Welcome to Gilligan's Island

My first day at work, or "Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

Posted on 2017-06-05

Arrival

I had visited my new office the night before, but I wasn't sure if it was the right location because the sign outside didn't have the company's name on it. "Oh well, it's a new office," I thought. I walked into the main lobby and couldn't find my company's room number in the room directory. Well, that's when I panicked. Work was going to start in 15 minutes and I had no idea if I was even in the right building. I searched each floor until the found the room. Thankfully I was on-time and it was right next to the elevator. I greeted both of my managers, including the one that interviewed me (thank you so much!).

Finding our footing

I soon found out that I was the most-equipped person to work in IT in our office, since the company's IT people are at the Florida headquarters. Well, I did do a lot of IT work in high school and a bit in college. I could help people with networking, troubleshooting, and serving as the translator between my fellow employees and the IT team. One of my tasks for the next few weeks is to help set up the office in regards to networking all our computers and troubleshooting our multiple VPN connections which was DSL. I thought we were on Dial-up, but we would make it work. We were only weeks away from getting upgraded to cable so I'd have to use my phone as a hotspot and use my personal VPN for my online training session. No problem.

My future assignment, or: "Wait I actually have to use MATLAB?"

Later that day, I spoke with one of my managers about potential software products when I found out that one of our clients likes to stick to very specific software, including MATLAB. MATLAB. The language I thought I'd never touch again after CSE 1010. The language I never did touch again after my first CSE class. Well, surely I can ask our client's IT team for any software that will do the job. Plus I was told that I would be able to choose whichever tools I find appropriate for projects on the PSI-side, rather than for our customers.

Final Thoughts

Work went better than I thought. PSI is an Aerospace company. I'm allergic to Physics. Tomorrow I'm taking Engines 101 with my manager tomorrow and he seems really confident I can pick it up quickly. He also says that what our company is really missing is a software developer that can communicate with our mechanical engineers who program but don't have a background in Computer Science.
He thinks I can be that developer. I hope so. Time to start reading up on aircraft engines.