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Stephen David Sparkes

Farnborough, Hants,
Telephone. (01252) 673447, Mobile. 07525 204386, E-mail. sdsparkes@googlemail.com
Homepage:- www.stevesparkes.co.uk


PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

I am an experienced mechanical product design and development engineer, with the ability to lead teams, work on own initiative or as part of a team. I am an experienced team leader with proven background of running a team of people on projects from conception through to completion. I have extensive technical experience working with sheet metal, thin plate, extruded sections, machined metals, welded structures, castings and moulded plastic parts. I am quick to grasp new ideas and concepts, and to develop innovative and creative cost effective solutions to design problems. I possess first class analytical, design and problem solving skills. I have gained product design experience in a number of industry sectors designing rack mounted systems, electronic enclosures, healthcare products, processing plant, network servers, computers, telemetry systems and industrial pumps. I have also worked on MOD defence projects working on aircraft, submarines and naval vessel telemetry & navigation systems. I am conversant with BS EN drawing design standards as well as working within various DEF standards and following any in house design standards and procedures. I have experience with the following 3D CAD design systems PTC Creo 2, PRO Wildfire 4, Windchill, Autodesk Inventor & Solid Edge, with the ability to create accurate 3D design layouts, assemblies, parts lists and 2D drawings.


SOFTWARE LITERACY

PTC Creo 2, Pro/Wildfire, Windchill, Pro-Sheetmetal, Autodesk Inventor, Solid Edge ST. Autocad, MS-Project, MS-Office, HTML, JavaScript, Star Office, UNIX, Various Windows Applications


MECHANICAL PRODUCT ENGINEER

Key Technical Skills:-


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

COMPANY:    Eaton Williams Ltd.       DATE:   Jan. 2013 – Dec Present

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Industrial air conditioning systems

POSITION:   Wildfire Designer

Mechanical design and development of industrial air conditioning systems, responsible to senior engineer for producing sheet metal fabricated enclosure’s from concept to production. Working on PRO/Wildfire 4 and Windchill I produce detailed layouts, parts & assemblies using family tables as well as creation of detail manufacturing drawings.

I Support the production of prototypes, assisting with manufacturing queries and solving any manufacturing issues. Mechanical test and verification of design incorporating any required changes.

Release for production manufacture.


COMPANY:    Bioquell       DATE:   June. 2012 – Jan 2013

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Bio-decontamination equipment and services

POSITION:   Wildfire 4 Designer

Working on a new product introduction. I am responsible for the cost effective mechanical design of the lower part of both the main unit and extension unit. Both units incorporate a central housing and two supporting legs which are similar but have subtle differences. The main focus of design being on the main unit’s pneumatics leg and the control leg, which houses the power supply and main interface PCB. Each leg consists of a forward sliding draw and is densely populated. I am responsible for the following:- design of draws, mounting and supporting features. The location of the required operating parts. The location of the PCB boards and the cable management system for all draws when they are opened and closed as well as the layout of the central housing for both units. This involves creating layouts, assemblies and detail drawings using PTC Creo & DDM.

Part of the design process also includes building prototypes to prove the design and holding design reviews to demonstrate the design.


COMPANY:   GEA Pharma Process Engineering.       DATE:   Jan. 2012 – June 2012

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Materials handling solutions to the pharmaceutical industry

POSITION:   Wildfire 4 Designer

Working with product engineers and project managers in the design of complex mixing machines, drive shafts, blenders and support platforms for the pharmaceutical industry. Designing machined drive systems as well as hoppers, conveyor systems, walk ways, machine platforms and supporting structures. Working with PRO/Wildfire I produce detailed layouts, modelled parts, assemblies and precision detail manufacturing drawings.


COMPANY:   Eaton Williams Ltd.       DATE:   Nov. 2010 – Dec 2011

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Industrial air conditioning systems

POSITION:   Wildfire Designer

Mechanical design and development of industrial air conditioning systems, responsible to senior engineer for producing sheet metal fabricated enclosure’s from concept to production. Working on PRO/Wildfire 4 and Windchill I produce detailed layouts, parts & assemblies using family tables as well as creation of detail manufacturing drawings.

I Support the production of prototypes, assisting with manufacturing queries and solving any manufacturing issues. Mechanical test and verification of design incorporating any required changes.

Release for production manufacture.


COMPANY:   QinetiQ Defence & Aerospace, Boscombe Down.       DATE:   Oct. 07 – Nov 10

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Defence and Aerospace

POSITION:   Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Responsible for Mechanical Design of military fixed wing and rotary aircraft specialising in airworthy modifications and overhaul capabilities for Qinetiq fleet of aircraft and visiting aircraft. Producing 3D solid models & Assembly's as well as 3D/2D design layouts, detail drawings, assembly drawings and parts lists. I am also responsible for holding pre design reviews – Engineering design reviews and Critical design reviews.


COMPANY:   Linatex Ltd.       DATE:   June. 07 – Oct. 07

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Rubber lined slurry pumps

POSITION:   Mechanical Design Engineer

Asisting on the desigen of Rubber lined slurry pumps. I am responsible for creating 3D solid models and Assembly's. Creating detail drawings, assembly drawings and parts lists using Autodesk Inventor.


COMPANY:   Garbuio-Dickinson.       DATE:   Nov. 2006 - June 2007

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Tobacco Processing Plant

POSITION:   Mechanical Design Engineer

Working on the Admoist stem conditioner range which is one of Garbuio Dickinson’s revolutionised tobacco processing Plant. I am responsible for creating 3D solid models and Assembly's. Creating detail drawings, assembly drawings and parts lists using Autodesk Inventor. Ensuring particular attention is paid to Garbuio Dickinson's rigorous in-house standards as well as European standards for design, welding and drawing practices. Customer in-house standards and/or standards in the country of destination are also adhered to where applicable.

Main plant construction is fabricated from stainless steel sheet and Welded Steel section.


COMPANY:   Ultra Electronics Command & Control Systems.       DATE:   Sept. 2005 - Nov. 2006 (Contract).

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Defence and Aerospace

POSITION:   Mechanical Design Engineer

Responsible for Mechanical Design, prototyping & verification. Designing with Autodesk Inventor producing 3D solid models & Assembly's, 3D/2D design layouts, detail drawings, assembly drawings and parts lists.

Working on the Rolls Royce project designing telemetry enclosure systems and card frames for nuclear powered class of submarines.

I have security clearance to work on restricted nuclear projects.


COMPANY:   Xyratex       DATE:   Sept. 2004 - Sept. 2005 (Contract).

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Storage and Network Systems

POSITION:   Mechanical Design Engineer

Product development design and verification. Responsible for Mechanical Design using Autodesk Inventor producing 3D solid models & Assembly's, 3D/2D design layouts, detail drawings, assembly drawings and parts lists.

Working in a small team on the design of a 2U server for Intel. With my main areas of responsibility being. Design of a common field replaceable unit for Delta, Zippy & Astec power supplies, one box solution. Common configurable plastic air baffles for air distribution within enclosure, for server with single or dual processor and multiple motherboard configurations. Rear panel to accept multiple power supplies and multiple motherboard & PCI positions.

I also worked on a 4U Network storage sub rack supporting design test and manufacturing problems. Taking the product through its final design cycle into production.


COMPANY:   SUN Microsystems Ltd.       DATE:   Sept. 2000 - Sept. 2004

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Network systems (Mid range Network servers)

POSITION:   Lead Mechanical Product Development Engineer / Pro Engineer

Lead Mechanical Sustaining & Product Development Engineer Managing internal, external & JDM development teams working in China and Taiwan. Responsible for the development and delivery of mid range 1U, 2U, 3U & 12U rack mounted server systems which were NEBS compliant.

I have experience in the following:-


COMPANY:   APW Electronics Ltd.       DATE:   Sept. 1999 - Sept. 2000 (Contract).

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Custom Sub Racks & Electronic Enclosures

POSITION: Mechanical Design Engineer / Pro Engineer
NPI New Product Introduction Center

Working for APW's new product introduction centre. I was part of a team of design Engineers working on the design of communications equipment which comprises of indoor and outdoor cabinets, sub-racks and electronic enclosures. I was working on the Ericsson WBTS Sub rack family of products and an outdoor communications cabinet for Lucent Technologies.

I was responsible for two Ericsson sub-racks the AMP unit and another sub-rack which was half digital and half amplifier. Both projects involved working closely with Ericsson to ensure customer requirements where incorporated into the design of the product taking into account aesthetics', system installation, maintenance and upgrade paths. Working with Ericsson at their research centre in Sweden I was involved in producing the mechanical specification where we agreed the design for the WBTS sub-racks. I would then be responsible for taking the design through all stages from producing detailed CAD models and assemblies on Pro Engineer to producing detail and assembly drawings and overseeing manufacture of prototypes on the shop floor ensuring the highest degree of accuracy and quality at all stages through to handing the product to the customer.

I was also involved in designing a 27U outdoor cabinet with an ACU front door for Lucent Technologies. Again I was responsible for taking the design through all stages from producing detailed CAD models and assemblies, detail and assembly drawings and overseeing manufacture of prototypes on the shop floor.


COMPANY:   Lucent Technologies AT&T.       DATE:   May. 1996 - Sept. 1999 (Contract).

COMPANY BUSINESS:   GSM Innovations Centre, compact universal base equipment

POSITION:   Lead Mechanical Product Development Engineer / Pro Engineer

Part of the Engineering Design & Development team working in Nuremberg and Swindon on the mechanical design of the 19"/ETSI cabinet BTS system. Working on the indoor cabinet I was part of the team designing the sub racks and cabinet layout for equipment location and cabling configuration producing Pro Engineer models and assemblies including cabling and harness models. I was also responsible for producing the Pro Engineer models and assemblies for the outdoor BTS cabinet which was being developed in Nuremberg.

Previous project, CUBE (compact universal base equipment) EGSM & DCS1800. I was involved with the mechanical design for the TRU (transmit & receive module), PA (power Amplifier) & the fan unit. Also producing specification drawings for the duplexers, Power supply unit and cable drawings. It was also my responsibility to produce a full set of assembly, installation and wiring assembly drawings, detail drawings & parts lists using Pro-Engineer.

Other duties included PRO/Eng., PRO/PDM application set-up, administration and training of new & permanent staff.


COMPANY:   Farnborough College of Technology.       DATE:   Sep. 1995 - (P/T Evenings).

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Further Education

POSITION:   Lecturer - Computer aided draughting and design
  City & Guilds 2301 Autocad R13

COMPANY:   Stannah Stairlifts.       DATE:   Sept . 1995 - May. 96 (Contract).

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Stair Lifts

POSITION:   Mechanical Designer / Pro Engineer

COMPANY:   Racal-Datacom Ltd.       DATE:   1989 - Sept. 1995.

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Data Communications

POSITION:   Product Designer/Project Engineer - Autocad / Pro Engineer

COMPANY:   Technitron Systems Ltd.       DATE:   1986 - 1989.

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Defence and Industrial Instrumentation

POSITION:   Trainee Design Draughtsman / Autocad

COMPANY:   Entecon Ltd.       DATE:   1982 - 1986.

COMPANY BUSINESS:   Agricultural and Sheetmetal Fabrication

POSITION:   Apprenticeship


TRAINING COURSES AND TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS

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DATE OF BIRTH: 19th January 1966. MARITAL STATUS: Married. CHILDREN: 1 Son

HOBBIES: Scuba Diving (PADI Master Scuba Diver), Mountain Biking, Water Skiing, Snow Boarding, Mountaineering, Karate, Swimming, Personal Computing, Wireless Networking



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Last updated 17th March 2009