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     Date Submitted:12-02-2013
     Last Modified:12-02-2013 (03:50)
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     Current job:Experienced System Manager, Engineering and Test Supervisor
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAnalysis & Evaluation Problem Resolution PRACA & FIAR Closures Configuration Management Verification & Validation Monitoring & Performance Metrics Coordination & Implementation Quality Assurance Training Test Engineer Reports & Documentation

    Results-driven & detail-oriented engineer with experience in Configuration Management, Quality Assurance, System Safety (insuring compliance with all program safety requirements), Problem Resolution Processes, and Documentation Requirements.  Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to prioritize while focusing on achieving the corporation’s goals and objectives.



    • Analysis & Evaluation
    • Problem Resolution
    • PRACA & FIAR Closures
    • Configuration Management
    • Verification & Validation
    • Monitoring & Performance Metrics
    • Coordination & Implementation
    • Internal QA Audits
    • System Safety
    • Training
    • Reports & Documentation


    MS Office Suite, MS Project, Visio, and Windows operating systems.


    NASA Root Cause Analysis Training (satisfies NPR 8621.1B) 



    Jacobs Engineering Technology, Houston, TX           (ESCG Contract)                    2005 – 9/2012

    System Management / Program Management / Problem Resolution & Disposition

    • Provided systems and safety engineering oversight for hardware developed for the Flight Crew Systems (FCS) System.
    • Dispositioned PRACAs (Problem Reporting And Corrective Action) per SSP 30223, FIARs (Failure Investigation and Action Report) per JSC 28035 , GIDEP (Government-Industry Data Exchange Program) notices, and CRs (Change Requests) on time.
    • Mentored engineers on FIAR and PRACA methodology and documentation.
    • Tracked and maintained Metrics on SPRT, FIAR, and GIDEP notices.
    • Administered the FCS SPRT (System Problem Resolution TEAM) and FCS WG.
    • Certified to operate the FCS/FCE Console in the Mission Evaluation Room (MER).
    • Mentored two succeeding replacement NASA FCS System Managers.

    Bastion Technologies, Houston, TX         (SEAT Contract)                                            2001 – 2005

    System Management / Program Management / Problem Resolution & Disposition

    • Assembled and supervised the FCS System Management Team with the newly appointed NASA FCS System Manager. 
    • Developed and administered the FCS System Problem Resolution Team (SPRT) in accordance with MGT-OA-018, “ISS System Problem Resolution Team (SPRT) Work Instruction”.
    • Developed and administered the FCS Working Group.
    • Provided systems and safety engineering oversight during all phases of hardware development for the Flight Crew Systems hardware in accordance with engineering work instruction EA-WI-023.
    • Dispositioned PRACAs per SSP 30223, FIARs per JSC 28035 , GIDEP notices, and CRs on time.
    • Certified to operate the FCS/FCE Console in the Mission Evaluation Room (MER).
    • Represented FCS before various boards. 


    Consultant  (Self employed), Huntsville, AL                                                                  2000 – 2001

    • Prepared technical evaluation packages on equipment, components and parts for a major electrical Nuclear Power utility.

    RCM Technologies, Power Systems Services, Huntsville, AL                                                1996 – 2000

    Site Program Supervisor / Test Lab Developer / Internal QA Auditor

    • Rewrote and updated software QA procedures.
    • Performed internal QA Audits on the data in their Qualist Database.
    • Continued supervision of an onsite team of 5 engineers at a Canadian Nuclear Power utility.
    • Provided technical direction and scheduling on a six million dollar re-cabling project.

    United Energy Services Corporation (UESC), Huntsville, AL                                      1992 – 1996

    Site Program Supervisor / Test Lab Developer

    • Site Program Supervisor for an onsite team of 5 engineers at a Canadian Nuclear Power utility.
    • Provided technical direction and scheduling on a six million dollar re-cabling project.
    • Upgraded the utility’s test lab and established a test program to qualify electrical cable for use in hazardous conditions in their nuclear power plants.
    • Site Program Supervisor for a US Nuclear Power Utility:
    • Successfully embedded and supervised a team at a US Nuclear Power utility in assessing materials, components, parts and maintenance and purchasing requirements on safety critical hardware.


    Digital Engineering, Inc., Huntsville, AL                                                                          1986 - 1991

    Site Program Supervisor / Test Lab Developer / QA Program Specialist

    • Expanded a US electric Nuclear Power utility’s test laboratory’s capabilities to include qualification testing on components and materials for hazardous locations in their Nuclear Power plants.
    • Certified equipment for use in hazardous conditions in Nuclear Power plants.
    • Wrote and installed a Quality Assurance Program for hardware testing at a Canadian Nuclear Power utility’s test laboratory which met the US NRC 10CFR50, Appendix B quality requirements, and trained the QA Manager. 


    • JSC 28035, Program Problem Reporting And Corrective Action Requirements For Johnson Space Center Government Furnished Equipment:  Rewrote portions of this document.
    • Principal Author of IEEE STD 535-1979, IEEE Standard for Qualification of Class 1E Lead Storage Batteries for Nuclear Power Generating Stations. 


    • NASA JSC Group Achievement Award to the CIRD (Common Interface Requirements Document) Team (International Space Station Program)
    • NASA JSC Group Achievement Award to Shuttle Flight Crew Systems Team 


    Bachelor of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. 


    Mission Evaluation Room (MER) console certified (Engineering back up to Mission Control). 


    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).  Life Member with membership since 1973. Active member of the Battery Working Group from 1974 – 1981.

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