Manager of Instrumentation

MDS Aero Gas Turbine Engine Solutions

MDS is a fast-growing Aerospace Engineering firm currently servicing some of the world’s leading companies in more than 15 countries worldwide including Rolls-Royce, Siemens, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney. MDS not only provides custom built test facilities and test systems for aviation, industrial, and marine gas turbine engines, we also provide world class service to back it up.

MDS Aero Support Corporation, a world leader in the design and construction of gas turbine engine test equipment and facilities, has a requirement for a Manager – Instrumentation Engineering in Ottawa, ON.


Part of the Measurement team, home for all aspects of MDS’ capability associated with the design, production and installation of data systems, including the assembly of some key elements of our data system hardware deliverables, the incumbent will be a key technical expert for the Instrumentation department.

Reporting to the Director of Measurement, the role of the Manager of Instrumentation shall be an engineer of record for self-assigned projects but moreover a technical expert on all project related Instrumentation issues.

Managerial Duties:

  • Overall responsibility for effectively managing the departmental resources. This includes training, coaching, providing effective leadership and motivation, as well conducting talent management practices and succession planning.
  • Conduct performance and salary reviews with the department staff.
  • Own and maintain the Instrumentation department’s engineering design processes and work instructions.
  • Oversee departmental processes and work instructions and take proactive measures to ensure process improvements are being timely addressed.
  • Monitor departmental hours and budgets to ensure resources remain on budget and intervene when costs start to near completion or creep above.  The systems engineer is responsible for working with the engineer of record to establish estimates to complete all project task codes, and the Group Leader must review and approve the consolidated and estimated totals on a departmental basis.
  • Support the marketing department with cost estimates and conceptual design proposals.
  • Attend the marketing to project hand-over meetings to gain an overall understanding of the contractual scope of work, and to establish the resource requirements of the Instrumentation department.
  • Assign an adequate level of “qualified” resources to each project and work packages, while maintaining a healthy resource loading.
  • Delegate representation of the Instrumentation group at the Project kick-off meeting to the assigned project resources.
  • Be on call for Instrumentation department escalations and exceptions and assist the project management team with setting priorities.
  • Attend all Instrumentation design reviews as a critique of good engineering practices and as the gate customer, and hence the approval authority of all design reviews gate check-lists.
  • Process, assign and manage timely closure of all NCR’s.
  • Attend audit wrap-up meetings and assign personnel to rectify CARs and PARs and update CSPs and WIs if necessary or otherwise implement corrective action.

Project Resource Duties

  • Self-assign as a design engineer against Projects and Work Package(s)
  • Mentor, train and supervise junior engineers by taking ownership of work packages and delegating manageable tasks to these trainees and/or junior resources.
  • Provide support to the Instrumentation Engineers on technical problem solving.
  • Provide support to the Marketing Department on preparing quotes and concepts.
  • Provide support to the Customer Support Department on problem resolution and troubleshooting.
  • Review of Engineering Specifications and ATP’s
  • Instrumentation expert on all projects.

Education & Qualifications

  • Minimum ten (10) years’ experience in the Instrumentation and data acquisition field preferably related to gas turbine design, development, or testing
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in a management role mandatory.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills along with effective problem solving, negotiation and risk management are necessary to succeed in this role.
  • Strong knowledge of instrumentation, experience in electrical design, schedules, budgets
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • P.Eng. is a necessity.
  • Proven sustained leadership skills
  • Delivery focused individual
  • Good working knowledge of computer applications such as MS Suite
  • Good working knowledge of AutoCAD

Why Join MDS?

There are many reasons to consider working with the MDS team:

  • Canada’s Best Managed (Gold Standard)
  • Competitive wages
  • Employee Bonus Program
  • Health Benefits
  • International travel
  • Impact on Aerospace Industry
  • Solid reputation
  • Diverse workforce
  • Positive work environment
  • Pension Plan
  • Company Events – Holiday Party, Golf Tournament, Town Hall Meetings, and Executive-Led Breakfast Club
  • Community Events – Dragon Boat Festival, HOPE Volleyball, Soccer and Hockey Tournaments, and other fundraising activities

Corporate Values

At MDS our values drive our actions and behaviors to foster the most positive and productive environment for our Employees, Customers, and Partners. Candidates must demonstrate a proven ability to demonstrate the following MDS values: Communication, Passion, Accountability, Teamwork, Care and Respect.

Candidates who consider themselves a team player are invited to submit their resume in confidence to recruiting@mdsaero.com.

MDS is an equal opportunity employer. MDS does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, color, mental or physical disability, religion, sex or national origin or ethnic origin.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates who meet or exceed our requirements, are legally eligible to work in Canada and do not require sponsorship will be contacted.

Please visit our web site https://mdsaero.com to view all open positions.

Telephone calls not accepted from candidates or agencies.


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