CV: Senior System Engineer



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 Date Submitted:09-05-2012
 Last Modified:17-01-2017 (04:03)
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 Current job:Senior System Engineer
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within 3months
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
 KeywordsBroad Project management and Systems Engineer experience in Aerospace. Certified Systems Engineering Professional - CSEP, Project managment professional - PMP, RF engineer, Satelltite communications, goal driven

Complete CV available on request.



2000:  M.Sc.Eng.(Electr & Electron), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

1996:  B.Eng.(Electr & Electron), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


·         CSEP – Certified Systems Engineering Professional 02644

·         PMP - Project Management Professional, 1964359

·         CPL/IF - Commercial Pilot/Instrument Rating


Mellanox Network Professional, Mellanox, Oded Paz, 2016

Project management with Primavera, Classic Seminars, Joy Russel, 2014

System Engineering, Ad Sparrius, 2013

Acquisition management, Ad Sparrius, 2012

EMC Fundamentals for Laboratories & Industry, MESA, Prof. H.C. Reader

Systems Engineering, Project Performance International, Robert Halligan, 2010

Project management Masterclass, Terrapin training, Ad Sparrius

Antennas for Communications & printed Circuit Board Antennas, CEI-Europe 


Senior Systems Engineer, Square Kilometer Array, South Africa:

September 2010 – Present

  Responsible systems engineer Telescope antenna integration test and verification

  Test result analysis and interpretation (Python/Excel/Matlab)

  Requirement management (CORE)

  Project management (Primavera)

  Development and management of QTP, QTRs, ATP and ATRs

  Configuration Control Board process for ECPs

  Tender specification (RFP) and tender/bid evaluation within government SCM process


Systems Engineer,  Hartebeesthoek, South Africa:

August 2007 – August 2010

  Orbcomm earth station civil works and deployment project mangement

  ESA/Galileo GSS station civil works and implementation project managmenet

  X-band EO station specification, contracting and turnkey project management

  Sumbandila Mission control software - project management

  Automated VHF/UHF antenna performance verification using Labview

  Establishment of LEO satellite TT&C groundstation infrastucture


Systems Engineer,  Portsmouth, UK:

August 2006 – July 2007

  Communications payload system/equipment budgets and analysis (MS Excel/ADS)

  Tracking progress of ESA GFP/Hylas communication equipments development

  Issue of equipment specifications to meet system requirements


Senior RF Systems Engineer, Guildford, UK:

Jan 2005 - July 2006

  Project manager for SpaceDev GPS receiver

  Perform EMC testing of ESA Giove-A spacecraft at ESA ESTEC facility 

  TT&C Antenna placement and pattern simulation on ESA Giove-A spacecraft

  Responsible S-band TTC systems for RapidEye constellation involving:

    Generating engineering schedules (MS Project) and development plans

    Procuring all necessary test equipment to support project schedule

    Responsible for all internal and customer design reviews

    Responsible for build, test and alignment of prototype and flight hardware

    Documentation of work package descriptions, ICDs and test plans

    Supporting Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) campaign

  Antenna design and development of X-band patch antenna

  Antenna design and simulation of GPS patch antenna 

  Design and build of VHF/UHF flight antenna feed (AWR Microwave Office)

  Participate in EMC testing of spacecraft at external test facility.

  S-band data downlink proposal for UAV

Jan 2004 - Dec 2004

  Responsible backup payload antenna on ESA Giove-A spacecraft involving:

    Evaluating design options and finding suitable sub contractor

    Design and specification agreement

    Generating engineering schedules   

    Contract negotiation and tracking 

  Responsible S-band receiver flight hardware :

    Repackaging of  S-band TTC systems into single module solution

    Generating engineering schedules (MS Project), documentation and test plans

    Responsible for all internal customer design reviews on module

    Supporting Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) campaign

    Supporting in orbit commissioning

  Work package manager S-band quadrifilar helix antenna

  Manufacture of  S-band quadrifilar helix antennas

Mar 2002 - Dec 2003

  Alignment, test and documentation of S-band transmitter prototype

  Work package manager S-band TTC flight transmitter 

  Antenna placement and pattern measurement on spacecraft

  Antenna placement and pattern study using FEM/MoM software (FEKO)

  Design of feed network for  portable groundstation VHF/UHF antennas

  Contribute to technology transfer training of client staff

  Preparing, presenting and defending of presentations (PowerPoint) to clients

  Maintaining and updating link budget spreadsheet (Excel/Matlab)


Consultant,  Cambridge, UK:

Oct 2001 - Feb 2002

  Indoor multi-path mitigation study

  IP exploitation investigation

  VHF ARINC ACARS transceiver testing and integration (using TI DSP)

  Wireless LAN standards and regulations study


Lecturer, Junior lecturer, Stellenbosch, South Africa:

Jan 2000 - Oct 2001

  Lecturer - Digital Design (Embedded program development)

  Contract work for Sunspace and Information Systems, South Africa

Jul 2000 - Dec 2000:

  Lecturer - Space Communications Systems

  Lecturer - Digital Design (Embedded program development)

  Contract work for Sunspace and Information Systems, South Africa

  Automated (HP-VEE) receiver intermodulation testing

Jan 2000 - Jun 2000:

  Junior lecturer - Modulation techniques

  Project work for Sunsat micro-satellite groundstation

  Automate satellite signal strength measurements (HP-VEE)

Aug 1999 - Dec 1999:

  Junior lecturer - Space Communications Systems

  Assistant for Digital Design (Embedded program development)


Post graduate projects, ESL Sunsat, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa:

Nov 1998 - Dec 1998:

  Sunsat 1 groundstation setup of RF systems

  Tracking dish antenna configuration and calibration

Jul 1998 - Nov 1998:

  Development of variable bit-rate QPSK demodulator

May 1998 - Jun 1998:

  Sunsat 1 EMC/RFI measurements at Houwteq facility

Feb 1998 - Jun 1998:

  Development of Sunsat 1 S-band QPSK modulator

Dec 1997 - Jan 1998:

  Development of Sunsat 1 UHF QPSK modulator

  Development of QPSK modulator digital functions (Altera MaxPlus/VHDL)

  Development of Sunsat 1 UHF QPSK power supply board

Feb 1997 - Jun 1997:

  Development of Sunsat 1 UHF power amplifier

Jan 1997 - Feb 1997:

  Investigate various UHF local oscillator circuits

  Development of Sunsat 1 L-band modem data interface 



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