North West Geomatics (Leica) is a leading geomatics firm that specializes in aerial acquisition and processing. We are currently seeking energetic, self-motivated individuals to join our team on short term (Summer) contracts as an Aerial Sensor Operator.  Sensor Operators are an integral part of North West’s aircrew working closely with the pilot in planning and executing any aerial photography mission. Both sensor operators and pilots must be able to work independently and as a team on a flight mission.

Typically, the sensor operator is either a university or technical school graduate with a good understanding and knowledge of electronics and computers, alongside weather patterns & sensor technology. For this contract position we would be looking for a keen undergraduate who would like to further their experience within the geomatics field.

The successful candidates will be working on contracted aircraft installed with Leica Single Photon LiDAR Sensors, and will be shadowing a more experienced Operator for operational guidance. Work will be primarily based on Ontario, Canada.

The sensor operator’s daily duties are summarized as follows:

  • Assess weather conditions and determine where and if the aircraft can fly that day.
  • If suitable weather work with pilot to flight plan that day’s work.
  • Set up and/or start base station equipment for that day’s flight.
  • Start sensor after engines started and ensure systems are operational.
  • Complete flight log of mission.
  • Coordinate with pilot and ATC the sequence of flying planned work.
  • Monitor sensor performance during flight mission and make any weather/reflight calls.
  • On landing shut down sensor and transfer sensor data to data storage device for shipping to office.
  • Note that flights can last for up to +7 hours.
  • Shut down sensor and complete flight log.
  • Shut down base station and transfer base station data to data storage device for shipping to office.
  • Ship data to office with required paperwork.
  • Upload data to company website and upload files for that day’s production.

The sensor operators can be required to help install and dismantle the sensor for repairs or moving from one aircraft to another. Occasionally sensor operators may be required to set up remote base stations away from the airport base of operations.  This will require travel by vehicle to a pre-determined location based on the days planned flight activity.

For this short-term contract, candidates will be required to work for approximately 15 weeks between May & October, according to a schedule , and must have the ability to live & work in Canada.

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