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     Date Submitted:01-09-2014
     Last Modified:02-09-2016 (08:22)
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     Current job:Satellite controller
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSatellite Controller, Remote sensing, Aeronautical, engineering
    CV

    Profile 

    A very self-motivated, inquisitive and enthusiastic individual, both flexible and hard working, recently graduated from the University of Southampton with a technical degree in BEng (Hons) in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. This course encompassed intense understanding of aeronautics, higher level maths, standing waves, engineering methods, composites, aircraft structural analysis, aerodynamics and space system including remote sensing, orbital transfers and thermal subsystems as well as developing excellent project management, teamwork and problem solving skills.

    Qualifications

    University of Southampton, Department of Engineering and Environment         2008 – 2013
    BEng (Hons) degree in Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering

        Leicester College, Leicester                          2007 – 2008
    Access to HE Diploma Programme
    GCSE English

    Grantham College, Grantham                           2001 – 2003
    NVQ level 2 Engineering operations

    William Robertson Secondary School, Lincolnshire                1996 – 2001
    Mathematics
    Double Science
    Key Skills Level 2 Communications              
    Key Skills Level 3 Information Technologies   
    Basic Health & Safety

    Skills
    Solidworks
    Basic NX
    Visual Basic
    C++ (learning)
    Java (learning)
    MATLAB
    Python
    SPELL - Satellite Procedure Execution Language & Library
    AS9100 internal auditing 
    Full Microsoft Office including Project, Visio and Access
    Automotive restoration including MIG welding, painting and repair
    NVQ Level 2 Hospitality Quick Service Apprenticeship

    Memberships
    Royal aeronautical Society

    Publications/Research involvement

    I have written MATLAB programs/scripts for the following publications:

    •    Fawcett, K. Ratcliffe, J. M. (2014) The influence of conspecifics and clutter on the echolocation and flight behaviour of Daubenton’s bat, Myotis daubentonii. Submitted.

    •    Fawcett, K. Jacobs, D. S. Surlykke, A. Ratcliffe J. M. (2014) Echolocation behaviour of the horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus capensis: the influence of other bats, clutter and prey on call design. Submitted.

    I have co-authored and worked as the engineer for the following publication:

    •    Fawcett, K. Charlton, B.  Ratcliffe, J. M. (2014) RoBat: investigating the influence of conspecifics and clutter on the echolocation and flight behaviour of Daubenton’s bat, Myotis daubentonii. In progress.

    Dissertation title:

    •    Space Debris mitigation for the Geosynchronous Region


        Employment History
    Avanti Communications Group plc, Satellite Controller                     Dec 2014  - Present
    Avanti connects people wherever they are - in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 150 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to 27 per cent of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek. 
    Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum that cover an end market of over 1.5bn people. The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring. Avanti has a unique Cloud based flexible customer interface that is protected by patented technology.
    During my time at Avanti I undertook a wide range of tasks and opportunities which included but not limited to:
    •    Monitor and control of the Avanti fleet of satellites on a 24/7 shift rota
    •    Carry out satellite commanding using approved flight operations procedures
    •    Maintain Operational Activity logs
    •    Schedule tasks to be performed by the satellite control team
    •    Generate periodic reports on spacecraft health and status for distribution to the Satellite Engineering team
    •    Perform routine control system maintenance and backup tasks
    •    Provide first line response to satellite contingency and escalation to the satellite engineering team
    •    Provide support for operations preparation and development during occasional periods of day shifts
    •    Attend and support the Anomaly Review Board process as required by the Satellite Control Manager 
    •    Assist System Administrators in the implementation of satellite control hardware and software
    •    Validate procedure and database updates using dynamic satellite simulators, and production of appropriate validation reports
    •    Review operational documents originating internally and externally to the company
    •    Assist in the development of satellite control team procedures and processes
    •    Using Manufacture operational documents, write Spell and Python scripts for operational use
    •    Using Hifly (GMV system) create displays and plot
    •    Design workspaces for operational use
    •    Participate in system verification tests and simulations campaigns in support of new satellite procurement
    •    Suggest future improvements to satellite operations based on experience in role
    •    Assist in ad hoc tasks as requested by the Satellite Control Manager
    •    Give training courses on Python and Spell to SOE’s and Controllers
    •    Manage and oversee the translation project for in house control
    •    Address translation of procedures at various stages of translation cycle as appropriate, identify and flag translation stages where bottlenecks are occurring. 
    •    Regular review of RID statuses. Bring long-term open RIDs to the attention of reviewers. Address accepted RIDs in a timely manner. Track and keep record of number of RIDs and RID statuses. 

    CDG, a Boeing company, Technical Writer                             May 2014 – Dec 2014
    CDG provides strategic engineering solutions and software for commercial aviation, aerospace and defence and other industries. We offer flexible, global resources to serve customers with on-shore, off-shore, or blended global teams for cost-effective and efficient delivery. CDG is a Boeing subsidiary and part of the Digital Aviation business unit within Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.

    During my time at CDG I undertook a wide range of tasks and opportunities which included but not limited to:
    •    To make sure that all Component Maintenance Manuals comply with the correct format/specification and technical content.
    •    Work as an integral member of the team to ensure adequate resource data is provided to meet cost and schedule requirements.
    •    To assist the illustrator by determining the content of illustrations.
    •    Co-ordinate all information and support needed to complete a Component Maintenance Manual.
    •    Communicate in a timely manner issues and concerns concerning any changes that need to be made.
    •    Ensure quality, cost and schedules are adhered to.
    •    Inform the Technical Lead/Program Manager of the progress and any problems arising from a work assignment.
    •    Assist the Technical Lead/Program Manager in ensuring that Technical Authors know, understand and meet the project requirements of Quality, On-time delivery and Cost performance.
    •    Performing internal AS9100 audits. 


    Hymec Industries, Assembly supervisor                             Jan 2014 – Mar 2014
    Hymec is a newly accredited AS9100 organisation that takes pride in delivering high quality components and full assemblies using state of the art CNC milling and lathe machines. Hymec also offers a rapid response service to build and ship parts or assemblies with a minimal lead time.

    During my time at Hymec I undertook a wide range of tasks and opportunities which included but not limited to:
    •    The formation of the new assembly department, which included large scale planning
    •    Lifecycle processes.
    •    Health and Safety
    •    Attention to fine detail
    •    Fault Finding
    •    KPI’s
    •    Continuous improvements
    •    Project critical paths
    •    Introduction of lean management and the 5S’s and 7 wastes
    •    Responsible for departments transformation to AS9100 accreditation 
    •    Liaising between departments and management
    •    Writing procedures
    •    Envisage modifications and the overall affect
    •    Support assembly staff with technical issues
    •    Work instruction with the aid of Solidworks
    •    To design jigs for the respective builds using Solidworks 
    •    Prepare first builds for first time article inspections
    •    Liaising with aviation companies
    •    Improving methodology and efficiency within the department
    •    Exposure to the Base and Line Maintenance environments and the impact of the CAA and Customer requirements on input programming

     

    Cobham Aviation Services, Engineering Planner (4 mth contract)                 Jul 2013 – Nov 2013
    Cobham Aviation Services (CAvS) is a world renowned multinational organisation operating over 150 fixed and rotary wing aircraft, offering assistance in electronic warfare training to a range of armed forces worldwide, flight inspection, commercial aviation support services and aerospace engineering. 

    During my time at CAvS I undertook a wide range of tasks and opportunities including:
    •    Formation of a brand new Production Control Cell within Engineering, which included lifecycle process of a new resource and capacity planning software
    •    Liaising between all departments within Engineering and the wider company
    •    Reviewing and rewriting procedures to add value to the company
    •    Liaising with potential software companies to establish a resource and capacity function, improving methodology and efficiency within Engineering
    •    Gaining a greater understanding of the wider business unit, including but not limited to CAMO, Design, Workshops and Business Development
    •    Exposure to the Base and Line Maintenance environments and the impact of the CAA and Customer requirements on input programming
    •    Lifecycles of projects

    University of Southampton
    The University of Southampton is a global leader in the field of Aeronautical Engineering, featuring a range of cutting edge research facilities. The Aeronautics and Astronautics department have contributed to a raft of ground breaking projects such as the International Space Station and CUBESAT, as well as, maintaining strong ties with industry leaders Airbus, Astrium and Boeing. The university also boasts a student body of 24,000 and an involvement with a major break through every year for the past six decades.

    Engineer for Biosonar project. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.         Jul 2012 – Feb 2014
    This project is an ongoing secondment to Denmark to assist on the Biosonar Project during the course of the BEng degree. This opportunity arose through the identification of my skills within and beyond the requirements of the project brief.
    •    Initial ideation and conceptualisation of mechanical and audio solution
    •    Detailed design and specification of components
    •    Final solution including GAs and technical drawings
    •    Fabrication and assembly of mechanical and audio components
    •    Maintenance of playback systems and experimental equipment including daily system calibration
    •    Construction of MATLAB programming for analysis
    •    Liaising between various engineering and scientific departments within the UoSD 

    Head Tour Guide. Engineering Department, University of Southampton.             Nov 2011 – Jul 2013
    •    Organising guides for tours of the Department
    •    Giving a presentation and tour to prospective students and parents
    •    Liaising with the Engineering Department and Admissions Department.
    •    Working as part of a team with other students

    Training Manager. McDonalds Restaurants, Southampton.                    Jan 2009 – Nov 2011
    •    Customer Service & care.
    •    Ensuring observation of hygiene standards.
    •    Training new crew members.
    •    Supervising store closing/opening.
    •    Liaising with the manager on shift.
    •    Shift running & preparation.

    Recovery Controller. SOS Motorcycle Recovery, Lincolnshire.                 Dec 2006 – Sep 2008
    •    Working within a team.
    •    Communicating with customers and breakdown organizations 
    •    Completing and filing paperwork.


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