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     Date Submitted:30-04-2011
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     Current job:Senior Spacecraft Controller
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsMultifaceted, accomplished, technically savvy, satellite operations professional, distinguished track record, technology, communications, satellite, and security management functions, military and civilian environments
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    SATELLITE OPERATIONS PROFESSIONAL

    SYSTEMS ENGINEER | SR. SPACECRAFT CONTROLLER | SPACE VEHICLE OPERATOR | MISSION CONTROLLER

     

    Multifaceted, accomplished, and technically savvy satellite operations professional with a distinguished track record of experience in leading technology, resource, communications, satellite, and security management functions within military and civilian environments. 

     

    * Certified military instructor and experienced training coach with expertise in ground and spacecraft systems.

    * Certified Green Belt in Six Sigma Quality.

    * International Management Qualification (IMQ) certificate in Management through the Institute Of Leadership & Management. Hand selected to participate in this course and one of only four to receive the certificate (out of ten participants).

    * Recognized for strong operational leadership and insight with a proven track record of defining best practices and implementing standardized operational policies and procedures.

    * Hands-on experience in supporting project development and support initiatives with the ability to diagnose and provide immediate, cost effective recommendations to challenging technical matters.

    * Resourceful team leader with the skill to leverage exceptional cross-functional behavior competencies with the capacity to multitask in a fast-paced environment, manage competing priorities with ease while achieving organizational and customer objectives.

    * Exceptional communication skills with the ability to work with diverse groups while inspiring confidence at all levels.

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    SES ENGINEERING (SES-World Skies), Sussex, NJ * 2000-Present

    SES is a world-leading telecommunications satellite operator, with a global fleet of more than 40 geostationary satellites that can reach 99% of the world's population.

    Senior Spacecraft Controller

    Provide operational leadership and direction of satellite operations, leverage 11 years of commercial geosynchronous satellite operations experience to oversee and lead the implementation, execution, and verification of operational procedures supporting spacecraft operations. Conduct independent performance monitoring and station keeping maneuvers of 21 satellites.

    * Certified on Satcom 3000, A2100, SpaceBus 2000, 3000, 4000, and StarBus series satellites.

    * Experienced in C-Band, and K-Band transponder communications.

    * Performed In-Orbit-Testing (IOT) for newly launched spacecraft to ensure spacecraft operational readiness.

    * Training coach for newly assigned personnel, delivering training on spacecraft operations through the use of simulation and on-the-job structured training.

    * Primary point of contact and designated spokesperson for ten spacecraft controllers.

     

    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE * 1984-2000

    Crew Chief, Satellite Systems Operations (Colorado Springs, CO * 1998-2000)

    * Planned, directed, and oversaw operations support for a constellation of military satellites with managerial and leadership responsibility of a crew of 18 enlisted members in performing the daily satellite command and control operations. Maintained and restored mission-critical equipment readiness through the efficient management and monitoring of ground resources and emergency response actions.

    * Commanded satellites into proper orbit and configuration, including the planning, launch, and early orbit operations from on-the-pad checks to on-orbit operations.

    * Optimized satellite payload and equipment performance, maintaining highly qualified ratings on satellite and ground system operations.

    * Line crew instructor on Defense Support Program, Midcourse Space Experiment, Technology for Autonomous Operational Survivability, and Advanced Composition Explorer satellite systems.

    * Performed telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C).

    * Troubleshot critical launch phase anomalies.

    * Configured wideband, narrowband, T1, WAN communications links.

     

    NCO In Charge, Wing Initial Communications Package (Little Rock, AR * 1996-1998)

    Led and managed all facets of secure and unsecure voice, data, and facsimile communications, with direct responsibility for the installation and operation of high frequency and very high frequency land mobile radios, SATCOM, and INMARSAT assets.

    * Communications Security Responsible Officer responsible for the consistent support of combat aerial delivery mission and for maintaining all classified material, publications, and equipment.

    * Certified instructor on high frequency, ultra high frequency, and satellite communications systems.

     

    Radio Communications Systems Supervisor (Tinker AFB, OK * 1992-1996)

    Direct oversight and responsibility for the provision of secure command and control voice operations to deployed commanders with full responsibility for the supervision of equipment and vehicle fleet operations and combat crew duties and tactical operations of a team of 23 enlisted troops.

    * Maintained communications security program and equipment, including the positioning, installation and operation of high frequency radio equipment.

    * Certified instructor on the AN/URC-119 HF radio transceiver and encryption devices.

     

    Air Force Satellite Communications Supervisor (RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom * 1984-1992)

    * Supervised, operated, and instructed HF point-to-point and air-ground-air communications, directing operations and the processing of emergency action messages with leadership responsibility for the training, progress, and development of 12 enlisted personnel.

    * Operated VHF, UHF, and Air Force Satellite Communications terminals with direct responsibility for the control of $2.7 million in communications equipment to ensure commanders maintain worldwide wideband and narrowband communications capabilities.

     

    EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    E-LEARNING COURSE WORK, SES Engineering, Princeton, NJ

    Visual Basic For Applications * Building Effective Intercultural Relationships

    Get Your Career On The Fast Track * Teamwork & Results Without Authority * Leading Successful Teams

    Basic Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) Safety Course * Operations Security Fundamentals

    A2100 Station Keeping Maneuver Certification Course

     

    Institute of Leadership & Management

    International Managment Qualification (IMQ) - Introductory Certificate in Management

     

    AIAA Professional Development

    Satellite Payload Communications Course

     

    GE Six Sigma Certification

    Six Sigma Quality/Green Belt

     

    United States Air Force - Technical Training

    Enlisted Space Operations Training * Defense Support Program Initial Qualification

    Ground Radio Operations Technical School


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