Senior Test & Commissioning Engineer

Last Updated: 31st May 2018 (over 4 years ago)

Glasgow, United Kingdom


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HNC/HND/City & Guilds



• Implementing systems and procedures to give better utilisation of staff for Detacon, improving attendance to fault rectification by establishing localised dispatch offices
• Writing schedules for rolling out maintenance routines for Electroman reducing fault ratio by 75%
• Ensuring all equipment ordered was utilised for Network Rail saving costs across 50 sites
• GSM Repeater expertise acknowledged by Network Rail holding full responsibility for £5m project, developed bespoke commissioning documents adopted across the group
• Writing Network Rails guide / handbook to commissioning / testing for new GSM systems
• Redesigning equipment room layout for 50 Job Centre sites to meet H&S specifications
• Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of multicultural teams whilst working in Oman


Siemens PLC
Senior Test & Commissioning Engineer (Telecoms)

   Apr 2015
— Current

• Supervise Telecoms test and commissioning engineering activity to deliver system development and implementation, including sub-contractors and test equipment.
• Undertake the role of Tester in Charge (TIC) on GSM-R Telecoms Projects.
• Production and implementation of test and commissioning documentation deliverables to meet GSM-R Telecoms project Test Strategy requirements.
• Plan test and commissioning facility/equipment requirements and working areas
• Provide test and commissioning knowledge to projects during testing as required
• Witness testing where necessary, review and sign off test results to confirm successful testing completion.
• Maintain and develop own professional competence and encouraging persons working under their supervision similarly.
• Ensure that persons working under their supervision are briefed on their duties and competent to carry out tasks assigned to them and that they accept personal responsibility for work done under the authority delegated to them.
• Ensure the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and work instructions are applied throughout the test and commissioning engineering life cycle.
• Application of standard test and commissioning documentation and specifications to support Fixed Telecoms test and commissioning needs
• Ensure GSM-R Telecoms test and commissioning tasks are delivered in accordance with Siemens Mobility Safety and Quality procedures.
• Ensure GSM-R Telecoms test and commissioning tasks are delivered and undertaken in accordance with customer Health and Safety procedures.
• Maintain and develop good relationships with internal and external customers, industry associations, suppliers and Partners.
• Knowledge of Safety Critical and Safety Related activities in the rail environment.
• Proven flexibility in the role as it requires an element of travelling and unsociable hours working which may include night working, weekend working and bank holiday working.
• Proven experience of supervising delivery of Operational Telecommunications systems test and commissioning activities in the rail environment.

Detacon Al Saudia
Technical Manager South Region

   Jun 2010
— Apr 2015

• Overall management of four Maintenance Centres (MC’s) plus the Regional Office, comprising in total of approximately 140 staff, located in the southern region of Saudi Arabia.
• Ensure that all MC’s are run smoothly, efficiently and that company standards are adhered to.
• Ensure that Service Level Agreement’s (SLA’s) are met; produce Preventive Maintenance Routines (PMR’s) for all aspects of the communication systems including power and environmental systems.
• Provide supervision and guidance to all maintenance teams (this includes Fibre Optic, Microwave, GSM and Power systems) and work execution as and when required.
• Responsible for preparing monthly reports on all activities within the MC’s, overall system status reports and to ensure that the MC’s have the required amount of system spare parts to fulfil contractual obligations.

Network Rail
Site Commissioning Engineer

   Mar 2008
— Mar 2010

• Working autonomously or as part of a small team of engineers responsible for all site auditing, installation, configuration, integration, commissioning, fault finding and performance testing of Network Rails new FTN/GSM-R sites across the UK and to bring them under management of the NOC.
• Technologies include Siemens Secure Cab Radio, Alcatel SDH & PDH equipment, Axell Optical Repeater Hubs, Axell Fibre & “Off Air” Repeaters and Nortel BTS S8000/3 series GSM transceiver equipment.
• Testing of Fibre Optic systems using OTDR and Insertion Loss Measurement equipment. Network Functionality Assessment testing and Performance testing of the system.
• Installation, commissioning and software upgrades on a SCADA system, used for monitoring all alarms in the equipment cabin; this includes environmental alarms, power alarms, door alarms etc.
• Use of specific to type management software used to give access to equipment for the reconfiguration of operating parameters and to check/reset alarms.

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