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.
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
Date of Birth: 31/03/66
Marital status: Single
Languages: English (mother tongue)
Full UK driving license
Interests: Sports; Travel; History
01/07 – present Self – employed contractor, West Yorkshire & M62 corridor
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
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
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
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
The CompTia certified training course offered a valid & reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise in Networking. The areas covered were:
01/99 – 02/01 MOLTEK Consultants Ltd, The Business Centre, Green Road, Horsemonden, Kent, TN12 8JS
Client Site: EUMETSAT, Am Kavalleriesand 31, Darmstadt, Germany
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:
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
Excel Industrial Systems nature of business is the provision of complete engineering solutions to the offshore industry in the following areas of expertise:
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:
12/94 - 12/96 Cable & Wireless Communications, Georgetown, Ascension Island
Client Site: ESA Tracking & Telemetry Station
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:
During non-operational phases:
12/92 - 12/94 Cable & Wireless Communications, Georgetown, Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean
Standard B & Standard F1 Ground Station Technician
Experience gained with
13m & 11m antenna 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.
Extensive operating and fault finding to component level on:
Operating systems & Test Equipment:
Various manufacturers including Rhode & Schwarz, Hewlett Packard, Tektronics, W&G, Fireberd.
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