Co-op Opportunity with ECOSat (Fall 2015)

ECOSat will be hiring an undergraduate co-op for the Fall of 2015. Details are summarized below.

Position Title: Electrical Engineering Co-op
Closing Date: Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Duration: September 1st 2015 – December 18th 2015, Full-time
Compensation: $1400 per month via NSERC

What is ECOSat?

ECOSat is the University of Victoria student team participating in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC). The CSDC invites twelve universities across Canada to develop the experience and infrastructure for small satellite design. The challenge helps universities structure new research and expertise through the development of a 3U CubeSat (10x10x30 cm and under 4kg).

The ECOSat group consists of dedicated undergraduate and graduate students passionate about space technology. Through the hard work and development of the group’s fully in-house designed power, command and data handling, mechanical, and payload systems the initial satellite placed third in 2012. With the experience and further development following the success in the first round the group achieved first place in 2014 securing a launch into low earth orbit.

Description of the Position

ECOSat is looking for a student to work full-time on electronics-related projects during the Fall 2015 academic term. Potential projects include:

  • Communications system
    • design and implementation of a 2m/70cm full duplex software defined radio transceiver, including both hardware and firmware design.
    • initial design and simulation of an S-band full-duplex CDMA transceiver.
  • Power system:design and implementation of a lithium ion battery-backed solar power system for the satellite, including both hardware, mechanical, and firmware design.
  • Orbit/Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS): implementation of existing orbit and attitude determination and control algorithms on custom-developed hardware.
  • Hardware-in-loop testing: integration of an orbital mechanics simulator with custom hardware using a CAN bus hardware-in-loop test interface. Design and verification of test plans.

The choice of exact project(s) will be tailored to the successful candidate.

Minimum Requirements

At bare minimum, candidates should:

  • Hold at least second year standing in an undergraduate Canadian engineering program (sorry, no graduate students).
  • Have some extracurricular electronics experience.
  • Have a good working knowledge of C.
  • Be able to work and learn independently.
  • Be able to use basic laboratory electronics equipment (benchtop power supplies, oscilloscopes, etc).

 

Preferred Requirements

Ideally, candidates should:

  • Hold at least third year standing in an undergraduate Canadian engineering program (sorry, no graduate students).
  • Have a good amount of extracurricular electronics experience.
  • Have PCB design experience.
  • Have a good working knowledge of C, specifically in relation to embedded firmware.
  • Be able to work and learn independently.
  • Be able to use basic laboratory electronics equipment (benchtop power supplies, oscilloscopes, etc).

 

Useful Skills

While absolutely not required, candidates with one or more of these skills may prove more successful:

  • Altium Designer
  • RF Design
    • Fundamental Theory
    • Agilent ADS/Genesys
    • Ansys HFSS
  • Communications Theory
    • Digital modulation schemes
    • Code division multiple access
  • Orbital Dynamics
    • This is probably the only co-op job where the 200 hours you have logged on Steam playing Kerbal Space Program is an asset.
    • Perturbation theory
  • Simulink
    • Modeling of dynamic systems
    • Hardware-in-loop testing
  • MATLAB
  • Microcontrollers
    • Atmel AVR
    • Texas Instruments C5000 and TMS570

 

Required Documentation

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
    • Read the “description of the position” section and please identify two projects: the one you have the most experience in and the one you have the most interest in or are looking the learn the most about.
  • Transcript clearly stating your GPA.
    • This position is paid by an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. ECOSat will help the successful candidate with the application process.
  • Documentation for at least one project done outside of coursework (can be anything – hardware, software, etc). Does not need to be long or too technical – a photo with a few short sentences is fine.

 

Please direct any inquiries regarding this position to Peter Kazakoff, ECOSat Communications Lead:

Peter Kazakoff
pkazakof@uvic.ca
+1 (778) 410 – 2414 ext. 1002

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