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WEB Solutions Partner - Antelope IT
BMS Solutions Partner - Switch Controls
Integration Solutions Partner - Advanced Desktop Systems
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Last updated on: Monday, 18 September, 2006 12:09
Address 7 Imogen Gardens,
Warwickshire CV34 6FB
Telephone 07973 505704
Date of Birth 28 September 1966
Nationality British / English
Driving Licence Full clean car licence held since 1988
Qualifications CEng Institute of Engineering & Technology July 2005
BEng (Hons) Degree Electrical & Electronic Engineering June 1994
HNC Electronic Engineering & Computer Technology August 1990
Skills and Abilities
< Experienced Software Developer & System Integrator using Visual Basic, .NET & SQL Server.
< Worked with various computer systems, software, databases and programming languages.
< Integrate computer systems, machinery and 3rd party software for statistical process control.
< Extensive technical knowledge acquired working in IT and engineering-related industries.
< Maintain a good working knowledge of the latest innovations in science and technology.
< Enthusiastic, confident, can show initiative when working either on my own or in a team.
< Willing to travel, eager to learn and easily adapt to new ideas, situations and environments.
< Can liaise well and create a good working relationship with clients, employers and staff.
< Publish & maintain my own website, network, PC’s, servers, workstations & software.
Hobbies and Interests
In my recreational time I enjoy scuba diving, swimming, cycling, weight training, photography, genealogy, computing, cinema (Sci-Fi and Action), militaria, socialising and travelling. To date I’ve toured Australia, Thailand, Central America, Europe and the USA. As a keen diver I regularly visit the Red Sea and have dived Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Belize’s atolls & reefs. I also enjoy motor racing, spectating at the F1 & Le Mans 24 hour and Classic Grand Prix. Currently I’m studying to improve my .NET and WEB skills.
I have a natural curiosity in technology and an ambition to develop my skills in the computing and engineering industries. I enjoy working in exciting, challenging environments and would like this to continue to be an integral part of my work.
Software Engineer, Advanced Desktop Systems, London Nov. 2004 – Oct. 2006
Contracted to develop and integrate applications to monitor and control: security, card access, power consumption, voltage, current, temperature, humidity, HVAC and server status in buildings & WEB farms for a Power Management, Control System and BMS (Building Management Systems). Visual Basic 6 & .NET was used to create GUI’s, drivers, real time data acquisition and data processing applications. Various protocols and methods were used to communicate with bespoke systems including SNMP, SMTP, HP OpenView, UDP, TCP/IP, Echelon, Modbus, RS232 and RS485. Telemetry data handled using ADO with MS SQL Server & Access databases. Developed data loggers using PIC technology with USB & Ethernet interfaces and various sensors.
Software Engineer, Exitech, Oxford Aug. 2005 – July 2006
Contracted to develop and integrate various applications for the control of Robots, Lasers and Imaging Systems for the electronic & semiconductor manufacturing industry. Projects include the imaging, control & automation with various mechanical & piezoelectric stages to sub-micron precision on the RIM (Reticle Imaging Microscope) a high resolution EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet 13.5nm) imaging tool for resist exposure and aerial image monitoring. Developed & tested applications in class 10/100 clean room environments to reduce contamination for 'in vacuum' components. Visual Basic was used to create GUI's, drivers and to control components, MIL 8 (Matrox Imaging Library) was used to develop several machine vision applications to align fiducials and focus reticles. Skills used: VB, OCX, DLL, VSS, MIL 8, MS Office & Windows XP.
Analyst Programmer, Barclays Bank, Coventry Oct. 2003 – Sept. 2004
Contracted to develop business software for a large financial institution. I worked as part of a professional development team consisting of Analyst Programmers, Web Developers, Database Administrators & System Testers. I developed and enhanced applications for the Bank’s Management Information Systems. I created: GUI’s and business rules using Visual Basic; tables and stored procedures using Transact SQL; relational database with SQL Server; tested functionality; supported system / user acceptance testing and role out of the applications the full application lifecycle. Skills used: VB 6, VBA, COM, DLL, OCX, ADO, API, HTML, IIS, MS SQL Server 7 & 2000, T-SQL, Link Servers, MTS, VSS, Install Shield, Test Director, Access & Excel, Win NT4 & 2000.
Software Engineer, Reality Group - Great Universal Stores, Worcester Mar. 2004 – May 2004
Contracted to enhance an existing web based reporting system and an electronic registration application that imports personal data collected by hand held devices to an IBM mainframe using screen scraping. Skills used: VB 6, Attachmate Extra!, MS Access & Excel, API, VSS, HTML, VBScript, IIS, ASP & Windows NT4.
Analyst Programmer/Tester, Lloyds Bank TSB, Birmingham Aug. 2003 - Sept. 2003
Contracted to verify that developed financial applications achieved customer specification for the Bank. I created test scripts, audited code, tested procedures & GUI functionality, advised on solutions when dealing with operating systems, data acquisition & compatibility issues. Skills used: VB 6, VSS, SQL Server 7 and 2000, SQL, T-SQL, Crystal Reports, API, ADO, OLE DB, HTML, CSS, ASP, VBScript, IIS, Windows NT4 & 2000.
Software Engineer, E-SQUARED Ltd, London Jan. 2001 - Nov 2004
Contracted to develop various software applications for the Building Management, Security & Access Systems industry. Projects included developing a client/server based supervisor, contact management system and a bespoke tenant billing system. As the senior software engineer I oversaw the full development lifecycle of the applications, liaised with clients, generated project specifications and timescales, analysed tasks, coded applications, amended and debugged previously developed applications, tested software and hardware systems and gave after sales support including training and technical support. As a developer I used Visual Basic 6 to create GUIs, drivers, real time data acquisition and processing applications. MS SQL Server and Access were used for data storage on single & multiple-tier systems. Reports and graphical representations of data were created using both WEB and MS Office applications. The projects required a good understanding of real time data acquisition and system integration enabling the computers to communicate with third party systems (Trend, Echelon, Lonworks & Compass) using various protocols (RS232, RS485, TCP/IP, Ethernet, SMTP, Modbus & SNMP), techniques & interfaces. Skills required: VB 6, VBA, ActiveX, COM, DLL, Win32 API, RDO, ADO, SQL Server, T-SQL, VSS, MS Access & Excel, IIS, ASP, Dreamweaver MX, Windows NT4, 2000 & XP.
Software Engineer, BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO, Southampton Feb. 1999 - Oct. 2000
Contracted to design, develop and commission a system to automatically record statistical, runtime and quality information from high speed production and inspection equipment for statistical process control. The systems design required integrating various components with unique protocols on several platforms. As the senior system integrator I oversaw the full application lifecycle, liaised with senior management and shop floor workers, gathered system requirements. I coded all applications, tested, commissioned and supported the finished system. Visual Basic was used to create GUIs, integrate proprietary software and hardware systems, extract and collect real time data for statistical analysis, store data on MS SQL Server 7 and Access databases. Statistical reports and graphs were produced using MS Excel and HTML. Other skills used: VB 3 - 6 (16/32 Bit), VBA, ActiveX, OCX, COM, DLL, DDE, OLE, ODBC, RDO, ADO, RS232, SPC, TCP/IP, Ethernet & DecNet, Access, Excel (pivot tables), Minitab, Front Page, ASP, IIS, HTML, SQL Server, T-SQL, Win 98 & NT4 Server.
Software Engineer, MARCONI / GPT CARD TECHNOLOGY, Coventry Nov. 1997 - Dec.1998
Contracted to develop a Visual Inspection & Production Management System for the Smart Cards industry. The visual inspection systems required integrating various machine vision systems & image processing tools with high speed production machinery to accurately detect and reject defective components. The production management system required integrating the current workflow system with the production database to manage the rapid production of smart cards from the ordering process throughout production to despatch. As the senior software developer in a small team of engineers I oversaw the full lifecycle of the applications, liaised with management and shop floor workers, gathered system requirements, coded applications, tested and implemented the finished system and ran staff training. Visual Basic was used to create GUIs, integrate proprietary software and hardware systems, extract and collect real time data for statistical analysis, export date to SQL Server and Access databases. Visual C/C++ was used to create ActiveX interfaces for high speed production equipment. Skills used: VB, VBA, VC/C++, ActiveX, OCX, COM, DLL, DDE, RDO, ODBC, SQL Server, SQL, T-SQL, PLC’s, RS232, TCP/IP, optical & lighting techniques, OCV, mechanical & electronic circuit design.
Applications Engineer, COGNEX UK, Potters Bar Oct. 1995 – Oct. 1997
Employed in the world’s largest Machine Vision Company developing visual inspection & integration applications for the Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Electronic & Telecommunication industries. Applications such as high speed Optical Character Recognition and Verification (OCR-OCV), high accuracy correlation and measurement devices, quality control and component tracking systems. As a developer I used Visual Basic to create GUIs and integration software to control visual inspection systems. Visual C/C++ was used to create ActiveX, OCX interfaces to visual inspection and production systems. I regularly travelled throughout Europe supporting sales staff, evaluated vision applications, consulting system integrators and customers. Assisted in organising exhibitions at various trade shows and designed demonstration systems. Other responsibilities included: maintaining PCs, workstation and networks, sourcing software, hardware, lighting, optics, giving technical support and providing on-site training. I frequently attended technical & sales seminars on vision products at the US HQ in Natick near Boston MA.
Development Engineer, REDIFON - MEL, THOMSON, Crawley Jun. 1993 – Oct. 1995
Employed in the Communication R&D Laboratory for the Defence Industry. Developed DIRECT a mobile radio direction & location finding system. I analysed component equipment, resolved compatibility issues and coded control software. The design required integrating electronic equipment, embedded micro-controllers, global positioning systems GPS, fluxgate electronic compass, Doppler RF direction finder, VHF receivers and digital mapping. Developed MANPACK a man portable spectral occupancy data acquisition and analysis system. This involved writing analysis & control software, designing hardware for an embedded microprocessor & PC104 system, storing & encrypting data, controlling DSP, ADC, AGC, RF synthesiser & filter and a Modem. Also worked on a high power telephoto CCD camera and optics control system.
Design Engineer, THOMSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, Germany July 1992 – June 1993
I worked in the Analogue Integrated Circuit Research and Development Laboratory designing, simulating, testing and documenting VLSI circuits for HF consumer electronics communication products, HDTV & ProLogic.
Software Engineer, CROMPTON LIGHTING, Doncaster July 1990 – Aug. 1990
I worked in the draughtsman’s office developing CAD software using Microsoft C on laptop PC’s to assist field engineers in calculating lighting positions, luminance levels and costing on building schemes.
Computer Technician, RESOURCE, Doncaster Sept. 1988 - Sept. 1989
I worked in an educational computer development company designing, building and testing specialised electronic devices and computer equipment as learning and teaching aids for the local education authority.
Combat Engineer, Royal Engineers, British Armed Forces June 1983 - July 1988
As a Combat Engineer I trained in many aspects of civil and mechanical engineering undertaking various types of work including construction engineer, troop signaller, demolition specialist, medical technician and combat soldier. I toured the Falkland Islands with the RE, RAF & Ghurkhas and Germany with the BAOR.
QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION
Completed advanced technology courses on Microsoft Visual Basic, ‘C/C++’ Object Orientated Programming, ‘Software Systems Analysis and Design’, Microsoft SQL Server Database Design and Microsoft SQL Server Administration, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX & Ultra-Dev 4.
CEng IET (Institute of Engineering & Technology) Sept. 1990 - Present
As a member I regularly attending lectures & events. Awarded Chartered Engineer July 2005.
BEng (Hons) Degree Electrical & Electronic Engineering Sept. 1990 - June 1994
I studied for my Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEE accredited) at De Montfort University. Represented the University in an exchange scheme with Germany’s Furtwangen Fachhochschule working for Thomson Consumer Electronics, Analogue IC R&D Laboratories. I researched Stereoscopic Cinematography techniques and developed a 3D imaging system using analogue electronics & CCD cameras
HNC Electronic Engineering and Computer Technology Sept. 1989 – Aug. 1990
Studied at Doncaster Technical College for my BTEC HNC in Electronic Engineering and Computer Technology. Awarded Distinctions in: Microprocessor Based Systems (Z80, 68xxx, 80xxx), Computer Aided Engineering, Control & Instrumentation Systems & Common Engineering Skills. Merits in: Microelectronic Systems, Electrical & Electronic Principles, Analogue & Digital Electronics, Control Systems Analysis & Projects (Variable Switch Mode Power Supply & Microprocessor Control System).
City & Guilds 726 Information Technology Sept. 1988 - Sept. 1989
Cantley ITEC: Computers & Computing, Digital Electronics, Electronic Circuits & Components, Word-Processing.