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Jonathan Matthew Thombs. B.Eng(Hons). MIET

Profile

A well-motivated innovative engineer, with a degree in Electronic Engineering and a good blend of hardware design, systems engineering and management skills. Currently employed by CNH UK Ltd within the Product Engineering Group as an Electronic Systems Engineer working across a number of tractor programs.

Academic History and Qualifications

1994 - 1998: B.Eng. (Hons) in Electronic Engineering. Class: 2:2. University of Wales, Bangor. 

1987 - 1994: Llanfair Caereinion High School, Welshpool, Powys 

A-Levels:     Geography Grade C 
                   Physics Grade D 
                   Mathematics (Pure + Applied) Grade N 
A/S Level:   General Studies Grade C 
A/O Level:   Additional Mathematics Pass 
GCSE:        9 subjects passed Grades A-C

Professional Membership: Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

Personal Details 

Home Address: Withheld on web version 

Telephone: Withheld on web version 

E-Mail: j_thombs@madasafish.com 

Date of Birth: 18.11.1975;

Nationality: British;

Status: Single

Interests and HobbiesEuropean and Worldwide travelling. Marine Biology. Scuba Diving. Car maintenance. Reading

Relevant Experience: 

My university final year dissertation was entitled: The Use of Differential GPS on Land. This along with my experience of Semiconductor design in South Korea allowed me to obtain a job with BAE SYSTEMS where I was a development engineer for 3 and a half years and was involved in a number of airborne communication projects. From there I moved into the automotive field with Visteon working as Hardware Technical Lead on a variety of Powertrain Control modules. After 4 years at Visteon in May 2006 I joined CNH UK LTd as an Electronic Systems Engineer, from there I moved to Tumarc where I am a TCM Integration Engineer based at Ford Motor Company.


Career Summary: 

September 1998 to May 2002 BAE SYSTEMS Avionics Limited

As part of a small engineering team duties on my first project were extremely varied. These included the design and manufacture of test equipment for an airborne radio utilising both analog and simple digital circuitry and working closely with the procurement department to help find suppliers for components that met the specific requirement of military programs. I also managed the outsourcing of the PCB layout for the project; this was the first time that this had happened within the company. Since the project was in a late stage of development (i.e. at production prototype level) I was involved heavily with production, this included production problem solving out on the line, hardware debugging the late development/early production boards and at times managing the flow of boards through all stages of production process. As there were also late design changes I performed the design, schematic capture and introduction of these. Other tasks included representing the Chief Engineer at technical and financial reviews and at external customer meetings.

This project gave me a good understanding of how a large engineering company functions and allowed me to build on the technical knowledge that I had acquired at university. Whilst on this project I also completed the 1st year of the GEC-Marconi Graduate Development Program. This contained a number of modules and on-site courses including Business group awareness, Mentor Graphics tools training (Design Architect and Boardstation), ESD, EMC, time management, presentation skills and a week long business simulation exercise.

On my second project and as part of a much larger engineering team I was in charge of designing a high speed (100MHz) digital signal processing board. I had sole responsibility for the delivery of this board and was accountable for both the hardware design and the specification and sub contract of the firmware. This design included an interface to the analogue front end, a high speed Analog Devices A/D, 60MHz clock recovery circuitry, a Lattice Semiconductor PLD, over 150 interface off board connections to other modules (with approximately half running in 2 buses at 45MHz each) and at different stages of the design either 2 Xilinx XC4062 FPGAs or a Xilinx XC4062 FPGA and a standalone FFT chip. I was involved in all aspects of the design process from receiving the initial quote from the customer, supporting the bid process and then early development, prototype builds and testing, design modifications and then through final development and into production. This included tasks such has interpreting the system requirements into a design, writing requirements specifications for the programmable devices, costing and procuring components, design, schematic capture, PCB layout, hand building early prototypes, full testing and re-engineering of these early prototypes, system integration, writing test specifications, supporting spin-off model development and managing late changes through to production. I also presented engineering concepts and results at customer meetings and design reviews.

The design allowed me to improve my analogue and digital design skills and to further my knowledge of the Mentor suite of schematic capture/PCB Layout tools. I attended technical courses on High Speed Digital Design and Signal Methodology, Six Sigma, PCB Layout and several VHDL workshops. I also completed the 2nd and 3rd years of the Graduate development program by undertaking further projects (Business Improvement) and attending numerous personal development courses. 

May 2002 to May 2006 - Visteon UK

Working in a small cross-functional department again my duties were varied. Primarily I was the hardware technical lead within Europe for a number of different Powertrain Control Modules (Engine Management Systems) based around the MPC555 and MPC561 families of microprocessors. This necessitated a good knowledge of all the European PCM hardware designs and software functionality and an understanding of overall system/vehicle functionality including vehicle sensor interfaces and technology. My responsibilities included deriving, writing and issuing the systems requirements from the customer specifications, ensuring that the hardware was delivered on time, aiding with decisions on future module architectures, running the program to VPDS (Visteon Product Development system) and reporting program progress both at internal meetings and to the customer via APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning). During the program I also led the day to day hardware design activity and set up and ran the TDR (Technical Design Review) on the programs. I also responded to customer RFQs by leading the engineering side of any bid response and conducting deep dive design reviews with the module design team in America. I also worked extensively on investigating EMC issues at both a module and vehicle level, this has included testing, fault finding and technical report/deviation preparation. I have also spent time working in America on EMC issues assisting with investigations and ensuring that the hardware and software setup was correct. I also led the outsourcing of EMC testing to MIRA UK for future European programs.

As the automotive designs are high volume whereas the military/aerospace designs were all low volume the designs are heavily cost driven I was responsible for both identifying cost saving opportunities in the hardware design and implementing these smoothly into current manufacture. When a new hardware design was completed the system level testing was done in Europe so I was also responsible for troubleshooting these new designs both on the bench and on the vehicle with the software team and on site with the customer. This involved working closely with the software team and included the feeding back of possible design issues and improvements (both hardware and software). The job also involved working with the vehicle calibration teams and I have become familiar with vehicle calibration methods and the tools used (ATI Vision)/CANalyser).

The job was extremely customer facing and involved dealing with customers and manufacturing plants worldwide. The job allowed me to travel frequently and develop both my management and system level design/integration skills in a commercial high volume environment. as well as learning about vehicle systems.

May 2006 to August 2007 - CNH UK Ltd

In May 2006 I joined CNH UK Ltd as an Electronics Systems Engineer  - WEB UPDATE TO FOLLOW

August 2007 to Present - Tumarc (based at Ford Motor Company)

In August 2007 I joined Tumarc as an Automotive Engineer, at present I am working within the Automatic Transmission Group at Ford Motor Company as a TCM Integration Engineer - WEB UPDATE TO FOLLOW

Other Information

Holder of a PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving qualification. 
Holder of an unendorsed U.K. Driving Licence. 
Familiar with many common packages including: - Word, Excel and Power Point. 

ReferencesAvailable on Request.

This page was last updated on 28 May 2008