About Me

Bill Howland

As a seasoned electronic engineering technician / hardware designer with experience in analog and digital electronics, I have extensive hands-on experience with design, layout, prototyping, rework, and repair of electronic equipment and subassemblies. As a manufacturing department lead I have 15 years of experience in documentation and training in a lean manufacturing environment.

 

 Professional Experience

 

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. – Portland, OR                                             July 2018 – Present

Hardware Engineer

   XXXXXXXXXXXXXX designs and produces onboard video processing systems for UAV and security systems. At XXXXXXXXX I provide support to customers on integration of hardware into systems through direct communication, through technical documentation, and through interface design. I also work on hardware design and engineering tasks.

  • Technical support for customer integration of advanced DSP-based video processing products.
  • Technical writing / Process documentation.
  • Hardware engineering of PCBs using Altium Designer 18 & Altium Nexus that include DSP, FPGA, digital and analog video, and PIC circuits.
  • Prototyping, debug, and rework of SMD electronics.
  • Hardware testing / validation.

 

Evil Science Audio – Milwaukie, OR                                                       January 2017 – Present  

Lead Technician & Owner

    Evil Science Audio is a general electronics service business performing repairs on consumer and professional audio electronics. At Evil Science Audio I perform electronic repairs and restorations to equipment of all types, from vintage radio & audio using vacuum tubes, through modern solid-state and digital musical equipment. I also originate custom circuit designs and PCB layouts for a startup musical instrument equipment manufacturer.

  • Diagnose and repair home audio, professional audio, and musical instrument equipment, vintage hi-fi, and vintage radios.
  • Design, prototype, and build custom audio devices such as in-guitar pre-amplifier stages & power amplifier assemblies.

 

BASF Temperature Sensing DivisionPortland, OR                   March 2004 – August 2017

Electronic Engineering Technician Sr.

BASF Temperature Sensing Division is a manufacturer of precision optical pyrometry equipment servicing a multitude of industries. At BASF I managed product manufacturing, assisted the engineering team with new product designs, managed the supply chain and quality control, and maintained calibration and process control equipment. I also provided customer support for RMAs/Failure analyses, repairs, and delivery scheduling.

  • Managed production crew and trained multiple employees in assembly and test while maintaining on-time production schedule.
  • Assisted in product designs, movement to manufacturing, and created documentation of procedures for manufacture, quality control, and testing.
  • Solved issues during product life cycle such as replacement part specification and testing, circuit design changes for replacement parts, or engineering improvements.
  • Solved yield problems and increased repeatability in our processes by implementing failure tracking systems, enabling Root Cause Analysis.
  • Designed parts of calibration systems, then built the calibration lab from the ground up. Optimized the systems over time to improve throughput, reduce errors, and increase repeatability.

 

Education

PDX Code GUILD – Python Full-Stack Development – Portland, OR 2019

AS, Electronics Engineering Technology – ITT Technical Institute – Portland, OR 2004

 

Technical Proficiencies

Troubleshooting and repair:

  • Troubleshooting all types of circuits and systems at component level
  • Component level rework at all device scales
  • Skill with all standard electronic test instruments

Manufacturing:

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management
  • 8D Problem solving methodology

Design & prototype:

  • Altium Designer, Altium Nexus, LTSpice
  • Digital, analog, and mixed signal circuits, high speed design.
  • Embedded system hardware and software
  • Prototype and demo fixtures

PC hardware & software:

  • Python, HTML design
  • C development – Atmel
  • Visual Basic
  • Repair & maintenance of PCs
  • Windows & applications
  • Linux & applications
  • SAP Enterprise software
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