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RF High Power Test Technician

Santa Clara, California, 95051, United States
April 21, 2019

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Bruce Nestinger

**** **** ***

Santa Clara, CA **051

Cell Phone: 408-***-****

Home Phone: 408-***-****


Responsible, productive, energetic, work well as a team member or independently

Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet deadlines

In most recent position, at Comet Technologies USA, performed RF HIGH POWER, Final Acceptance Testing, adjust/align, validation and troubleshooting, of PLASMA CONTROL, impedance matching networks and vacuum capacitors

Over nine years experience, at SSL, RF testing commercial satellite flight hardware

Three years experience, at General Dynamics, testing military satellite subsystems

Efficiently test RF/microwave spacecraft assemblies, up to Ka-band frequencies

Provide test data and technical support for systems engineers and customers


High Power Amplifiers, Spectrum Analyzers, Network Analyzers, Power Meters, Power Sensors, Signal Generators, Oscilloscopes, Vacuum Chambers, Multimeters, Precision DC Power Supplies, Frequency Counters


Community College of the Air Force

Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Systems Technology

County College of Morris, Randolph, New Jersey

Associate in Arts in Business Administration


COMET Technologies USA, Inc. Dec’17 – Apr’19

RF Test Technician San Jose, CA

Perform Final Production Testing, of HIGH POWER RF Matching Network Assemblies

Incoming test/troubleshoot and final test of, Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA’s)

SSL, LLC., Oct’07 to Aug’17

Senior Engineering Assistant Palo Alto, CA

Antenna/Multiplexer Departments

Conduct HIGH POWER RF TESTING, critical pressure, PIM testing

Configure high power equipment, including couplers, circulators and W/G

Install, verify, and maintain thermocouples as required for tests

Troubleshoot and resolve any problems associated with test stations

Set up vacuum stations for a variety of multiplexers, filters and diplexers

Test RF low power passive devices, on bench and thermal vacuum stations

Northrop Grumman (NESCO Contractor) Jul’07 to Sep’07

Senior Electronics Technician Sunnyvale, CA

Completed a two month assignment testing Trident II Launcher Control Group hardware

Verified the operation and electrical performance of Firing Units, Launch Safing Units, relays and components of the integrated fleet ballistic missile submarine launch systems

Recommended, wrote improvements, for the step-by-step surveillance test procedures

Prepared summary reports, evaluated test data compliance, to specification parameters

General Dynamics May’04 to Jun’07

Senior Electronics Technician Scottsdale, AZ

Performed final acceptance testing, of RF electronics products

Identified discrepancies in test procedure and block diagram, during alignment, testing

Worked independently on night shift, performing manual and automated environmental tests with STE’s (specialized test equipment rack systems)

Communications & Power Industries Nov’03 to Feb’04

Electronics Technician Palo Alto, CA

Verified calibration of test equipment using Fluke MET/CAL software with GPIB interface

Re-certified and labeled test equipment meeting performance specification parameters

Performed on site calibrations of analog/digital, current/volt/temp meters, liquid flow meters, on high voltage test stations, used in the manufacture of Klystrons and TWT’s

Space Systems/Loral Jun’95 to Mar’03

Engineering Assistant Palo Alto, CA

Built, modified, and calibrated automated test stations to test satellite flight hardware

Performed vacuum testing and vibration of RF electronics products, including transmitters, receivers, up/down converters, LNAs and channel amplifiers

Performed the following final acceptance tests: gain, DC power, frequency response, spurious, C/3IM, telemetry, noise figure and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

Performed dual role as a QC designate: completed test surveillance, verified test equipment calibration, mate/de-mate, torque and authorized vibration

Set up DC wiring and electrical control panels, enabled test stations to be quickly and accurately re-configured, to test high reliability RF/microwave spacecraft products

United States Air Force May’78 to Jun’95

Satellite Communications Systems

Honorably retired after seventeen years of dedicated service, under Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) Program, by the National Defense Authorization Act of 1994

NCOIC Quality Control, at Onizuka Air Station, Sunnyvale, CA, July’93 to Jun’95

Supervised two Quality Inspectors, performed audits of personnel and equipment

Maintenance NCO Satellite Communications ground station, Lajes Field, Azores, May’90 to June’93, responsible for 3 shifts/24 hour coverage, supervised fifteen technicians

Shift Supervisor of dual earth terminals, at Clark Air Base, Philippines, May’83 to May’90

Granted Top Secret Clearance, February 12, 1982

Team Lead for mobile satellite earth terminals, Robins AFB, Georgia, Nov’80 to May’83

Satellite Communications Technician, at Lajes Field, Azores, July’79 to Oct’80

Satellite Systems Training, at Fort Gordon, Augusta, Georgia, Nov’78 to Jun’79

Basic Electronics Training, at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi, Jul’78 to Nov’78

Basic Military Training, at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, May’78 to Jul’78

Granted Secret Clearance, May 1, 1978

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