Skills

The following is a list of skills I have acquired over the years. I have divided the skills up into categories to make it easy for you to identify the skills most closely related to your needs.

 Experience Scale

 0-1 Little to None  May have been exposed to it, but don’t really know much beyond that.
 2-3 Beginner  Reading books, starting tutorials, picking up basic skills
 4-6 Average  Can start to do things on my own, but still need to reference sources often
 7-8 High  Knows a good amount about the subject to handle most task without problems
 9-10 Expert  Knows just about everything there is to know about the subject to be able to address any issue

Microsoft

MS Word
90
Basic word processing, formatting, inserting tables, drawing pictures, reviewing tools, etc.. I scored high on the advanced level proveit test
Excel
80
Took a class on Excel where I did learn functions and conditional formatting. I have several spread sheets with advanced calculations to ensure consistent profitability in my photography business and other business plans. I scored 25/25 on the power user proveit test.
Outlook
70
Used extensively at work, experience setting up new user accounts, and connecting with Exchange. I scored 26/ 30 on Outlook 2010 Prove It Test
OneNote
90
Use for almost all note taking and organizational needs, along with the planning of my various projects.
Exchange
50
Can create new user accounts, set forwarding addresses, create aliases, set mailbox limits.
Active Directory
50
Can create users and organizational units. Can assign access permissions, set and change passwords, and assign policies based on roles.
Windows Servers 2003- 2012
60
Used a variety of servers for each customer environment. Learned group policy, setting up print servers, and connection domain accounts.
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, 7,8,10
80
Grew up with windows starting with 3.1, have been learning more advanced troubleshooting and maintenance over the years working with my computer. I scored 37 / 40 on the Prove IT Test- Computer Tech
DOS
60
Familiar with several troubleshooting commands and networking tools.
PowerPoint
80
Used for many presentations, can figure out most operations. I may not be aware of the more advanced operations but I can put together a working slide show with effects, consistency, and appeal.
Access
50
Can create tables, forms, and other pages with their attributes, but still have a hard time with some more complex database design structures.
SharePoint
30
Experience setting up a small SharePoint site

IT Storage

Ctera
50
Monitored client back up solutions, restored files as required
Veeam
10
Was briefly introduced before I left Hixardt. Looked to be a much better system than Ctera,

VM Ware

vSphere
40
Used to manage over a dozen clients with over 300 users- Can create virtual machines and monitor and maintain them.
Horizon View
50
Used on most of our client machines and our own, I have experience troubleshooting connection problems, setting up new users, and connecting remotely,

Ticketing

Connect wise
60
Used to record time on tickets, and file expense reports
SpiceWorks
20
System used at a clients site when I first started with Hixardt. Used about a week.

Programming

SQL
50
I am familiar with SQL with the use of MySQL and phpMyAdmin. I am familiar with making queries to pull data from databases that include data from several tables
Php
60
Used PHP in the development of custom functions within my WordPress sites. I have a basic understanding of the logic and structure and can put together simple to intermediate level functions. I am beginning to familiarize myself with OOP.
PHP Framework: Laravel
50
Have a beginner knowledge of this framework and using it for one of my major projects.
PHP Framework: Code igniter
15
I know a little of this framework from experience managing a project that utilized it, but I would not be able to accomplish a project on my own with it.
HTML
80
With a basic understanding of the syntax and general code, I can put together or edit simple websites without much problem. I have familiarity with HTML 5 as well.
Bootstrap 3/4/5
60
Started developing an application using bootstrap in a UDEMY tutorial, and have continued using it for a personal project to help develop my site.
CSS
60
Have the basic understanding of CSS styling rules
JAVA
5
My understanding of Java is limited to its similarities with PHP and other procedural languages. I have not yet had a need to increase my knowledge in this area yet.
JavaScript
40
I know enough that I can interpret what a lot of code is doing, but I have not yet built any JS applications of my own. Learned basics from w3schools and other courses
WordPress
70
Experience with setting up, migrating, and creating wordpress sites. Have not attempted customization yet.

Development

Wireframing
80
Experience creating wireframe diagrams (sample program layouts) for several of my projects using Axure RP. This allows for an easy understanding of requirements when presenting to a developer.
UML Diagrams
60
Familiar creating class, use case, sequence, and activity diagrams within visual paradigm, Visio and similar programs
Database Architecture
60
Created several normalized database designs in MySQL Workbench, and Access. Managed with PHPmyAdmin

Skills on my to learn list:

Jquery – only experienced with copy pasted codeNeo4j (graph databases) – Currently researching for possible use on my social network projectOrientDB – Currently researching for possible use on my social network projectVueJS

AutoCAD 2000-2010
70
Have created many 3d projects with AutoCAD, using layers, cameras, and other tricks to accomplish the desired results. I haven't done much in advanced renderings, but could probably pick that up if shown. Taught myself much of what I know, so there may be faster ways to do some things I don't know about yet.
Revit 2012/ 2018
60
I have used this program to work on many projects (see portfolio). Took an online training course and tend to learn as I go new features with every project.
Maya 8.5
30
Created a 3d animated Bear from book tutorial in college (Learning Autodesk MAYA 8)
FormZ
20
I've had a brief introduction to this program, and could probably make basic objects and maybe animations, but otherwise, I wouldn't be that useful with this program.
Solidworks
30
Used a few times for basic models, and have gone through some tutorials
Blueprint reading
65
I understand or can figure out most blueprint drawings and symbols
Google Sketchup
25
Have only played with a few times so far, but used it to created basic 3d models

Graphic Design

Adobe Acrobat
80
Create and open PDF files, add form fields to static pages, and other edits with PDF documents
Photoshop CS3-CC
70
Have experience doing photo editing from the basic, to more advanced edits, such as background removal, blending, etc.
Illustrator CS3-CS6
45
Can create simple graphics and have used some special tools. Have gone through a training course, but don't use it enough to remember everything.
InDesign
35
Only used a couple times, once for a brochure and once for a newsletter. Can add and edit pictures as well as add special effects and layouts to projects
Flash CS3/ CS4
35
Have not used in years, but was able to create basic animations with program.
Dreamweaver CS3-CS6
50
Have not used in a long time, but originally used to create my web portfolio before switching to WordPress
Lightroom 4/5
80
I use this primarily for all my images I take with photography.
After Effects CS6
40
Have experience creating kinetic motion videos.
Premiere Pro CS4
30
Played with a few times to make basic movie edits

Photography

Portrait Photography
80
Having shot with over 100 models, I have experience taking pictures in numerous environments. I try to pose people and pick environments to support their taste, or their outfit choices.
Event Photography
80
I seek to capture the important people, details or mood of the events I attend. For people, I seek both candid and posed shots to get a sense of who's there and their enjoyment.
Low Light Photography
75
I enjoy working in low light conditions with long exposures, being able to capture what others may not normally be able to.
Lighting
40
I've only had minimal experience with external lighting. With 1-2 external flash set ups on occasion, or the occasional softbox when shooting indoors..
Macro Photography
70
I have experimented with various macro techniques including reverse lens photography, extension tubes, or simple magnifiers. I enjoy getting upclose to insects, flowers, or other objects to see the world in a different viewpoint.
Landscapes
75
I regularly shoot landscapes or nature in general, trying to capture unique angles or other interesting features.
Architectural
75
I also enjoy capturing urbanscapes or individual buildings. I try to avoid, or otherwise edit out distracting details such as power lines, or other things that don't belong with the building. I also try to capture unique architectural details.
Automotive
50
I have fun capturing photos of cars at the car shows and such, but don't really know what it takes for good detail photos
Action Photography
60
In various sporting events, or other action type shots, I seek to capture the best moments of the event. Whether its bull riding, FMX jumping, or other sports, I attempt to get action shots that best showcase the event.

Updated:6/1/16

Written
80
I would say this is my best form of communication as it allows me to get all my ideas out in an organized manner. I have experience with business writing as well as short articles, presentations, and also have a book in progress.
Public Speaking
55
Although not my strongest skill set, I am still able to put together and give presentations that get the desired point across.
Approach
65
I feel I am able to approach people on a subject with little reluctance to assist to address a problem, to ask questions, or to give information.
Listening
70
Being an introvert in nature, I am more prone to listening effectively and asking questions to clarify any missing details in a conversation.
Spanish
30
Had up to Spanish 3 in high school, and again in college. I can understand some things when spoken. Speaking, I would have a hard time remembering different verb tenses and vocabulary. Reading would probably be my best chance of translating a given text.

Style:

I am usually very direct with what I have to say. I am straight to the point, and a no nonsense kind of guy. I have a subtle sense of humor, that most people enjoy when they get to know me. I’m not that big on small talk, but can offer my own contribution

Updated: 6/2/2016

Management
70
Experience managing up to 50 hard to manage inmates at the State Prison, along with some time managing a department in a retail environment.
Marketing
60
Experience marketing a photography business through social media, and word of mouth. Along with 9 years in retail merchandising products to increase sales.
Finance
50
Most of my experience lies within the classroom, but I do have experience running cost analysis on my photography products and a proposed business plan.
Sales
70
Experience in the retail environment. I know how to ask questions to get to the true needs of the client/ customer.
Business Analysis
40
Experience analyzing business processes to find inefficiencies or areas for improvement within the retail and food service industries.
Business Development
60
Experience creating business plans, market analysis, system development, and more. Added value to my photography business by offering unique products and quick customer service.
Forklift
90
Trained to use through Walmart, been using since 2004, no major problems.
Scissor Lift
90
Trained to use through Walmart, been using since 2004, no major problems
Non-Power Tools
70
Used many tools for many different task, including wood working, assembly, and other uses. I consider myself resourceful in knowing how to use different tools for different task, even if they arent always meant for that purpose.
Power Tools
70
Used standard power tools found in wood working shops, as well as drills and saws
CNC Machine
30
Had the opportunity to program and use in one of my advanced modeling classes at Penn State.