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     Date Submitted:20-11-2009
     Last Modified:24-11-2009 (05:35)
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     Current job:Applications Engineer for Flight Test Instrumentation
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:, , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsFlight test instrumentation - Ground Station hardware - Analysis Software - Telemetry - Sensoring - Problem troubleshooting - Distributed system for DAUs



     -Higher Diploma in Applied Science (Software Design & Development)

    Sept 2003

    June 2004

    National University of Ireland , Galway, Ireland

    -Final average qualification:  70% (Honours)


     -Research & Development

    Aug 2001

    Jan 2002


    Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering ,University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

    -Duties: Power quality research engineer. Presentation of the final year thesis of my degree that I previously started at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.- Qualification 100%

    Oct 2000

    July 2001

    Department of Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.

    -Duties: Power quality research engineer. Final Year Thesis of my masters degree: “Software and Hardware Environment for the Control of Power Electronic Circuits. Application to STATCOM “.


    -Masters Degree in Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering (2 years)

    Sep 1998

    July 2000

    Polytechnic University of Valencia, School of Industrial Engineering, Valencia, Spain.

    -Final average qualification:  70% (Honours)


    -ERASMUS scholarship –Final year diploma thesis

    Sep 1997

    June 1998


    Dublin Institute of Technology ( D.I.T. ), Dublin, Ireland.

    -Duties: Successful completion of examinations in several subjects. Final Year Thesis of my diploma: “Building Services Design Project “. -Average qualification of thesis and subjects:  90%


    -Diploma in Electrical and Control Engineering (3 years)

    Sep 1994

    July 1997

    Polytechnic University of Valencia, School of Industrial Technical Engineering, Valencia, Spain.

    -Final average qualification:  74%




    ·        ACRA CONTROL Ltd.  ,  Landscape House, Landscape Road, Dublin 14, Ireland

    July 2004


    Sept 2009


    - Senior Applications Engineer.

    Responsibilities: Advanced technical support and problem troubleshooting for Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI) related products, pre-sales technical advice, generation of technical documentation, internal and external training, complex FTI systems final setup and testing as well as participating in design cycle of new software and hardware products.

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    ·        ACRA CONTROL Inc.  ,  44145 Airport View Drive, Hollywood, Maryland 20636 , USA


    Feb 2008


    June 2008


    - Senior Applications Engineer.

    Responsibilities:  To provide technical expertise and training to junior engineers as well as remote technical support to flight test engineers all over the United States. I was also responsible for taking over of all technical responsibilities related to the support, setup and training for the flight test instrumentation equipment supplied for an important new flight test program based in the United States.


    ·        CREATIVE LABS , Blanchardstown , Dublin , Ireland

    Feb. 2003


    Sept. 2003

    - Technical Support Specialist.

    Responsibilities: To provide advanced technical support to external and internal customers for a comprehensive range of electronic multimedia products, including all aspects of software, PC hardware and peripherals.


    ·        FORD Spain , Almussafes Technology Park, Valencia , Spain

    Feb. 2002


    Nov. 2002

    - Automation engineer.

    Responsibilities: I was involved in the FORD B256 (Fiesta) and Mazda production project at FORD Spain. I was responsible for programming industrial robots, Allen Bradley Logix 5555 PLC’s and SCADA applications in different production lines. My duties also included management and training of Ford staff, daily production assistance, ensuring that the company’s programming standards and deadlines were continually met, and handling Ford enquiries and project modifications in a professional manner.



    Aug. 2001


    Jan 2002

    - Power Quality research and development engineer.

    Responsibilities: I worked as Power Quality research engineer while finishing my final thesis. My duties included preparing reports, papers and projects proposals and also performing experimental and simulation studies in the Power Quality Lab. I attended the 76th SEMA Conference for which I participated in the preparation of a paper. I was also involved in an EU project related to the implementation of Demand Side Management in the European market.


    ·        DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, Polytechnic University of Valencia , Spain

    Oct. 2000


    July 2001


    - Power Quality research and development engineer.

    Responsibilities: For my final year thesis of my degree I worked as Power Quality research engineer designing and implementing the specific control strategies (PID controllers and mathematical transformations), hardware (A/D converters, power protection stages, data acquisition and filtering card, PWM generator, etc) and software (undertaken using ANSI C under Real Time LINUX) of a static compensator (STATCOM) prototype which was built for a Spanish private energy supplier. This project also provided great experience in the use of electronic test equipment and PCB design.



    ·                     “Review of a successful distributed networked and modular FTI Implementation”.

    Paper written for and presented at the 19th Annual Symposium of the European Chapter of the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) ,  Sept 2008 , EADS / WTD 61 Manching, Germany


    ·                     “A Flexible Control Environment for the STATCOM and its Application for Other Custom Power Devices “.

    Paper written for the 5th IASTED International Conference Power & Energy Systems, Nov. 2001, Florida, USA







    -Flight Test Instrumenation buses:

    Expertise in theory, installation and troubleshooting of MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, IRIG-106-99 Ch. 4 standard , RS-232/422/485, Precision Time Protocol (PTP) IEEE-1588, IENA (Airbus standard), Ethernet networking, AFDX (Avionics Full Duplex Switched Ethernet) ,  CAN bus, CAIS (Common Avionics Intercommunications Set) and IEE-1394 (Firewire).

    -Data Flight recorders:

    Experienced user of SES solid state recorders and Reveal software as well as HEIM D20 series implementing the ARINC-717/573 standard as recording format , IRIG-106 Chapter 10 (Digital Recorder Standard)

    -Programming languages for data processing:

    Experienced in developing applications in C, C++, Visual C++ and VB (Visual Studio environment), VBA (Outlook, Excel, Word and Access), Matlab and Python

    -Engineering packages:

    Experienced user of Matlab/Simulink, Labview, CC, Octave, Orcad/Pspice and various CAD software.

    -Real Time/Post Process data analysis software packages

    Expert in Magali (NDA , 1553 and all ACRA modules) and GSWorks ( based on IADS).


    Expertise working with GPS, NMEA standard and IRIG time codes formats.

    -Sensors and transducers:  

    Expertise in theory, installation and troubleshooting of temperature measurement (PT-100, thermocouples) , strain gauges, Endevco accelerometers (Piezotron, Isotron, ICP), resolvers, synchros , LVDTs , digital encoders, flow meters and PSI/Scanivalve pressure scanners.

    -Distributed and Synchronized Data Acquisition Systems:

    Expertise in installation, setup and troubleshooting of distributed data acquisition systems synchronized to a microsecond resolution (standard wired synchronization and PCM) or tens of nanosecond resolution (Ethernet based PTP synchronization). Comprehensive understanding of grounding, shielding and noise reduction in data signal measurements.

    -Telemetry link (RF)

    Extensive knowledge of analog frequency modulation, digital communication systems theory and link budget calculations specifically applied to PCM/FM telemetry system design and troubleshooting

    Experienced working with linear , (omni)directional antennas and  Malibu HD-40 tracking antennas

    - Telemetry applications summary:

    As application engineers acquired expertise in installation, setup and troubleshooting of end-to-end solution from aircraft to groundstation including the Real-Time and Post-Processing data display software, PCM/FM radio link, RF transmitters (up to 20W) and RF receivers (standalone and Lumistar LS-25v2), diversity combiners (Lumistar LS-23 Pre/Pos detection mode and ACRA GTS/DEC/004), Bit Synchronizers (Lumistar LS-40 and ACRA GTS/DEC/003), PCM decommutators (Lumistar LS-50 , ACRA SAM/DEC/007 and GTS/DEC/003).



    -Advanced knowledge of Windows 9x-2000-XP

    -Advanced knowledge of computer architecture, hardware, peripherals and networking: LAN, Ethernet, Network Hardware & Software, the OSI and TCP/IP Reference Models , firewalls and computer anti-virus protection.

    -Unix , Linux, Real Time Linux and real time systems theory.



    - Strong knowledge of Object oriented design & programming: C , C++, Visual C++ and Visual Basic.

    - Database and Internet design & programming: ASP, DHTML, CSS, JavaScript, VBScript, ADO, SQL, Ms-Access, SQL-Server, graphics, FLASH, Dreamweaver MX, FrontPage and multimedia.

    - IT project management: Design and development of a Cinema Reservation Website as annual project developed in ASP, VB, JavaScript and SQL server.


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