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     Date Submitted:12-05-2016
     Last Modified:11-07-2016 (09:18)
    Job information
     Current job:Operations Engineer & Ground Controller
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsOperations, Engineering, Drones, Payloads, ISS, Ground Segment, 24/7, Science









    Master's Degree in Business Administration

    Master's Degree in Civil Engineering

    Advanced Course in Aerospace Management and Coordination




    EOI Business school

    University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

    EOI Business school




    Spanish mother tongue, English, French






    Experience Summary



    Alejandro has a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from University Carlos III, Madrid, with an MBA in Aerospace Management and Coordination. In 2006 he was engaged by CENAERO (Belgium) to accomplish a challenging simulation project which was presented to CATERPILLAR and Mittal Steel. In 2008 he was selected by EADS-CASA (Spain) in order to participate in a program for potential managers where he received a MBA in Aerospace. After completion of that program with merits, he was engaged by Space Application Services (Belgium) as Operations Engineer assigned to B.USOC (Belgium User and Support Operations Center). Alejandro is an experienced Payload Operations Engineer, developing operations plans, tasks definition and ground procedures for the launch campaign and post-flight analysis. He supported the development of both ground and flight (crew) procedures and has more than 7 years of experience in operating and supporting science experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). Besides being a certified operator for the Columbus external ESA payload SOLAR and Fluid Science Laboratory facility, Alejandro is the Experienced Activity Manager of these payloads, acting as main focal point for the management of the different stakeholders of ESA, the Payload Developers of SOLAR and the Payload Engineers for each instrument. In the light of this responsibility, Alejandro is a qualified ODF book captain and Crew Procedure Expert for FSL and SOLAR procedures. Moreover Alejandro was involved as BUSOC representative on the modification and improvement of the review and approval processes of ODFs through JIRA.




    09.2008 - Present


    Space Applications Services, Zaventem, Belgium



    SOLAR and FSL EXAM (Experienced Activity Manager). Main focal point for the management of the different stakeholders of ESA, the Payload Developers of SOLAR and FSL, and the Payload Engineers for each in­strument. Solar is an external payload on the ISS and FSL (Fluid Science Laboratory) is a pressurized rack inside Columbus.

    As an Operations Engineer assigned to the Columbus project as an Operator for the User Support and Operations Centers.

    Prepare and support USOC operations onboard the International Space Sta­tion for increment 18 and Subsequent increments.

    Train and perform as a console operator as “B.USOC Ops” for managing the SOLAR and PCDF payloads on behalf of the B.USOC.

    Installation and Integration activities (hardware and software) at the B.USOC.

    Design and execution of the different Verification and Validation activities at the B.USOC.

    ODF book captain and Crew Procedure Expert for FSL and SOLAR payloads


    As a Ground Controller


    staff the B.USOC GC position according to the shift plan

    preventive and corrective maintenance the B.USOC infrastructure in support of the operations

    Support Installation and Integration activities (hardware and software) at the B.USOC.

    Support Verification and Validation activities at the B.USOC.


    Support other USOC related activities at Space Applications Services.


    06.2008 – 09.2008


    ALTRAN, Mons, Belgium




    Consultant for AW Europe. Responsible of the BGA reworking section. Determination and implementation of the heating curves for the different BGAs. Implementation of an inspection camera on the automatic coating system

    03.2007 – 04.2008


    EADS-CASA, Madrid, Spain




    Designed a program for potential managers, jointly with EOI (Business School) and SEPI (part of EADS). Monitoring and control of the outsourcing system (Structural Design Department). Support to the Black-Belt "Gestión de Normales". Status Re­port (A400M VTP and HTP) responsible.

    12.2006 – 03.2007


    University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain



    LinealIT Staff.

    Responsible for the PD-Base equipment. Preparation of the PD-Base Manual. Sup­port to Ph.D. Students as well as the post-graduate work in the High Voltage Lab.

    09.2005 – 09.2006


    CENAERO, Gosselies, Belgium




    Member of the Virtual Manufacturing Group. Customer service agent and main de­veloper of the HIT (Heating by Induciton Treatment) platform.



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    Other interest




    Engineer minded also outside the working environment, interested about how things work, programmed obsolescence fighter, small lab owner with soldering station, microscopes, oscilloscope…


    Enthusiast of racers, FPV experience, member of the “Zero Stab Crew”. DJI phantom reparations.


    Member of Anderlecht during two seasons and Tubize during the last three ones


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