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     Date Submitted:18-02-2013
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     Current job:AIT Lead Mechanical Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAn ambitious, self-motivated, versatile Senior Mechanical Engineer with over 17 years experience in the Engineering Industry gaining knowledge in many areas including Telecommunications, Propulsions, Innovation and Precision Manufacture. A pro-active and
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    An ambitious, self-motivated, versatile Senior Mechanical Engineer with over 17 years experience in the Engineering Industry gaining knowledge in many areas including Telecommunications, Propulsions, Innovation and Precision Manufacture.
    A pro-active and methodical individual with the ability to work under pressure in order to meet project deadlines and objectives.
    An individual who thrives on fresh challenges increased responsibility with the determination to continue and successfully further my career.

     Key Skills Profile and Experience

     Good Leadership and Communication Skills when issuing instructions and discussing technical issues.
    Technical ownership of specific assembly and integration processes, to continuously improve and ensure new processes and test methods do not compromise AIT activities and production times – Design for Integration and Design for Test.
    Practical approach with attention to detail to produce accurate and concise procedures, work instructions and technical notes.
    Execute Lean methodology, including Delphi 5 Why Problem Solving Analysis and 5S Discipline.
    Project Management Experience - Controlling Budget, Schedule, Resourcing and reporting directly to department head and front line managers.
    Qualified CNC Programmer, Setter and Operator, both MDI and CAD CAM Packages.
    Experience in using Pro Engineer Modelling Software.

     Employment History & Breakdown

     EADS Astrium – Sep 2009 to date (Contract): -

    AIT Senior Mechanical Engineer for Telecoms Payload and Propulsion System Projects – Assembly, Integration and Test Department.

    AIT Senior Mechanical Engineer: Astra 2G (SES)
    March 2012 - February 2013

    Appointed as AIT Lead Mechanical Engineer for Astra 2G Telecommunications Satellite, the last of a Multiple Satellite contract for SES.
    Overall technical responsibility for the mechanical assembly and integration activities from project kick off to completion.

    Main Project Responsibilities: -
    Operations Director to all critical handling activities of the payload including the coupling of Communications Module sections and controlling of all MGSE.
    Author Assembly and Integration procedures, resolve mechanical build issues and provide technical documentation and information for non conformance reporting and lead resolution.
    Monitor schedule in line with mechanical progress, providing cleanroom technicians with precise priority reports ensuring mechanical status achieved and ready for test.
    Configuration of mechanical documentation and build records at project completion, provide technical notes for transfer activities with kit definition and flight/test status of the payload ready for  receipt in TLSE, achieving delivery 1 week ahead of schedule and coupling to the spacecraft within 24 hours of delivery.

    AIT Senior Mechanical Engineer: Bepi Colombo HPRA (ESA)
    March 2010 - February 2012

    Lead AIT Mechanical Engineer for the Bepi Colombo High Pressure Regulator Assembly (ESA); A mission to research the planet Mercury, to lead all Assembly, Integration and Test activities for the High Pressure Regulator Assembly, forming part of the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), regulating the propulsion for the mission.
    The project breakdown consisted of three build and test phases including a Life Test of the Valve to be used on the HPRA, Engineering Qualification Model (EQM) and Flight Model (FM).
    Mechanical activities included precision sizing of components, orbital welding, precision cleaning,  sub assembly manufacture and integration and wiring of the unit harness.
    Testing included Proof Pressure, Internal and External Leakage Tests, Vibration and Shock and Thermal Vacuum with functional testing (electrical and mechanical) carried out through each phase of operational regulation testing.

    Main Project Responsibilities: -
    Author Assembly & Integration Procedures and Test Procedures, presented to customer at IRR's and TRR's.
    Design and Create High Pressure Test Set-Ups schematics providing optimum test set-ups.
    Ensure Assembly and Test Equipment is fit for purpose and calibration requirements are met ensuring constant workflow and schedule is not impacted.
    Design Project specific tooling (MGSE) for the Mechanical Assembly and Integration Activities including welding and alignment tooling.
    Validate and Operate EGSE to certify fit for purpose, setting of flight parameters and carry out testing of the HPRA.
    Plot, Sign Off and Present Tests results to Project for Verification.
    Provide technical support at IRR's, TRR's and Non-Conformance Reviews.

    Took over AIT Project Management responsibilities, presenting directly to the Department Head and Front Line Managers; responsibilities included: -
    Producing project schedules.
    Present project costs to date and estimate until completion.
    Present resource requirements and forecasts in the forward load.

    AIT Senior Mechanical Engineer: KaSAT
    September 2009 - February 2010

    AIT Lead Mechanical Engineer for KaSat, one the most complex satellite builds carried out at Astrium at the present time. Responsibilities Included: -

    Responsible for controlling the alignment activities of position critical pre-coupling waveguides, driving the activity through to completion, ensuring tooling access (MGSE) is achieved and instruct modifications as required.
    Supported and carried out critical coupling activities and payload movements through to project completion, supporting shipment activities and post shipment integration activities.
    Lead Investigations and Provide Technical Support to quickly and efficiently resolve mechanical build issues and author re-work documentation.

     Acklea Limited, November 2008 to September 2009

     Project Design and Production Engineer - requirements and responsibilities: -

    To execute technical aspects of the development of new and innovative mechanical designs from concept to manufacture.
    To perform tolerance and assembly studies on all components to ensure they will assemble correctly.
    Produce first off of new products, re-design / re-development areas required to improve end product performance or manufacturing process.
    Design, Manufacture and implement tooling to improve manufacturing processes.
    Produced and managed schedule for the company's largest contract win for both internal and external operations.
    Provide risk assessments for machines, tools and equipment.

    Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services Ltd, (Sponsors of Greentec Industries) March 2005 to November 2008

    Technical Specialist / Product Development Engineer – requirements and responsibilities:-

    Provide Technical Documentation and Design drawings for New Developments.
    Technically Support new developments during the manufacturing process and after launch.
    Continued Development of Cone Laying and Retrieval Machine after take over from Greentec Industries Limited.

    Senior Production Engineer (at Greentec Industries Ltd - March 2005 - August 2007) - requirements and responsibilities
    Played an integral role in the development of the first fully automated Road Cone Laying and Retrieval machine to be trialled by the Highways Agency.
    Oversee all Production Operations.
    Implemented Sage Manufacturing System (MRP).

     Colt International, Hampshire, August 2004 to March 2005

    Process Planning Engineer for Universal Louvre Products – requirements and responsibilities: -
    Produce accurate and precise cost estimates for the design and manufacture of semi-standard and bespoke products.
    Schedule and Progress Projects effectively to ensure products meet cost targets and customer deadlines.
    Produce all manufacturing documentation.
    Ascertain optimum manufacturing processes.
    Outsource and manage sub-contract operations.

     Credowan (Now Cobham Microwave), West Sussex, March 2002 to August 2004

    Production Engineer – requirements and responsibilities: -

    Project Engineer of designated projects.
    Control projects using EFACS MRP I System to create BOM’s Picking Lists and Route Cards
    Ensure progression of projects through all manufacturing sections.
    Produce production estimates ensuring both manufacture is both achievable and profitable.
    Outsource and manage sub-contract operations and procure non-stock items.

    C.N.C Programmer/Operator and Fitter- requirements and responsibilities: -

    Programme CNC Milling Machines, using CAM packages and MDI.
    Ascertain optimum programme processes and cycles to improve efficiency.
    Manufacture Waveguide assemblies to very high standard and dimensional accuracy.

    E& A Tooling Ltd, West Sussex, June 1997 to February 2002

    Design Engineer / Toolmaker - requirements and responsibilities: -

    Achieved a 5-year apprenticeship in Design Engineering.
    Design and Manufacture of Power Press tools, Jigs and Fixtures.
    Produce both one off and batch special purpose components.

    Education

    Feb 2010 (Current): -             

    Open University – Currently Studying Towards Degree
    Engineering and Business Studies

    May 2003
    Pro/Engineer: N/C Milling CAM Software, Pro/Engineer: Introduction to Solid Modelling            
    Part 1 & Part 2

    September 2001 to July 2003: -                
    Computer Aided Design and Solid Modelling, 2 and 3 Dimensional, C.N.C Programming, Setting and operating.

    September 1997 to July 2000: -                     
    City and Guilds Mechanical Production Competence’s Parts 1, 2, and 3.                                              
    Modules include: Communication, Administration and Workshop, Management, Quality Assurance and Control Procedures, Operation of Computer-Integrated Systems, Materials Technology

    September 1990 to July 1995: -
    G.C.S.E’s, Felpham Community College, Bognor Regis, West Sussex.           


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