CV: Missile Systems Engineer


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 Date Submitted:14-04-2015
 Last Modified:19-06-2015 (09:05)
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 Current job:Missile Systems Engineer
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Europe only
 Date available:within 2 months
 Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
 KeywordsCertification, airworthiness, complex systems engineering, environmental testing, instrumentation, experimental flight testing


Experienced Systems & Certification Engineer with proven ability to certify aircraft & complex equipment at all stages of development - for ground/flight trials through service evaluation & entry into service


Systems, Certification & Design Assurance Engineer

ª  Conscientious approach shown by active project management; ensures that key people are primed to deal with urgent requirements against tight deadlines

ª  Helpful & diplomatic approach with peers, approved signatories & customers yields outstanding results


§    UK security (secret) cleared. DoB 21.04.1970. Milton Keynes-based.

§Large acquired expertise over a career long immersion in aviation & equipment design issues including:-

      Design, Certification & Airworthiness

-   Constantly building on career-long familiarity with Def Stan 00-970 aircraft & system design, leading to certificates defined by Def Stan 05-123 MAA Regulations for Certification & Flight Trials e.g. F100 & F111.

-   EASA CS.29 and CS.21 but also with a range of older standards commensurate with the age of the aircraft (JAR, BCAR) and also FAR requirements as used by most European defence aircraft companies.

-   Thorough & accurate approach to validation/verification of equipment, teasing out compliance evidence against the environmental & technical requirements & providing constructive input to the requirements themselves


-   Good grounding in Def Stan 00-56 & Mil-Std-882 system safety requirements. Understanding of system safety process from Preliminary Hazard Analysis to final safety case documentation & tools used such as FTA, ETA, FMEA/FMECA, HRI & zonal analysis

      Configuration Control, Change & Modifications

-   Significant experience with the quality standards, logging & tracking, DDP system, design & drawing tree, type records & traceability requirements that ensure an airworthy aircraft or compliant equipment

-   Noteworthy understanding of the end-to-end processes involved in establishing & maintaining configuration control for both rapidly changing development items & design-frozen production equipment

§Persuasive ability to speak with authority when dealing with engineering specialists & approved signatories at all levels of companies & external authorities, including the ability to listen to & learn from them

§Adept management of complex relationships between prime contractor, design authority & partner/sub-contract companies, through trials by government agencies & clearance with certifying authority

§Consulted by peers, project & technical staff in reconciliation of local policies with national standards. Enthusiastic contributor to debates on problem solving

Qualifications and Training

§Lead Auditor course, IRCA certified - passed August 2011

§NEBOSH National Environmental Certificate NEC2 August 2011

§HNC electronic engineering

§Airworthiness module of IGDS (MSc in aeronautics, Bristol University). Content included History of Airworthiness; Rules & Compliance for Civil & Military Aircraft (including harmonisation for multi country consortia); System Safety Assessment; Continued Airworthiness; Maintenance; Legal Liability Issues

§Engineering Council approved training modules covering:- aircraft familiarisation, fuel systems, landing gear, fire/ice protection systems, control & stability, hydraulic & pneumatic systems, power plant & transmissions, flight control systems, avionics, communication/navigation systems, structures/rigging

§Secured Westland Helicopters 4-year technician apprenticeship on basis of good GCE results & entry tests

§Very confident PC user at work & home - extensive use of Microsoft Office suite; comfortable with legacy & current versions; experienced in use of proprietary & company specific databases to manage documents, design data, build standards & configuration management

§Well acquainted with Health & Safety at Work Act, European safety legislation, risk assessment, COSHH & REACH safety policies as part of a series of training courses undertaken during AgustaWestland career



Systems/Verification Engineer (DOORS)              MBDA Systems                       Nov 2011 – Present

2014-2016 project to certify CAMM Maritime (Sea Ceptor) defence munition for three qualification firings in the final phase of development leading up to full qualification and in-service acceptance. Munition based certificate feeds into full Sea Ceptor system certificate that is formed of many other sub-equipment certificates, involving daily interaction with the System team, trials team and other equipment teams. Considerable technical challenges are being tackled daily due to program slippages and ongoing ground trials uncovering new issues.

2011-2014 project to certify Meteor Support equipment (2 different container systems and missile test equipment) in its final test and qualification phase before delivery, leading to submissions of the Certificates of Design to the 6-nation international customers. Extensive interaction with external suppliers, the UK MoD-based customer office and their third party expert reviewers, multiple national certification agencies and environmental test houses.


Contract Appointments


Certification Engineer                                                         Cranfield Aerospace  Apr 2013 – Apr 2014

Dual part-time contract period alongside the MBDA contract, certifying a diverse range of modifications onto Cranfield fleet, QinetiQ, BAES, Met Office & MoD service aircraft. Most modifications were short-term experimental equipment fits on behalf of UK government agencies and related contractors, some were permanent modifications on behalf of external customers but also included proof-of-concept analysis reports prior to bidding for contract work.

Chiefly certifying to EASA CS.29 and CS.21 but also with a range of older standards commensurate with the age of the aircraft (JAR, BCAR) and also US certification base using FAR requirements. Continued to do a portion of certification work to UK Defence standards i.e. MAA rules with the modern Form 100 system.

Design Assurance/Verification Engineer               MBDA Systems                       Nov 2008 – Nov 2010

Re-hired to support Meteor Contract at its final phase of development, supporting work towards the first guided firings in May 2009 plus analysis and internal publishing of Meteor contract level deliverables and future plans for such deliveries. Clearance of test-house based qualification trials of Meteor such as Reliability Demonstration, Safety and Insensitive Munition Demonstrations. Also investigating the ability to use DOORS to extract targeted sets of requirements (e.g. Temperature, Vibration) for the production missile through all linked modules and produce them as a report.

Equipment Safety Management                              BAE Systems/Tor IPT           May 2008 – Nov 2008

Another contract with BAES Airworthiness, but this time in a joint contract with MoD called ATTAC whereby BAES are discharging some of the duties previously performed solely by MoD (Tornado maintenance, Equipment Safety Management and MAR/RTS). Working alongside MoD at their IPT base in RAF Wyton, and interface with RAF Marham:

·         Providing support to ATTAC Safety Manager by writing/publishing the ATTAC Hazard Management System, to be managed using the Cassandra tool.

·         Providing support to Tornado Equipment Safety Manager by re-writing the Tornado Hazard Management System iaw the latest JSPs and systems implemented since last issue. In-depth study required of JSPs and high-level DE&S guidance documents flowing down to produce instructions at LI level.

·         Day-to-day management of Tornado Hazardous incidents.

·         Support to MAR/RTSA making use of inside knowledge of specialists and systems gained from industry experience.

Certification & Airworthiness Engineer                 BAE Systems             Jun 2007 – May 2008

Re-negotiated further sub-contract placement with BAES Airworthiness department, this time on Tornado GR4/4A; program was CUS(P), a rolling program to keep GR4 Capabilities up to date given projected service extension to year 2025.

§Qualifications achieved in this contract (to time and budget constraints) include Penny & Giles ADR, TARDIS and extension to Storm Shadow capability to include heavily asymmetric operations.

§Work on near-future program to pave the way towards certification included upgrades to secure communications, datalinking and Precision Guided Bomb.


 Certification & Airworthiness Engineer                Eurocopter                             Mar 2007 – June 2007

Awarded contract at a multinational helicopter manufacturer to certify equipment to FAR29 rules for large rotorcraft  onto NH90 variants for a number of domestic (NHI: French, German, Italian and Dutch) and export customers - the cross-variant mod-certification methodology being equivalent to a Supplemental Type Certificate in civil certification

§Quickly analysed performance compliance requirements of each customer as derived from their contracts to ensure from the outset that a smooth path to compliance can be achieved.

§Communicated internationally with specialist engineers, variant project managers and system project managers to co-ordinate inputs to timescales and budgets for this large multi-country organisation with allocated responsibilities for each specialism and system.

§Coordinated with the national qualifying authorities, the customers' qualifying authorities and the cross-nation organisation (Nahema) to achieve certification, as authority responsibility is also split across the nations involved.


Design Assurance Engineer                        QinetiQ                                  Aug 2004 – Mar 2007

Won contract at UK’s leading aircraft test site that, as the MoD DAOS approval holder on behalf of all UK QinetiQ sites, has been developed into the QinetiQ centre of excellence of design & certification for flight trials

§Certified modifications onto uniquely diverse range of QinetiQ fleet & MoD service aircraft, both to trial experimental equipment & to provide monitoring equipment for flight trials

§Each certificate provided its own subset of design/certification challenges & issues, whether related to tight timescales, equipment complexity, harsh environments or scarcity of information. Included as examples are:-

-  Experimental projects such as advanced seeker for next generation of BVRAAM, head tracking integration & addition of colour HUD to Panoramic NVGs

-  Support to Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs) such as naval Lynx DAS FTI, Tornado mixed stores FTI, Apache FTI for hot & high trials

-  Operational & operational evaluation equipment such as Merlin EO/FLIR, Merlin ice & snow cameras, Merlin Mk3 & Tornado human factors camera fits, FTI fits for FJWOEU, Sea King Carson blades FTI

§Integrated equipment provided with other suppliers’ F100As, DDPs, F100Cs etc into QinetiQ designs; analysing compliance evidence & design limitations, exceptions & advice for inclusion in QinetiQ CoD

§Quickly grasped issues of using COTS equipment for short & long-term flight trials – required pragmatic consideration of failure probability & likely effect on aircraft safety, sometimes by analysis & other times requiring environmental testing by external test houses such as TUV & AQL

§Consulted for direction by other UK QinetiQ sites on designing to standards that maintain configuration & demonstrably flightworthy equipment, as safety requirements for flight trials become more stringent


QinetiQ Design Assurance Tech Leader:- “Thank-you very much for your efforts over the last two years, we have all benefited from your professional approach to our type of work”


Design Verification / Assurance Engineer (DOORS)                        MBDA              Feb2004  - Aug 2004

Awarded opportunity for a new challenge with MBDA Design Assurance department, certifying equipment (instead of aircraft) & joining at the leading edge of the development phase of a newly commissioned BVRAAM – the Meteor missile system 

§Refined/developed system requirements for missile simulator through to approval; created & managed a standalone Requirements Verification Module (RVM) in DOORS for this program-critical equipment

§Pragmatic & involving inputs to project meetings steered other teams’ inputs to enable required CoD delivery 

§Ensured DOORS was kept current with evidence garnered from drawings/designs, technical documents & equipment testing & used module to track outstanding pieces of evidence, leading to certification (Form 111) of a major milestone in Meteor program.

§Paved way to compliance for simulator version 2 – a controller with a fully aircraft-mountable (though not flightworthy) set of “pods” that interface fully with Mil-Std-1760 databus. In remainder of contract, assembled further evidence & ensured a user friendly handover in preparation for version 2 - due Dec 2004

§Provided inputs & prepared evidence for similar DOORS modules in support of missile manufacture, ground support, & off-aircraft test equipment, alongside simulator work

§Audited & provided guidance to ensure Spanish sub-contract partners in Meteor program understood required evidence production & quality requirements for UK certification


Certification & Airworthiness Engineer                 BAE Systems             Oct 2002 - Dec 2003

Successfully negotiated first sub-contract placement with BAES Airworthiness department, winning a role to discharge final requirements of Tornado Capability Sustainment Programme (CSP); covering modifications to introduce significant additional capability to weapons systems, equipment & functionality onto Tornado platform

§Plunged into platform specific avionics & weapons system integration for trials & production certification including ASRAAM (2); AMRAAM Optimisation Programme; Foxhunter radar upgrades; SIFF interrogator; Havequick radio; Night Vision Goggles & Electronic Counter Measures. Included were accelerated programmes to produce either advice to RAF for UORs in the Gulf War or Operational Emergency Clearances of development equipment prior to full production qualification

§Carried out assessment of safety documentation amassed over many previous years of CSP, from Preliminary Hazard Analysis to System Safety Assessment Report.

§Clearance of major trials such as first firing trial of AMRAAM with mid course guidance on QinetiQ range

§Adherence to fast-paced programme of development flight trial clearances on mission systems software & hardware; reacted quickly to accommodate unplanned changes when hardware failures occurred

§Redistributed workload to junior engineers to enable timely completion of work & their ongoing learning


Westland Helicopters  (employee)                                                      Sep 1990 - May 2002


Airworthiness Engineer                              Apr 1998 - May 2002

Snapped up by overstretched department into diverse & interesting front-line role, covering the whole spectrum of aircraft design & development, production, maintenance & operation. Promoted within 6 months & entrusted with certifying Merlin entry-into-service

§Negotiated clearances for variety of trials, including EMC testing, testing of mission systems & aircraft avionics suite plus wide range of performance & flying qualification flight tests

§Cleared many aircraft to DERA/QinetiQ for different stages of Military Aircraft Release trials & worked closely with them to ensure the aircraft they received allowed them to achieve their flight testing aims, whilst also ensuring that requests for tests matched contract requirements

§Dealt with changes & upgrades to all types of aircraft system & established their effect on flight limitations


Standards Engineer                                     Sep 1990 - Apr 1998

Acquired substantial knowledge & ability to guide design/production engineers in application & use of huge range of standards; these underpin function of entire aircraft & defence industry for aircraft design & manufacture e.g. Mil Standards, Def Stans, JSP, SBAC, AECMA, RTCA, ARINC. Also published proprietary technical & manufacturing documents for WHL

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