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     Date Submitted:12-08-2011
     Last Modified:13-08-2011 (09:27)
    Job information
     Current job:AIT/AIV Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Space Tourism
     KeywordsAIT AIV EGSE SRDB clearance ATV IOV POWER ECSS CCSDS PUS ESA EDEN CVS MIB TMTC PCDU TVAC ACOUSTIC VBA ADA TCLTK UCL CCS CGS EADS
    CV

    EGSE - AIT/AIV Engineer

                       Skills

    General skills

                     Clean room, Space industry, Team leading

     

    Development of informatic projects

    Development of libraries and procedures (TclTk, ADA, Pascal),

    Development of configuration management and AIT/AIV tools (VBA, SQL, Access, Scilab-Java),

    TclTk/UCL Code generator in relation with S/C database (VBA, Excel)

    MIL 1553 interfacing tools (ADA, Shell)

    Drive of GPIB boards (VB),

    User interface creation (C++),

    Automat driver interface (Delphi),

     

    Electrical/Fluidic Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) Engineering

    Redaction of test specification and tests procedures

    Integration, setup and maintenance of Satellite EGSE

    Network configuration (NIS mounting, ftp sharing).  

    Good knowledges in satellite power conditioning and distributing unit.

     

    Front End Equipment of the ATV EGSE

    Integration of SCOE hardware and software ; MIL1553 (Dutch Space), POWER (Clemessy) and TMTC (Alcatel)

    Development on Astrium CGS test supervisor (Oracle DB)

    Front End Equipment of the Galileo IOV EGSE

    Integration of SCOE hardware and software ; MIL1553 (SSBV), POWER (Siemens Austria, SSBV) and TMTC (LABEN), PFSU SCOE (ETCA)

    Development on TERMA CCS test supervisor (SCOS2000 & MIB database)

    Test sequence management (CVS configuration tool)

     

    AIT/AIV test engineering

    Redaction of test specification and test procedures

    Test director of Propulsion Driving Equipment

    Database maintenance and validation (SRDB/SSRDB)

    Acoustic, Thermal Vacuum and Launch campaigns support

    NCR tracking and NRB involvement

    ASPROGen tool development and maintenance

    EGSE review and preparation for Thermal Vaccum Test

     

    Standards

    ECSS, MIB, CCSDS Definition, PUS definition, MIL

                    

    Internet website mastering

    Development, administration and support of website (http, php, Mysql, ftp, cms)

                       Employment/Background

    Since April 2008

    ASTRIUM – IOV AIT/AIV Integrated Team

     

    In the frame of phase C/D of Galileo IOV ;

     

    ·       EGSE Front End test and integration ; TMTC FEE, RF FEE, Power SCOEs, SCOS2000 setup, EDEN protocol, service 128 implementation, test configuration management (CVS), definition of rules of test.

    ·       Procedure redaction and execution on the electrical model of flight units on bench (Sat-EGSE) during the Early Interface Testing ;

    · Test of Transponder, PCDU CM, NSGU, RTU, PFSU (security unit)

    · Team leading

    ·       Validating the electrical model and establishing the ground test meaning for the 4 next satellites.

    ·       Authentication and COPE tests redaction and execution on the FM ICDU. Test results redaction.

    ·       Supporting PFSU secured tests (NATO accreditation), using ASPROGen with the Secured SRDB.

    ·       Development and configuration management of the AIT safety monitoring for Ambient and TVT campaigns ;

    · Specification of Critical TM list, thresholds, reconfiguration procedures in cooperation with engineering.

    · Automation of the MIB files generation and TclTk reconfiguration sequences (ASPROGen)

    ·       Creation, developing, and supporting ASPROGen tool (Procedure Automation with strong Database interface) to generate automatically AIT TclTk procedures matching with the DB, patch DB, manage HK/DIAG packet definitions and generate limits.

    ·       Test analysis in order to validate the TM/TC coverage status

    ·       Support of AIT team in Portsmouth (Payload support) and in Roma (Full satellites integration).

    ·       Collaboration with Thales AIT and with ESA

    ·       Overall Test Specification review for Acoustic and TVAC testing; responsible of the EGSE preparation, S/C safety aspects and data retrieval process.

    ·       AIV process to allow acceptance from ESA;

    ·         Analyse and Verification of the RF Galileo Signal (L1/E5/E6) 

    ·         Verification of the battery cell balancing

    ·         TMTC coverage status verification

    ·         Test results analysis during test campaigns for PFM, FM2 (TVAC, IST2)

     

    October 2004 until April 2008

    ASTRIUM Space Transportation – ATV AIT Team

     

     

    •                  In the frame of conception and development phase of the first ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) ;

     

    ·       Flight model electrical and fluidic acceptance redaction of the flight model and test procedures redaction (UCL), based on design documentation (my concern was the Propulsion subsystem).

    ·       Procedures validation on test facilities and execution on the flight model (Jules Verne)

    ·       TVT and Acoustic campaign support.

    ·       AIV using hand made tools (Excel, VBA, Unix Shell). This task was helped by knowledges acquired during EGSE setup.

    ·       Configuration management of test procedures; Procedures, test reports, TMTC coverage status, NCR associated using (Access VBA).

    ·       Validation campaign of the vehicle (Moscow, Bremen, Amsterdam)

    ·       Launch campaign and final countdown at Kourou

    ·       Post launch analysis

     

    May 2002 to October 2004

    ASTRIUM Space Transportation – EGSE Team

     

     

    In the frame of ground meanings delivery, needed for the ATV acceptance campaign and the ATV Control Center ;

     

    ·       Specification, development and test of elementary libraries (Pascal within Unix solaris) to provide powerful instructions and gainful test environment in the CGS system. The goal was to interface libraries with a code generator.

    ·       Specification, development and validation of the Front End Equipment by creation of UCL libraries and synoptics, in order to stimulate and drive the ATV EM (MIL1553 FEE, Power SCOE, TMTC FEE)

    ·       Strong interface with the Oracle MDB

    ·       Development of a sequence generator based on Excel structure, to generate countdown sequence (ancestor of ASPROGen)

    ·       Development and documentation of toolbox to ease the test processes (Loading procedure into CGS, message events extraction and analysis, TMTC extraction), using various languages (VBA, Shell scripts, awk,  Pascal)

    ·       Specification, development and test of FTC simulator (fault tolerant computer) in charge of interfacing the ISS module (located in Moscow)

    ·       Delivery and Training of AIT team (Alenia) in Moscow, Bremen and at ESA Test Center

    ·       AIT Team Support (CGS support, UCL debug, Database patch, etc…)

     

    March 2001 to May 2002

     

    CLEMESSY – Industrial computer science technician

     

     

    In the frame of Clemessy projects, managed in Mulhouse

     

    Conception and development of the Ariane 5 Battery Maintenance Bench (BCN).

    ·       Specification redaction, user interface development (VB)

    ·       Software Development (VB6) interfacing GPIB boards

    ·       Tests, validation and documentation in laboratory

    ·       Support to Arianespace

    ·       Harness and power aspects of the bench were driven by the project manager

     

    Ariane 5 flight software validation on VAX-VMS (OTAP)

    • Test of ADA Ariane 5 software using home made software
    • OTAP training manager

     

    from October 2000 à March 2001

    IFS – Industrial computer science technician

     

     

    ·         Development of C++ library for company software (stock managing, Input/output managing…)

    ·         On call support, remote monitoring, companies networks

     

     

                       Traineeship

    2001 (Clemessy)

    Stage of C++ at Learning Tree (Paris - Levallois) done in the frame of my Clemessy contract

    2000 (HEI)

    Automatism of a tenometer (Delphi) (Stage done at Institut Textile de France)

    2000 (HEI)

    Project based on robotic arm (C program driving step by step motors).

    1999 (LLA)

    Automatism of a device checker with Telemecanic (keywords : GRAFCET, MAGELIS, network UNITELWAY, FIPWAY, PL7 PRO).

    1998 (LLA)

    Automatism of Aluminium recovery garbage (Stage done at the main foundry of the Peugeot Production Center in Mulhouse).

     

                       Education

    In the run

    Science Project Manager (Bac+4)

    Validation of experience acquired – French Job Ministry

    2000 :

    BTS Industrial Computer Science – H.E.I. (Lille)

    Stage done at  the French Textil Institut

    1999 :

    BTS Electrotechnic – Lycée Louis Armand (Mulhouse)

    Stage  of automatism done at Peugeot

    1997 :

    Baccalaurean STI (Electrotechnic)

     

                       Languages

    French, English            :           Fluent

    German                        :           Fair

    Italian, Russian            :           Notions

     

                       Details

    Nationality : France

    NATO clearance on Galileo.

    Driving License since 1996


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