Duties have included integration, verification, customer support, calibration, commissioning, testing, faultfinding, repair and maintenance to component level, using analogue, digital and R.F. techniques on commercial and military contracts. Competent in the use of most test equipment, including network analysers and spectrum analysers. Also qualified as a Crypto Custodian. Currently hold security clearance up to SC.
June 2009 - PAYLOAD ELECTRICAL TEAM LEAD
Astrium Space Ltd, Anchorage Road, The Airport, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5PU
Team Leader of the AIT RF Test Engineers based in Rome, Italy, providing technical support to the AIT RF test team on the Galileo IOV project.
May 2003 - PAYLOAD ELECTRICAL LEAD ENGINEER
June 2009 Astrium Space Ltd, Anchorage Road, The Airport, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5PU
Lead Engineer on two different projects (one commercial and one military), most of the time spent in Toulouse, France, with time also spent abroad on launch campaigns.
Provides a technical focus for all Electrical/RF activities related to the payload throughout the project.
Responsible to the AIT Project Manager for the delivery of all procedures, plans, tools, test aids and test equipment in a timely manner to support the project schedule.
Organise and control a team of electrical engineers during the preparation / operation phases of payload testing (including integration, health checks, vibration, thermal vacuum, range testing and launch campaigns).
Interfacing with the Payload systems engineers for issues related to test requirements and methodology and the Test Engineering Group for issues related to provision of Payload Test Equipment.
Take responsibility for non conformances ensuring they are recorded and actioned correctly and work with the Payload systems team to find resolutions to the problems encountered during testing.
Crypto Custodian with the responsibility for looking after all cryptographic material required throughout the test campaign (military project only).
Jun 2002 - PAYLOAD ELECTRICAL AIT ENGINEER SHIFT LEADER
May 2003 Astrium Space Ltd, Anchorage Road, The Airport, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5PU
All of the duties listed below with the addition of the coordination of the electrical payload testing and progress reporting to the Lead Engineer / Project Management.
Mar 2002 - PAYLOAD ELECTRICAL AIT ENGINEER
Jun 2002 Astrium Space Ltd, Anchorage Road, The Airport, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5PU
Performing electrical integration and facilitating performance testing of satellite payloads
Executing Automated Test Procedures (ATP’s) using Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE), including use of and calibration of Spectrum and Network analysers, Frequency counters, Power meters, Frequency synthesisers and sweepers in manual modes of operation
Performing Electrical Integration procedures on spacecraft equipment against parameters detailed in test procedures and reviewing test results for non-compliances.
Identifying non-conformances and write Occurrence reports.
Writing test procedures using Word/Excel/PowerPoint.
Editing ATP’s to test spacecraft performance parameters as detailed by System Engineers and test requirement specifications, using the AIT Task Language (Similar to Basic).
Controlling EGSE and test equipment by the use of HP Basic/UNIX computers and the IEEE-488 standard bus (HPIB/GPIB) using an AIT executive interface.
Apr 2001 - RF VERIFICATION ENGINEER (Contracting)
Oct 2001 Ericsson Radio Access AB, Box 11, SE-16493, Stockholm, Sweden
Testing and Verification of the Near Antenna Products for the Radio Base Stations.
Working in a laboratory facility liaising with the design team at all times.
Main objectives were to run environmental and long life tests on various near antenna products. Any design problems were reported directly to the design team.
Jul 2000 - FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER
Apr 2001 Wayne Kerr Electronics Ltd, Durban Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 9RL
Commissioning, installation, maintenance and fault finding of all Automatic Test Equipment from the WK 900 series to the WK 3900 series within the UK and Europe.
In-house fault diagnosis from system to component level for both analogue and digital electronics including board repair work.
Customer support / liaison.
Knowledge of C and C++ programming for use on the 3900 series ATE.
System administration and contacting customers on the progress of their equipment within the Service Department.
Jul 1998 - TEST EQUIPMENT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN / FIELD ENGINEER
Jul 2000 Alenia Marconi (formally GEC), Broad Oaks Works, The Airport, Portsmouth, PO3 5PQ
Calibrate, fault diagnose (to component level) and repair manual / automatic test equipment on and off site, using a broad range of both RF and electronic test equipment.
Keeping a record of all the test equipment calibration dates and sending out commercial equipment to be calibrated or repaired when required.
Aug 1996 - TEST EQUIPMENT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN (Apprenticeship)
Jul 1998 GEC Marconi Defence Systems, Broad Oaks Works, The Airport, Portsmouth, PO3 5PQ
Learning basic engineering skills, followed by 1½ years of on-site training within various departments.
In my final 6 months of my Apprenticeship I was placed within the Test Equipment Support Department, working on many military contracts maintaining and calibrating the manual and automatic test equipment.
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