In 1994, I received my first computer. An IBM 286, with 10MHz processor. This computer had only DOS installed. It was given to me by a teacher because it no longer worked. I was 12 years old, and very interested in this computer. I opened it up, never seeing the inside of a computer before, and started to play. After several weeks of playing with the inner workings of this computer, I was able to get it running. It turns out the 286 had a cable with one wire broken. This process started me in computers for what has been the rest of my life.
In the next few years, I was able to get a few other (non-functioning) computers, and combined components with the old 286. Although I don't remember the specifics now, I remember getting Windows 3.0, and later Windows 3.1 on a few computers. I taught myself how to run DOS, Windows 3.0, and Windows 3.1. Shortly after, sometime in 1997, I acquired a computer with Windows 95. I taught myself everything I could about Windows 95, only to have to learn Windows 98 a year later.
Over the next few years, I taught myself basic programming using C++. Programming was always fun, but I needed to be able to create some graphical interfaces to go with these programs. My senior year at Oswego High School was spent taking Advanced Computer Graphics courses, and focusing on 3DStudio Max, working with animations. Although it was a small task, I spent most of my hours at school working on these graphics and animations for the Oswego high School TV Station.
In 2000, I started to teach myself how to create websites. Learning HTML was easy, but learning PHP proved to be quite a task. This was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my life because of the difficulty in the language. I also started repairing computers for people. Although I did not charge for these repairs, it got me into my computer repair portion of my career that I am at today.
After graduation, I was accepted to the Art Institute of Phoenix, and the Art Institute of Pittsburg, I wanted to focus on Graphics Design and Animation. Ultimately I decided to join the United States Marine Corps, with aspirations to go to one of these universities after. In the Marine Corps, I worked as a Radar Technician, troubleshooting and repairing radar equipment to the component level. During my time in the Marines, I still focused on repairing computers, and taught myself how to set up and manage small scale networks.
I served the Marine Corps until January 2004, when I received an Honorable Discharge. I came across a job as a technician at Tyco Healthcare. During my years at Tyco, I focused on advancing, acheiving the title of Quality Assurance Technician IV Coordinator before I left in 2010. During these years, I spent my free time repairing computers, setting up small networks, designing websites, and attending college at University of Phoneix for Network Administration.
In March 2010, I switched employers to Ansen Corporation. Covidien, formerly Tyco Healthcare, announced a plant wide closure, affecting all the employees at that location. In April 2011, I graduated with at 3.87 GPA from University of Phoenix with my Associates of Arts in Information Technology, focusing in Network Administration. I have worked with every operating system, including Windows, DOS, Unix, Linux, and Mac OSX. I have set up several medium sized networks, and actively work in network consulting. I still repair computers averaging 30 per month.
In June 2014, I moved from Manager of Information Technology at Ansen Corporation to Network Administrator at Carthage Area Hospital.
So, in conclusion, I have taught myself most of what I know, and have learned from my mistakes while developing my own ways of getting jobs done. I am a very motivated, results driven person who loves working with computers, networks, and anything in between.
Rebuilt complete Server Environment including Virtualization, Rebuilt Wired and Wireless Network, Added Guest Network, Moved Voice to VOIP
Installed Exchange Server, Rebuilt Server Infrastructure, Upgrade ERP System
Reduce open customer complaints, Drop investigation time, Create lean manufacturing cell, Assisted in 3 successful product launches
My focus over the last 16 years has been computer repair, network administration, web design/development, programming, and database management. I have focused in HTML, PHP, C++, Objective-C, and Java languages. I have set up small-medium sized networks, and have no reservations about moving to large scale networks.
I have earned my Associates of Arts in Information Technology, focused in Network Administration from University of Phoenix. In my current position, I focus in database management, working with MSSQL, MySQL, and Access databases. I have developed web based programs to interface with the critical elements of an Electronics Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer.
For more detailed information, please see my About Me page. Please take a look at my web design and programming examples as well. And if you are really interested, I have posted up my current resume.
Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in any services.
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