reserved to Ph.D. students:
A bachelor's degree from a recognized university in an engineering discipline related to the position AND completion by May 2018 of a Ph.D. from a recognized university in an engineering or science discipline related to the position.

*The applicant with an equivalency must also be eligible to register with a professional engineer organization in Canada as a trainee or junior engineer.

Degree equivalency

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English or French
Note: Most ENG-03 positions have a BBB / BBB language profile. For this reason, ENG-02 employees will be released a few hours a week to study their second official language to obtain the BBB level.

Information on language requirements


Basic technical knowledge in AT LEAST ONE of the following 12 areas:

- Robotic Mechanical Systems
- Robotic control
- Robotic Electrical Systems
- Software Development
- Radiofrequency/Microwave
- Space Structures
- Optics
- Electrical Schematics
- Thermal for space
- Attitude Control
- Orbital Mechanics
- Communication Systems


Ability to analyze problems;
Ability to communicate effectively orally.


Effective interpersonal relationships
Team work
Sense of commitment
Values and Ethics

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


Completion by May 2018 of a graduate degree from a recognized university other than a Ph.D in a scientific or technical field applicable to engineering or management.

Completion by May 2018 of a doctorate from a recognized university in a scientific or technical field applicable to engineering.

Degree equivalency


A minimum of three (3) months experience in the space industry or in a space agency as a student in engineering or as an engineer.

A minimum of eight (8) months involvement in a university project in collaboration with a space organization or agency.

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

Other information

All information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidates.

You must be able to provide proof of your education credentials upon request.

Random selection, top-down approach or cut-off scores could be applied.

Please note that achieving a pass mark on any of the assessments used does not mean you will move forward in the selection process. Management may decide to use a cut-off mark that is higher than the pass mark on any of the evaluations used throughout the selection process.

Candidates from outside the public service may be required to pay for travel and relocation costs associated with this selection process.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

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