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electronics technician

Littleton, Colorado, United States
January 22, 2018

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Tim Fornstrom

Mobile/Primary 303-***-****

Objective A position in the field of telecommunications/communications/electronics as an Applications/Communications/Field/Cellular Technician/Engineer utilizing past experience and training with the opportunity for professional growth based on performance. With thirty years of telecommunications experience and direct commercial wireless systems and consumer device experience.



May 1996 – November 2017

Verizon (Airtouch Cellular) Aurora, CO

Cell Technician/Network Assurance Engineer

Verizon Wireless (legally known as Cellco Partnership) is an American telecommunications company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon Communications, offers wireless products and services. With 149 million subscribers as of October 2017, Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the United States. It operates a national 4G LTE network covering about 98 percent of the U.S. Population.

Primary role includes troubleshooting, repair, provisioning, commissioning, preventive maintenance, and implementation of commercial BTS equipment to include Motorola, Alcatel Lucent and Nokia technologies.

Special integration experience includes Indoor Base Station and outdoor Small Cell, Pico Cell, BDA’s, repeaters, Macro, Micro and COW (cell-on-wheels) site installations, certifications and commissioning.

Demonstrated proficiency with Alcatel-Lucent equipment including cabinet and rack-mounted BTS versions. Troubleshooting, installation and integration of BTS components include MCO & MCR radios, ECCMu and ECCM2, controllers, bCEM and bCEM2 channel and carrier modems, 800 MHz & 1900 MHZ TRDU, 800 MHz, 1900 MHZ & 2.1 GHz RRH site amplifiers and site relay alarming, power supply and rectifier units.

Demonstrated proficiency with Motorola BTS systems includes indoor cabinets and outdoor cabinet sites. Troubleshooting, installation and integration of Motorola BTS components include 800 MHz, 1900 MHZ LPAC systems. Proficient in installation and programming of MGLI site controllers. Troubleshooting, installation and integration of MCC and MCCDO channel/carrier components, CSM install and programming,Multicoupler/Preselector units, TX combiners, power supply and rectifier units.

Proficient in troubleshooting and resolving high RSSI BTS system interference, VSWR conditions, RET failures, BCP communications failures, system fiber connections, T1 and fiber backhaul transport issues, antenna DTF sweeps and load testing.

Regular maintenance, troubleshooting and replacement of microwave radios to include Alcatel- Lucent, Aviat, Lynx and ADRF radio systems to include mounting, installation, LOS (line of site) path and realignment.

Performing customer complaint location handset testing using Android and iOS platform DEBUG functions, site sector call and throughput testing. E-911 testing and OTA troubleshooting with 911 NOC engineers.

Regular “on site” and remote collaborations and interfacing with carrier customers, NOC engineers, switch technicians, CM’s, implementation managers, design engineers, system engineers, Tiers I,II & III NOC escalation teams and CPM (customer problem management) teams with Verizon Wireless, CenturyLink, Zayo, American Tower and Clearwire.

Regular management of general contractors and tower crews for tower and roof top environments, electrical, HVAC and site repair and troubleshooting.

DOT compliant, CMV certifications and covering regular on-call rotations and maintenance window tasks and services.

Background clearances include, Denver International Airport (DIA) badging with driver Tim Fornstrom

Mobile/Primary 303-***-****

endorsement, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Xcel Energy primary hubs.

Primary system tools include, Secure CRT, Alctel-Lucent SAM (System Access Manager), Motorola OMC and AEMS System Managers, and Site Portal for BDA, Repeater and alarms management.

CM duties include management of multiple GC’s, pre-construction walks, punch walks, build quality, site upgrade close out packages, parts management, site database management using

“site handler” and “EAMS CAM”.

Proficient with Network Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers, Multi-Meters and Power Supplies.

Performed RMA requests, shipping of defective equipment and receiving of replacement equipment

Maintained cell site, spares location and vehicle spares inventories June 1993 – May 1996

US West Cellular Denver, CO

Cellular Repair Technician

Performed diagnosis and repair of customer user mobile and portable equipment down to the component level.

Identified issues beyond the scope of our allowed repairs and forwarded to manufacturers for repair.

Performed uplink and downlink testing using Marconi Signal Generators and Spectrum Analyzers.

Specialized in Motorola and Audiovox cellular products, also proficient in Nokia and Fujitsu products.

Proficient soldering skills, including flat packs and working under a viewing scope for delicate repairs

June 1991 – June 1993

US West Cellular Westminster, CO

Service and Installation Manager

Managed Installation and Service staff.

Performed customer interface and service for installation, repairs and new equipment programming.

Performed RMA requests, managed shipping, receiving and tracking of factory repairs.

Performed diagnosis and testing of user mobile and portable equipment with Marconi system simulators.

Maintenance of repair supplies and parts inventory

Programming and verification of new cellular service for customers January 1990 – June 1991

US West Cellular Westminster, CO

Service Technician

Performed customer interface and service for repairs and new equipment programming.

Performed RMA requests, managed shipping, receiving and tracking of factory repairs.

Performed diagnosis and testing of user mobile and portable equipment with Marconi system simulators.

Programming and verification of new cellular service for customers Tim Fornstrom

Mobile/Primary 303-***-****

June 1988 – January 1990

US West Cellular Westminster, CO

Installation Technician

US West Cellular was the wireless division of US West Communications, becoming Qwest and now Century Link. The US West cellular division was sold and became part of Airtouch Cellular, Airtouch cellular was part of the merger that created Verizon Wireless.

Performed installation and repair of customer mobile cellular and IMTS equipment

Maintained inventory of installation hardware and accessories

Specialist in installations for disabled customer vehicles Computer


Microsoft OS, JDSU, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Able to learn and use new equipment interface systems quickly Education Diploma, Burke High School, Omaha, NE, 1981

Diploma, Electronics Technologies, Gateway Electronics Institute, Omaha, NE, 1984

Certified, First aid, CPR and AED, Medic First Aid, 2016

Multiple driver training courses

Environmental Health and Safety certification

IP networking

Ladder safety certification


Visual Fault locators

Fiber Check probe Microscope/P5000i Fiber microscope


Base Station Analyzer 745B

Power Check 1 Optical Power Meter

QT600 Ethernet Probe

Sitemaster Sweep gear

Spectrum analyzers

Digital voltmeters

Ethernet cable testers

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