After working across a variety of industries, Aaron was looking for new challenges and the opportunity to learn new tools and technologies. Enter MojoTech. Read on to learn more about this “rockstar” and his zest for expanding his knowledge.
What experiences and/or education led you to your new job at MojoTech?
After working across a variety of industries I was looking for a new opportunity to help solve interesting problems, learn new tools and technologies, and work alongside and learn from talented developers. I was lucky enough to stumble across a job posting at MojoTech that satisfied all of these conditions, and I look forward to any and all challenges the job will present.
Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project on which you ever worked?
I worked on a project that helped small businesses across the United States utilize government sponsored energy efficiency programs. This allowed them to acquire and install energy efficient hardware such as lighting and appliances, and to ultimately lower their energy usage and reduce their carbon footprint.
What do you enjoy most about Software Engineering? And, what do you enjoy least?
I enjoy leveraging the power of computers to reduce exceedingly complex tasks into one-click processes. I do not enjoy debugging software, as that is time I could have otherwise spent adding new features.
What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful software engineer?
The ability to question everything, the desire to never stop expanding your knowledge, and the motivation to help people solve problems.
What do you get out of Software Engineering that you couldn’t get from any other type of work?
Software engineering is unique in that you have the ability to harness extremely large amounts of computing power to solve relatively mundane problems, and when compared to many other disciplines of engineering you also (usually) get a few attempts to get it right.
Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.
I once had to take over and maintain an entire legacy production system that ran on vintage PDAs, in a technology stack I was completely unfamiliar with, from an engineer who had retired suddenly and did not write or provide any documentation.
Now that you’re at MojoTech, what excites you most?
I am very excited about the opportunity to learn new technologies, work alongside talented engineers, and to expand my knowledge and grow as a developer.
You’ve been banished to a deserted island with—gasp—no Internet, but lots of power outlets. What one piece of technology would you bring?
An electric guitar and amp. Does that count as one?
If you weren’t a Software Engineer, what occupation would you choose?
Achievably? A carpenter. Unachievably? A rock star.
What is your idea of happiness?
Grilling in the summer with friends, dogs, heavy metal, and cheap beer.
What are some of your other interests, outside of software engineering?
Bicycling, playing guitar / bass / drums, music production, and photography.
I don’t take pills from strangers.