At the end of March 2018 I set up my own company
Paul Steane Engineering Limited
offering my services as a freelance/consultant electrical and electronics engineer.
from February 1998 to March 2018:
Solutions Engineer/Electronics Engineer, Alstom Transport, Preston, UK (was
Customer Services, GEC ALSTHOM Traction Ltd. until 21 June 1998)
from 1989 to February 1998: Senior Design Engineer, GEC ALSTHOM
Traction Ltd., Manchester, UK
Major Projects (in reverse date order; detail omitted for confidentiality reasons)
2015-2017: lead engineer on a project to design, build and install an updated safety monitoring system on a fleet of d.c. e.m.u. trains
2014-2015: update the Class 319 traction control software to suit operation on the higher overhead line supply voltages found in North West England
2013-2014: further application of the data acquisition equipment to a different fleet of trains.
2011-2013: development of data acquisition equipment for
monitoring and downloading live data from a fleet of trains. Hardware design
and embedded software design.
2009-2010: further development of diagnostic capabilities
of Class 319 equipment.
2007-2008: development of reliability improvements and extra
diagnostic capabilities for Class 456 traction control software.
2005-2006: development of reliability improvements and extra
diagnostic capabilities for Class 319 traction control software.
2003-2004: development of improved diagnostic software for
1980s/1990s GEC/Alstom traction equipment.
2000-2002: continuing development of camshaft control system for d.c.
trains, including application to UK Class 442 e.m.u. and fitment to train
442409 (photo available).
1998-1999: final design of hardware and software for refurbished
camshaft control system for d.c. trains, including commissioning in
Melbourne, Australia (photo available).
1997-1998: design and supervision of design of items to allow the
Traction and Auxiliary Convertor equipment of Alstom's Juniper train to more
easily obtain its Vehicle Safety Case.
1997: design of PWM Encoder Unit - a self-contained unit to read the
position of the driver's Master Controller, or the demand level from an
Automatic Train Operation system, and transmit this Tractive Effort demand
information as a PWM signal down a pair of train lines:
standardised design - used on many different contracts, using Lattice
EPLD for control logic;
fully compliant with new BS EN 50155:1996 requirements