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     Date Submitted:09-05-2012
     Last Modified:17-01-2017 (04:03)
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     Current job:Senior System Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
     KeywordsBroad Project management and Systems Engineer experience in Aerospace. Certified Systems Engineering Professional - CSEP, Project managment professional - PMP, RF engineer, Satelltite communications, goal driven

    Complete CV available on request.



    2000:  M.Sc.Eng.(Electr & Electron), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    1996:  B.Eng.(Electr & Electron), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


    ·         CSEP – Certified Systems Engineering Professional 02644

    ·         PMP - Project Management Professional, 1964359

    ·         CPL/IF - Commercial Pilot/Instrument Rating


    Mellanox Network Professional, Mellanox, Oded Paz, 2016

    Project management with Primavera, Classic Seminars, Joy Russel, 2014

    System Engineering, Ad Sparrius, 2013

    Acquisition management, Ad Sparrius, 2012

    EMC Fundamentals for Laboratories & Industry, MESA, Prof. H.C. Reader

    Systems Engineering, Project Performance International, Robert Halligan, 2010

    Project management Masterclass, Terrapin training, Ad Sparrius

    Antennas for Communications & printed Circuit Board Antennas, CEI-Europe 


    Senior Systems Engineer, Square Kilometer Array, South Africa:

    September 2010 – Present

      Responsible systems engineer Telescope antenna integration test and verification

      Test result analysis and interpretation (Python/Excel/Matlab)

      Requirement management (CORE)

      Project management (Primavera)

      Development and management of QTP, QTRs, ATP and ATRs

      Configuration Control Board process for ECPs

      Tender specification (RFP) and tender/bid evaluation within government SCM process


    Systems Engineer,  Hartebeesthoek, South Africa:

    August 2007 – August 2010

      Orbcomm earth station civil works and deployment project mangement

      ESA/Galileo GSS station civil works and implementation project managmenet

      X-band EO station specification, contracting and turnkey project management

      Sumbandila Mission control software - project management

      Automated VHF/UHF antenna performance verification using Labview

      Establishment of LEO satellite TT&C groundstation infrastucture


    Systems Engineer,  Portsmouth, UK:

    August 2006 – July 2007

      Communications payload system/equipment budgets and analysis (MS Excel/ADS)

      Tracking progress of ESA GFP/Hylas communication equipments development

      Issue of equipment specifications to meet system requirements


    Senior RF Systems Engineer, Guildford, UK:

    Jan 2005 - July 2006

      Project manager for SpaceDev GPS receiver

      Perform EMC testing of ESA Giove-A spacecraft at ESA ESTEC facility 

      TT&C Antenna placement and pattern simulation on ESA Giove-A spacecraft

      Responsible S-band TTC systems for RapidEye constellation involving:

        Generating engineering schedules (MS Project) and development plans

        Procuring all necessary test equipment to support project schedule

        Responsible for all internal and customer design reviews

        Responsible for build, test and alignment of prototype and flight hardware

        Documentation of work package descriptions, ICDs and test plans

        Supporting Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) campaign

      Antenna design and development of X-band patch antenna

      Antenna design and simulation of GPS patch antenna 

      Design and build of VHF/UHF flight antenna feed (AWR Microwave Office)

      Participate in EMC testing of spacecraft at external test facility.

      S-band data downlink proposal for UAV

    Jan 2004 - Dec 2004

      Responsible backup payload antenna on ESA Giove-A spacecraft involving:

        Evaluating design options and finding suitable sub contractor

        Design and specification agreement

        Generating engineering schedules   

        Contract negotiation and tracking 

      Responsible S-band receiver flight hardware :

        Repackaging of  S-band TTC systems into single module solution

        Generating engineering schedules (MS Project), documentation and test plans

        Responsible for all internal customer design reviews on module

        Supporting Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) campaign

        Supporting in orbit commissioning

      Work package manager S-band quadrifilar helix antenna

      Manufacture of  S-band quadrifilar helix antennas

    Mar 2002 - Dec 2003

      Alignment, test and documentation of S-band transmitter prototype

      Work package manager S-band TTC flight transmitter 

      Antenna placement and pattern measurement on spacecraft

      Antenna placement and pattern study using FEM/MoM software (FEKO)

      Design of feed network for  portable groundstation VHF/UHF antennas

      Contribute to technology transfer training of client staff

      Preparing, presenting and defending of presentations (PowerPoint) to clients

      Maintaining and updating link budget spreadsheet (Excel/Matlab)


    Consultant,  Cambridge, UK:

    Oct 2001 - Feb 2002

      Indoor multi-path mitigation study

      IP exploitation investigation

      VHF ARINC ACARS transceiver testing and integration (using TI DSP)

      Wireless LAN standards and regulations study


    Lecturer, Junior lecturer, Stellenbosch, South Africa:

    Jan 2000 - Oct 2001

      Lecturer - Digital Design (Embedded program development)

      Contract work for Sunspace and Information Systems, South Africa

    Jul 2000 - Dec 2000:

      Lecturer - Space Communications Systems

      Lecturer - Digital Design (Embedded program development)

      Contract work for Sunspace and Information Systems, South Africa

      Automated (HP-VEE) receiver intermodulation testing

    Jan 2000 - Jun 2000:

      Junior lecturer - Modulation techniques

      Project work for Sunsat micro-satellite groundstation

      Automate satellite signal strength measurements (HP-VEE)

    Aug 1999 - Dec 1999:

      Junior lecturer - Space Communications Systems

      Assistant for Digital Design (Embedded program development)


    Post graduate projects, ESL Sunsat, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa:

    Nov 1998 - Dec 1998:

      Sunsat 1 groundstation setup of RF systems

      Tracking dish antenna configuration and calibration

    Jul 1998 - Nov 1998:

      Development of variable bit-rate QPSK demodulator

    May 1998 - Jun 1998:

      Sunsat 1 EMC/RFI measurements at Houwteq facility

    Feb 1998 - Jun 1998:

      Development of Sunsat 1 S-band QPSK modulator

    Dec 1997 - Jan 1998:

      Development of Sunsat 1 UHF QPSK modulator

      Development of QPSK modulator digital functions (Altera MaxPlus/VHDL)

      Development of Sunsat 1 UHF QPSK power supply board

    Feb 1997 - Jun 1997:

      Development of Sunsat 1 UHF power amplifier

    Jan 1997 - Feb 1997:

      Investigate various UHF local oscillator circuits

      Development of Sunsat 1 L-band modem data interface 



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