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Test Engineer

Location:
Chula Vista, California, United States
Salary:
40 Hr
Posted:
November 13, 2017

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John Stevenson

Chula Vista Ca

619-***-****

Many years experience in supervision, reference design, new product introduction (NPI), product design verification test and system level test, including writing test procedures, and agency certification packages, hiring and managing Engineers, RF Technicians and assemblers for both engineering and manufacturing as well as setting up engineering, test and manufacturing test labs, procuring test equipment, acquiring software and supplies. Experience in reference design, component test, board layout, evaluation, manufacturing and designing from components to finished products. Recent experience as Purchasing Manager for hi-tech RF Cell phone equipment design company.

Experience in RF, Wireless and Microwave manufacturing and test engineering at all levels, including writing test plans, procedures BOM, ECO and reports. Experience in the use of many highly complex digital and analog modulation techniques currently in use in modern wireless communications through many years of testing RF/Microwave test equipment, including Spectrum and Network Analyzers, RF and Digitally Modulated Signal Generators and Sweep Generators, Bit Error Rate Testers, Power Meters, Noise Figure Meters, RF test equipment and ATE.

Experience in RF part of CDMA, TDMA, GSM, DCS, NADC, CDPD, SMR, IDEN, EDGE, WCDMA, BLUETOOTH, WI-MAX, RFID and Mil-Spec equipment. Qualified to collect, write, and submit documentation to the FCC, ETSI, FDA, Mil-Spec, Canada and other agencies for type acceptance. Experience on many kinds of RF, Microwave and Wireless assemblies, such as low noise amplifiers, high power amplifiers, block up and down converters, PLL, filters, isolators and circulators, duplexers, repeaters, active antenna systems.

Familiar with Microsoft Windows, Office, Word, Excel and many other programs. Experienced in acquiring and installing the hardware and software for ATE and assisting the programmers to ensure the software programming runs the test procedures properly. I am hands-on, design by test type of person. I can take a set of desired parameters and select existing products to assemble into a unit to reach those parameters or, if no product exists to make those parameters. I am good at working with component manufacturers or suppliers to get the parts made that will meet those parameters. I am proficient at finding and dealing with many RF component sources worldwide and getting multiple sources to build, test, and supply equivalent components at the very best price. I am qualified in making reference designs and BOM from schematics and at designing test fixtures to test components, partial circuits and full UUT. I am skilled at writing test procedures to manually test RF and Microwave UUT and systems. Summary:

30 years experience in RF/Microwave System/Product Test Engineer at all levels. CDMA, TDMA, GSM, DCS, NADC, PDC, CDPD, SMR, IDEN, EDGE, WCDMA, BLUETOOTH, WI-MAX, RFID, as well as Mil-Spec equipment. IS-95, I S-136, IS-2000, 2G, 3G, 3GPP, 802.11, 802.16, IS-54, and other cellular and industry standards. Experienced in performing RF Minimum Performance test cases based on PTCRB specifications.

Experience resolving technical issues. Collect, write, and submit documentation to the FCC, FDA, Mil-Spec, EU, Canada and other agencies for type acceptance. Part 15. New Product Introduction from engineering to manufacturing to system level. Write brochures, test plans, procedures and reports. Set up engineering test and manufacturing test labs, procure the test equipment and supplies. Manage test equipment calibration schedules. Manage engineering, test and manufacturing. Component test engineering. Reference design and BOMs.

Cost reduction and increase manufacturing output. Acquire the software for ATE (LabView, Linux) and assist the programmers to ensure that the software runs the test procedures properly. Use of many highly complex digital and analog modulation techniques currently in use in modern wireless communications as well as many of the older techniques of analog RF and microwave testing.

Employment History:

5BARz International, San Diego Ca 1/2014 – to date RF Engineering Purchasing Consultant - Started as RF Design Test Engineer became Purchasing Manager for New Product Design and Handoff to Manufacturing in San Diego, Mexico and India. Hi-tech RF Cell phone extender repeater in one small box. RF Doctor, Chula Vista Ca 3/2013 – 1/2014

RF Test Engineering Consultant – Contract Taoglas, editing Playback media production services. Quake Global, San Diego Ca 6/2012 - 3/2013

RF Test Engineering Technician - Operated RF Test Engineering Lab, fabricated test fixtures, JTAG boards and cables, acquired connectors, adapters and other parts required by engineers. Used Orcad for drawings and a Set up and repaired DVT racks. The product was RF Satellite/ Wireless/ GPS/ Internet modems used for tracking systems.

RF Doctor, Chula Vista Ca 2/2007 – 6/2012

RF Test Engineering Consultant – Worked with several manufacturers of high tech RF equipment. Perform editing for Playback.net, a media production services company. Assisted Teledyne with tuning toroid filters and combline GPS Filters

CalAmp, San Diego CA 5/2006 – 2/2007

RF Test Engineer - Responsible for product design verification testing, evaluating test fixtures and prototype circuit boards and writing test procedures for GPS receiver modules, GSM/CDMA/IDEN vehicle tracking system and also RF 4 x 4 Switches for Satellite TV systems. FCC, ETSI, PTCRB, CTIA, NMEA and Cingular approval testing.

SMS Technologies, San Diego CA 11/2005 – 1/2006

RF Test Technician (Contract) – Performed t est and debugging on many different RF, Video, and other products that SMS Technologies contract manufactures for many companies. Tuned filters. Designed new test data sheets.

RF Magic, S an Diego, CA 2/2004 - 4/2004

RF Test Engineer (Consultant thru RF Doctor) - Responsible for product design verification testing, evaluating test fixtures and prototype circuit boards and writing test procedures for the WI-MAX system on a chip. Performed component engineering and assisted with reference board component layout. RF Testing of RFIC and reference designs in WI-MAX for Intel and Alvarion. Up and down convert to connect RF to baseband. IEEE 802.16

Single Chip Systems, San Diego, CA 4/2002 - 2/2004 RFID Test Engineer ( Consultant) - R FID product and systems test. Design, prototype and verify tests, fabricate test fixtures, test PCBAs and systems and write test procedures for the SCS RFID scanner system. Component selection, evaluation and approval. System, component, bench and field testing. Baseband, 915 MHz and 2.45 GHz ISM bands, frequency hopping. Zeevo, Sunnyvale, CA 7/2001 - 11/2001

RF Manufacturing Test Engineer (Consultant) - Evaluate test fixtures and write test procedures for the Bluetooth RF system on a chip. Verified RF, analog and digital on single chip for pre-NPI. IEEE 902.11

Repeater Technologies, Sunnyvale, CA 10/2000 - 4/2001 RF Test Engineer ( Consultant) - D esign, test, verify and document RF modules and repeater systems. Tune notch filters. Perform complete failure analysis on repeater products. Field test. Troubleshoot components, systems and equipment. Prepare tests and diagnostic programs. Design test fixtures and procure the test equipment and supplies. Write complete specs and procedures for NPI. Support operations on existing cellular repeater products. 800/***/****/1900 MHz. W-CDMA, CDMA 2000, CDMA One, CDMA, TDMA, GSM, EDGE, 3G.

LGC Wireless, Berkeley/San Jose, CA 12/1997 - 6/2000 RF Hardware Test Engineer - Set up a test engineering and manufacturing department for an enterprise distributed antenna and repeater system for cellular/PCS phone system. Base stations. Repeaters. Up and down converters. Identify and acquire required test equipment, fixtures, GPS, and associated computers. Set up test equipment calibration schedule. Responsible for the overall NPI - product design verification test, system and field test including component engineering, writing test procedures, and FCC, ETSI and Canadian Certification packages. Hire and manage a group of Test Engineers, RF Technicians and Assemblers. Resolve technical issues and ATE LabView verification. All major cellular and PCS modulation techniques and bands. 800/***/****/1900 MHz. CDMA, TDMA, GSM, DCS, NADC, CDPD, SMR, IDEN, EDGE, 3G.

DIVA Communications, Berkeley, CA 3/1995 - 12/1997 RF Test Engineer - Take a wireless local loop system (WLL/WLAN) from design and marketing verification to component engineering to shipment from manufacturing, (NPI). Write test procedures. Set up and manage MFG/Eng test labs, system and field test, and assembly area. Hire and manage manufacturing technicians and assemblers. Identify and acquire required test equipment, fixtures, GPS, ATE and associated computers. Set up test equipment calibration. PDC and TDMA. MAR Associates, San Diego, CA 8/1994 - 2/1995

RF Test Engineer (Consultant) - Design verification tests and align microwave cable TV systems. Cable video over microwave. Receivers, LNA, High Power Amplifiers, Repeaters, Block up and down converters, cabling, waveguides, tuned filters and antennas. Procure the test equipment. Manage the test and manufacturing lab. Set up test equipment calibration schedule. System and field test. 800 MHz and 18 GHz. NPI. FCC, ETSI and Canadian Certification. PCSI, San Diego, CA/Washington, DC 1 /1994 - 7/1994 RF Test Engineer (Consultant)

Conduct field system verification trials and trade show demonstrations of the CDPD system installed in the Baltimore/Washington area as Director of Wireless Systems for Bell Atlantic Mobile. Drive test the base station and mobile subscriber computer units and set up the operating parameters that enable proper operation of the deployed system and provide the baseline for system installations nationwide. AMPS 800 MHz band. FCC Certification.

Qualcomm, Inc., San Diego, CA 1 1/1992 - 6/1994

RF Test Engineering Technician - T ake CDMA base station from prototype to production. NPI. Manage RF design engineers and technicians to turn retired engineer’s notes into products and schematics. Develop test methods and procedures for verification and ATE tests of the RF sections, GPS, Power Amplifiers, LNA, Antenna Distribution Units, RF modems, and Signal Processing boards. Manage test and manufacturing lab. Train technicians and newly graduated test engineers in RF testing procedures. 800 and 1900 MHz. FCC, ETSI, Canadian Certification. M anage RF design engineers and technicians.

Lunar Industries, San Diego, CA 6/1986 - 7/1993

RF Test Technician - D esign, manufacture, and test custom Low Noise Preamps, High Power Amplifiers, S Band Low Noise Block Down Converters, Tuned Filters, Repeaters and RF systems for telecommunications and television. High power transistor drivers for final Klyston radar and TV transmitters. Write, Edit and Assemble marketing and documentation packages. Manage NPI, manufacturing, test, system, engineering, purchasing, and shipping departments. Procure test equipment. Set up test equipment calibration schedule. FCC Certification. 3 0 MHZ to 18 GHz RF Doctor, Chula Vista, CA 7 /1980 - 5/1986

RF Test Technician (Contracts at several companies) Contract RF Engineering, System, Field and Manufacturing Test positions. Test and troubleshoot RF and electronic equipment. RF powered surgical lasers FDA, RF and X-ray equipment for NDT of the Saturn 5 missile, communication systems, RF drones for military targeting, RF/microwave antenna test and redesign, Cubic, filter tuning at Integrated Microwave, Magnetrons, TWT and Klystrons and other military related RF systems at Raytheon. Microwave LNA and HPA at Amplica. Up to 20 GHz. USAF, Various locations 6/1974 - 6/1980

RF Test Technician - R F Test positions. Test and troubleshoot Electronic Countermeasures Systems. High Power transmitters, Magnetrons, Klystrons, TWTs, Radar Homing and Warning Systems and other RF and electronic systems. Supervise up to 20 airmen. Honor Graduate, RF Tech School, Keesler AFB. Up to 20 GHz. Top Secret.

Skills:

Familiar with most RF Test Equipment, Spectrum and Network Analyzers, RF and Digitally Modulated Signal Generators and Sweep Generators, Bit Error Rate Testers, Power Meters, Noise Figure Meters, Wireless and Radio Communications Test Sets, and other RF Test Equipment and ATE. Many years experience on RF/Microwave assemblies, such as low noise amplifiers, high power amplifiers, block up and down converters, tuned filters, isolators and circulators, duplexers, repeaters, phase lock loops, active and distributed antenna systems. Education:

USIU - BSEE 1985-87, San Diego, CA

CSU Stanislaus 1975-1978, Turlock, CA

CCAF - ASEET 1973-1980, CA, TX, MS, Spain

Northeastern University 1971-1973, Boston, MA

Continuing Education:

NASA Spec soldering and inspection at Quantic Industries, CDMA at Qualcomm, Vector Network Analysis at HP/Agilent, CDPD at PCSI, 3G/EDGE Technologies at Tektronix/Rohde & Schwarz, W-CDMA Test and Measurement at Agilent, RFID at SCS. Online seminars from Tektronix, Agilent, Spirent iDEN. ROHS compliance. Member CDG (CDMA Development Group), Anritsu and IEEE.



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