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Field Operations - Unmanned Vehicle Systems Operator

Date: 29-Mar-2021

Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta, CA

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ is expanding rapidly in Canada. We deliver a growing range of mission led solutions to Canadian Defence and Security organizations. Focusing on Target and Surveillance Systems, Test, Evaluation, Training and Mission Readiness, our highly engaged teams work with customers throughout the entire life cycle of a project to ensure they are capable and mission ready. From our primary locations in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Ottawa, Ontario, we deploy across Canada to produce results leveraging the brightest minds, innovative technology and decades of customer centric service delivery.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Field Operations, Unmanned Vehicle Systems Operator is responsible for being an active member of a team in a fast-paced service delivery of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (including aerial, surface, ground, and control systems) to assist in the training requirements of many defence forces, in various locations worldwide.   


  • The assembly and test of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, and first line repair, including replacement of line replaceable units, in accordance with the company’s technical documentation.
  • Operating in a safe & secure manner
  • Delivering customer requirements that are in line with customer expectations and QinetiQ values
  • Second line repairs including fiberglass repairs and engine maintenance
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Refueling
  • The preparation and removal of systems payloads
  • Handling and preparing pyrotechnics
  • Operation and first line of maintenance of the various launcher systems
  • Conducting Unmanned Vehicle Systems retrieval from recovery areas
  • Complete post flight checks and replenish or repair as necessary
  • Engine running and tuning
  • Desalination of systems post sea recovery
  • Parachute packing
  • Maintenance of all GSE where specified
  • Eventually assist in training of the systems to others
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and shifting schedules
  • Requirement to travel to various worldwide locations.  Travel may be for long durations, on short notice, and potential for various living conditions such as Military Housing or deployments on-board ships.
  • Reliable and committed to adopting, upholding, and complying with QinetiQ values, ethics, policies and procedures including health and safety, general data protection regulations and use of IT, HR policies and procedures, equality and diversity, security and confidentiality, code of conduct etc
  • To meet changing business needs, it may be necessary to make some amendments to the role purpose and accountabilities and to take on additional responsibilities


Education / Work Experience Requirements:

  • Experience of working in an operational environment
  • Domain knowledge of unmanned systems including aerial, surface, ground, and control systems would be an asset
  • Engineering Technologist would be an asset
  • Computer / IT background would be an asset
  • An understanding and appreciation of the principles of flight
  • The ability to work autonomously and proactively to changing requirements and demanding environments, including operating onboard ships and in military live fire ranges and working in exposed weather conditions, both day and night
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work under stress and tight schedules


Security Requirements:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
  • Able to obtain a NATO Secret Clearance
  • Must have a clean background history and obtain criminal record check