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Technician Engineering

Huntington Beach, CA
April 27, 2016

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Huntington, Beach, CA 92647



OBJECTIVE: Engineering Lab Technician seeking a career in Research, Development, Production and Testing of Electronic/Optical Instrumentation, and new applications of RF/Microwaves, Antennas and EM radiation detection, energy conversion, storage and distribution, solar and planetary exploration. Special interests in EMI/EMC, astronomy, radio astronomy, solar and alternative energy.



INDEPENDENT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, Huntington Beach, CA - 2014-Present

Research, development, and experimentation with unconventional electrical energy conversion apparatus, magnetic amplifier transformers, antennas and communication systems. Proprietary self- directed and funded independent research.

PRINCIPLE TELESCOPE TECHNICIAN, UCO, Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, CA - 2013-2014

Operate Shane 3-meter telescope for observers, upkeep and repair of entire observatory facilities, including electronic, mechanical and optical systems and instruments.

PHYSICS LABORATORY MANAGER, University of La Verne, Physics Dept., La Verne, CA - 2012-2013

Running daily activities of instructional physics laboratory; design, construction and repair of various laboratory experiments, projects and instruments for faculty and students.


Research, development, and experimentation with unconventional electrical energy conversion apparatus, magnetic amplifier transformers, antennas and communication systems. Proprietary self- directed and funded independent research.

SR. ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN, Pomona College, Physics and Astronomy Dept.,

Claremont, California - 2006 - 2009

Running daily activities of instructional electronics laboratory; design, construction and repair of various electronic projects and instruments for faculty and students. Support and repair of 1-meter telescope at JPL Table Mountain Observatory, support of scanning electron microscope. Purchasing parts, supplies and electronic instruments.

ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN, Pentadyne Power Corporation,

Chatsworth, California - (Temporary Assignment)- 2005-2006

Construction, testing, calibration, and repair of all phases of electrical and electronic systems of magnetic levitated flywheel energy storage units. LabView and custom automated test system operation.

OBSERVATORY TECHNICIAN, San Fernando Solar Observatory,

California State University Northridge - Graduate Assistant, 2003-2004

Installation, testing and programming of CCD digital camera. Repair and redesign of thermal control systems and filter wheel motor controller. General maintenance of telescope instruments.

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE ENGINEER, National Radio Astronomy Observatory,

Socorro, New Mexico - Internship, 2002

Cryogenic microwave receiver and amplifier repair, redesign, retrofit, testing and characterization. Upgrade of Very Large Array to include filters for Iridium satellites.

Study of effects of high solar flux on low noise amplifier performance.

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN II, National Institute of Standards and

Technology, Boulder, Colorado - Internship, 2000

Instrument prototype fabrication, circuit testing, engineering re-design and liaison, precision machine work, circuit board layout and modification, cable and connector construction, solid state device characterization and selection. Antenna field strength measurements.


University of Colorado, Boulder – Student Assistant, 1999

Assisted in operation of daily activities of junior and senior optics, nuclear physics and electronics labs. Setup and repair of equipment. Repaired and refurbished facilities. Assisted students with labs and equipment use.


University of Colorado, Boulder – Student Assistant, 1998-1999

Patrolled facilities during evening hours and weekends. Took statistics of attendance and building use. Helped students with projects and computers. General maintenance upkeep of computers, printers and project labs.


Mountain View, California – (Temporary Assignment) 1997

Tuned duplexer cavities using HP network analyzers, QA and QC trouble-shooting of manufacturing process, autotest software and documentation of procedures. Engineering liaison, redesign of RF circuit boards to 1-GHz.

CALIBRATION TECHNICIAN, Hewlett-Packard Golden Gate Service Center

Mountain View, California – (Temporary Assignment) 1997

Tested, aligned, calibrated and certified a wide variety of Hewlett-Packard test instruments to NIST and MIL-A standards using HP 9000 automated test system under HP/UX and custom program control.

TEST TECHNICIAN, Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

Fort Collins, Colorado – (Temporary Assignment) 1997

Automated test, troubleshooting, calibration and modification of vapor deposition RF power supplies to ISO-9000 standards. Environmental test chamber operation under Visual Basic program control.

TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE, Concept 2000 Manufacturing, LLC

Boulder, Colorado (Out of Business) 1996 - 1997

Construction, prototyping, re-design and testing of biomedical equipment and magnetic pulse generators. Setup of IBM PC's for AutoCAD and related product design and production. General assistance with production and R&D activities.

TECHNICAL SALES, J. B. Saunders Company,

Boulder, Colorado - 1995

Assisted customers in obtaining electronic and mechanical parts, materials and electronic instruments. Repaired and built custom assemblies, cables and equipment. Sales and bookkeeping. Attended surplus sale auctions.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Green Technologies, Inc.

Boulder, Colorado (Out of Business) - 1994

Design, testing, experimentation and analysis of non-conventional transformers, motor controllers and converters. General operation of R&D lab, equipment selection, purchase, setup, operation and maintenance.

ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN, Microsemi Corporation

Santa Ana, California – 1990-1993

Repaired, rebuilt and modified Teradyne mini / microcomputer automated semiconductor test systems, high-speed oscilloscopes and pulse generators, diode test fixtures and interface equipment. Custom PC interface design.


ELECTRONIC/SCIENTIFIC TEST EQUIPMENT: Analog and digital multi-meters, vector voltmeters, LCR meters, impedance bridges, and power factor meters. Real-time and sampling high speed oscilloscopes, spectrum and network analyzers, frequency counters and time standards. RF pulse, function and signal generators, mixers, filters, amplifiers, power meters, A/D converters, radiation detectors, CCD cameras, Foucault testers, small IR, UV and optical lasers, interferometers, optical spectrum analyzers and time domain reflectometers, transmission line probes, SWR and field intensity meters, HV Power supplies. Vacuum and cryogenic equipment. Radio and wireless equipment.

SHOP SKILLS: Common shop mechanical and woodworking skills. Electronic bench repair and calibration. Soldering, de-soldering and brazing. Drill press, small lathe, milling machine, grinders, sheet metal and PCB prototype construction. Optical bench work, laser operation, optical cleaning and alignment. Coaxial cable fabrication and installation. Electronic and electromechanical drafting. Machine shop certification, University of Colorado.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Familiar with IBM/PC, MS/DOS, Windows, Macintosh and UNIX/LINUX systems. Know fundamental BASIC, FORTRAN, APL, C, C++, Microsoft Word, Excel, MathCad, AutoCad, LabView, Matlab, Orcad, Eagle, Pspice and various instrumentation and communication programs. Good understanding of computer architecture and digital logic design and troubleshooting using common TTL, MOS, and CMOS circuits. Have torn down and rebuilt mini and microcomputers and peripherals. Constructed and repaired custom PC’s and instrument, video and camera interfaces.


GENERAL SKILLS: Very good written, documentation, verbal and team skills. Have performed extensive in-depth technical library research and patent searches in electrical and electronic engineering and physics. Have given technical talks and presentations, managed and maintained research labs and engineering shops, selected and purchased components and materials. Participated with faculty, engineering and staff round-table discussions and decisions. Have conducted private research and development work.


B.A. Physics, 3.2 GPA, Astronomy minor

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

A.A. Electronics Technology, with honors,

Orange Coast Community College, Costa Mesa, California

Machine Shop certification, University of Colorado Physics Department

Further graduate studies at University of Colorado, New Mexico Tech, Cal Poly SLO/Pomona and Cal State Northridge


SPACE SHUTTLE EXPERIMENT TEAM, Cal Poly Space Program, “Get Away Special”. Proposed, designed and managed technical projects for experimental package on the Space Shuttle, including physical, chemical and biological experiments, using NASA techniques of project management, system integration and risk analysis.

EARTHWATCH STUDY GROUP, Astronomy department, Wesleyan University. Studied causes of stray light pollution throughout United States affecting optical observatories. Survey conducted to measure light pollution with self-constructed comparative photometers. Review of photometric techniques and standards. Overview of observatory site studies.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP, USN Pacific Fleet Communications Center, San Diego. Studied long-range, high capacity radio communication techniques, multiplexed voice and data modems, high power transmitters and antenna systems.

Amateur Radio License N6XZH / WB6RJO

Member IEEE, ARRL, SETI League

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