Steve Edwards CV

Personal Profile

I am focused technician with a diverse practical and theoretical Mains AC/10kV DC, Audio Electronics, Telecomms, Optical Fibre and IT skill set, ideally seeking Offshore Optical Fibre Submarine Telecoms projects where I have previous experience as a fibre splicer/tester as seen on the Marine Projects section below.

I possess adequate written and verbal communication skills, with a natural ability to simplify technical details in lay terms. I also speak some basic conversational Portuguese.

Years of experience in customer facing field engineer roles has given me the ability to solve technical problems and effectively interact with people at all social and professional levels ranging from small companies to multinational corporations that I have worked for in the past (i.e. BT, Alcatel-Lucent) worldwide.

I recently completed a one week C&G 3667-02 fast track Optical Fibre Internal/External refresher course with CTTS Cable Services in Lincoln, UK, Oct 2019, covering some of the latest standards and practices for optical data systems installation, splicing and OTDR testing.

Education and Qualifications

C&G 3667-02 Cabling Units 102/103 Internal/External Fibre (CTTS Training) Nov 2019

NDG Linux Essentials course via the Cisco Networking Academy 2017

Functional Skills L2 Maths, English, ICT (for part time Link2Learning teaching) Feb16 -June16

Tools to Teach Level 4 Teacher Training Award Mar15 – Apr15

AET Level 3 Teacher Training Award Jan15 – Feb15

NCFE Level 3 Electronic Music Production (2 years Apple Logic9 PC based software use) Sept12 – Jun14

FdSc Computer Networking incl. Cisco CCNA (Cornwall College) Sept09 – Jun10

BTEC Advanced Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (DWDM Optical Systems, CTTS Training) July07

Cert. Higher Education (Computer Networking) Sept06

MS Certified Professional Windows 2000 Server May03

MS Certified Professional Support NT4 Feb01

A+ CompTIA Windows/DOS support/maintenance Apr98

BTEC ONC Science (Instrumentation/Electronics) Jul86

O Levels: Physics-A Chemistry-A Biology-C English-C Jul 84/80

Career History:

  • Full time carer for my elderly, disabled mother (deceased) Apr 2017-Sept 2019 courses in Psychology and home research focused on Narcissistic Personality Disorder

  • Linux IT Services – part time IT Support Tech home based Mar17-Apr17


  • IT Field Tech: Install/Upgrade of Cisco routers in Cornwall Oct16-Nov16

  • Cornwall Council Support Tutor Bank (Link Into Learning) Mar16Oct16

Switch Community (voluntary) IT Admin/Support Tutor Jul15-Mar16

  • IT Admin of 20 Win8 training school Pcs using Linux Mint control server

  • Support Tutor for Intro level IT courses. Design of 5 Day Linux Introduction Course

Self Employed Guitar Valve Amp Technician Dec12-Jul15

  • Electronic Repair, Build and Refurbishment of 350V-600V DC audio valve amps

  • Conversion to safe legal UK Earth requirements for 1960s vintage amps

  • Full PC audio test software and dual beam scope usage, hand soldering

  • Ebay purchase and sales

Cornwall Council (contract) IP Phone Installation/Support Technician Aug11- Dec11

  • Installation of IP phones, switches, and patch panel rewiring on large user base upgrade

  • Staff account creation(login/voicemail), customer facing support

  • Assist support fault/change request logging software user fix to 2nd line

Phoenix IT (1 month contract) PC Upgrade Rollout Technician Jun11-Jul11

  • Desktop PC upgrade from NT4 to Win7

  • Comms room re-patching and cable testing

Microcomms (3 month contract) Treliske Hospital PC Upgrade Rollout Technician Jan11-Mar11

  • Treliske Hospital Multi departmental desktop PC upgrade and peripheral re-configuration

  • Manage multi appointment schedules with department managers to minimize patient and staff disruption

Active Colour Printers (Cornwall) IT Consultant/Tech Nov10-Jan11

  • Planning and implementation of critical cloning and backup of legacy Win2000 server based Heidlberg printing system including hardware and software redundancy, using Windows and Linux based cloning and partitioning tools (Ghost/dd/Gparted/fdisk)

  • Sourcing, purchase, build and testing of obsolete duplicate server systems for backup

  • Installation and testing without disruption of current operations

  • Staff training and system documentation creation including IT security policy, practises and recommendations for a Windows SBS2003 Network

  • Network security testing and practises review

Alcatel Submarine Systems (contractor) Tester/Fibre Technician Nov94-Sept09

  • Responsible for the setup and testing of high capacity international submarine fibre cable Projects worldwide

  • Ensured functionality of all necessary local electrical, water and ADSL/telecom site utilities for Test Room

  • Responsible for all aspects of local project completion under approval of a Project Manager based in Paris

  • Ensure staff work visas, Customs documentation, local transport and accommodation available and in order

  • Customer liaison and representation of Alcatel-Lucent in a professional and accommodating manner

British Telecom Installation Tech 2A Westminster District 1987-1993

  • Clearance for Government, MoD and City Banks major internal telephone/data/fibre installation projects

  • Termination/testing of optical blown fibre, Krone, Strowger, RJ45/RJ11 wiring systems

Hobbies and additional information:

PADI Open Water Diver, Belize, November 2019

Running Linux and Electronics/programming websites at

Intermediate admin knowledge of Debian Linux (18 years)

BHPA Trainee Paragliding Instructor, Cornwall 2003-2004

Marine Cable Work History:

Marine Cable Lay Watch Tester – Overall Responsibility

A main expectation of the Alcatel-Lucent Project Managers in Paris is not only that the Contract Technical Staff are proficient in their technical field, but more importantly, are reliable and self-motivated to take as much responsibility for anything they can do to save time and anticipate problems using their own initiative, only leaving major technical and financial decisions to be decided by Senior staff. This is paramount as often a penalty clause system exists when a Project overruns the agreed time scales, which can run into many thousands of dollars in fees. A system of expenses exists so Field Staff can purchase equipment or labour locally as required and so "minor" technical or other issues can be resolved locally as quickly as possible.

Role Specifics

  • Customs/Shipping Agent liaison for Work Permit and Test Equipment documentation procurement
  • Hire car, lodgings, and initial communications methods procurement – find lodgings within suitable minimum distance to site and organise site and personal communications such as local cell phone number and email/Internet.
  • Investigate and report on available site utilities e.g. mains electricity, water and ADSL/telecoms lines for Test Room environment, and source any required hardware or relevant expertise locally (electricians, plumbers etc.)
  • Check on cable system Power Feed Equipment (PFE) state and availability, and liaise with Installation Staff and Commissioning Engineers/Site owners
  • Organise Power Safety communications regime (faxed instructions in writing) for Ship to Shore DC power system (+5000V DC) status in conjunction with available Power Safety Officer
  • Test Equipment Checks – set up optical and electrical test equipment according to available documentation or Senior Engineers requirements. Write documentation/schematics as necessary (laser unit light level power output maxima etc.). Report/order faulty or replacement test equipment to Senior Engineer or Project Manager, and suggest alternatives and organise Test Site 12hr shift patterns
  • Document optical light levels and Insulation Resistance tests as requested by Senior Engineer using OTDR and Megger
  • Periodic feedback via email of Project and Terminal Station building progress to Alcatel-Lucent Project Managers, with photos and suggestions for problem resolution
  • Liaise and cooperate in any possible capacity with other Field or Project Staff (Installers, Commissioning Engineers, Customer Reps, Cable Burial Dive team, Shore-End Cable Crew/Splicers)
  • Splice and test fibre pigtails to main cable if necessary, for connection to Test Equipment

Test Equipment Used

Tunics OM Laser Modules

Optical Line Adapter

Variable Optical Attenuator JDS HA1

WDM Supy Controller ALCATEL

Function Generator Tektronix AFG320

Digital Multimeter HP Type: HP 34401A

Anritsu Spectrum Analyser MS9710B

Advantest COTDR

Anritsu OTDR

1500V DC Megger

Past Projects Involvement

SAT3 (Cape Town, South Africa) April09-May09 Cable Installer (contractor)

Install, test and terminate CAT5 and PFE DC cables in Net Ops Centre; install rack mounts for SDH kit

Greenland Connect (Clarenville, Newfoundland/Nuuk, Greenland) Aug08-Nov08 Lay Watch Tester (contractor)

Job description as above

Med-Nautilus (Haifa,Israel) Jul07-Aug07 Lay Watch Tester (contractor)

Job description as above

Apollo (Lannion, France) Sept07-Oct07 Lay Watch Tester (contractor)

Job description as above

Southern Cross (Sydney, Australia/Auckland, New Zealand) July99-Nov99 Lay Watch Tester (contractor)

Job description as above

SE-ME-WE3 (Greenwich, London/Hong-Kong/Shantou,China) Feb99-Apr99 Shipboard Lay Watch Tester (contractor), Office PA to Senior Project Manager

Job description as above

Personal Assistant to Senior Project Manager in Alcatel Greenwich Office, as main focal point for all Field Project Managers and Testers, responsible for settling all outstanding technical issues, PFE parts and Cable Station documentation for Customer Handover dates to meet Penalty Clause requirements

TAT 13 (Charlestown, Rhode Island) June98-Aug98 Lay Watch Tester (contractor)

Job description as aboveCourier 10 Pitch

TAT11/12 (Greenwich Factory, UK) Nov94-Jun95 Optical Repeater Splicer


optical amp builds for TAT11, 12, 13 projects and others