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     Date Submitted:16-12-2011
     Last Modified:14-11-2017 (04:33)
    Job information
     Current job:Senior Satellite Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSystems, aerospace, test, engineer, orbit, analysis, space, spacecraft, satellite, operations

    Senior Systems Engineer


    Professional Summary

    15 years of experience as a Senior Systems Engineer working on Spacecraft, Fixed and Rotary Wing Aircraft, Launch Vehicles, and Missiles for both Unclassified Aerospace Programs with DARPA, NASA,  and other Commercial Aerospace Companies as well as Classified Aerospace Programs (Top Secret  / SSBI / SCI / Counter-Intelligence (CI) Polygraph) for the US Military, US Government, and various agencies within the US Intelligence Community. 

    Provided technical contributions, consulting, and engineering services to several Aerospace Companies for all aspects and phases of Test, Launch, and On-Orbit Operation; System Certification, Integration and Test (I&T), Real-Time Special Operations and Planning, as well as system handover to customer and/or operation and maintenance of various systems in an real-time operational environment.

    Experienced in Software/Hardware Design/Development; Software/Hardware I&T; Software Verification and Validation (V&V); Spacecraft and Aircraft Flight Control System Integration and Verification, Aircraft Avionics and Flight Control (Fly-By-Wire) Software Development and Test Activities, Requirements Analysis and Review; Test Plan and Procedure Development; Test Analysis, Software Debugging, and Test Reporting; and possess an in-depth knowledge of Testing Methodologies and Analysis; and Crew and/or Customer Classroom Instruction and Training.

    Developed, operated, tested and/or interacted with full-up command and control systems; space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, and communications payloads; TT&C Ground Stations and switching systems; operated sophisticated Space and Missile simulators, ground system simulators, customer equipment, and other special test/training equipment.

    Led engineers and Anomaly Resolution team meetings for many real-time operational anomalies as well as the Peer Review process during system development, test, and operations; developed, maintained, and employed Test and Analysis Software, defined required test products and test resources required for various Integration Level Tests with multiple Satellite, Aircraft, Launch Vehicle, Missile, and Ground Communication Systems.  

    Working knowledge of software programming languages including C/C++, UNIX, Linux, Shell Programming, LabView, MatLab, PERL, Python, and TCL. Familiar with test automation tools, processes, and standards including DO-178B.   Proficient with the use of DOORS, JAMA, and JIRA.  Also, have a strong background in the use of Satellite Tool Kit (STK), Freeflyer, satellite/ground station visibility/planning software and other in-house Test and Orbit Determination/Maneuver Software.


    Work Experience

    Team Lead / Senior Systems Engineer

    Rockwell Collins / EXB Solutions - Cedar Rapids, IA

    December 2014 to Present

    Works with engineers, technical managers, and external teams to coordinate, prioritize, and monitor execution of multiple concurrent project tasks for C-Series, MRJ, EEJ, and KC-390 aircraft. Assumes main responsibility for timely project delivery. Understands project deliverables, prepares work breakdowns, and develops estimates and plans in order to achieve project goals. Leads and keeps team focused on delivering within budget following an extremely tight timeframe. Manages day-to-day operations and drives problem-resolution in order to meet the project objectives. Communicates effectively with both business and technology team members. Provides clear and constructive feedback and works effectively with diverse personalities to move a project forward in a positive manner. Guides development teams to identify and assess potential operational issues and propose areas of improvement.  Enforces standards and project management best practices and offers recommendations for proactively improving systems reliability, scalability, and performance. Develops, maintains, and manages operational metrics to meet contractual obligations. Ensures compliance with contract requirements.  Works with relevant management to ensure compliance with policies and procedures in managing the team. Conducts interviews to select engineering candidates, when necessary. Also, responsible for providing technical contributions to Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing Aircraft System Level Requirements Verification, Test, and Analysis by conducting Flight Management System (FMS) and Fly-By-Wire Software/Hardware DO-178B Certification/Safety in a Systems Integration Lab/RIG Testing Environment. Understands complex system integration/interaction and creates system level verification cases and step-by-step test procedures with pass/fail criteria; generates automated flight control test scripts to implement system level testing on actual FMS Flight Control Software, LRUs, Avionics, and Hardware; analysis of established pass/fail criteria; creates scripts to automate manual analysis where possible. Also responsible for creating GUI displays/screens which allows the tester to interact with the test software and equipment; FMS and LRU troubleshooting, root cause analysis; decomposes customer level requirements to system requirements; participation in peer reviews; generates/executes system tests; configures system test benches; integrates changes/updates to system/software; assists in system certification/customer acceptance; proficient with the use of DOORS, Clearquest, JAMA, and JIRA database and requirements software; and exchanges task level information (system requirements, technical drawings, specifications, etc.) with other team members; and assists in system level architecture designs.


    Flight Director / Senior Systems Engineer

    Space Systems Loral - Palo Alto, CA

    January 2013 to May 2014

    Conducted Mission Control Center (MCC) Operations as a Flight Team leader and acted as the Mission Director as required during planning, pre-flight rehearsals and exercises, launch, spacecraft/payload test and checkout, mission and on-orbit operations primarily with the Space Systems Loral FS1300 spacecraft. Primarily responsible for the Mission Control Center's execution and readiness of command software, databases, command files, support hardware, and related documentation for satellite launches and on-orbit operations. Also responsible for the pre-mission testing and real-time use of Earth Station (E/S) Telemetry, Tracking, and Command (TT&C) networks to verify, execute, and monitor MCC telemetry, command, range, and communications readiness for rehearsals, launch, orbit-raising, and on-orbit operations. Other tasks included performing dynamic simulations and on-orbit operation of mechanical systems for all aspects of structural control systems, momentum control gyro/reaction wheel systems, and line-of-sight (LOS) pointing control of space borne payloads. Accountable for understanding the complete signal flow loop to/from the MCC out to each E/S and/or satellite(s); monitoring and observing telemetry displays, identifying anomalous spacecraft and/or ground conditions, and executing the appropriate spacecraft and/or ground contingency procedures as required; documenting satellite operations activities using logbooks and incident reports using the satellite orbital operations handbook and other applicable documentation; developing and maintaining familiarization with the Standard and Contingency Operations Procedures and the associated command files and sequences; developing and executing mission specific ground system and network contingency plans and procedures. Also, ensured Management and Mission Director were kept informed on any and all issues that may have an impact on mission success and functions as the single point of contact for the Mission Team consisting of required Responsible Engineers, Operations Engineers, Systems Administrators, and Communications Technicians. Generated and delivered required presentations and reports to the Customer, Managers, and Mission Directors as required.


    Senior Advanced Systems / Test Engineer

    Honeywell Aerospace - Phoenix, AZ

    July 2010 to December 2012  

    Responsible for providing technical contributions within the Flight Controls Center of Excellence (FCCoE) as an individual to the Systems Engineering team for the Area Health Monitoring (AHM) and Primary Flight Maintenance (PFMAINT) functions of the Boeing 787 (B787) Fly-By-Wire flight control system. The AHM and PF-MAINT functions provide various test and fault isolation capabilities relative to the Flight Controls Electronics on the B787 aircraft. Primary tasks support the flight test and certification project phases of the B787 aircraft, which include; understanding customer requirements; developing and maintaining the AHM and PF-MAINT system/software requirements; producing software using MATLAB models; DO-178B development life-cycle knowledge including requirements, design, development, change control, configuration management, integration, validation, verification and qualification; working in conjunction with Boeing and Honeywell engineers to develop sound logic that supports maintenance functionality for the B787 Flight Controls system; evaluating existing logic as required when problems arise, which requires researching logic across partitions and throughout the flight control electronics system to locate system faults; investigating and review of customer issues and desired enhancements. Additional tasks include Validation and Verification (V&V) of system software documentation/procedures; peer review/eReview packet creation; executing test procedures on laboratory test benches; creating/updating system documentation; and managing documentation with the Honeywell configuration management tool.


    Senior Systems Engineer

    Raytheon - Tucson, AZ / Washington, DC

    December 2006 to June 2010

    Responsible for the Post-Flight Analysis of various spacecraft subsystems in support of the successful Exo-Atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) test launch (FTG-05) and future launches while at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS). Other duties include EKV payload anomaly/fault analysis/investigation; system verification and testing of flight hardware and software with laboratory test benches; generation of reports, graphs, charts, and briefings per customer request using MatLab and other Post-Flight Analysis tools; requirements definition and flow-down; and creation of Engineering Notebook (ENB) documentation. Responsible for managing the real-time operational schedule in support of the Tigon Program while at Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS). Other duties include real-time and offline mission planning; generation of payload system acquisition times/locations; monitoring planning process functionality; flight software/hardware integration; identifying possible contingency/anomalous situations and taking the necessary preventative/corrective actions; and supporting Responsible Engineers/Mission Analysts in the calibration and testing of the system in a real-time operational environment.


    Mission Operations Engineer & Flight Director

    General Dynamics - Scottsdale, AZ

    November 2004 to August 2006

    Responsible for the control of an advanced and complex electronics system in both a pre-launch and real- time operational environment. Other duties include participation in the design and verification phases of system development; system integration and testing of actual flight hardware/software; development of testbed procedures for flight/test hardware and software in a laboratory environment; monitoring and analyzing telemetry/simulation test data with LabView and MatLab; identifying possible contingency/anomalous situations and taking the necessary preventative/corrective actions; performing orbit determination, maneuver generation, and all mission planning functions using Satellite Tool Kit (STK) and Freeflyer; performing trend analysis to determine system functionality; implementing experiments; developing operational procedures/documentation; and special testing at customer request. Position requires a good working knowledge of electronics, orbit mechanics, computer technology, and a complete understanding of Control Theory and Ground Station operations.


    Senior Satellite Systems Engineer / Analyst

    Northrop Grumman - Redondo Beach, CA / Alice Springs, Australia / Denver, CO

    November 2001 to November 2004

    Responsible for the control of an advanced and complex electronics system in both a pre-launch and real- time operational environment. Other duties include participation in the design and verification phases of system development; development of flight hardware/software; performing dynamic simulations and on-orbit operation of mechanical systems for all aspects of structural control systems, momentum control gryo/reaction wheel systems, and line-of-sight (LOS) pointing control of spacecraft payloads; resolver-to-digital (RDC) and analog-to-digital (ADC) circuit analysis; development of testbed procedures for actual flight/test hardware and software in a laboratory environment; monitoring and analyzing telemetry/ simulation test data; identifying possible contingency/anomalous situations and taking the necessary preventative/corrective actions; mission planning functions; implementing experiments; developing operational procedures/documentation; and special testing at customer request. Position requires a good working knowledge of electronics, orbit mechanics, computer technology, and a complete understanding of Control Theory and Ground Station operations.


    Lead Orbit Analyst & Satellite Systems Operator - Captain (O-3)

    US Air Force 3rd Space Operations Squadron - Schriever AFB, CO

    January 1997 to November 2001

    Lead Orbit Analyst for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) IV/Skynet 4 and NATO IIID satellite constellations and directly responsible for the oversight of all Orbital Analyst functions and operations as well as for the training of personnel and implementation of operational procedures. Also responsible for the determination and analysis of orbital location and orientation of 19 military communication satellites (including Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS), NATO IV/Skynet 4, and NATO IIID vehicles). Performed launch, early-orbit, and on-orbit operations; planning maneuvers and generating commands to control satellite orbital position; analyzing orbit maneuver information and conducting trending to maximize spacecraft operational life; and disseminating orbital data to support operations crews, engineers, mission planners, and worldwide communications. Also performed launch and early-orbit operations for two successful DSCS III satellite launches. As a System Analyst/Operator, led a three-person operations team in charge of all spacecraft functions in a real-time operational environment. Handled all day-to-day operations for 10 satellites during normal and anomalous situations; analyzed spacecraft telemetry to determine operational status of vehicle; detected, reported, and resolved satellite malfunctions; implemented and directed emergency procedures to ensure spacecraft survival during emergency/anomalous situations; performed commanding for spacecraft maneuvers; and conducted short-term mission planning as needed. Conducted on-orbit payload testing and performed commanding to configure spacecraft payload for Ultrahigh Frequency Follow-On Satellite (UHF F/O) Flight 10 and performed launch and early orbit operations for two successful UHF F/O launches.



    Master of Science in Space Systems Operations Management/Engineering (3.72 GPA)

    Webster University 2001

    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science/Biology

    Northern Arizona University 1996



    US Air Force Undergraduate Space and Missile Training (Distinguished Graduate)

    Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA 1998

    Naval Aviation Pre-flight Indoctrination (Distinguished Graduate)

    Pensacola Naval Air Station, FL 1997

    Military Service

    Service Country: United States - December 1996 to January 2002

    Branch: Air Force

    Rank: Captain (O-3)

    Government / Military Clearances

    Top Secret DOD / SSBI / SCI / Counter-Intelligence (CI) Polygraph (Requires update)

    Secret DOD (Requires update)

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