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     Date Submitted:02-05-2016
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     Current job:Network Operation Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsPreparations of requirements and proposals for Ground Stations and networks, design, installation, startup, operations and training for LEO, GEO and Deep Space mission.
    CV

    Work Experience

     Dates: March 2017 to nowadays

    Occupation or  position held

    NOC Engineer in ESTRACK Ground Station Network.

    THORN SDS

    Working location: ESOC, in OPS-ONO division, Robert-Bosch strasse 5, 64293 Darmstadt. http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESOC

    Main activities and responsibilities

    ESTRACK CCC (Communications Control Center):  CCC tasks and concepts as: cockpit tickets, ESTRACK Network topology and ESA CCC tools to manage firewalls, DNS etc.

    ESTRACK ECC (ESOC Control Center): activities regarding the use of STC and CSMC M&Cs, operation procedures, ESTRACK Ground Stations, Mission support, Anomalies Reports, Weekly report, etc.

    Work Experience

     Dates: September 2014 to February 2017

    Occupation or  position held

    Ground Station System Engineering Consultant in EUMETSAT, in System Engineering and Projects Division.

    HAMTEC Consulting Ltd

    Working location: EUMETSAT, in System Engineering and Projects Division, Eumetsat Allee 1, 64295 Darmstadt. http://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/index.html

    Main activities and responsibilities

    EPS-SG Program (EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation):

    Definition of Ground stations requirements for MCO (Mission Control and Operation) and PDAP (Payload Data Acquisition and Processing) in LEO division.

    Evaluated the Technical aspect for the PDAP bid for Ground Stations.

    Definition of technical documentation and site survey related to the site infrastructure in Svalbard and for NOAA interfaces.

    Support with technical analysis/trade-off at Ground Station and its subsystems

     System Engineering and Projects Division support:

    Support for some technical Radio Frequencies End to End upgrades on site.

    Analysis of the refurbishment of Svalbard antennas subsystems.

    Support in other subsystem such as DCP (Data Collection Platform) and EARS (EUMETSAT Advanced Retransmission Service

     

    Dates: October 2008 to September 2014

    Occupation or  position held

    Technical Engineer in ISDEFE, in Ground Segment Department

    from October 2008 to December 2012:

    INSA, Ingeniería y Servicios Aeroespaciales

    Pintor Rosales, 34. 28008 – Madrid – Spain.

    from December 2012 to September 2014:

    ISDEFE – Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de Spain

    Beatriz de Bobadilla, 3. 28040 Madrid.

    Tel. (+34) 91 411 50 11 / Fax (+34) 91 564 51 08

    www.isdefe.es

    Ground Station System Engineer for Satellite Communication Ground Station for Portugal Telecom (PT11).

    Designed, integrated and tested of an 11.1 m antenna subsystems for the Intelsat Standard-B satellite in Sintra (Portugal) in C Band.

    Specified and followed the procurement of an 11.1meters antenna for a GEO satellite and the Fiber- Optic Transceiver Subsystem.

    Integrated the system and supervised the antenna installation and configuration of SSPA equipment.

    Generated the validation test plan, specifications and procedures and executed them during Factory and OnSite acceptance tests.

    Ground Station System Engineer for Satellite Communications Ground Stations for AMAZONAS Mission (Hispasat).

    AMZ2: Ground Segment Update for Amazonas 2. Three CMS (Carrier Monitoring System) for AMAZONAS 2 satellite in Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

    AMZ3: Ground Segment Update for Amazonas 3. A Ku Band TTC station for AMAZONAS 3 satellite in Canary Island.

    AMZ4a: Ground Segment Update for Amazonas 4A. A Ku Band TTC station for AMAZONAS 4A satellite in Canary Islands.

    Designed, integrated and tested the ground stations for a GEO stationary satellites communications.

    Defined the antenna, RF, base band units and F&T subsystem interfaces.

    Followed the Installation and acceptance of the 3.8 meters Vertex antennas.

    Configured the different subsystems and equipment: Cortex CRT-XL units.

    Defined the Test plan, specifications and procedures for the Factory and OnSite acceptance tests.

    Executed the test procedures and provided the test results.

    Supported the integration of ground stations local M&C: Siger (Isdefe M&C) and Genius (Indra M&C).

    Trained operations, system administration and maintenance teams.

    Supported satellite launch, IOT phases and remote support in maintenance tasks.

    Antenna and RF System Engineer for X/S Band TTC station for PNOTS project, PAZ satellite in INTA, Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid).

    Designed the ground stations and defined the interfaces for the several subsystems: antenna, RF, base band and F&T.

    Supported the installation and configuration of equipments and Cortex HDR&CRT units.

    Defined the Test plan, specifications and procedures for the Factory and OnSite acceptance tests.

    Defined the Test plan, specifications and procedures for the RF Compatibility Test with the Mission satellite.

    Supported the integration of ground stations local ViaSat M&C.

    Supported the maintenance activities from October 2011 to 2014.

    Preparation of Ground Segment proposals to ESA and other clients, including requirement analysis, description of architecture and interfaces, selection of providers, station analysis and tests description.

    Dates

    05/03/2007 - 30/09/2008

    Occupation or  position held

    Technical Engineer in Equipos y Sistema, S.A

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Commercial support in the sale and the maintenance of satellite communication equipment.

    Integration of a Canal 33 Mobile Unit.

    Ground Station of 13 meters antenna for Telefónica

    Name and address of employer

    Equipos y Sistemas, S.A, ESSA

    Type of business or sector

    Professional, scientific and technical activities

    Education and training

    Dates: 2001 - 2007

    Title of qualification awarded

    Technical Engineer of Telecommunications Systems

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    Specialty of Telecommunication Systems

    Name and type of organization

    Courses

    Polytechnic University of Madrid

    Modules, Master in Satellite Communications of the Polytechnic University of Madrid:

    Ground Segment, Space Link, Orbital Mechanics and Space Segment

    Course of Willtek Analyzers

    Course of satellite accelerator UDcast.

    Course of splicers and cleavers Furukawa

    Course of reflectometers Anritsu.

     

    Technical skills and competences

    DOORS

    11.28M S/X Band Antenna System O&M Training, ViaSat, USA, Feb 2011.

    Antenna RF equipments and Cortex base-band units.

    Test equipment handling: Network Analyser, Signal Generator, Spectrum analyser and power supplies.

    Fundamentals of Space Link Extension (SLE) protocols and ECSS standards.

    WAN, LAN and TCP/IP protocol

    Office (VISIO, Microsoft Project, Publish, Mindjet Mindmanager Pro)

    Programming: Microwave Office, Matlab, C++ and MPLAB.

    Fiber optics (Splicers, cleavers and reflectometers)


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