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     Date Submitted:12-07-2013
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     Current job:Electronics Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsDesign of Electronics Systems as well as mechanical components using Altium, ORCAD and Ashlar Vellum or other 3D CAD. Have been certified by NASA to do solder, SMD, fiber optics, cable/harness fabrication abilities. Able to troubleshoot electronics system
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    —ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING AND MANAGMENT—

     

    Highly experienced Systems Engineer and Technician with 10+ years’ experience. I am able to perform end to end systems development. I can manage lab operations and projects. I can operate and maintain electronics, electrical, mechanical, optical, video, voice communications, data communications and telemetry systems.

     

    —KEY SKILLS—

     

    Management               Customer Service       Leadership                  Entrepreneur  

    Electronics Design      Troubleshooting          SMD Soldering           Printed Circuit Boards

    Cable Fabrication        Fiber Optics                Electro-Optics             Enclosure Fabrication

    Light Machining           Communications         Video                           3DCAD AshlarVellum

    Flying Aircraft             Navigation Systems    Avionics                      Military Technology

    Safety                         Quality Inspection       System Operations     Training & Mentoring             

    Procurement               Test Equipment           MS Office                   Stock/Supply Management   

    Altium & ORCAD Schematic Capture and Board Layout Software  Procurement

     

     

    -—PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE—

     

    UTC Aerospace Systems at NASA-JSC (Electronics Engineer)                              Feb 2005 – Feb 2013

    ·         Designed various electronics, electrical, mechanical and optical systems.

    ·         Fabricated circuit boards, cable harness, fiber optics cables and connections, power supplies.

    ·         Fabricated switch panels, handcontrollers, head mounted displays, man-machine sensors.

    ·         Integrated control panels, control consoles, electronics racks, interface systems.

    ·         Utilized entrepreneurial efforts to find new business. Coordinated with customers to develop requirements, plan budgets and schedules, training, plans for support and maintenance.

    ·         Troubleshot electrical, electronics, mechanical and optical systems. Used oscilloscopes, meters, spectrum analyzers, power supplies, signal generators and communication & network analyzers.

    ·         Integrated complete voice & wireless intercommunications and video systems.

    ·         Developed safety and quality standards as well as monitoring and controlling safety procedures.

    ·         Created user manuals, maintenance and repair manuals, 3D diagrams such as breakdown exploded diagrams. Generated test procedures and software.

    ·         Operated astronaut crew training simulators and simulated on-orbit conditions for crew training.

    ·         Managed lab operations and personnel. Created and managed budgets, training, and safety.

     

    Accomplishments:

    ·         Provided a solution to using expensive, complex dedicated spacecraft simulators. I designed and built desktop training tools that connect directly to personal computers that enable astronauts to train in either an office environment or even at home. We have not measured the savings but it must be rather high and the convenience no doubt is of great value. I can give astronaut references on the value of these tools. Benefits other than cost savings included lower maintenance, floor space savings as well as ease of use for crew.

    ·         Reused hundreds of thousands of dollars of excessed hardware from other labs that would have eventually gone to public auction via that General Services Administration. Some of the hardware includes electronics components, test equipment, IT hardware such as computers, printers, monitors, cable, spacecraft handcontrollers, avionics hardware, CCTV hardware such as cameras, monitors, recorders. Much of this equipment I rebuilt during downtime.

    ·         Coordinated a team to setup and manage a General Purpose Electronics Design and Fabrication Laboratory of which functions incorporated 1) general purpose support for any electronics needs within our division as well as other NASA Centers, 2) development of expertise in many varying technologies - audio, video, IT, avionics, robotics, etc. and be available on a moment’s notice as ‘Tiger Teams’ to provide support within Johnson Space Center, 3) maintenance of a vast stock of supplies for the division and the Space Center including connectors, cable, integrated circuits, discrete components, enclosures, test equipment, panel hardware, 4) train coop students and new hires as well as high school  and college students under grant programs, 5) be available to perform ‘hotshot’ troubleshooting and repairs within the Space Center and 6) develop safety procedures for the division on the use of electrical and electronics systems. We were part of a network of Labs that included a mechanical design facility with machining capability. Our facility was once referred to by NASA HQ as ‘Skunk Works’. We also established a large base of outsource resources within the US such as MFG-Quote for machining, board  fabrication, optics fabrication, and supply acquisition in order to speed up delivery and keep costs to a minimum.

     

     Systems supported at NASA include:

    ·         Robotics Systems – ISS Canadarm Robotics Trainer and Chariot Mars Personnel Rover Vehicle

    ·         Training Systems – Portable Low-Cost Handcontrollers and Switch Panels for Astronaut Training

    ·         Emulators – for NASA Spacecraft Docking and Environmental Systems

    ·         Optical Systems – Lens Optics, an Artificial Eclipse Mechanism for ISS Docking and a Telescope

    ·         Virtual Reality Tools - Head Mounted Displays, Sensor Gloves and 3D-Space Tracking

    ·         Communications Systems – Audio, Video, Data and Wireless Intercom

     

    Lockheed-Martin Space Operations at NASA-JSC (Electronics Engineer)                          2000 – 2005

    ·         Designed, Fabricated, Troubleshot and Maintained Electrical, Mechanical, and Optical Systems.

    ·         Operated various systems for Crew Training.

    ·         Managed Lab Operations and Personnel.

     

    Systems supported at NASA include:

    ·         Robotics Systems – ISS Canadarm Robotics Arm Trainer

    ·         Training Systems – Portable Low-Cost Handcontrollers and Switch Panels for Astronaut Training

    ·         Optical Systems – Lens Optics and an Artificial Eclipse Mechanism for ISS Docking

    ·         Virtual Reality Tools - Head Mounted Displays, Sensor Gloves and 3D-Space Tracking

    ·         Communications Systems – Audio, Video, Data, RS-232/485/422 and Wireless Intercom

     

    Syscom Development Incorporated with Boeing at NASA-JSC (Electronics Engineer)      1992 – 2000

    ·         Designed, Fabricated, Troubleshot and Maintained Electrical, Mechanical, and Optical Systems.

    ·         Operated various systems for Crew Training.

    ·         Managed Lab Operations and Personnel.

     

    Systems supported at NASA include:

    ·         Robotics Systems – ISS Canadarm Robotics Arm Trainer

    ·         Training Systems – Portable Low-Cost Handcontrollers and Switch Panels for Astronaut Training

    ·         Optical Systems – Lens Optics

    ·         Virtual Reality Tools - Head Mounted Displays, Sensor Gloves and 3D-Space Tracking

    ·         Communications Systems – Audio, Video, Data, RS-232/485/422 and Wireless Intercom

     

     

    Computer Sciences Corporation at NASA-JSC (Electronics Engineer)                               1984 – 1992

    ·         Designed, Fabricated, Troubleshot and Maintained Electrical, Mechanical, and Optical Systems.

    ·         Managed Lab Operations and Personnel.

     

    Systems supported at NASA include:

    ·         Robotics Systems – Rice Univ. Omnidirectional Robot and Dexterous Anthropomorphic Robotics

    ·         Training Systems – Portable Low-Cost Handcontrollers and Switch Panels for Astronaut Training

    ·         Virtual Reality Tools - Head Mounted Displays, Sensor Gloves and 3D-Space Tracking

    ·         Communications Systems – Data, Laser LOS, Ethernet, RS-232/485/422

     

    Computer Sciences Corporation at NASA-JSC (Telemetry/Electronics Technician)          1981 – 1984

    ·         Operated, and Maintained Telemetry Equipment for the Initial Series of Space Shuttle Flights.

     

    Systems supported at NASA include:

    ·         Real-time and Post-flight Telemetry Data Operations  and Processing TMS,DFI,OFT & OWDAPS

    ·         Specialized in EMR Schlumberger Telemetry Reduction (similar to Oil/Gas Field Telemetry)

     

    USAF Dyess AFB, Goose Bay Labrador and RAF Mildenhall UK (Avionics Technician)    1977 – 1981

    ·         Maintained Avionics Systems and Specialized in Inertial, Radar, Weapons and Flight Engineering for Various Transport and Combat Aircraft such as the C-130 Hercules, C5 Galaxy & F4 Phantom

    ·         Sergeant, Dorm Chief, Secret Clearance & Honorable Discharge

     

     

    —EDUCATION—

     

    ·         BS Electro Optics from the University of Houston at Clear Lake with Graduate Courses

    ·         AAS Avionics Technology from the Air University Community College of the Air Force

    ·         Additional studies at McMurray University, Cisco College and Texas State Technical Institute

     

     

    —CERTIFICATIONS—

     

    ·         Aviation Technology Professional Pilot School at San Jacinto College – Rated Fixed Wing Pilot

    ·         USAF Augmentee Trained in General Purpose Computer Systems and Avionics Sensors

    ·         U.S. Air Force Trained in Avionics Inertial and Radar Navigation at Keesler Air Force Base

    ·         NASA Certified for Soldering, PCB, Cable Fabrication, Fiber-Optics and Forklift/Manlift Operation

    ·         Trained in Safety Management as well as AED, First Aid Responder and Fire Warden.


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