South African National Space Agency: Electronics Engineering In-Service Traineeships 2024

Job Summary

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is hiring for Electronics Engineering In-Service Trainee opportunities.

Closing Date: On-going


Job Ref #: SOIN01
Industry: Engineering
Job Type: Contract
Salary: Market Related

Location: Trainees will be based at the SANSA Science Centre in Hermanus

Careers at SANSA

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is a public entity under the National Department of Science and Innovation.

SANSA has the mandate to drive the promotion and use of space and cooperation in space-related activities.

To achieve this mandate, the Agency fosters research in space science and technology advances space engineering programmes and supports the creation of an environment conducive to industrial development in space technologies within the framework of national government policy

SANSA thrives on our employees’ creativity, competencies, and expertise, and on their ingenuity to succeed in a high-performing environment.

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If you aspire to the SANSA values of Customer centric, Collaboration and teamwork, Innovation and solutions driven, Responsiveness to opportunities, Having fun together and living these in a fast-paced and innovative environment, then SANSA could be the place for you.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the trainee in this role will be provided with practical Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience to complete and obtain the qualification.

The incumbent will be exposed to a wide variety of satellite ground station operations and activities which involve working with antenna systems and equipment to facilitate (i) the direct reception of Earth–Observation satellite data and related services, (ii) participating in the provision of Tracking, Telemetry, and Command (TT&C) services, satellite operations, and monitoring services, to our partners, customers, and stakeholders. which include international space agencies and satellite operators. 

Key learning areas will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Operate, maintain, and monitor antenna systems, Radio Frequency (RF), electronic, telecommunications, and computer hardware or software systems and equipment associated with satellite ground station operations.
  • Participate in rendering specialized Tracking, Telemetry & Command (TT&C) launch support services to SLVs (Satellite launch vehicles) Transfer-Orbit Support (TOS), Launch and Early-Orbit Phase (LEOP), Emergency, In-Orbit Test (IOT) services, routine life-cycle support operations, etc.
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  • To conduct routine preventative maintenance and first-line reactive maintenance, to SANSA-owned or stakeholder or customer-owned systems, equipment, and infrastructure.
  • To participate in ad-hoc project work and the opportunity to work on, or add value to existing or new projects, systems, and processes.


  • S3/S4 Electronic Engineering qualification with good academic results specializing in telecommunications.
  • Final year of studies and in search of P1 and P2 in-service training to complete the qualification.
  • Satellite Technology coursework.

  • Understanding of microwave principles, applications, and telecommunications.
  • Proficient in the English language and good communication skills.
  • Computer skills.

  • Must be able to use both hands and have good vision.
  • We are in a remote area with no access to public transport, applicants need to have a valid driver’s license and reliable transport to and from

How to Apply

All travel to Hermanus and relocation costs will be at the candidates’ own expenses.

Interested youth, who meet the requirements please upload your CV, and apply via the link button below:

Communication will only be conducted with short-listed candidates. If applicants have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, they must assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

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Closing date: 15 March 2024


  • Katlego Malope

    Katlego is a final-year student at the University of Johannesburg. Apart from bouncing molecules against each other in the Chemistry lab, she loves curating job opportunites for fellow youth. Katlego is also quite a singer!

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