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 Post subject: RF Engineering Tech, Test Engineer, EMI/EMC
Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:48 pm 

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mcgure@yahoo.com mcgure@gmail.com

714-842-0912 home 951-775-5099 cell

OBJECTIVE: Seeking a full time, long term position as a career oriented Electronic / Optical Engineering Technician or Entry Level Engineer in a research and development or production environment with growth potential in the fields of RF / Microwaves, Antennas and Radiation Detection, Optics / Optoelectronics, Power Electronics and Instrumentation. Especially interested in EMI/EMC.

Very willing to relocate and travel!


ELECTRONIC/SCIENTIFIC TEST EQUIPMENT: Analog and digital multimeters, real-time and sampling oscilloscopes, spectrum and network analyzers, frequency meters and counters. RF pulse, function and signal generators, amplifiers, power meters, A/D converters, radiation detectors, cameras, Foucault testers, small IR, UV and optical lasers, interferometers, optical spectrum analyzers and power meters, time domain reflectometers, transmission line probes, SWR and field intensity meters, HV Power supplies. Vacuum and cryogenic equipment.

SHOP SKILLS: Common shop mechanical and woodworking tools. Electronic bench repair and calibration tools. Soldering, desoldering and brazing equipment. Drill press, small lathe, milling machine, grinders, sheet metal and PCB prototype construction. Optical bench work, laser operation, optical cleaning and alignment. Cabinet painting and refinishing. 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, Pspice and various computer 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 interfaces.

Very good written, documentation, verbal and team skills. Have performed extensive library research and patent searches in electrical engineering and physics using DIALOG and INSPEC. Have given technical talks and presentations, managed and maintained research labs and engineering shops, selected and purchased components and materials. Participated with engineering and management round-table discussions and decisions.


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

Electrical Engineering curriculum nearly complete, specialization in RF Microwaves



Proposed, designed and managed technical projects for experimental package for Space Shuttle including numerous 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.

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


Seeking FCC and NARTE certification

RELEVANT WORK HISTORY: (Intervening time attending university studies)

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

Claremont, California - 2006-present

Running daily activities of instructional electronics laboratory; design, construction and repair of various electronic projects and instruments for faculty and students. Support of 1-meter telescope at JPL Table Mountain Observatory, support of LEO 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 DALSA/SMD 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, auto-test 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.

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