Robert W Brown

Updated 20170630

I'm not a 21 year old graduate engineer, but have 20+ years experience. My main areas of interest are :

Embedded software & hardware design
Low power analog design
Software in ANSI 'C' or assembler for Microchip PIC/Texas MSP430/8051 family
Sub-1GHz radio applications

I did a degree in my 30's because there is almost no electronics manufacturing left in Britain. I work at one of the few medium-large scale manufacturers in the south of England. The degree actually did help me get the job in the end!

Employment history »

Current Employer » Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd, Havant UK.
Position held » Development Engineer
Embedded systems software writing in 'C' and PIC/Texas MSP430 assembler
Hardware design and validation of microcontroller and low power analog circuits
Design to comply with EMC and SIL standards
Test and production support

Previous employer » Navitron Systems Ltd, Havant, UK.
Position held » Design Engineer
Embedded systems software writing in 'C' and PIC/8051 assembler
Hardware design of microcontroller and analog circuits
Printed circuit board (PCB) layout using Electronics Workbench
Test and diagnostics of production items
Maintenance of required documentation to ISO audited standard

Previous employer » AMS Limited (now BAE Broadoak)
Position held » Test Systems Design Engineer
Test procedure writing
Design of Test Equipment and production of document packs
Refurbishment of test sites and legacy product support

Previous employer» Prosig Limited
Position held » Hardware maintenance engineer
Test and repair of data acquisition equipment
Field service as required
Test procedure writing

Previous employer» Micromill Electronics Ltd. (Now Cobham PLC)
Position held» Design Technician
Prototype testing and production test documentation
Design of test equipment and ancillaries
Technical support to production departments

Education »
* 2008 Full UK Amateur Radio Licence
* 2005 C&G ANSI 'C' programming
* 2003 BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering
* 1993 » BTEC Higher National Diploma, Electronic/Electrical Engineering.
* 1988 »  BTEC Higher National Certificate, Electronic/Electrical engineering.
* 1984 »  "A" level Physics & Chemistry.
* 1982 »  "O" level English, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, etc.


Work and other technical experience »
* Test/development on embedded, analog and RF (non-microwave) circuits
* Familiar with all common test and measurement equipments
* Workplace software: Microsoft Office suite, AutoCAD LT2002, Microchip MPLAB IDE, Electronics Workbench DesignSuite, CCS6 IDE, Saber simulator by Synopsys.
* Leisure software: Apple Logic music sequencer, RapidWeaver (used for this site), HTML editing, various other software on Windows and Mac OS X.
* Component level diagnostics
* Full car driver's licence


Hobbies & Interests »
* Amateur Radio as M0RZF
* Internet site building (this one is always under construction)
* Cycling & walking


Other Information »
* Date of birth » May 20th 1966.
* Marital status » Single.
* Nationality » British.