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     Date Submitted:05-02-2020
     Last Modified:05-02-2020 (08:51)
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     Current job:Principal Propulsion Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsPropulsion, Product Development, Systems, Project Management, Supplier Management

    Astronautics and Space Engineering MSc, 86.4%, Cranfield University (2015 – 2018; part-time)

    Sponsored by Royal Academy of Engineering

    Awarded ‘Course Director’s Prize’ for outstanding overall performance

    Awarded ‘Vega System’ Prize’ for best individual Thesis 

    Thesis: ‘Low Cost Turbopump for Small Satellite Launcher Application

    Mechanical Engineering MEng, 2:1, University of Manchester (2007 – 2011)

    A LevelsPhysics (A) History (A) Mathematics (B), The King’s School Chester (2005 – 2007)



    Airbus Defence & Space, Space Systems, Stevenage: Principal Propulsion Engineer (11/17 – Present)

    Responsible for….

    The successful delivery of three qualification campaigns for Airbus’ NEO programme: two mono-propellant and one bi-propellant Reaction Control Thrusters. Role involves producing technical specifications, defining test plans and hot fire test matrices, producing and reviewing RFDs/RFWs/NCRs, reviewing supplier qualification data packages, supporting qualification reviews. Role requires close and open relationship with the supplier, leading weekly telecons and supporting/ensuring the success of all formal reviews. Key link between supplier and internal Airbus departments/projects/specialists.

    Qualification activities on NO and NC Pyro-valves for NASA/ESA EM-2 and EM-3 manned missions

    Recurring build activities and quality on Eurostar spacecraft pressure transducers, propellant tanks and Reaction Control Thrusters (previously also responsible for latch valves). Role involves providing technical support to various Airbus internal departments and Supplier Operations Managers; maintaining specification and qualification summary reports, review/acceptance of RFDs/RFWs/NCRs, review of equipment End Item Data Packages, support at equipment build/test reviews and presentation to the end satellite customer at Qualification Summary Reviews, Delivery Review and Non Conformance Review Boards.

    Ad hoc activities include: propulsion lead for an early phase ESA study into optimum mono and bi-propellant controlled re-entry propulsion modules, creation of a design specification for a novel propellant bellows tank, support of Tender Evaluation Board process for new satellite equipment, creation and maintenance of detailed thruster catalogues, submission of nuclear propulsion study work-package, green propellant market study.

    Enrichment Technology, Asset Restoration, Chester: Lead Mechanical & Process Engineer (09/14 – 11/17)

    Lead Engineer on three nuclear site modification projects, ranging in size from £100,000 - £10+ million. Successfully delivered (and led) Reference Design, Basic Design, Detail Design, Implementation and Decommissioning phases for Mechanical Systems. Operated as key interface between Contractors, Project, Client and Design Authority. Supported Plant Outage Management activities and trained Plant Operations and Maintenance

    Enrichment Technology, Plant Design & Projects, Chester: Plant Process Engineer (04/14 – 09/14)

    Managed several design work packages for various customers. Performed design substantiation, design basis & technical calculations for pipework, heater/chiller and pump systems. Developed system performance models and updated existing calculation methods, improving their accuracy. Produced detailed technical reports & specifications.

    Enrichment Technology, Commissioning, New Mexico, U.S.A: Plant Commissioning Engineer (05/13 – 04/14)

    Responsible for the safe and timely delivery of new uranium enrichment capacity; value ~£30 million. Resourced managed and led inactive and active electro/mechanical commissioning activities, interfacing with plant Operations, Maintenance and specialist contractors. Provided ‘on call’ technical support, performed fault finding/investigative works and managed plant testing/modification projects.

    Enrichment Technology, Chester: Graduate Mechanical & Process Engineer (09/11 – 05/13)

    Completed a two-year Graduate Development Program. Completed placements in Mechanical & Process, Power & Control Systems, Research & Development (Germany), Assembly & Installation (France), Manufacturing (Netherlands), Planning and Projects (Netherlands), Vendor Management (UK & Europe), Commercial & HSE.



    Work Placements:

    Enrichment Technology, Plant Design & Projects, Chester (07/10 – 09/10)

    Risktec, Risk Analysis, Warrington (07/09 – 08/09)

    AMEC, Nuclear Engineering, Knutsford (08/08 – 09/08)




    Project Management Qualification (PMQ): IPMA Level D

    Design and Safe Operation of Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (1-week)

    Propulsion Systems Fundamentals

    Practical Engineering Skills (9-week)

    Dust Explosion

    Effective Requirement Writing

    IEE 17th Edition


    Multicultural Awareness

    Advanced Presentation Skills


    Proficient in Microsoft Office

    Previous use of Solidworks, AutoCAD, Abaqus, MATLAB/Simulink, DasyLab, DOORS



    CEng MIMechE

    Certified Project Management Associate

    Member of the British Interplanetary Society


    SC security cleared; have previously attained higher security clearance 



    British Interplanetary Society: Attend various space related lectures and have volunteered at numerous events including the UK Space Conference. Presented at the Westcott Propulsion Conference on Turbopumps. Current lead on a volunteer technical project to manufacture and test a small satellite launcher/lunar lander Partial Emission Pump

    London Space Network: Attend monthly events to network with space industrial employees and enthusiasts.

    Cranfield University Thesis Mentor: Technical Mentor to a Cranfield student for their MSc Thesis

    STEM: In addition to Cranfield University, yearly volunteer at the UK Big Bang Fairs and have presented at my former school on career choices within Engineering

    Fitness: Regular CrossFit and British Military Fitness member. Ski, surf, hike and distance run. Former Rower.

    Travel: Avid traveller; backpacked around Australia, Vietnam, South America, explored central America etc.


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