I'm a cert. electro engineer (Avg yr grade: 1.4) (2023)

My Name Is Benjamin “Crazy Kōdā” Meder

About Me

I don’t want to bore you down and explain, that I am a team player, and my analytical, logical thinking is my biggest strength. So, I want to write a little story about myself, and why I am very motivated in programming.

And of course, you can follow/contact me via

The idea behind the name is very simple.

What the world calls "normal" these days, I'm glad I'm crazy. And being a little crazy is good because if you think outside the box, you'll find sometimes a better solution.

I like the Japanese culture, mangas, and the language. So, I looked for a Japanese word that means programming or coder.

Coder => コーダー => Kōdā =>Koodaa (because not every keyboard has the macron over the o or a 😉)

A short story about me and how I got into programming

A really short story

I started programming with BASIC and Pascal when I was 10. My father, who was also a programmer at that time, allowed me to access his PC. That's now 30 years ago. 😎

But I had other plans...

I wanted to learn more about PCs and Networks. After school, I started an apprenticeship as an IT specialist in System Integration (German: "Fachinformatiker Systemintegration"). But after a year I terminated my Apprenticeship because I had the feeling they couldn't teach me anything.

So I started my own business...

It was going well. I earned enough money to live. But I realized, I wasn't a marketing or a salesperson. And if every customer is happy and all the Projects were done (building websites, building IT networks, solving PC issues), there was no money flow. And unfortunately, I had no Training degree, which is "very important" here in Germany. So I had a little discussion with the Industry Chamber of Commerce and they allowed me to do the tests as an external.

I got my degree as an IT specialist System Integration with an average grade of around B (German: "~ 2")

My journey as an IT specialist went through the whole of Europe. I worked for HP/Microsoft in Dublin/Ireland, Eventim in Bremen / Germany, and Scout24 in Munich. I have specialized in Windows, Linux, MS SQL, MS Exchange Server, and Cisco-Network. I had to script stuff in Powershell or Bash. So the "coding" was always at my site.

I felt that the work did not satisfy me. The same work over and over again. IT problems here, IT problems there. Nothing was productive in any way. That's why I decided to do something more hands-on.

I passed retraining as an electronics technician for devices and systems with an average grade of A-B (German "1,5")

I started my next job as an electronics technician, but unfortunately, my employer found out, that I was good at IT. And I started to do some monitoring projects for industrial and medical customers. But that's not where I wanted to go.

A friend told me that he was doing further training to become a state-certified electrical engineer and I thought, yeah sure, I'll go on that course too.

Since 2021 I have started further education as a state-certified electrical engineer in microcontroller programming

And what can I say? I have discovered a passion for programming. At the moment we are learning C# and in autumn additionally C. On the website Codingame.com, I learn to develop and test different algorithms myself. They were simple problems, like here is a list of pacemakers and their positions. Write a program that shows you the nearest pacemaker after a position (from the website) is shown to you. Or more complex problems, like vectoring, pathfinding, and decoding of encrypted texts.

Education

state-certified electronic engineer
Learning C#, C, and microcontroller incl. other school topics like math and English
GDS2 Sindelfingen
June
2023
electronics technician for devices and systems
Learning basic electronic incl. working/designing PCB routing. Look on the Experience side
BfW gGmbH (Schömberg)
July
2019
IT specialist System Integration
just did my certificate as an IT Specialist as an external examining
external
February
2001

Experience

Technical System Engineer
Planing and building different projects in network, windows, particle measurement devices, phoenix. Also doing some programming in C#, AHK, and Python
PMT Partikel Messtechnik GmbH (Heimsheim)
until
now
Electronic engineer
Planing and creating different Projects for the school. Using tools like Eagle PCB routing, CNC milling machine, soldering, testing
BfW Schömberg gGmbH
May
2019
Senior Messaging Administrator/Engineer and Networkadministrator
Corp-IT migration, Exchange migration, Windows, Linux and Cisco Administrator, Powershell Scripting, responsible EU wide
AutoScout24 GmbH (Munich)
October
2016
System and Networkadministrator
Exchange and E-Mail-Security Project (Anti-Spam/Virus, PGP), migration Blackberry Enterprise Server Windows, Linux, and Cisco administrator responsible EU wide
CTS Eventim AG (Bremen)
Dez
2012
Product Leader / Microsoft Messaging Analyst
Microsoft Exchange 3rd Level Support responsible for a group of 10 people and EMEA Area
Microsoft / HP (Ireland)
June
2010

Looking for an Employer

I am currently looking for an employer who will not only hire me as a part-time
C# or C programmer until the end of my continuing education (and beyond),
but also an employer who has an electrical engineering/programmer technician
project for 2022/2023 that we need to do in our continuing education.

WHERE AM I LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB?

When I started my advanced education in September 2021, I couldn’t afford a car. Before that, I had a company car, so I didn’t need my car then either. So I commute every day between Holzgerlingen and Sindelfingen on my bike. And if I’m honest and look at the gas prices, I’m glad I have my bike.

That’s why I’m looking for an employer where I can commute with my bike every day (around Holzgerlingen, Sindelfingen, Böblingen, Schönaich, Weil im Schönbuch, etc) or a job (worldwide) where I can work from home.

Where can you find me?

GITHUB TWITTER CODINGAME MY 2 CENTS TECHNICAL STUFF 24
My Reps on Github
You can click down here to see my progress or scroll down
My Profile on Codingame.com
My 2 Cents Blog
My other Blog 🙂 Maybe I combine these blogs also to this site 🤣
“You have to invest time, to save time.”

Benjamin M.

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