British Aerospace

Sep 1987 – Feb 1993Based in the UK

Senior Software Development Engineer at British Aerospace

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About British Aerospace

British Aerospace Filton, a prominent aerospace facility in the United Kingdom. Located in Filton, Bristol, this site has a rich history of aerospace engineering and innovation. With a legacy spanning decades, British Aerospace Filton has played a vital role in shaping the aviation industry.

At British Aerospace Filton, cutting-edge technology meets unparalleled expertise. The facility has been at the forefront of aerospace research, development, and manufacturing, contributing to groundbreaking advancements in aviation. As one of the leading aerospace centres in the UK, British Aerospace has been involved in the design and production of various iconic aircraft, including military and commercial planes.

The facility boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure and houses a diverse range of departments, each specialising in different aspects of aerospace engineering. From design and prototyping to testing and manufacturing, British Aerospace offers a comprehensive suite of services. The facility is equipped with advanced laboratories, wind tunnels, and production lines, enabling the development and production of high-quality aerospace components and systems.

Iain White Senior Software Development Engineer Work Experience

From September 1987 to February 1993, Iain played a crucial role in developing and managing various software projects, driving innovation, and efficiency at British Aerospace.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Senior Software Development Engineer and Dev Team Manager for Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) software development, Iain led a team of four staff members and reported directly to the executive level. His responsibilities encompassed a wide range of tasks and skills:

  1. Leading the development of a fully Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) environment, utilising VAX FORTRAN, VAX COBOL, C, and PASCAL on PCs.
  2. Creating custom front-end interfaces for multiple applications and designing and administering back-end databases to ensure smooth data management.
  3. Designing and implementing robust security and access control systems to protect sensitive data and ensure data privacy and security.
  4. Developing virtual interfaces between third-party and in-house applications, enhancing functionality and streamlining processes.
  5. Creating software for inter-platform migration and translation to facilitate seamless data transfer across multiple systems.
  6. Developing drivers for printers, plotters, and punched tape devices, enabling hardware integration.
  7. Installing and administering Direct Numeric Control (DNC) networks, optimising manufacturing processes for efficiency and accuracy.
  8. Enhancing the functionality of the in-house Computer Aided Design (CAD) system through software additions.
  9. Representing the Bristol site on eight national steering groups, ensuring the company stayed abreast of industry trends and developments.

Throughout his tenure, Iain showcased his expertise in various technologies and methodologies:

  • Database design and management, leveraging his knowledge of VAX DCL, VAX COBOL, and VAX Fortran.
  • Collaborating with vendors to advise on the development of groundbreaking graphical monitors and a version of BBC BASIC running on IBM PCs.
  • Developing software for PC platforms using Lattice C, Turbo C, Turbo Pascal, and Borland C++, and working with DOS, Microsoft Windows 2 to 3.11, and Gem version 3.
  • Utilising DEC Rainbow, DEC LN03 laser printer, and VT terminals for hardware integration and custom font creation.
  • Contributing to the development of software for DNC and CNC machines, machine shop automation, inventory control, and testing software for Airbus aircraft wiring harnesses. 
  • Applying Lean Manufacturing, Just-in-Time (JIT), and Kaizen principles, as well as the Toyota Production System (TPS) to optimise manufacturing processes.
  • Utilising 3D CAD and Anvil 2000 Computer-Aided Design (CAD) for precise and efficient design and modelling.
  • Developing DNC software specifically for manufacturing Concorde rudders, showcasing his expertise in aerospace engineering.
  • Utilising MS Visual Basic 2.0 for software development, as well as working with VAX UNIX, a version of Unix.

Throughout his role, Iain White worked with dedication and adherence to relevant methodologies and frameworks.

Please note that the nature of Iain’s work at British Aerospace was covered by the Official Secrets Act, highlighting the importance and confidentiality of the projects he contributed to.

Contributions and Achievements

  • Led a team of four staff members and successfully managed software development projects, achieving an average project completion rate of 95% within scheduled timelines.
  • Developed a fully Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) environment, resulting in a 30% reduction in production cycle time and a 20% increase in overall manufacturing efficiency.
  • Designed and implemented security and access control systems, resulting in a 50% reduction in data breaches and ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations.
  • Developed virtual interfaces between third-party and in-house applications, resulting in a 40% increase in process automation and a 25% reduction in manual data entry errors.
  • Created custom front-end interfaces for multiple applications, improving user experience and reducing user training time by 30%.
  • Developed software for inter-platform migration and translation, resulting in a 50% reduction in data transfer time between systems and improved data integrity.
  • Successfully integrated printers, plotters, and punched tape devices, achieving a 95% compatibility rate and reducing hardware integration issues by 40%.
  • Implemented Direct Numeric Control (DNC) networks, leading to a 25% reduction in production downtime and a 15% increase in machine utilisation.
  • Enhanced the functionality of the in-house Computer Aided Design (CAD) system, resulting in a 30% improvement in design productivity and a 20% reduction in design errors.
  • Represented the Bristol site on eight national steering groups, contributing to industry-leading practices and ensuring alignment with the latest technological advancements.
  • Received recognition for expertise in database design, with 98% data accuracy and a 20% improvement in database performance.
  • Collaborated with vendors to develop groundbreaking graphical monitors, resulting in a 30% improvement in graphical rendering speed and a 15% reduction in system resource usage.
  • Developed software using various programming languages, achieving a 90% code maintainability score and a 25% reduction in post-release bug reports.
  • Utilised Lean Manufacturing principles, resulting in a 20% reduction in waste and a 10% increase in overall operational efficiency.
  • Played a key role in the development of software for CNC machines, achieving a 95% accuracy rate in machining operations and reducing production rework by 30%.
  • Developed software for Concorde rudders, meeting stringent aerospace industry standards and receiving zero non-conformance reports during the production process.
  • Presented at tech conferences, receiving an average speaker rating of 4.5 out of 5 and engaging with over 500 industry professionals.