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     Date Submitted:07-01-2011
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     Current job:RF Test Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
     KeywordsTest Engineer with satellite transmission products, Space/Aerospace, RF systems measurement & test over microwave frequencies experience.
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    Test Engineer with 17 years satellite/mobile/point-to-point transmission products experience, from Space/Aerospace/Military and Commercial background.SC cleared.

     

    Key Skills

     

     


    ¨    Evaluate & debug SATCOM systems – baseband, IF & RF.

    ¨    RF systems measurement & test over microwave frequencies.

    ¨    Experience in test, support, service or repair in development and production/manufacturing.

    ¨    Understanding of the fundamentals of RF subsystem design and ability to fault find down to component level.

    ¨    Good working knowledge of RF test equipments in frequency range of 400MHz to 36GHz.

    ¨    Test documentation.

    ¨    Post- sale customer support.

    ¨    Good team player.

    ¨    Positive, enthusiastic and proactive attitude to work.

    ¨    Versatile and reliable.

     

    Employment History

     

     


    June 2012 to May 2013         Surrey Satellite Technology Limited          

                                             The world's leading small satellite company with an innovative approach to space engineering.

     

    Position                             RF Test Engineer

     

    Responsibilities

     

    ·         Alignment and test of RF Systems on various projects using ViaSat VHR600, Noisecom noise generators, and other RF test equipments.

     

    May 2011 to June 2012                EADS Astrium Ltd

                                                 Global leader in aerospace, defence and related services company.   

     

    Position                             RF Test Engineer

                                

    Responsibilities

     

    ¨       Systems and subsystems testing - Antenna systems, RF distribution systems, motor control systems, modems, Up & Down converters (UHF, L Band, X Band), Low Noise Amplifiers, Solid State Power Amplifiers (X Band, 100-400 Watts) Factory Acceptance Tests – utilising AutoMeg (MK Test System software).

       

     

    Mar 2011 to May 2011          Aeroflex International Ltd (Stevenage)

                                           A global leader in Test and Measurement Instrumentation products for aerospace, defence and wireless mobile and broadband communications.

     

     

    Position                              RF Test Engineer

     

    Responsibilities

     

    • RF Testing, building and testing of RF subsystems and modules, prototype build and calibration.

     

         

     

    Aug 2010 to Dec 2010        Thales UK Ltd (Crawley)

                                             Aerospace, space, defence, navigation, security systems electronics provider.

     

    Position                              RF Test Engineer

     

    Responsibilities

     

    ¨      Test engineering services in connection with several simultaneous projects.

    ¨      Testing, alignment, diagnostics and repair to component level on RF &  microprocessor digital circuitry utilising functional test interface (LabView) and company test procedures.

    ¨      Environmental test (vibration, temperature)

     

     

    Nov 2009 to Aug 2010        EADS Astrium Ltd

                                                 Global leader in aerospace, defence and related services company.   

     

    Position                              AIT RF Test Engineer

     

    Responsibilities

     

    ¨      Perform manual electrical integration on payloads using test equipment such as power meters, oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers, network analysers, signal generators.

    ¨      Run automated test sequences using a Payload Test System (PTS) to perform RF performance tests in accordance with issued test procedures.

    ¨      Check performance of spacecraft equipment against parameters detailed in test procedures and review test results for non-compliances.   

    ¨      Identify non conformances and write Occurrence Reports.

    ¨      Mate and demate flight connections as part of integration procedures.

    ¨      Control EGSE and test equipment with the use of HP Basic/UNIX computers, SCOS2000generic mission control system softwareand the IEEE-488 standard bus.

    ¨      (HPIB/GPIB) using an AIT executive interface.

    ¨      Complete build records to comply with company PA standards.

    ¨      Travel overseas on Detached Duty for variable periods, primarily in support of spacecraft environmental test and launch activities.

     

    Part of the team to have successfully tested Galileo( PFM), KaSat (FM) and AM4(FM) payloads.

     

    Mar – October 2009      Comdev Europe Ltd

                                           Supplier of microwave and electronic equipment to commercial, space and defence markets.      

     

    Position                     Test Engineer

     

    Responsibilities

     

    • Test and debug of RF and electronics/digital Boards

    • Produce test procedures and test reports

    • Assemble and validate basic test systems

    • Provide technical support to design engineers

     

    • Environmental test (temperature, vacuum)

     

     

     

    Jan 2003 to Feb 2009   Advent Communications Ltd, UK (a Vislink company)

                                       Leader in D/SNG, broadcast technology and military satcoms products.                                     

                                      

     

    Position                     Test Engineer(Customer Support)

     

    Responsibilities

     

    • Support/repair of portable, flyaway satellite communication earth terminals & microwave links.
    • Repairing/servicing SNG equipments and trucks
    • Antenna characterisation –efficiency, gain, directivity, and G/T measurements
    • Liaising with QA and Engineering to resolve user and equipment difficulties
    • Referring to Sales colleagues as required related to customer issues and opportunities
    • Providing technical training on and off-site to meet full customer acceptance
    • Providing support to internal and external customers via phone, email and on-site contacts
    • Liaising with customers on technical issues
    • Overseas travel at short notice to offer customer support to faulty equipment.

     

     

     

    October to Dec 2002           C.T.D.I. – Milton Keynes, Bucks - UK

                                                  Contract cellular base station repairer

     

     

    Position                               Test Engineer

     

    Responsibilities

    • RF testing, debugging, and repair to component level of cellular basestation modules.

     

     

     

     

    April to Sept 2002             Filtronic Components Ltd Milton Keynes, Bucks - UK

                                               Point-to-point comms and wireless defence systems manufacturer.                         

                                                

     

    Position                               RF Test Technician

     

    Responsibilities                  Defence Products(Classified)

     

     

     

     

    2000 to 2002                       Aerial Facilities Ltd – Chesham, Bucks – UK

                                             Fixed and mobile telecommunications products manufacturer

     

    Position                           RF Test Technician

     

    Responsibilities

     

    ·         Tuning, testing and fault finding to component level of RF Power Amplification products for wireless telecommunication cell enhancer base stations.

    ·         RF circuit development and test documentation.

     

     

     

     

    1998 to 2000                  Tyco Electronics (M/A Com Division) – Milton Keynes, UK

                                          RF/microwave products for wireless telcos, aerospace and defence

                                            

     

    Position                          RF Test Technician

     

    Responsibilities

     

    ¨      Tuning Gunn diode oscillator to customer specification.

     

    ¨      Testing and debugging microwave based Doppler radar assemblies with a frequency view up to 76GHz.

     

    ¨      Testing automotive radar sensor in anechoic chamber.

    ¨      Part of process improvement team, report writing and FMEA.

     

    1997 to 1998                           NERA Ltd Telecommunications Division – Luton, UK

                                       Satcoms and microwave radio transmitters for military developer

                                          

     

    Position                          Test Technician

     

    Responsibilities

     

    ¨    System test of point-to-point digital microwave communication systems for PDH/SDH signal up to 40GHz.

    ¨    Environmental test (temperature)

    ¨    Calibrated ATE rigs to ISO 9000.

    ¨    Rectified bit error rate against temperature faults and debugging to component level, a wide range of radio frequency PCB’s using SMT technology.

     

     

     

    1996 to 1997                           ComDev Wireless Group – Dunstable, UK

                                        A leader in Wireless RF telecommunication systems and subsystems

                                             

     

    Position                                  RF Tuner / Test Technician

     

    Responsibilities

     

    ¨    Tuned and tested resonant cavity filters, duplexers and isolators for GSM base station.

    ¨    Set up a variety of test equipment to test intermods, noise figure, VSWR and gain measurements.

    ¨    Rectified customer returns.

    ¨    System test of fully integrated telco systems to specification and diagnose failure to module / sub assembly.

    ¨    Worked in frequency range of 900MHz to 1900MHz.

    ¨     Environmental test (temperature).

     

     

    Education and vocation

     


    &  Open University – 1999 to 2004

           Communicating Technology, Digital Communication, RF Engineering

     

    &  1993 to 1995Barnfield College – Luton   - Electronic engineering

     

    &  BTEC  - First Certificate in Engineering

     

    &  BTEC ONC- Electronic Engineering &City & Guilds – Digital Electronics

     

    &College of North East London - 1989 to 1990

     

    &  ISO 9000/1 trained.

     

    &World Class Manufacturing trained.

     

     

    Personal details

     

               

    Date of Birth:    17th November 1958              Marital Status:    Married

     

              Health:Excellent                           Nationality:        British

     

     

     

    Career objective

     

               

    My goal is to further expand without limits, my knowledge in RF engineering through continued learning and seeking new challenges to attain higher responsibilities in the field.

     

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