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     Date Submitted:10-02-2012
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     Current job:Electronics Technician First Class - United States Navy
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
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     KeywordsKeywords: US Navy, Radar, Fire Controlman, Electronics Technician First Class, FCC License w/Radar Endorsement, Journey CET w/Radar Option, UAV, Reaper/Predator, MQ-9/MQ-1, PGSS Aerostat, OCONUS, Centrixs helpdesk Cal Wachtel 5416 Irish Spring Street
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    Work Experience

    Electronics Technician First Class -  Coalition Comsec Assistance Team OCONUS

    01/2013 – Present  United States Navy Active Duty

    §  Maintain, troubleshoot and repair coalition shipboard/GCC NOC communications equipment. 

    §  Serve as liaison between the coalition ship/GCC NOC and the Staff N6.

    §  Maintain secure communications between coalition ships and U.S. Forces.

    • Safeguard U.S. cryptographic and communications equipment for Coalition Ship and GCC Network Operations Center (NOC).
    • TS/SCI Eligible Security Clearance.

     

    PGSS Aerostat/GCS ISR Operator/Maintainer - Electronics Technician

    05/2012 – 01/2013 Compass Systems Inc.

    §  Operate Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (PGSS) ruggedized and tethered Aerostats while providing effective utilization of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) equipment OCONUS. Live in austere conditions with a possibility of extension, danger, stress and physical hardships. Work 12-hour shifts, 7 days a week for extended periods.

    §  Serve as the Flight Engineer to manage the health of the payload and provide overall coordination and direction of the sensor(s), while communicating directly with the military customer.​

    §  Conduct pre and post flight system inspections, helium calculations and the resulting documentation.​ Document actions by completing forms, reports, logs, and records.​ Follow all standards and procedures.

    §  Serve as the Payload Operator to control the MX15 payload for effective utilization of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR).​ 

    §  Troubleshoot and repair electronics, electrical, fiber optic, etc. equipment as required.

    §  Serve as the LRD to launch and recover the aerostat or serve as CPH, HO, LO to assist Launch and Recovery Director (LRD) during the launch and recovery phase of operations.

    §  Responsible for the safety of flight of the aerostat and flight crew.

    §  Work effectively within a cohesive team.​

    §  TS/SCI Eligible Security Clearance.

     

    Electronics Technician First Class – US Navy Reserve

      11/2007 – Present  USNR Las Vegas, Nevada

    • 1 weekend per month at Nellis AFB NOSC Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • Surge Main Unit Leading Petty Officer.
    • Electronics maintenance 2 -4 weeks per year at US Navy Shipyards. Depot level maintenance on radar antennas, directors, etc.  Electrical and cable work as required. Calibrate gages and meters.  Flexible to the needs of the shop assigned to as needed.

    §  Serve on Funeral Honors Detail. Rendered honors for over 200 US Navy Veterans since 2008.

    §  Top Secret SCI eligible security clearance.

     

     

     

    Avionics/Electronics Tech III – MQ-9/MQ-1 UAV/GCS Electronics Technician

    05/2008 – 12/2011 EGG/URS, Las Vegas, Nevada

    §  Repair, test, and operate MQ-9 Reaper /MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles, ground control stations, ground support equipment, half racks and aircraft ground power equipment. Work at locations CONUS and OCONUS. Maintain ground control stations at LRE or RSO, ground LOS or Ku checks. Perform depot level maintenance on MQ-1 and MQ-9 Aircraft and GCS.

    • Remove and replace MTS Ball or Electronics Unit as needed to return AN/DAS-1 MTS systems on MQ-1/MQ-9 to serviceable condition. Assist Raytheon MTS Technician to replace circuit cards as required. Repair, test, and operate MQ-9/MQ-1 unmanned aerial vehicles, ground control stations, ground support equipment, half racks and aircraft ground power equipment. Work at locations CONUS and OCONUS.

    §  Conduct Pre/post flight/BPO/Thru-Flights as needed, 7/28/84/168 day maintenance on Aircraft or GCS, TCTOs, aircraft recovery at LRE, status debrief with pilots/operators. Repairs, documentation and status in IMDS/CAMS.

    §  Work with L3 Field Support Rep to troubleshoot Ku data-link issues. Remove or replace IMA/SPMA and/or Ku Antenna as needed.

    §  Interface with engineering, manufacturing, UAV operators and military or civilian customers. Troubleshooting, component removal and replacement, testing and documentation in accordance with customer regulations when applicable, utilizing approved technical publications, maintenance standards, and approved procedures.

     

     

    Electronics Technician III with Lead - Instrumentation Technician

       6/2007 – 5/2008  EGG Las Vegas, Nevada

    §  Test, maintain, and install real-time embedded microprocessor based data acquisition and control systems. Fabricate and assemble printed circuit boards, sub-assemblies, interface cabling, and chassis to complete microprocessor instrumentation systems.

    §  Troubleshoot using wiring diagrams, schematics and various test equipment. Assist engineering personnel and implement solutions with a combination of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) and custom hardware from customer provided and locally generated requirements. Diagnose equipment malfunctions and effect repairs to restore equipment to required operating condition. Troubleshoot and repair to the component level on various VME circuit cards, various types of modules and COTS hardware using test procedures, diagnostic software, and test equipment such as an oscilloscope, and other designated test equipment.

    §  Perform as a team player or team leader on system projects. Provide guidance and training to outside agencies, O&M personnel, and lower level technicians. Interface directly with customer personnel and work in a team-oriented, supervised environment. Use various hand tools. Perform surface mount soldering and de-soldering. Use various types of test equipment and diagnostic tools. Assist in daily PC maintenance. Maintain, analyze, troubleshoot and repair computer systems, hardware and computer peripherals. Document, maintain, upgrade or replace hardware and software systems.

     

     

      Electronics Technician III with Lead - RF Electronics Technician

      6/2004 – 6/2007  EGG, Las Vegas, Nevada

    §  Operate maintain synthetic target generators, MTS, DRFM, DECM, KOR, Northrup Gruman. Supervise junior technicians. Apply knowledge, techniques and theories of electronics such as basic electricity, electronic theory, and elementary physics to duties involved in engineering functions such as design, development, evaluation, testing, installation and maintenance of electronic equipment.

    §  Conduct tests and analysis of radar systems and subsystems performance. Use various test equipment. Including: signal generators, pulse generators, spectrum analyzers, voltmeters, oscilloscopes, directional couplers, etc. Identify system problems or malfunctions, implement and/or recommend modifications to improve operation and maintenance.

    §  Use various hand tools to make modifications, install new equipment or make. Rewrite system alignments and/or make corrections to maintenance procedures to increase accuracy of aligning and optimize the system's capabilities. Prepare various reports on equipment activities in my areas. Operate 100 foot high reach to perform maintenance on buildings, antennas and towers.

     

     

    Electronics Technician III with Lead - Radar Electronics Technician

    8/1993 - 6/2004  EGG Technical Services/EG&G Special Projects, Las Vegas, Nevada

    §  Perform scheduled, unscheduled and emergency maintenance on radar systems. Supervise junior technicians. Apply knowledge, techniques and theories of electronics such as basic electricity, electronic theory, and elementary physics to duties involved in engineering functions such as design, development, evaluation, testing, installation and maintenance of electronic equipment.

    §  Conduct tests and analysis of radar systems and subsystems performance. Check and/or measure MDS, transmitter power out/reverse power, duty cycle correction factor offset, AFC, noise figures, MTI, signal to noise ratio, PRF, etc using signal generators, pulse generators, spectrum analyzers, voltmeters, oscilloscopes, power meters, frequency counters, directional couplers, noise figure meters, etc. Identify system problems or malfunctions, implement and/or recommend modifications to improve system operation and maintenance.

    §  Use hand tools to make modifications if needed. Install new equipment or make modifications. Rewrite system alignments and/or make corrections to maintenance procedures to increase accuracy of aligning and optimize the system's capabilities. Prepare various reports on equipment activities in my areas. Operate 100 foot high reach (bucket truck) to perform maintenance on buildings, antennas and towers. Make corrections to schematics. Use Microsoft Windows/NT, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft access, Autosketch, Visio.

    §  Hold active Top Secret SBI (TSSBI) security clearance.

     

     

    Fire Control Electronics Technician First Class- Weapons Electronics

    10/1991 - 4/1997  US Navy Reserves, Las Vegas, Nevada

    §  1 weekend per month at NAVMARCORESCEN Las Vegas, Nevada.

    §  Electronics maintenance 2 -4 weeks per year while assigned to SIMA at Naval Station San Diego, California. Depot level maintenance on Phalanx CIWS on and off various US Ships.  

     

     

    Fire Control Electronics Technician Second Class – Shipboard Missile Radar

    10/1985 - 10/1991  US Navy, USS California (CGN-36), California/Washington State

    §  Maintain USS California CGN-36 shipboard missile radar systems from 1987-1991. Used various test equipment including signal generators, spectrum analyzers, power meters and more to perform preventative, corrective and emergency maintenance on standard missile radar systems.

     

     

    Education

    06/2012 PGSS 22M Aerostat/GCS Operator/Maintainer 10 weeks

    12/2009 MQ-1 Predator UAV/GCS 6 weeks

    06/2008 MQ-9 Reaper UAV/GCS 6 weeks

    6/2007 Devry Online, Las Vegas,Nevada

    §  16 semester hours toward Computer Systems Administration Associates Degree

    §  4.0 GPA Deans List.

    8/2005 LabView Basics I and II

    2/2005 Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, Powerpoint)

    8/2004 Hydraulics Systems Training (40 hours) Clark County Community College

    11/1997 Radar Transmitters and Receivers (40 hours) Quinn-Tech

       

     

     

    6/1991  Olympic College, Bremerton, Washington

    §  Coursework in Basic and Digital Electronics 4.0 GPA

     

     

    10/1988  Business English 4.0 GPA  3 semester hours Central Texas College onboard USS California

       5/1989 Shipboard Soldering School  San Francisco(Naval Station Treasure Island), California

     

     

       7/1987  US Navy AN/SPG 51D Missile Radar w/RDP. Vallejo (Mare Island), California

    §   90%+ average. Digital missile radar system. Maintenance and operation training.

     

     

      10/1986  Fire Control Electronics Tech "A" School(US Navy), Great Lakes, Illinois

    §  Advanced electronics school basic radar and computers. Graduated second highest in class of 40.

       4/1986  US Navy Basic Electronics and Electricity, San Diego, California     

     

     

    6/1981  Western High School, Las Vegas, Nevada. 3.6 GPA.

     

     

     

     

     

    Affiliations

     

     

    10/1996 - Present  FCC

    §  FCC License with RADAR Endorsement

     

     

    9/1996 - Present  International Society of Electronics Technicians

    §  Certified Journey Level (RADAR) Electronics Technician (ISCET)

     

     

     

     

      Additional Info

     

    -Top Secret SCI security clearance.

    -Class A CDL.

    -Type 40 wpm.

    -Great work ethic.

    -Excellent communication skills

     


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