School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Ian Howard-Row

Instrumentation Support Team Leader


Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Instrumentation Technician for the School of Marine Science and Technology, including Hydrodynamics Laboratory and Cavitation Tunnel at Armstrong Building, Marine Science Laboratories at Ridley Building, the Dove Laboratory at Cullercoats and the School's sea-going research vessel moored at Blyth.


National Instruments Labview core 1 and core 2 certified, April 2013

BEng(Hons),  Electrical/Electronic Engineering, 2011

Certificate in Education.

H.N.C. Electronics.

O.N.C. Engineering. 

Previous Positions

Lecturer, South Tyneside College, South Shields - Further Education College

 ·Production and delivery of teaching & assessment material for levels 2 to 5 BTEC programmes. 

·Administration of several large cohort programmes simultaneously.  

·Ability to manage student groups for successful completion of programmes.

·Keeping records of students and ensuring data kept within the MIS system is correct.      

·Liaison with managers, students, employers and training providers for engineering courses.

Test & Development Engineer for a North East Company specialing in state of the art pressure sensors  

·Design and production of hardware, interfacing electronics and software of a complete test system for real time fault diagnosis using Analogue and Digital Design with Real Time Programming using Microsoft Visual Basic.                                                                                                                                               

·Fault finding to component level on both digital and analogue electronic circuits.     

·Carrying out Quality Testing on assemblies from various areas of the production system.        

·Reporting to Managers and Directors of outcomes and recommendations.       

·Designing and building of test facilities to aid Production Yields, using analogue and digital techniques interlaced with Microsoftä Visual Basic.   

 Development Engineer at Motorola Inc                                                                                                   

·Fault finding to component level on new generation GSM radio boards, one of three technicians who specialised in both digital and R.F. debugging/faultfinding.   

·Provide support for automatic test and calibration equipment.   

·Provide technical support for engineering, new products and line build.

   Field Service Engineer for Signal Instrument Company

· Provide 24-hour response to automatic pollution monitoring equipment that uses a wide range of physical techniques, e.g. Chemiluminesence, UV absorption, I.R. absorption and pulsed UV fluorescence to measure ambient levels of gases.

·Commissioning of complete systems both within the UK and abroad.

·Fast determination of problems and correction to maintain a Government standard of 95% data capture of pollution information.

·Commissioning of complete systems both within the UK and abroad.

·Training of users, both in the UK and abroad, on full system care and detailed engineering issues.

 Royal Air Force

·Servicing, fault finding to component level and repair to Airfield Navigational Aids. Working on RADAR, Transmitters, Receivers, Beacons and Instrument Landing Systems.  

·Working as Shift Leader responsible for setting and monitoring of team tasks to a satisfactory conclusion. 

·Falkland Island 4-month detachment responsible for Air Defence RADAR.


Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (MIET)

Informal Interests

Electronic design, embedded systems design, visual basic for applications, fell walking, playing the Northumbrian pipes.


Taught on QCF Level 2, 3, 4 and 5  Engineering covering modules such as Mathematics, Electrical/electronic principles, mechanical principles, microcontrollers, CAD, CAM.

Course Leader for QCF level 4 and 5 courses in Engineering.

Internal verifier for assessments on Engineering courses.