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     Date Submitted:23-02-2015
     Last Modified:23-02-2015 (08:51)
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     Current job:Contract hardware engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsRF Test, Test System design, Integration and validation, Project management

    Date of Birth                          27/04/58

    Marital Status                        Married

    Sex                                          Male

    Nationality                             British



    An Electronics Engineer with over thirty years experience, gaining widespread practical and theoretical knowledge and ability in the Electronic and Electro-mechanical fields.  An able technician with experience gained both in the armed forces and civilian environments.

    Fully conversant in the planning and execution of both critical and preventive maintenance schedules, often within tight time constraints and with little or no spares support. Systems analysis experience involving a high level of responsibility and system integrity within the Royal Navy. I have previously held MOD positive vetting and am currently SC cleared. I am qualified with a BTEC (HNC) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and certificates in LabVIEW.  I am First Aid trained and hold a current clean Full UK driving license and valid ten-year passport.




    ComDev International Ltd                                         Feb 2015-Present

    Contract Systems Engineer


    At ComDev International, as a Systems Engineer. Contracted for hardware integration and acceptance testing of two AIS Test Systems.


    SSBV-SGS Ltd                                                           July 2010-Feb 2015

    Project manager/Principal RF Test Engineer

    As Project manager on a number of the space products SSBV produced for the small-satellite marketplace I was involved in the day to day project management, overseeing production build and test, customer liaison and on-going support. In 2013 I took over the project management of a major test system project within SSBV, the provision of 2 off AIS Test Systems. As such I was responsible for the project progress, planning, scheduling, Integration, Validation Testing and System Acceptance. As part of the test solutions team I was involved in the design, development, validation and support of future systems. I carried out customer liaison to discuss any hardware issues and future development requirements. Responsible for writing support documentation and test reports for new equipments as well as updating documentation for existing system re-validation and safety testing. I am also involved in the facilities management for our site in Portsmouth. Liaising with landlord/agents and all sub-contractors to obtain all the necessary modification and facilities required for the unit.


    Comdev (Europe) Ltd (Principal RF Test Engineer)                           January 2005-July 2010

    As part of the test solutions team for UK and Europe, I am responsible for the support of the hardware and software in existing customer delivered systems and the design, development, validation and support of future systems. I carry out customer liaison as part of the team with regard to any hardware issues and future development requirements. I am involved in the writing of support documentation and test reports for new equipments as well as documentation for existing system re-validation and safety testing. I am also involved in the facilities management for our site in Portsmouth. Liaising with landlord/agents and all sub contractors to obtain all the necessary modification and facilities required for the unit.


    Comdev (Europe) Ltd (Contract Test Engineer)                       January 2001-January 2005

    Contracted for the test and verification of a variety of sub-assemblies, for various Satellite projects, including Inmarsat IV, Meteorsat and Metop. This is working in an active test lab carrying out tuning/alignment and verification of MIC substrates using gold tape and Thermal Compression bonding. Testing of bias boards, substrates and modules for LNA’s and Detectors using special to type as well as proprietary test sites. For the last couple of years I have mainly worked as the lead engineer on the Ascat Scatterometer carrying out all module test and top level test including the Environmental, EMC and Tvac testing. Day to day problem solving at system and module level. Liaising with the end customer to discuss problems and queries, and the writing of test reports for the top level assembly.


    Astrium Ltd (Contract RF test Engineer)                                             Oct 2000-January 2001

    Contracted for the test and verification of Inmarsat IV Frequency Generator and sub-assemblies but due to a project delay I was involved with the writing of test specifications and design of test jigs for the sub-assemblies.


    Alenia Marconi Systems (Contract RF Test Engineer)                     March 2000-October 2000

    Contracted to GEC defence at Portsmouth for the re-testing of a ship borne weapons radar system.  This involved the testing of Microwave, RF and Digital modules of varying types down to component level.  Re-alignment and repair as necessary, temperature testing and system proving at unit level covering the frequency range of 30 MHz - 9 GHz.


    NDS (Eastleigh) (Contract Test Engineer)                               June 1999 - March 2000

    Testing of equipments for digital TV systems, this includes:- series3000 Satellite Modulators, OFDM Terrestrial Modulators, Satellite and terrestrial receivers. This included faultfinding to component level, performance testing and certification.


    Marconi Telecommunications (Contract RF Test Engineer)                  May 1999 – June 1999

    Contracted to Marconi communications (Coventry) for test of Optical Interface PCB’s for Telecom systems.


    GEC Marconi Defence (Contract RF Test Engineer)                      October 1997 – April 1999

    Contracted to GEC defence at Portsmouth for the re-testing of a ship borne weapons radar system.  This involved the testing of Microwave, RF and Digital modules of varying types down to component level.  Re-alignment and repair as necessary, temperature testing and system proving at unit level covering the frequency range of 30 MHz - 9 GHz.


    Matra Marconi Space (UK)                                           March 1996 - October 1997

    Contract RF / Microwave Test Engineer

    Contracted to Matra Marconi Space, Portsmouth, working in a class 3 clean room on a variety of ESA and MOD new builds space equipment.  The main items are Frequency generators for Inmarsat III and Artemis Satellites.  This involved the testing and tuning of ceramic resonator VCO's, single and dual synthesisers, distribution and output switch modules and full frequency generator assemblies.  Covering the frequency range of: - 200 MHz to 12 GHz.  This included Baseline, Temperature, Vibration and Thermal Vacuum testing, as well as the use of ATE and manual test sites, Thermal compression bonding and tuning of Micro strip devices.  Test equipment used include HP 8510 Network Analysers and 3048 Phase Noise Systems as well as a variety of Spectrum analysers, power meters, signal generators, noise meters.


    Racal Tacticom, Seaton, Devon (Contract RF Test Engineer.)

    Contracted to Racal Tactical for the test and repair to component level of military communications equipment.  Covering the range 50 MHz to 2 GHz.


    Marconi Defence Systems, Portsmouth (Senior Test Engineer)           March 1995 - Nov 1995

    Working in the Airborne communications section carrying out alignment and test of pecks, sub-modules and final assemblies for VHF/UHF Transceivers (1721/1751 series).  Diagnosis and repair to component level of customers equipment returned for repair, re-alignment and final testing prior to return.


    Testlink, Racal Seaton (Contract Test Engineer)                                 June 1994 - March 1995

    Using my skills in both the digital and analogue fields to test and repair down to component level on British telecom pecs.  This involved the use of Schlumberger 700 series ATE and a variety of manual test equipment.  Bench testing of Reuter's modems, monitors, and printers and to a limited degree 3comm PC network cards and distribution units.  Whilst at Racal I was aligning receiver front ends (50MHz-2GHz) using Network/Analysers, Tracking generators and 'S' parameter test sets.  Diagnosis and repair to component level of receiver front-ends and IF modules, including surface mount technology.


    H.M. Submarine Renown (Senior Radio Engineer)                      1990 - 1994

    Responsible for the planning and implementation of defect rectification and equipment maintenance under tight time constraints, planning and directing of manpower support of up twelve engineers, and the repair down to pec and component level of a variety of military Radar, Electronic warfare and communications equipment.  This involved the use of special to type and proprietary test equipment. The installation and commissioning of new equipment including the racks, the wiring and the electronics following parts lists, mechanical drawings and wiring schedules.  The subsequent calibration and trailing of such equipment and the writing of technical reports on any detects arising during service.

    Equipment covered include: - Marconi Tactical MF/HF Transceivers, Redifon 1252 Transceiver and Chirpsounder, Plessey VHF/UHF Transceivers, Cryptography Equipment, A variety of American equipment, Plessey 1006 Radar, Racal Decca 1070 Radar, Thom Emi Electronic warfare equipment and a variety of shore wireless equipment.


    H.M.S. Dolphin Submarine School                              1989 - 1990

    Full time theoretical and practical training in new fit equipment to Polaris submarines.  This course was to bring my knowledge up to date after re-joining the Polaris submarine fleet.


    Various short term contract positions for the following companies:                       1987 - 1989

    British Telecom, Weir Power Supplies, Carlink Communications, Marconi Instruments Chubb Electronics.


    Plessey Avionics (Senior Test Engineer)                              1985 - 1987

    Responsible to the test manager for the production testing, faultfinding, repair and alignment of 1721/1751 series airborne VHF / UHF transceivers.  The component parts and final assembly radios, using manual and ATE test equipment.  Fault finding and repair of customer's defective returns and the environmental testing of the above transceivers.  Test, fault finding and repair of DC-DC converters for IFF Transponders.


    Royal Navy Submarine Base (Systems Engineer)                      1983 - 1985

    Working to provide maintenance and repair to the submarine fleet, involving the defect rectification, setting to work and calibration of various are equipments.


    H.M.S. Dolphin Submarine School                               1982 - 1983

    Career course in Polaris Submarine Radio and Radar equipments.


    H.M.S. Collingwood                                1980 - 1982

    Full time education course culminating in the award of BTEC DIPLOMA in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.  On completion attended the petty officers leadership course, comprising five weeks leadership and management training.


    Hobbies and Pastimes.

    I enjoy gardening in the summer but my passion is archery. I started shooting 18months ago and am gradually progressing to become a more consistent shot. I am part of the Talisman Bowmen Club in Sarisbury Green and as such have entered several local competitions with the club. I recently took over as the club records officer.

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