I'm a cert. electro engineer (2023)

My Name Is Benjamin “Crazy Kōdā” Meder

About Me

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

And of course you can follow/contact me via

The idea behind the name is actually 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 as I was 10. My father, who was also an programmer at that time, gave me the opportunity to access his PC. That's now 30 years ago. 😎

But I had other plans...

I wanted to learn more about PCs and Network. After school, I started an Apprenticeship as an IT specialist 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 sales person. And if every customer is happy and all the Projects where done (building websites, building IT Network, 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 whole europe. I worked for HP/Microsoft in Dublin/Ireland, Eventim in Bremen / Germany and Scout24 in Munich. I have speciallized myself in Windows, Linux, MS SQL, MS Exchange Server, Cisco-Network. I had to script stuff in Powershell or in 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 a 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 a really good in 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 electricic 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, decoding of encrypted texts.

Education

staat certified electronic engineer
Learning C#, C and microcontroller incl. other schoo topics like math and englisch
GDS2 Sindelfingen
June
2023
electronics technician for devices and systems
Learning basic electronic incl. workind/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 examinee
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 Adminsitrator, 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)
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