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     Date Submitted:24-03-2015
     Last Modified:24-03-2015 (01:43)
    Job information
     Current job:Graduate Trainee at ESTEC
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsProgramming, Software, C, Python, SVF, Time and Space partitioning, Integrated Modular Avionics, Technical Writing, aerospace System Design, testing
    CV

    PROFILE

     

    Technical background

     

    European Space Agency, Flight Software Systems Section (National Graduate Trainee)

    Participation in project reviews, On board software debugging of a ‘Time and Space Partitioned’ Reference Spacecraft

    (C / C++ / Ada / Python), fault injection testing and demonstration of TSP testbed.

     

    M.Sc. Avionic Systems Design

    GNSS for Air Nav. , ADS-B, MATLAB, Simulink, CATIA v5, Control Systems Engineering.

     

    IT Engineering ( >1 year experience )

    TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, VPN, Network infrastructure design, MikroTik RouterOS.

     

    Lufthansa Technik Malta Intern

    Airbus AMM, job cards, service bulletins.

     

    Team Work Experience

     

    ESA: worked in TSP related projects, participated in PDR, CDR, AR

     

    ISU Space Studies Program:Intensive one month team project involving over 30 nationalities

     

    M.Sc. Avionic Systems Design: A virtual industrial environment comprised of 70 members designing a concept aircraft

     

    IT Freelancer: Coordinated a small team over peak periods

     

    Other: For over 5 years (2005-2010) was a local committee member of an international voluntary organization (http://www.sdcmuseum.org/) running daily activities earmarked for youths and adults..

     

    Challenges and Discipline

    Through the participation in a number of sport marathons (e.g. Aug 2007 – Cycling Eastern Europe 2400km), learned to face challenges and push myself whenever necessary. I strongly believe in the benefits of a healthy balanced lifestyle and I enjoy cycling, diving and skydiving.   

     

     

     

    Multicultural Exposure

    The healthy multi-cultural environment at ESA has strengthened my international awareness and helped broadening my social and technical perspectives.

     

     

    AWARDS

    M.Sc. Thesis “Impact of GNSS Performance on ADS-B Availability” overall grade A

     

    Undergrad Thesis“Platform Stabilization for Airborne Applications” nominated for the ‘Best Thesis of the Year’ award by the Chamber of Engineers, Malta

     

    University of Malta Junior College  - an overall grade A and a University Ethos Awardee

     

    European Flight Academy - Aviation Ground Training Programme, 1st in Class of 2003

     

     

     

     

     

    TECHNICAL SKILLS

    ECSS Guidelines

    C / C++

    RTEMS

    GNSS / GPS protocol

    PUS Services

    Ada

    MATLAB  & Simulink

    ADS-B Services

    SOIS

    Python

    CATIA v5

    GDB Debugger

    MILBUS

    UNIX

    Microsoft Office

    XtratuM Hypervisor

     

    EXPERIENCE

    NATIONAL GRADUATE TRAINEE – FLIGHT SOFTWARE SYSTEMS SECTION

    ESTEC, European Space Agency (Feb 2013 – Nov 2014)

    Trainee software engineer within the Flight Software Systems section. Working within a team towards getting Time and Space Partitioning (TSP) as implemented in Integrated Modular Avionics for spacecraft.

     

    Tasks include:

    -        Fault injection testing of a hypervisor under consideration for ESA projects (GDB / BALLISTA)

    -        On board software debugging of a TSP Reference Spacecraft (C/ C++/Ada/Python).

    -        Participation in PDR, CDR and AR of TSP related projects.

    -        Development of a visualisation toolkit for spacecraft flight software (Python).

     

    IT ENGINEER

    Freelance (Sept 2011 – Jan 2013)

    Freelancing IT Engineer supporting a number of companies both locally and also temporarily abroad. Experience with TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, VPN, RAID configurations, MikroTik RouterOS.


    Examples of some projects:

    -        IT infrastructure for the iPad Class School Project with over 40 iPads used for interactive learning. 

    -        5GHz Point to Point wireless network link connecting adjacent offices - MikroTik RouterOS.

    -        Network infrastructure setup of satellite schools and offices both locally and also in Rome.

    -        CCTV interfacing and setup for remote viewing through MikroTik RouterOS.

    -        Delegated work and managed a small IT team to work effectively over peak periods.

     

     

     

     

    ENGINEERING INTERN

    Lufthansa Technik Malta Ltd (Jul– Sept 2009 Internship)

     

    During this 3-month internship, I was exposed to various sections of the MRO industry

    -   Reading through the Aircraft Maintenance Manual of the A340-600 and listing required tooling

    -   Exposed to the preparation of job cards and other maintenance planning

     

     

     

     

    EDUCATION

    Space Studies Program, Montréal CA, International Space University 2014

     

    -   Two-month intensive course with 130 participants from over 30 countries.

    -   Multidisciplinary program covering all major space-related topics.

    -   Worked on the team project ‘Autonomous Mission for On-Orbit Servicing’ (work published at IAC 2014).

     

     

    M.Sc. Aerospace Vehicle Design (Avionics), Distinction, Cranfield University 2010-2011

     

    -      Primary subjects: Aerospace Software Engineering with Ada; Aircraft System Development; Navigation Systems; Cockpit Environment; Stability and Control; Fault Tolerant Avionics Design, Systems Integration.

    -      Designed the Terrain Surveillance System of the V-10 tilt-rotor concept as part of a project comprising a 70-member virtual industrial environment (http://goo.gl/1S3FyQ)

    -      Submitted the research dissertation entitled “Impact of GNSS Performance on ADS-B Availability” which analyses ADS-B service outages as a result of reduced GPS-satellite constellation quality.

     

     

    Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.), 2:1, University of Malta 2006-2010

     

    -     Primary subjects:Electrical, Electronics, Control Systems Engineering, C,  

    -     Dissertation submitted entitled: “Platform Stabilization for Airborne Applications”.

     

    Matriculation Certification Grade A , University of Malta Junior College 2004-2006

    -      Subjects:Advanced Pure Maths and Physics; English, Geography, Computing and Systems of Knowledge.

     

     

    LANGUAGES

    Mother tongues: Maltese / English

     

    Understanding

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    Listening

    Reading

    Spoken interaction

    Spoken production

     

    English

    C2

    Proficient

    User

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    Proficient

    User

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    Proficient

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    Italian

    C1

    Proficient

    User

    C1

    Proficient

    User

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    Independent

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