Graham North BSc
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All described below have at least 6 months experience ranging to 30 years:
Unix: AIX, Solaris, HPUX; Linux: RedHat, SuSE, Debian, Gentoo, Montavista (Kernel 2.2+); Android (Froyo+); IOS; RTOS: VxWorks, AMX, MeOS, MOS; Windows Server, Desktop (from 3.1), Mobile (CE 2.0+, Pocket PC 2000/2002, WinCE 5/6).
ARM7/9/11/Cortex/SAM3X, MIPS, Motorola E500/68332, Intel (Pentium/Xeon/Nehalum/Westmere), PIC (16FXXX), Broadcom VideoCore, JTAG, Philips XA (16-bit), ST10 (16-bit), Atmel AVR.
Due to my maturity and experience I have been considered a team lead or team manager.
This included man management: task allocation, performance assessment, also in some roles this extended to hiring and project management.
Principle Embedded Real-Time Engineer/Architect (Turbo Electric)
Turbo Electric is an international start-up in electric vehicles.
My engineering role is to develop embedded control systems for the AC induction motor drive and for the in-car displays and camera/autonomous systems.
This is using embedded C/C++ on AVR and ARM using the GNU GCC for the controllers.
Also using C++/OpenGL on VideoCore chipset for 3D rendering with GCC.
The 500kW motor drive systems are developed on a SAM3X chipset to be embedded inside the inverter housing and are require to comply with IEC 61508.
The in car displays are designed for 21inch touchscreen panels and are required to be very responsive on the Broadcom/VideoCore chipset, so entirely written in embedded C/C++ and OpenGL ES 2.0.
The camera / autonomous systems are developed in C++ to interact with the user, controllers and display systems.
Diagnostics are in the form of browser based tools which are served up by the primary display controller.
Linux Real-Time System Engineer/Architect (Campus Society / Connectt 07/18-10/18)
Skills: Webservers, Android, IOS, Python, Control Automation, Logging, Database, GitLab, Jira, Confluence, Scrum, Kanban, BASH
Campus Society (Connectt Ltd) produce a social media platform originally targeted at students, but are expanding is as a platform for businesses.
My role there was to evolve the development showcase to a high volume platform suitable for world class businesses.
Their application stack was Android/IOS frontend to Django middleware and MongoDB/Postgres (RDS) backend.
They also used ElasticSearch for results caching.
This involved porting their monolithic architecture deployed to a set of permanent clouds servers in AWS using Ansible to an IAC microservices based cloud architecture in virtual environments on AWS.
This also involved evolving their legacy discontinuous deployment which required a maintenance window for deployment, to an IAC continuous blue/green deployment which was used to deploy live without downtime, coded in Terraform and BASH for Gitlab CI.
The new deployment stack and model I coded up with the developers input to ensure smooth transition, to evolve the workflow and increase productivity over time.
I also needed to code and deploy a new build system using Gitlab CI to remove deployment contention and accelerate product development on Digital Ocean and AWS.
I also coded up as IAC logging aggregation using ELK: ElasticSearch, Kibana, Filebeat and Metricbeat on Digital Ocean and AWS.
All this was using docker for containerisation into AWS and Digital Ocean.
Once this was completed I did performance tuning on the result using Selenium, Celery, Python and BASH on AWS.
I managed to take a site barely capable of 100hits/sec with rare deployments due to downtime to one which exceeded 1,000 hits/sec with daily deployments and had the potential to reach 10,000 hits/sec with further performance tuning and up to 20 deployments per day.
Also a site which suffered from downtime on an unpredictable daily basis, to one where downtime was a rare and very manageable even during major site upgrades.
SCM was Git using Gitlab, Continuous Integration/Deployment was GitLab CI, project management was Jira Scrum and Kanban, documentation was Confluence.
I was also required to support their community teams, partners and the public for live issues.
Linux System Engineer/Architect (QuintilesIMS 05/17-03/18)
Skills: Webservers, Control Automation, Logging, OS, Git/GitLab, Jira, Confluence, Artifactory, Scrum, Kanban, IAC
QuintilesIMS globally collect and provide medical data.
My role was to join their existing engineering team which were creating the delivery automation for developers.
The developers were creating applications for QuintilesIMS clients to process medical data.
This was to upgrade an existing product which was past end-of-life.
The team had problems with their existing platform which was manually deployed, inconsistent and required constant maintenance.
I was asked create deployments for all the software on an existing platform.
This included coding up automation.
I created the automation from scratch to deploy to target environments.
I was also asked to upgrade existing legacy builds.
I managed to stabilise the software and create a predictable platform which allowed the developers to focus on the engineering and increase productivity.
Part of my role was to support developers, management, architects and clients fixing bugs and providing customer solutions as needed.
I was also involved in some POC and analysis for the company's future platform.
All code was controlled in GitLab.
The teams were managed as Kanban using Jira for all workflow and Confluence for documentation.
Development teams used Scrum workflow.
The role required some travel to support teams in Warsaw and Paris.
Linux Technical Engineer/Architect (Secret Escapes 02/17-04/17)
Skills: Databases, Webservers, Control Automation, Logging, Git/GitHub, Jira, Confluence, Scrum, Kanban
Secret Escapes are a holiday trading website and re-seller.
They were really looking for a permanent engineer so I was hired to fill the role while they were recruiting.
During my stay I was automating their existing manual build/test to a true automated platform.
There main issue was the poor quality tests, which were written in the wrong framework.
Also they had issues with the speed of their storage which required tuning
I was tasked to fix immediate issues with the platform and then automate it as much as I could.
I managed to create a predictable platform which the developers and testers could benchmark and then iteratively improve, allowing the product to improve.
All code was stored on GitHub.
All workflow was in Jira using Kanban management.
Other teams were using Scrum management.
Real-Time Technical Engineer/Architect (Home Office 05/16-11/16)
Skills: C++, Database, Webservers, Control Automation, Git, Jira, Stash/BitBucket, Confluence, Scrum/SAFe
Mastek worked with the Home Office onsite in Fleet Street to provide solutions in their Immigration Platform Technologies.
I was asked to provide a solution encompassing their existing platform into a new deployment environment.
This involved assessing their existing Linux development toolset and upgrade it.
As Technical Engineer I was involved in the coding of the scripts/modules to port to the new infrastructure
I was also involved in coding network monitoring tools in C++
All code was controlled in GIT/BitBucket(Stash).
The teams were managed as Scrum/SAFe using Jira for all workflow and Confluence for documentation.
Real Time Platform Engineer/Network Architect (CenturyLink 02/13-01/16)
CenturyLink (formerly Savvis) provide global hosting and network services.
Hired to provide expert-level customer-facing technical support for their main customer Thomson-Reuters and their client.
Designed and developed real-time small-formfactor monitoring platform in C/C++ on Linux Intel/ARM platform.
This involved deploying many devices all communicating via IP WAN using a custom VPN network and using statistical analysis to assess the network and predict and automatically provide solutions.
Worked with the client mathematicians and engineers to modify customer real-time applications to improve algorithm performance.
Successfully generated significant revenue and customer confidence using the monitoring equipment and application modifications.
Required to use Remedy BMS software for incidents and requests, and GIT version control.
Direct reports:2 Reporting to: Global Senior Manager
Indirectly managing approx 50 Engineers workload when required.
Real-Time LTE Platform Architect (Alcatel-Lucent 11/12-01/13)
Skills: C/C++, Linux, Apache, Python, packages, Bash/Awk/Sed, Jenkins/Hudson, Virtualisation.
Alcatel-Lucent provide telecoms and mobile networks world wide.
Hired to work on building the firmware initial boot environment and lowest layer of the Linux Kernel and uboot bootloader in C++/C using GNU tools.
Coded the initial boot stages on a new LTE small cell platform in C/Assembly using GCC.
Coded image payload deployment system for deploying firmware image in field in Assembly/C/C++ using GCC and ArmCC.
Fixed firmware bugs in existing port of uboot and Linux kernel primary boot sequence and memory/stack setup in C/Assembly using GCC.
Worked on a Scrum (agile) managed environment.
Worked on files in clearcase version control.
Embedded System Architect (Qualcomm 02/12-09/12)
Qualcomm are silicon producers for the mobile phone industry.
They needed cloud provision for a development project.
Designed and deployed cloud hosting environment and client machines as per company requirements.
All the facilities are company wide services.
Designed and deployed automated tests on the developed software.
The client machines were a combination of Windows XP, Windows 7 and Debian Linux.
As part of the testing, jobs were run from the Linux machine to run Windows applications using bash/DOS batch and cross platform tools.
Set up the debian server to shared company and local filesystems using SMB/CIFS via it's apache webserver.
Administered: git source control, bugzilla, apache, documentation (service) and automated testing service.
Company filesystems were held on a NetApp filer and used Active Directory (LDAP/Kerberos) for security.
Direct reports:1 Reporting to: Program Manager
Embedded System Architect (AceAxis Ltd 07/11-09/11)
Skills: C/C++, Linux, XEN, LTE Layer 1.
AceAxis produce radio masthead LTE systems for the mobile device industry
Worked on Linux platform to debug layer 1 and hardware problems in C/C++ using GNU tools.
Embedded Test System Architect (ST 11/10-06/11)
Skills: C/C++, Linux, OpenGL, DirectFB, PXE, Perl, RPM, Bash/Awk/Sed, Team Lead.
ST are a global microelectronics company who develop chipsets for embedded environments.
Designed and deployed testing system for a new DVB product ST are bringing to the market.
Worked with Linux Kernel developers to debug coding problems in C/C++ with GDB and Eclipse.
Deployed a continuous integration testing system in Java using Hudson/Jenkins.
Designed and deployed and bespoke automated testing environment for Linux Kernel OpenGL and DirectFB Video drivers.
Deployed GIT source control on a VirtualBox private cloud for myself and the Kernel developers.
Software Engineer (BBC 07/10-08/10)
Skills: Software Design, C/C++, GNU toolset, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, STL(Boost), Kernel 2.6, Perl, RPM, HD, MPEG, H264, Bash/Awk/Sed, Team Lead.
Here the project was to deploy Ingex as a commercial product in a similar way to the Sony product on which I was working 2005-6
This contract was cut short (6 months to 5 weeks) due to a change in the business requirement.
Tasked to design and deploy an automated deployment/release and test mechanism.
During the short time I was on the project I created a fully automated nightly remastered DVD deployment from scratch from the CVS checkout.
I also created a full matrix automatic test system for all the current and future video+audio formats Ingex supports.
The Ingex code was written on object oriented C++ with STL plus other toolkits.
It was built mainly using autoconf/automake as is standard with GNU stuff.
I worked with the R&D team to create the automated test plan and used the CVS, SVN and GIT repositories.
I also was required to deploy a separate GIT repository for the release code.
Direct reports:1 Reporting to: Project Manager
Application Developer/Support Contract (Schlumberger 12/08-01/10)
Skills: Software Design, C/C++, device drivers, GNU toolset, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, STL/Boost, OpenGL, Perl/PHP/Java, Kernel 2.4/2.6, Deployment, RPM, Virtualisation, Perforce, PVCS, Scripting automation, SNMP, Team Lead.
Schlumberger are the leaders in providing and support high performance simulation software to the oil industry in which I was:
Worked with NetApp to improve Fiber thoughput.
Supported and mentored engineers.
Worked closely with High Performance Computing (HPC) department for C/C++ mathematics modelling.
Access to and developed on several Linux High Performance Computing clusters (64 node, multicore).
Used my engineering experience to advise on controllers in company wide build servers.
Wrote many GUI application in Perl/Java.
Wrote high spec OpenGL C/C++ STL/Boost application for real-time cluster visualisation.
Wrote many scripted tools in Perl/Bash/sed/awk.
Required to research and deploy virtualisation solution for testing team, including leaseing with testing team project managers.
Responsible for deployment and administration of virtualisation solution for testing team.
Provided advice to senior management regarding virtualisation (VMWare/VirtualBox) strategies.
Responsible for maintainence of Build servers.
Responsible for internal network maintainence.
Deployed and maintained Nagios monitoring across most servers and clusters using SMNP and wrote plugins.
Worked closely with PC support team to provide integrated Linux/Windows deployment and support strategies.
Worked closely with corporate network support teams.
Used company Perforce/PVCS source control.
Worked within company Agile/Scrum enviromment.
Deployed and maintained Linux machines as needed.
Direct reports:1 Reporting to: IT Manager
Embedded/Kernel Software Engineer (Frazer-Nash 02/08-10/08)
Skills: Software Design, C/C++, GNU toolset, cross-compiling, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, STL/Boost, OpenGL ES, DirectFB, Device Drivers, Kernel 2.4/2.6, Perl/Java, Virtualisation, Windows Development, Embedded, CANBUS, PIC, Team Lead
Reason Leaving: Agreed salary increments not honoured, plus no pension or heath benefits.
Installed many Linux and Windows development machines.
Created many GUI interface and support tools in Perl/Java/C/C++.
Worked with the network management and intranet team to provide additional support for Linux-based tools.
Provided advice, support and training.
Key software engineer on a Windows development project including QT4 development.
Developed Advanced GUI which is used an in-car display, using C/C++ STL/Boost, multithreading and OpenGLES/DirectFB.
Worked on high power IGBT brushless DC motor control hardware, software and testing.
Worked as a member of a team to resolve issues with motor power and timing.
Modified embedded Space Vector Modulation control software in ST10 chip to improve BLDC performance.
Modified embedded CANBUS interface C/C++ code to improve debugging of embedded 16-bit brushless motor controller.
Interfaced advanced display to hardware via PIC.
Direct reports:3 Reporting to: Director Software Engineering
LINUX/UNIX Developer/Support Engineer (Siemens 07/07-12/07)
Skills: Software Design, C++, GNU toolset, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, Kernel 2.6, Perl/Java/PHP, Real/Windows Streaming Audio/Video Development, MPEG, SCSI, RAID, Customer Facing, Remedy, Scripting automation, Team Lead
Reason Left: Probation period, unsuitable role (training not provided as arranged)
Siemens manage the web sites for a number of customers including BBC and ONS
The role involved working on Remedy tickets raised by the customers and problems raised by system monitoring.
Most of the work involved resolving application problems and providing software solutions.
Responsible for configuration of Linux development machines.
Worked with the multimedia streaming team to design and deploy MPEG solutions for the BBC in Perl/C++.
Used virtualisation tools (vmware) and built and maintained large scale applications.
An element of the role required me to be 24 hour on-call for one week periods.
Solaris training not provided as agreed in interview which held back my progress in the role.
Direct reports:5 Reporting to: Team Manager
Linux/Kernel Development Contract (Datapulse 02/07-06/07)
Skills: Software Design, C/C++, GNU toolset, cross-compiling, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, STL(Boost), Kernel 2.6, Perl/Java, Embedded Linux, 16-bit (Philips XA), H323, Bash/Awk/Sed, VC6, ActiveX, DLL, Team Lead.
Applied a firmware modification to Philips XA processor based Nortel PABX client in Embedded C/Assembler.
Revised a modified embedded Debian distribution for USB embedded EPIA10000.
Applied software fixes to Linux services in GNU C++/STL/Perl/Bash.
Successfully undertook major refactoring of Windows client side code in Visual C++ 6 ActiveX and DLL.
Fixed long outstanding bugs (2+ years).
Worked closely with electronics team and company directors to adapt circuit design to lower noise levels in audio electronics.
Provide Linux Mentoring.
Set up documentation server on LAMP stack.
Used the companys Visual SourceSafe source control system and PRF (in house) bug tracking system.
Direct reports:3 Reporting to: Project Leader
Linux Kernel and Multimedia Development/Support Contract (Sony 06/05-12/06)
Skills: Software Design, C/C++, GNU toolset, cross-compiling, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, STL(Boost), Kernel 2.4/2.6, Perl/Java, clusters, MIPS, RPM, DVB, HD, MPEG, H264, Bash/Awk/Sed, Team Lead.
Debugged and documented MIPS DVB target embedded Linux platform using GNU tools.
Provided mentoring services for colleagues (as part of contract requirement).
Wrote Installation software for RHEL3 Linux target in TCL/TK and Bash/Awk/Sed.
Adapted a Linux cluster management system using Condor/Bash/Awk/Sed.
Designed/Developed Linux media server to work with Window XP and Mac clients via Samba/CIFS and NFS in BASH/Perl.
Repackaged RPM builds for deployment.
Developed GUI account administration tool in Perl/CGI/XML/Awk/Sed/Bash.
Designed/Developed RAID system and GUI RAID management system in Linux using Linux RAID and PHP/BASH.
Debugged and redesigned system to add co-operation between Windows/Linux Server, Windows/Mac clients in Bash/Perl/Awk/Sed.
Designed/Developed install CD/DVD to install Sony media system as well as Linux OS using CD remastering tools and Python.
Involved(paired) in writing/adapting/debugging of DV/HDV MPEG format converters (ffmpeg/avilib/quicktime) in C/C++/STL/Java.
Involved in project level implementation details of Java video codecs (Quicktime).
Included security key system to CD/DVD installer to lock installs to hardware using Linux network drivers and MD5 checksumming in Bash/C.
Adapted CD Linux distribution to create a server disaster recovery solution using Knoppix/Gentoo, KDevelop/QT and CD remastering tools.
Collaborated development with Sony's Californian team using Skype/email/CVS/TestTrack.
Used company's CVS, Clearcase, etc source control systems, project management/bug tracking software (Bugzilla/TestTrack).
Worked within company Agile/XP enviromment.
Provided general Linux site support and mentoring.
Direct reports:1 Reporting to: Project Manager
Embedded DAB Contract (Frontier Silicon Ltd 03/05-06/05)
Skills: Embedded C/C++, cross-compiling, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, STL, GNU toolset, Bash, Awk, Sed, Device Drivers, DAB, JTAG, VHDL, Logic/Scope Analysis
Wrote flash drivers using GNU tools and Lauterbach JTAG on embedded hardware target.
Wrote PC based emulation of hardware with GNU Tools in Bash/Awk/Sed/C/C++/STL.
Worked with Hardware Engineers to diagnose/debug FPGA using logic analyser, scopes and simulation.
Adapted drivers to use DMA drivers provided and PC emulation with GCC/GDB/DDD.
Integrated software (file access layer and block layer) provided by Samsung to provide file system.
Used company's CVS source control system.
Mobile Handset CRM Contract (Ericsson Mobile Phones Ltd 11/04-02/05)
Skills: CRM, Clearcase, GSM, UMTS, Visual C++, GNU toolset, cross-compiling, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, STL, Problem Solving, Perl
Processed Ericsson's Customers' requests adapted code.
Performed source and product merges in Clearcase using Ericsson produced Java/Perl tools.
Processed requests via Ericsson's incident tracking software.
Adapted source code on Ericsson's GSM and UMTS ARM products and PC emulation software for their customers written using Visual Studio in GNU C/C++/STL and Object C.
Tested and exercised solutions on a evaluation board, on customers handsets and in PC emulation using internal test and calibration software.
Used Company's Clearcase source control system.
Embedded Linux/PowerPC Contract (Accton UK Ltd 06/04-10/04)
Skills: Motorola Book E/E500 core complex (8540), cross-compiling, GNU toolset, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, Assembler, Linux Kernel, Device Drivers, JTAG, CVS, Team Lead
Tested bootloader (Motorola U-Boot) and Montavista Linux distribution on a pre-delivered Motorola development board with GPL code using a BDI debugger and JTAG Tools.
Obtained and tested boot loader source for Motorola development board (DENX U-Boot) using JTAG Tools.
Modified bootloader code to add comprehensive scripting engine using Linux GNU tools in embedded C.
Adapted scripting engine to be emulated on both Linux and Windows environments using QT/GNU, Borland command line tools and a Windows emulation in C and C++.
Ported bootloader source to be used on an Motorola router board which the company is manufacturing using GNU tools in embedded C and Assembler.
Wrote driver code in the bootloader to allow network port crossover at TCP layer 2 (MAC) to assist the hardware team in testing using GNU tools in embedded C.
Worked with and supported the hardware and software teams and used the company's CVS source control.
Direct reports:2 Reporting to: Project Manager
German Project Management Contract (Sci-Worx GmbH 12/03-02/04)
Skills: Project Management, Effort Estimation, MS Project, MPEG4, CVS, Clearcase, Linux
Learned the companys protocols and used technical knowledge for specification negotiation.
Wrote a plan for the client and then follow this through supporting and giving assistance as necessary.
Re-negotiated deadlines in absence of the program manager.
Learned extra technologies and how they fit with the firmware in order to guide the engineers.
Learn and present implementation details of MPEG4 CODECs to engineers and management.
Direct Reports:10, Indirect Reports:25, Reporting to Project Director.
Used the companys document and code control CVS and Clearcase. Also learned some German.
Senior Project Engineer (Domain Dynamics Ltd 01/02 - 07/03)
Skills: Visual C++, Embedded C/C++, GNU toolset, cross-compiling, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, VB, Pocket PC, Matlab, Signal processing, Linux, Device Drivers, JTAG, CVS, IT Administration, CVS
Reason Left: Company in severe financial crisis. Made redundant as part of shrinkage. Has since folded.
Wrote signal processing algorithms in Matlab, Visual C++/MFC and embedded C++ using Embedded C++ 3.
Ported Voice authentication C++ application to WinCE/Pocket PC platforms.
Wrote C++ applications for Linux and Symbian (short test project only) to assess platform porting feasibility.
Redesigned and rewrote the current core development kit as an ActiveX SDK in Visual Studio.
Wrote ActiveX sound API driver and LPT device drivers to go with SDK for Win98/2000 in Visual Studio.
Ported a number of algorithms from Matlab to Visual Studio as ActiveX controls.
Adapted to include smart card voice authentication using time warping applet on the card.
Wrote a smart card ActiveX control for use with the applet for voice authentication on a PC in Visual Studio.
Built and maintained a Linux server used for development and was the companys FTP server.
Managed several projects and a small but variable team of project engineers.
Was involved in recruitment and client contract assessment, faced clients, wrote promotional and demo software and documents, involved in marketing campaigns including TV productions for the BBC.
Used to companies CVS source and document control system.
GPRS PC Card Contract (Option International NV 05/01-12/01)
Skills: Real-Time Embedded C/C++, GNU toolset, cross-compiling, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, Device Drivers, ARM, Clearcase
Re-wrote PCMCIA embedded boot driver to boot ARM7 card, download FPGA configuration and download CIS via cards system bus from internal memory in target time of 1 second (PCMCIA Spec) in embedded C.
Re-wrote a UART driver for the ARM7 card in real-time embedded C.
Designed a method for in field reprogramming of the firmware using VHDL and embedded C/C++.
Managed some of the companys staff on this project and used the company's Clearcase version control system.
GSM Layer 1 Contract (TTPCom 10/00-04/01)
Skills: Real-Time Embedded C/C++, GNU toolset, cross-compiling, MultiProcess/MultiThreading, RTOS, GSM Layer 1, Device Drivers, ARM, JTAG
Built simple OS and device drivers on ARM 940T platform in embedded C and ARM assembler.
Wrote hardware interrupts vector handlers, set-up memory and stacks in ARM assembler and interfaced functions from the assembler for second layer in embedded C using ARM SDT, JTAG.
Wrote Layer 1 embedded device drivers for LCD display, phone keypad, RF & audio DACs & ADC, JEDEC drivers for flash memory, UART I/O, ALU register access, interrupt controller, PCI Bus controller, plus other system resources in embedded C.
Wrote a user interface menu system application layer in embedded C to be accessed via the primary UART using a terminal emulator.
Wrote bootstrapper which had 2 UART drivers (one user, one debugging) and a flash driver in assembler.
Provided spec for hardware layer to the AMX Kadak kernel to provide a generic (portable) kernel interface.
Used the project version control system (PVCS).
Belgian Embedded RTOS Contract (ERG Transit Systems/AES Prodata 06/00-09/00)
Skills: Real-Time Embedded C/C++, cross-compiling, Multiprocess/MultiThreading, Device Drivers, Motorola 68332, Linux, UNIX.
Wrote applications and device drivers for Motorola 68332 target in real-time embedded C.
Wrote test tools in C++, and upgraded and tested device drivers using Metrowerks in embedded C/C++.
Modified the embedded magnetic card/printer driver to account for unusual ticket loss.
Tested the amended the embedded device drivers on the Motorola target via UNIX debugging suite.
Ported DOS console applications to Windows dialog applications using Visual C++ 6.
Reverse engineered applications to operate on a variety of Windows platforms.
Projects were held on a Solaris UNIX server, were written on a UNIX terminals, Linux PCs and under TEAMWARE source control.
Windows CE Contract (Milton Keynes Council 12/99-05/00)
Skills: Embedded C++, device drivers, cross-compiling, Smart Card, WinCE, SQL Server 7, Oracle 8, Visual Studio
Wrote applications that interface with a smart card reader to read and store information on bus passes (smart cards) in Visual Studio and embedded C++ for WinCE 2.11 HPC target (Phenom palmtop).
Implemented a \"Portable\" system that comprises a HPC device, an ASCII receipt printer and a smart card reader to give the user a portable station to issue, withdraw and update the passes.
Wrote device drivers for the smart card access built up 4-layer stack (hardware/ network/ transport/ application layer) in embedded Visual Basic 3 then in embedded C++ 3.
Wrote management tools using Visual Basic 6 to access the database through an ODBC connection either direct to the Oracle 8 server or via MS SQL 7 Server, enabling the viewing and printing out reports for accounting purposes.
VB/SQL Contract (The Planning Inspectorate 06/99-12/99)
Skills: SQL Server 6.5, MS Access, VB, VBA, ActiveX, Sourcesafe
Adjusted the requirements, high-level and low-level designs and wrote pseudo-code and products.
Managed the team in coding of the application and was responsible for ensuring conformity protocols design.
Assisted in beta testing and user feedback.
Ported and redesigned database from Access to SQL Server using ODBC and Visual Basic 6.
Wrote form based application to integrate MS Word and MS SQL 6.5 Server in VB and VBA.
Wrote database management tools for database administrators to maintain/amend SQL Server letter data in VB/ActiveX using Visual Basic 6 under MS Sourcesafe.
Bangor Website Contract (Bangor City Council 12/98-04/99)
Skills: HTML, TCP/IP, ActiveX, Linux
Worked with the clients to iterate page designs and wrote web pages for Bangor Council and local businesses for IE and Netscape (on SuSE Linux) in HTML using a text editor, an image editor and browsers.
Worked with the ISP to establish a server running ActiveX in London and remotely supported from Wales.
Internet Cafe Contract (The Green Room Cafe 06/98-12/98)
Skills: Linux, TCP/IP, Ethernet, Server and IT Support, CRM, Customer Facing
Set up and ran an Internet cafe from within an existing popular cafe.
Designed and wrote marketing application which presented the company imagery, fired up several productivity applications to replace MS Explorer in C++ and MFC using Visual C++ 5.
Designed and implemented system including network fax server and a proxy firewall server.
Bailrigg FM (at University), 09/96-06/98
Skills: VC++, Borland C
Reason: Left due to degree finish
Reverse engineered the DOS C database system in C++.
Designed an developed database and debug logger database in C++ and MFC using Visual C++ 5.
Help Desk (Lancaster University 01/98 - 04/98)
Skills: NT Administration, UNIX Administration, Customer Facing, Customer Support
Reason: Left due to degree finish
Set up users accounts and solved access problems on Sun Solaris UNIX server and the NT server.
Demonstrated to customers how to access email via ELM and PINE on both UNIX and NT workstations and operate printing services through the NT print server.
The PCs were UNIX disk less terminals, Windows for Workgroups 3.11, NT3.51, NT4.0, and SUSE Linux.
Repair/Conversion/Installation Engineer (Self employed 06/85 - 09/94)
Skills: RF, Electronics, Support, Customer Facing, CRM, 240/415VAC Power, IT Installations
Reason: Finish to start degree
Trained and worked on mains installations, wiring office buildings for mains supply.
Installed IT client/server networks into offices.
Trained, built and repaired RF and audio amplifiers, power supplies also analogue and digital tuning circuits.
Built, repaired and tuned several different designs of antennas including beam and wide-band.
Repaired domestic equipment, repaired and adapted PMR and HAM radios.
Lancaster University, 09/95 - 06/98
Qualifications: BSc Computer Science
Degree modules included GUI Design, Natural Language Processing, Telecommunications, Presentation & Documentation, Computer Systems Architecture, Communication, High Level Programming, Software Engineering and Databases.
Design methodologies used during the degree included OOD (Object Orientated Design), Waterfall Design, Black Box Testing and CASE Tools.
UNIX experience included Sun Solaris and SuSE Linux.
High level work on Ingress, SQL, C, C++, Visual C++, MFC, Active X, HTML.
Designed and built robot devices in assembler, C, C++ on embedded targets with decision making abilities.
Designed and wrote device drivers for DIO controllers, RS232 ports and 418MHz RF radio modules.
Lancaster & Morecambe College of Further Education, 09/94 - 06/95
Qualifications: BTEC National Diploma Electronic Engineering Course
Passed at distinction (highest) level: Microprocessor Control, Information Technology, Electronic Principles, Electronics and Mathematics.
University of Central Lancashire, 09/90 - 06/93
Qualifications: BEng Electronic/Mechanical Engineering
Degree modules included Maths, Mechanics, Electronics, Injection Molding, Metals Engineering / Fabrication.
School: Heysham High School, Limes Avenue, Morecambe, Lancashire, 09/78 - 03/85
Qualifications: A Levels, O Levels and CSEs
O Levels: Maths A, Physics B, Computer Studies C, Control Technology B, Technical Drawing C.
A Levels: Maths, Physics, Computer Science, Genera Studies.
CSEs English II, French II.
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES.
Keen interest in music, cycling, skydiving, weight training, cars (mechanics) and electronics. Run Linux server and cloud systems for over 20 years at www.netlinux.co.uk.
Nationality: ENGLISH, but also speak some French and German
Date of Birth: 01/04/1967
Marital Status: Married with 2 Children and live in Reading, UK