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     Date Submitted:21-02-2012
     Last Modified:21-02-2012 (10:08)
    Job information
     Current job:Consultant Satellite & DTT Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsGround Segment & Satellite Operations


    Over two decades of progressive experience and knowledge in operations & maintenance, management & co-ordination, development, integration & testing, and training in a variety of TT&C, ranging and telecommunications ground stations & teleports, and satellite networks operations centres.

    Key Skills

    • Excellent communication and man-management skills
    • First class team memberand motivator
    • Dedication to responsibilities with a tenacity to complete complex tasks
    • Ability to adapt under difficult circumstance / situation
    • Ambitious to develop skills base and progress career
    • Effective time management and organisational skills


    12/06 – present                   Consultant Satellite & DTT Engineer, Huddersfield, West Yorks.

    01/04 – 09/06                      Garndene Communications Ltd, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

    04/02 – 09/02                      GigaSat Ltd, Eaton Bray, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

    08/01 – 03/02                      Kingston inmedia, Bedford Teleport, Bedford, Bedfordshire

    04/01                                     CompTia Certified NETWORK + Technician Course, London

    01/99 - 02/01                       EUMETSAT, Federal Republic of Germany (MOLTEK Consultants Ltd)

    07/98 - 12/98                       Excel Industrial Systems Ltd, Aberdeen, Scotland

    12/96 - 01/98                       Cable & Wireless Plc, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands

    12/94 - 12/96                       ESA/CNES, Georgetown, Ascension Island

    12/92 - 12/94                       Cable & Wireless Communications, Georgetown, Ascension Island

    09/91 - 10/92                       Cable & Wireless Communications, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

    09/88 - 07/91                       Wray Castle, College of Marine Electronics & Communications, Ambleside, Cumbria, UK


    • B/TEC HNC Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications.
    • SCOTVEC Radar Maintenance Certificate.
    • B/TEC OND Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications.
    • OPTIB Offshore Survival & Firefighting Certificate (09/98 - 09/02)
    • CAI SMATV Certification (2005)
    • Electrical Protection & Earthing and Lightning Maintenance Protection Training Course
    • BBC Television Technology (Feb 2002)
    • Introduction to UNIX Administration (Nov 2001)
    • UKOOA Offshore Medical Certificate
    • 6 O’Levels including English & Math

    Personal Information

    Date of Birth:                       31/03/66                              

    Nationality:                          British

    Marital status:                     Single                    

    Languages:                        English (mother tongue)

                                                  French (Basic)

    Full UK driving license

    Interests:                               Sports; Travel; History


    Professional Experience


    01/07 – present                   Self – employed contractor, West Yorkshire & M62 corridor

    Consultant Satellite & DTT Engineer

    Installing satellite, DTT & UHF systems in domestic and commercial properties.

    Provision of multi-point AV systems. Fault rectification, servicing and upgrades to customer systems.


    01/04 – 09/06                      Garndene Communications Limited, Hi-Pylon Works, Slades Road, Golcar, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 4JS

    SMATV / DTT Engineer

    Survey, design, install and commission satellite & UHF broadcast systems in commercial and multi-dwelling properties. To provide on-call servicing, fault rectification, system upgrades and modifications as required. Work in conjunction with electrical contractors during construction, and renovation of multi-dwelling properties, call centres, care homes, hotels, and shopping centres. Adhere to health & safety regulations whilst working within construction industry and working at heights regulations. In addition it was a requirement to assist the security systems engineers during installations and upgrades to CCTV, door entry and alarm systems.


     04/02 – 09/02                      GigaSat Limited, 21 Moor End, Eaton Bray, Dunstable, Bedfordshire,    LU6 2HN

    Customer Service Manager

    A start up company geared towards the design, production and installation of flyaway antennae systems for the SNG markets, plus fixed earth station integration. Supporting customers in factory acceptance tests, on-site installation and commissioning, after sales support, system upgrades and modifications. Produced technical user manuals and documentation. Assisted design engineers with product improvements and new design ideas.


     08/01 – 03/02                      Kingston inmedia, Bedford Teleport, Thurleigh Airfield Business Park Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, MK44 2YP

    Technical Officer

    Providing broadcasting, internet and data services over satellite. Uplink and downlink and relay of services between sites and satellites; point to point; point to multipoint; VSAT services and hub control; DVB and mulitplexer platforms; IP network troubleshoot; M&C systems; general troubleshoot, procedural verification, maintenance and operations.


     04/01                                     Brittannia IT Training Centre, 258 Belsize Road, London, NW6 4BT

    CompTia Certified Network + Technician Course

    The CompTia certified training course offered a valid & reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise in Networking. The areas covered were:

    • Networking Technology
    • Network Operating Systems
    • Major Networking Protocols
    • Essential Elements of Networking
    • TCP/IP Fundamentals & Using TCP/IP
    • Remote Connectivity
    • Network Installation & Components
    • Maintaining & Supporting the Network
    • Troubleshooting the Network

     01/99 – 02/01                      MOLTEK Consultants Ltd, The Business Centre, Green Road, Horsemonden, Kent, TN12 8JS

                   Client Site: EUMETSAT, Am Kavalleriesand 31, Darmstadt, Germany

    Consultant MTP Ground Station Engineer

    Primary responsibilities were interfacing the operations team and the ground stations maintenance contractors for the Meteosat Ground Segment, which included the co-ordination of preventative and corrective maintenance activities, the analysis and technical characterisation of anomalies, the validation testing of any configuration changes, and the monitoring of communication systems. Tasks involved were:

    • Investigation & rectification of reported faults
    • 1st line support to MTP Ground Segment operational facilities
    • Support during mission critical operations & routine ground segment operations
    • Liase with all MTP Ground Segments on technical, operational and management issues
    • Reporting on status & performance of ground stations and associated facilities
    • Liase and monitor contractor & supplier performance & activity
    • Review operational procedures for remote operations of ground stations
    • Write ICDs, SOWs, ITTs and Service Requirement documentation
    • Co-ordinate & conduct integration and testing activities
    • Evaluation, preparation & implementation of ground segment modifications
    • Provide technical support for Y2K testing, reviews and analysis of system performance
    • Support QA team in areas of configuration control & ISO9001
    • Assist the network engineer in areas of satellite data links

    To meet the requirements, experience and knowledge of ground station design, antenna & tracking systems, TT&C equipment, ranging systems, monitoring and control equipment, IOT systems, satellite data links, LAN & TCP/IP protocols, principals of main power, UPS and back-up generators were a must.

    In addition I was instrumental in the ITT and commissioning of the new MTP back-up Ground Segment, having analysed the performance of the existing BGS and found its performance unable to meet the specified service requirements.


     07/98 - 12/98                       Excel Industrial Systems Ltd, Burnbank Business Park, Souterhead Rd, Aberdeen AB12 3LF

    Systems Telecomms Engineer

    Excel Industrial Systems nature of business is the provision of complete engineering solutions to the offshore industry in the following areas of expertise:

    • Satellite communications
    • Microwave communications
    • UHF / VHF communications
    • LAN/WAN
    • PBX’s & multiplexers
    • Networking solutions

    Primary responsibilities of the Systems Telecomms Engineer were the maintenance of existing communications networks, upgrades, providing engineering solutions and establishing professional relationships with the client. Hands on involvement of two established maintenance contracts providing offshore-onshore satellite communications. Each system multiplexed voice & telemetry data via a gyro-controlled Ku band satellite system to onshore PABX and LAN. In addition there was an offshore satellite TV system requiring annual maintenance.

    Secondary was the provision of recommendations, quotations and implementation to system improvements & upgrades and to oversee (on behalf of the Client) all GMDSS certifications and comms licensing


     12/96 - 01/98                       Cable & Wireless Communications, Mercury House, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

    Assistant Engineer Std A IDR/IBS and Std F3 Ground Stations

    Responsibilities included perform, train and supervise routine, preventative & corrective maintenance on:

    • 16m and 13m antenna systems
    • IDR/IBS satellite modems
    • Main power, UPS, inverters, and electro-mechanical systems
    • Circuit alignment and testing (INTELSAT & CCITT standards)
    • Supervise and participate in the installation of new equipment and services
    • Supervise correct, accurate and timely compilation of all entries to log books, events diaries, fault histories, equipment maintenance records, and IDF & MDF records
    • Allocate work packages to staff and supervise work to ensure completion in a timely manner & to required standards.
    • Produce new routines and procedures as required.
    • Produce routine fault and system performance reports and transmit to INTELSAT
    • Assist with the radio department in the installation and upgrade to the Nokia cellular network
    • Assist data & switching engineers as required
    • Complete site surveys and installations of VSAT's for business customers
    • VSAT electrical and mechanical maintenance
    • Liase with FAA on HF aviation control circuits operating within the Turks & Caicos Islands


    12/94 - 12/96                       Cable & Wireless Communications, Georgetown, Ascension Island

                   Client Site: ESA Tracking & Telemetry Station

    Assistant Engineer

    The main function of the station is tracking, telemetry reception & monitoring the Ariane launch vehicle trajectory.

    Responsibilities entailed in-depth pre-launch maintenance & calibration and operations on:

    • Antenna systems
    • Tracking receivers
    • Telemetry receivers
    • Data processing & recording equipment (magnetic tape & UNIX)
    • GPS system
    • All station communications (terrestrial, satellite and INMARSAT back-up)
    • Main & 2 x 80KVA back-up power plant & UPS
    • Mission procedures performed under direction of the Launch Control Centre in French Guyana.
    • Liase with Ariane Space, Guyanese Space Centre & the Toulouse Space Centre

    During non-operational phases:

    • Preparation, integration and modification of new generation tracking & telemetry receivers and UNIX data processor equipment were continuous due to the development of the new Ariane V launch vehicle.
    • Staff training and familiarisation
    • Database management & inventory control
    • Quality control of technical documentation
    • Liase with the Cable & Wireless ground station and switch engineers


    12/92 - 12/94                       Cable & Wireless Communications, Georgetown, Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean

    Standard B & Standard F1 Ground Station Technician

    Responsibilities included:

    • Perform satellite & equipment line-ups with far end ground stations (INTELSAT & CCITT standards)
    • Locate and rectify circuit faults (to component level if necessary)
    • Perform routine and non-routine preventative & corrective maintenance
    • Install & integrate new equipment as required
    • Liase with INTELSAT and connecting administrations
    • Assist with staff training and familiarisation

    Experience gained with

    13m & 11m antenna systems

    • IDR/IBS/PCM/PSK/SCPC equip
    • CFM/SCPC equip (VISTA system)
    • Antenna tracking systems & moving structures
    • 2KW Klystrons & 400W solid state HPA's
    • LNA/LNB, 40W SSPA
    • Satellite modems
    • ESC and voice loop systems
    • E&M and C5 signalling
    • 80KVA stand-by power plant
    • UPS and main power systems


     9/91 - 10/92                          Cable & Wireless Communications, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, South Atlantic Ocean

    Standard B Ground Station Technician

    A full working knowledge within a 13m Std B ground station equipped with antenna control systems, DCC & NEC SCPC, HPA & LNA, and associated equipment. This was connected to a Plessey GPT digital switch, which also integrated remote subscribers via UHF/VHF radio over 2Mbit microwave network (TRT 2000 system).

    Additional experience was gained in operations & maintenance of UPS system, 80KVA stand-by power plant, terrestrial transmission line installation & repair, data modems and multiplexer units, GPS (Racal Survey), HF coast station, and LAN.

    Additional Experience:

    Extensive operating and fault finding to component level on:

    • Marconi MF, HF & VHF transmitters and receivers
    • Marconi and Decca radar's
    • Marconi Oceanray II Standard C Ship-Shore Earth Station
    • INMARSAT B mobile earth station

    Operating systems & Test Equipment:

    • Win NT / XP / Vista / 7
    • MS Office

    Various manufacturers including Rhode & Schwarz, Hewlett Packard, Tektronics, W&G, Fireberd.

    • Spectrum analysers                     Network analysers                               BERT’s
    • Oscilloscopes                                Digital multimeter                                Frequency synthesisers
    • Frequency counters                     Signal generators

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