BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Current SC Clearance
An Electronic Engineer with over 30 years experience in the manufacture and testing of complex products for Commercial and Military Companies. Experience encompasses:
RF Test System Deployment Engineer working within the Satellite Payload communications industry.
Lead Test Engineer for the RF performance testing of two Ka band Ground Stations designed to communicate with two Satellites in orbit over the Middle east.
Lead Engineer for the design of a test system for a high accuracy quartz oscillator module for the American military
Test Engineering Consultant for a range of high speed cash sorting machines
NPI Engineer for a 3G mobile phone design group
Test Development Engineer for the design of systems to test both PCB’s and finished equipment for a marine electronics manufacturer
PCB Test Manager for a marine electronics manufacturer
Deployment of a Satellite Payload test systems that comprises an RF Test element, a Payload Management System and heavy current DC Module designed to mimic the Satellite solar array.
Design of a long distance Semi-Automated RF test system intended to check the performance of a Ground station.
Design and delivery of complex 19” rack mounted RF test systems. Equipment used includes VNA’s, PNA’s, CW sources, RF Amplifiers, Power Meters, Signal Source Analysers & PC’s
Use of various test networks including GPIB, USB, LAN, RS232 & RS485
Use of various test programming environments including LabView, TestStand & Agilent Vee.
Use of various software configuration control products including SQL, Clearcase, Clearquest & Tortoise svn.
Generation of boundary scan test programs using JTAG Technologies products
Programming proprietary & STT equipment for testing 3G Mobile Phones
Programming proprietary in circuit test equipment – Teradyne Z18xx, WK39xx ATE
Programming proprietary flying probe test equipment – Takaya 8400 & 9400
Use of Tecnomatix Fabmaster software for PCB design for manufacture assessment
In depth knowledge of PCB test and fault finding techniques and in depth knowledge of state of the art assembly techniques and associated manufacturing problems
August 2011- Present
Company: EADS Astrium
Position: RF Deployment Engineer
Communications Satellites undergo a staged assembly and test sequence known as AIT (Assembly, Integration and Test), my job was to develop the tests to be done at the various stages of test and deploy the RF test systems that perform these tests and then to support the testing carried out by the Operations teams at the various stages.
The test systems form part of a suite of modules that, together provide the control of the Satellite DC power supply, configuration and control of the multiple RF on board equipment and paths and then to produce the final test results for Payload systems Engineering approval. A typical payload test campaign would involve testing multiple RF Transponder paths in various frequency bands (e.g. Ka, Ku, C, X & L). Each of which would typically have 500-1000 different tests.
Emphasis was placed on ensuring the highest degree of accuracy was achieved so that the final products reliability was as high as could be achieved (Satellites cannot be repaired after launch and a typical operational lifetime is 15 years or more).
Creation of SQL databases for holding the satellite test parameters. PC tools used – SQL Management Studio, Redgate, Clearcase, ClearQuest and Tortoise svn.
Building, commissioning, deployment and support of RF test systems for the section testing of the payloads. Test equipment used included PNA’s, Power Meters, Signal Generators & Spectrum Analysers.
Generation of the Validation and Calibration procedures for use with the test systems.
March 2010- August 2011
Company: EADS Astrium
Position: Lead Test Engineer
Part of a small test RF team testing two L-Ka band Satellite Ground stations based in the United Arab Emirates, responsibilities include:
Defining the tests to be performed during the assembly integration of the ground stations.
Generation of test procedures for the Transmission, Phase Noise and Group Delay testing.
Implementation of a long distance RF test system designed to carry out the tests defined in the procedures.
Using the test procedures and generating test procedures using LabView to produce test data.
Developing specialised tests using Vector Network Analysers, Signal Source Analysers and Spectrum Analysers.
Fault finding and curing problems encountered during the test campaign.
Processing test data produced during testing and writing final test reports for use during the Test Acceptance Phase.
Devising a database to track the calibration status of the test equipment used during the test campaign and ensuring items were kept in cal.
March 2008 – December 2009
Company: Astrium Ltd
Position: TAV Lead Engineer
Design of a test system for a high accuracy quartz based oscillator for an American Military customer
Selection and sourcing of test equipment that included SSA’s, Frequency Counters, PSU’s and Multiplex switching units.
Generation of test procedures
Design of automated test flow charts
Use of LabView and TestStand test programming languages
Debugging automated test programs
Generation of ICT flying probe test programs
Creation of test reports using Touchstone test reporting system
Being part of the test system delivery team and ensuring all Astrium quality gates were met – EMC, TRR, TRB & DRB
Project control and budgets on several test systems
Presentation of progress reports to customers
Use of SPRINTS Company documentation system
Training of Test Engineers in the use of test systems
Commissioning and delivering several RF Amplifier (SSPA) Test Systems
May 2006 – February 2008
Company: De La Rue Cash Systems PLC
Position: Test Engineering Consultant
Test Engineering focal point on bank based paper cash sorting machines. Specific achievements include:
Selection & implementation of a JTAG Technologies boundary scan test system for a secure document scanning system
Defining the manufacturing test process for the current build standard of machine
Designing a Sensor Test system for use within the PCB sub contract manufacturing facility
Liaising with far eastern subcontractors to ensure the required level of testing is carried out
Assessing the design for future testability and advising on changes as necessary
Writing a PCB design for test document for electronic and CAD PCB layout engineers to refer to
Visiting subcontractors and carrying out vendor capability assessments
Supporting subcontractors in their manufacturing / test activities of my clients PCBs.
Providing guidance on PCB fault finding techniques and how to improve manufacture
Assessing designs for RoHS compliance and selecting new components where necessary.
July 2005 – April 2006
Position : NPI Engineer
Test focal point on a global new product introduction team for the manufacture of 3G Mobile Phones designed for the EMEA markets. Achievements include:
Commissioning a company standard mobile phone test system
Programming a Rhode & Schwartz CM300 Communications test system for testing to 3G standards
Testing 3G Mobile Phones and providing feedback to design teams during the development process.
Liaising with sub contractors and ensuring phone designs are tested appropriately during the development process
March 2004 – July 2005 BAE Underwater Systems Ltd
Position: Electronic Design Engineer
Responsible for the design of a diagnostic test system that fault finds various major sub assemblies of a complex defensive weapon. Achievements include:
Design of a power control unit to safely apply and monitor 300VDC
Design of a communications buffer to drive and terminate various communications protocols including RS644, RS485 and RS232
Design of a load control system that terminates various high powered loads.
April 2003 – March 2004 Astrium, Portsmouth
Position: Shift Leader in AIT Department
Responsible for a team of assembly, integration and test engineers on a commercial satellite program, technologies covered include:
Use of a Payload Test System to run RF tests on the C and L frequency bands and analysing the results
Generation of databases to allow the generation of payload configuration scripts
Use of RF test equipment (CVNA, VSA, Frequency counter) to verify the integrity of RF paths through the payload
Interpretation of documents to set up tests and investigate out of spec failures
Integration of modules into the main payload and verification of performance
Sept 1990 – March 2003 Raytheon Marine Electronics Ltd
Final Position: Test Engineering Manager
February 1990 – August 1990 Wayne Kerr Electronics
Position: ATE Programming Engineer
March 1988 – January 1990 Shackleton System Drives
Position: NPI Engineer
January 1986 – February 1988 Wayne Kerr Electronics
Position: Pre-Production Unit Manager
March 1984 – December 1985 Plessey Military Communications
Position: Principal Test Equipment Design Engineer