Good blue collar job but not a dream job for a software developer
Computer Science Intern (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 7 August 2018
Responsible for and completed several total code conversion and redesign projects for steel mill automation and tracking software from Visual Basic to C# or ASP.NET, connected to Oracle SQL Database.
Identified and corrected existing problems in legacy software as well as providing bug and development support for automation software as well as software deployment code running in Excel and VB.
Also designed and deployed an updated Help system for automation software, migrating from Windows Help to a web based wiki.
The people were mostly friendly and the atmosphere felt like an old school union shop, but management was unwilling or unable to keep up with new technology. The software had a feeling of 'don't touch it as long as it keeps working', which is the opposite mentality to modern software development and the technical debt was immeasurably huge. Also, the physical work environment of the Hot Mill was distracting.