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What I live With

Radioulna Synostosis

When I was growing up I didn’t  think of myself as being any different to other children until I went to intermediate. It didn’t make a difference to the things that I did at school and nobody noticed (as they still don’t) that I have to do some things a little awkwardly. At college I dare not tell anybody that I was different as I would have been picked on for it.

It wasn’t until I started work and left home that I realised how difficult life was going to be with my arms that way they are.

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At one time or another.

This is just a list of things I have done either as part of the jobs I have done or while on holiday somewhere.

Job stuff.

Telecommunications, alarm installation technician, RF technician, instrumentation, electrical service technician, receptionist, cleaner, system diagnostics, industrial maintenance, lawn mowing, grounds man, draftsman, plastering, store man, kitchen hand, factory worker (heavy industrial), biomedical technician, electrical safety lecturer, website design.

Other stuff.

Theatrical, includes the following; stage acting, script writing, poetry, stage hand, puppetry, half and full mask development and use, clowning, directing, mime, buffon, theater sports, stilts, street theatre.

Roller skating, ice skating, snow and water skiing, running abseiling, rock climbing, flying trapeze, archery, windsurfing, snorkeling, knee-boarding, white and black water rafting, soccer, badminton, swimming, bungee jumping, parachuting, shooting, tramping, camping, canoeing, bicycle repair, sailing, snow tobogganing, life saving instructor, book writing and publishing, hapkido, power kiting, stand up paddle boarding, kite landboarding


I have traveled to the following countries and on the way seen and done some interesting stuff:


In March 2017. Michelle and I traveled from Melbourne up to Sydney by car then to the Gold Coast and back to Sydney, I will include the website here at some stage.

Traveled to Sydney where I saw: the Opera House, Taronga zoo, double-decker trains, the Sydney harbor bridge, cousins and beaches.

Melbourne where I saw more cousins, some funny art stuff and trams.

Canberra where I saw the houses of parliament and more cousins.


What did I do in Fiji, well just relaxed in the sun mainly. I have been to Fiji 3 times now and love it. I saw tropical fish, coral reefs. One time I saw a sea snake coming towards me so I kept really still and it brushed past my arm and kept going. If it had bitten me I would have had two hours to live, but our boat was two hours out from the closest main Island. Angela and I went to Fiji fro our honeymoon with our daughter who was one at the time. We went to a traditional Fijian village.

New Caledonia.

I stayed at Club Med where I did the following: flying trapeze, snorkeling, rock climbing, windsurfing, archery and lazing in the sun.


Vancouver, where I  saw/did:  cousins, the aquarium, Christmas lights, underground shopping, sky train, ice skating, huge supermarkets, shopping malls, squirrels, Capilino suspension bridge and skiing.

Edmonton, where I saw/did:  lots of cousins, ice skating, operated the penalty box at an ice hockey game, West Edmonton Mall and skiing.

Grand Prairie, stayed with cousins.

Hong Kong.

Went on the underground trains, went shopping, did a harbor cruise.


Saw:  lots of poor people and slums, camels, elephants, cows walking down main streets, people going toilet where ever they wanted,  a funeral pyre by the river, buzzards, the Taj Mahal. Traveled by train across India, went on an elephant ride to a temple. Ate lots of curry. Got sick twice. Had to buy water to drink!


Saw: lots of poor people and slums again. In general, the poor people of Kenya are a lot more friendly than India. Traveled in matatus, had to buy drinking water, went to the Masai Mara, went into the outback and stayed near a village where the ladies had to walk for an hour every day to get water for everyone, got our 4WD  stuck in a  small river and two days later the river had dried up, saw a cactus bigger than a house, lizards, lions, leopards, huge elephants, a rhinoceros  with its baby, giraffes, gazelles, lots of zebras, hippo’s, visited a tribe where the children had never seen a white person before, visited lots of people living in mud huts, went to a mud hut church, crossed the equator, haggled in marketplaces.


It is most likely that while in the Masai Mara we traveled into the Serengeti in Tanzania which is why this is included.


I stayed in central London and enjoyed looking at some of the tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Dungeon. I found the underground really easy to get around on. While there we traveled to the city of Bath and I went to visit my Uncle Mike and Auntie Jean who lived in Wythham Village near Oxford.

USA -Miami

We just stopped for a day and went shopping here.


The capital ( Quito ) is about 10,000 feet above sea level and you can feel quite dizzy when you land especially if you try and do any exercise as I found out. Went to the monument on the equator and played hacky-sack across the equator, haggled in market places, survived the Shell road, held a boa constrictor, worked on a building site, stayed with an Ecuadorian family, stayed a night with a tribe in the Amazon Jungle, saw leaf cutter ants and lots of other interesting bugs.

History Channel

This is my CV for potential employers to look at and for those who are simply curious.

Click on the company name to find out more.  (McKenzie and Holland doesn’t have a hyper-link)

Curriculum Vitae

Roger D Vincent

Roger Vincent


Personal Details

These will be supplied if you ask nicely.

Professional Qualifications

NZ Trade Certificate in Radio & Industrial Electronics

Electrical Service Technician

Career Objectives

To further my qualifications in a way that would benefit both myself and the company I work for. To make the most of any opportunities given in career advancement.

Key Areas of experience & Competencies

  • Test bench design and set up.
  • Procedure writing.
  • Diagnostics and repair of PBA’s.
  • Training and supervision of test operators.
  • Machine maintenance.
  • Test equipment repair.
  • System diagnostics and repair.

Employment History

Pertronic Industries NZ

26 January 2010 to present


Test Technician.


2013 – Social Club Secretary

2014 – Social Club Webmaster

Test and repair of printed circuit boards.

Biomedical Services NZ

May 2004 to June 2009


Biomedical Technician.


Electrical Safety lecturer for Wairarapa DHB monthly training days.

Test, repair, acceptance and calibration of biomedical equipment.

Test and repair of all oxygen concentrators in the Hutt Valley including home visits.

Testing of dental equipment and RCD’s at all primary schools in the Wellington region.

Technician in charge of testing, onsite repair and acceptances at Hutt Valley DHB.

Test procedure writing.

Use of company car and managing test equipment for use at different client sites.

Liaising with and advising clients.

Health and Safety Committee.

Reason for leaving.


Exicom Technologies Ltd

4 Oct 1999 to March 2004


Test Technician.


Module testing, diagnostics and repair for Analogue Radio links.

Module testing, diagnostics and repair for Digital Radio links

including test bench design and setup.

SMC soldering and de-soldering.

System testing, diagnostics and repair for Digital Radio links.

Health and Safety Committee.


Redesigned chart of Digital Radio menu structure.

Wrote instructions for Digital Radio calibration program.

Assisted with Digital RF bench set up.

Reason for leaving.


Circuit Systems Ltd

May 1999 to Sept 1999


Alarm Service Technician.


Installation and repair of swipe card entry systems and door sensors.

Upgrade systems for Y2K compliance.

Report on-sight activities to monitoring companies.

Purchase and maintain stock for each job.

Use of a company car.

Receptionist (early morning).

Reason for leaving.

I didn’t do the job I was employed to do so left after the trial period.

Alcatel NZ Ltd

July 1990 to March 1999


Electronic Technician, Electrical Service Technician.


Diagnosis and repair of Printed Board Assemblies.

Maintenance and repair of factory test and production equipment including 230V appliances.

Setting up of test benches.

Ongoing training and supervision of test operators.

Warranty diagnosis and repair of phones and MUX PCB’s ( both national and international ).

Provide weekly report of warranty activity to QS Manager

(one of the executives of Alcatel NZ Ltd) for presentation to the board of directors).

Testing of Customer Premises cabinets.

Repair and testing of Transmission Multiplex Equipment.

Building, wiring and testing of Roadside cabinets.

Design and manage CTU test area including warranty repair.

Assist with annual maintenance of automatic insertion machines and flow solder machines.

Health and Safety committee member.

First Aid Officer.


NZ Trade Certificate in Radio & Industrial Electronics.

Set up and maintenance of antistatic earthing methods.

Set up of Line Test Unit area, writing of related test documents.

Test design for Clear wall mount cabinet.

Setting up and building equipment for the Telephone production line.

Intranet Reviews.

Reason for leaving.


Alcatel NZ Ltd

January 1987 to July 1990


Apprentice Electronic Technician.


Telephone diagnostics.

Drafting assistant.


Involved in prototype development and design. Some drafting was done by myself.

McKenzie & Holland

School Holidays in 1985 & 1986


Factory Hand.


Building and baking transformers.

Electrical cabinet wiring.

Making gear plates for cabinets (used for the electrification of the main trunk railway line)

Making heatsinks for plating rectifiers.


Building packing crates from scratch for cabinets.

Loading and unloading trucks with the forklift.


Tertiary Details:

July 1993 Electrical Service Technician (Registration Current)

October 1990 NZ Trade Certificate in Radio & Industrial Electronics

College Details:

1986 6th Form Certificate:




Technical Drawing

Computer Studies


1st in Technical Drawing

1985 School Certificate:



Technical Drawing




Merit in Accounting

Merit Certificate – 2nd in 4th form swimming finals

Merit Certificate – 2nd in 5th form swimming finals

Wellington Certificate in Science with Merit

Courses Attended

2003 Training for Health & Safety Representatives

2002 Accident investigation.

2002 Health and Safety Training

1999 Introduction to security.

1998 Practicing Electrical Workers Safety & Testing.

(Biannual requirement for Electrical Registration)

1996 Effective Communication Skills

1996 St Johns Workplace First Aid


Harriers, travelling, street theatre, skiing, writing.


1999 Flying Trapeze Certificates for: knee hang catch, hocks off catch &plunge catch.

1996 Parachute decent from 3000 feet, Wairarapa Parachute Centre

1989-92 Merit Awards at Green Tree Children’s Theatre

1989 Leadership Training Course, Kiwi Ranch

1985 Instructors Certificate, Royal Life Saving Society of NZ

1983 Captain, Tararua United Football Club Junior 14th Grade

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