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     Date Submitted:23-02-2015
     Last Modified:23-02-2015 (12:27)
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     Current job:Contract Software Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsIntegrationf Payload Test Equipment Software Hardware
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    Professional Summary
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    Software engineer, solid background in electronics, has worked at all levels of software development, from high level, rapid development languages such as LabVIEW and Visual Basic through to C++, C and assembler. Most recent assignments have involved testing of embedded systems, previously worked on board level software, including embedded and device driver development. Possesses hands on, results driven approach, good attention to detail. Can work individually, or as part of a team. Friendly, approachable demeanour, good communicator. Inquisitive, always keen to learn new skills.
    Key Expertise

    • Software Development, mainly C++/C
    • Electronics
    • Scripting
    • Problem Solving
    • Object Orientated Programming
    • Inter Machine Communication
    • Change Management
    • Automation


    Selected Projects
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    Vitesse Electronic Systems, CANape Extension DLL (C++) Dec 2014
    Vitesse Electronic Systems (VES) is a SME supplying consultancy services to the Automotive sector. VES were contracted to design and supply a custom actuator to be integrated onto a road vehicle under development. The actuator system produced was controlled via a USB connection, to avoid possible conflicts with the main CAN bus. VES’s client requested that control should be possible via Vector’s CANape calibration tool. Commissioned by VES to produce a custom DLL, using Vector’s DAIO development kit and C++. This DLL presented the actuator to CANape as a new I/O device, operating in parallel with the CAN/LIN/FlexRay bus types. All CANape features of logging, configuration and control were supported for the actuator. The DLL, Windows Laptop and actuator were successfully integrated and demonstrated to the client. Gained experience of CANape, the DAIO kit and CANape panels in the development and testing of this DLL.

    J.C. Developments Ltd, Skills Update 2012-2014
    Off assignment period used for training. Acquired new skills with LabVIEW, by following self paced online courses and engaging in various small projects. One of these was an investigation into the use of CAN interfaces with LabVIEW. To facilitate this, used PEAK development board as both source and target of CAN messages. Subsequently built a simple automotive CAN node, consisting of an Engine Management System with just enough wiring to allow power up to take place, and a connection to the CAN terminals. This CAN node was subsequently used for trials with ETAS BusMaster. Undertook refresher course in MatLab/Simulink. Gained knowledge of Stateflow and autocoding. Other areas of study: open source software, Java, design patterns.

    EADS Astrium, Ground Support Application (C++/CLR) 2011-2012
    EADS Astrium are a Pan-European group concerned with the design and manufacture of all types of space vehicles. Following successful work on previous project, assigned to develop code in C++ for a small, but mission critical ground support application to run on a Windows Laptop. Working from DOORS requirements, followed the V-model of software development, producing architectural and detailed design documents, also functional and system test plans. Documents were submitted for team review, updated as required. Following document sign off, coded application, carried out functional testing then submitted software for independent system testing. After successful system testing, application released. Subversion used for version control on this project.

    EADS Astrium, Satellite Payload Test Rig (C++/TCL) 2008-2011
    EADS Astrium required a bespoke automated test system for a new communications satellite payload. Payload required significant RF testing. Instruments controlled on the rack included Spectrum Analyser, Vector Signal Analyser, Network Analyser, Signal Generators and Power Supply units. Each instrument was controlled via a custom developed application, equipped with both a GUI, for use in manual investigations; and a TCP/IP network interface for automated operation during production tests. As member of small team, shared in the production of the instrument control software (mainly C++/MFC, some LabVIEW), also took part in integration process. Translated payload test procedures into TCL based test executive script, to minimize manual operations required. During test campaign, worked closely with production and test teams in class 3 cleanroom to facilitate test operator training, rapid issue resolution and provide swift response to changing requirements.

    Thales Optronics Ltd, Military Avionics (C++, C) 2007-2008
    Thales Optronics Limited is part of Thales, a French multinational defence and security group. Engaged to provide support for a small team working on embedded avionics systems for military use. Product firmware was developed using C and C++. Working to company standards, performed document and software reviews, document updates, product error tracking and resolution, also manual functional testing of embedded hardware. Static code inspection carried out aided by automatic tools and the MISRA standard. Tools used during bench hardware testing included DSO, signal generators and power supplies. Use of CANalyzer was required, gained appreciation of CAPL. Defect reporting and tracking was carried out using in house bespoke software. Version control carried out with SourceSafe.
    By manually verifying test procedures, was able to suggest improvements to enhance effectiveness. During review activities, was able to offer an independent view of the articles under consideration, thereby increasing the rigour of the process.

    University of Salford, Contract Research Associate 2004-2006
    Funded to work within the Robotics Department to further the application of advanced automation within the food industry. Following installation of several new industrial robots, suggested and procured additional prototyping materials, to enhance departmental ability to quickly build concept evaluation systems. Learned to program the new robots, disseminated this knowledge to others. Carried out site visits and feasibility studies to selected food manufacturers. Produced demonstration systems, graphical simulations written reports, as required.

    Ericsson EML, Handset Functional Test (C++, MFC) 1999-2000
    Ericsson EML was a part of the Swedish multinational Ericsson technology group. The product under development combined the functionality of a PDA with internet access on a flip screen mobile phone. Software for the handset was produced using C++ and EPOC libraries. Application and library code were stored using SourceSafe for version control. As a member of the functional test group, duties included formal and informal manual black box testing, white box testing, manual code inspection and code coverage tracking. During early stages of product development, SIL approach was utilized: a cross compiled version of the GUI software was built to run on a PC whilst accessing telephony functions running on external hardware, via patched libraries. Subsequently, most testing was carried out entirely on the target hardware. Instrumented builds on the PC were also used for coverage tracking. During testing, bugs discovered were investigated and logged on the in-house defect tracking system. Bug fixes were manually verified and the defect tracking system updated accordingly.

    EMS Rover Group EMS, Combined Choke/Ignition EMS (C, Assembler) 1987-1989
    EMS Rover Group was responsible for the design and development of powertrain electronics in Rover cars. Assigned to a small team developing firmware for combined choke/ignition control unit - known as ‘ERIC’. Initially developed code using embedded C, then 68HC11 assembler. Contributed to development of idle speed control strategy, and serial diagnostics. Wrote first draft of ROSCO specification for end of line and service diagnostics, implemented this on ERIC. Developed portable scantool software in 'C' running on various types of computer.

    Career Chronology
    =================
    • 12/2014 to 01/2015 Vitesse Electronic Systems Ltd, Tamworth: Contract Software Engineer
    • 04/2008 to 07/2012 EADS Astrium, Stevenage: Contract Software Engineer
    • 01/2007 to 04/2008 Thales Optronics, Bury St Edmunds: Software Engineer
    • 09/2006 to 10/2006 Jaguar Land Rover, Whitley: Contract Software Engineer
    • 06/2006 to 09/2006 Vitesse Electronic Systems Ltd, Tamworth: Contract Software Engineer
    • 08/2004 to 01/2005 EADS Astrium, Stevenage: Part Time Contract Software Engineer
    • 03/2004 to 04/2006 University of Salford: Robotics and Automation Contract Research Associate
    • 09/2003 to 03/2004 University of Salford: Bursary Supported MSc Student
    • 10/2002 to 09/2003 University of Salford: Robotics and Automation MSc Student
    • 08/2000 to 10/2001 EADS Astrium, Stevenage: Contract Software Engineer
    • 07/1999 to 04/2000 Ericsson, Warrington: Contract Software Engineer
    • 07/1997 to 03/1999 Calluna Technology, Glenrothes: Contract Software Engineer
    • 01/1997 to 03/1997 Pi Research, Cambridge: Contract Software Engineer
    • 04/1995 to 12/1996 AMS Neve, Burnley: Software Engineer
    • 11/1993 to 04/1995 Barco Dextralog, Blackburn: Software Engineer
    • 01/1991 to 10/1993 AMS Numerics, Burnley: Software Engineer
    • 07/1987 to 02/1989 EMS Rover Group, Erdington: Firmware Engineer

    Education
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    • MSc Robotics and Automation: University of Salford (2004)
    • BSc (Hons) Electronics: UMIST (with 1-3-1 Industrial Placements) (1987)

    Technical / Professional Qualifications
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    • Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) (June 2013)

    Courses
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    • LabVIEW Core 1,2 & 3 (Spring 2013)
    • Object Oriented Programming LabVIEW (Spring 2014)
    • TestStand 1: Test Development (Autumn 2014)

    Technical Knowledge
    ===================
    • Visual C++ 6.0, Visual Studio 2005, 2013
    • Visual Basic
    • LabVIEW 2013, Version 6
    • CAN tools: CANalyzer, CANape, BusMaster
    • Scripting: TCL, VBS, some Python experience
    • Version Control: Subversion, CVS, SourceSafe
    • Defect Tracking Resolution: RedMine, In-House systems

     

    Personal Details
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    • Full Clean UK Driving Licence
    • SC cleared 2007, 2011, now lapsed
    • References: On Request
    • DBS checked for volunteer work, June 2014


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