Resume


Portfolio of various projects https://ericgirard.smugmug.com/Portfolio/

I’m a highly motivated and proactive individual who enjoy learning and applying new technology. Multidisciplinary (software development, electronic design, mechanical design, IT). I’m self-educated in any fields that I have an interest (3D Printers, CNC machining, 3D design, 3D animations etc). I love to work with people and small teams. My work experience allowed me to develop and hone the skills required to tackle almost any project : planning, budget, resources management, follow up. I also learned to be as efficient as possible in order to maximize productivity : AGILE workflow, unit tests / automated tests, continuous integration. My vast knowledge in many fields allow me to come up with solutions that are well-thought, realistic and often unique.


Work Experience

IT Director

Locweld – Candiac, Quebec
November 2011 – present

  • Responsible for the whole IT / Software development (Planning, Budget, Projects, Employees Management)
  • Identify, design and implement new opportunities (software and hardware) 
  • Leverage new technologies (Virtualization, Cloud, Container, Machine Learning) 
  • Long-term strategic objectives / plans 
  • Define in-house softwares requirements, architectures and implementation 
  • Identify and automate low-value tasks  
  • Define and maintain Disaster Recovery plan to ensure operations continuity / protection of company data 
  • Support other departments in their technology requirements

Software / Automation Developer

Locweld Inc, Candiac, Quebec
November 2003 – November 2011

  • Wrote in-house software that run in parallel with our ERP and handle all production tasks (inventory management, time estimate, operations, material optimization, CNC file generation) 
  • Replaced aging UNIX manegement software with in-house software 
  • Implemented barcodes and supporting hardware / software (operations, inventory, user bage, machines) 
  • Replaced existing infrastrucure (UNIX + Novell) with Windows Server / domain 
  • Virtualized all physical server infrastructure
  • Automated low-value tasks
  • Designed and implemented security system (RFID scanners, gates / door controls boards + firmware using CAN bus communication)
  • Designed electric galvanizing tank monitoring system (1.2MW power monitoring)
  • Designed and implemented backup and disaster recovery system (local / offsite)

Software / Hardware Developer (Owner)

ServoMecanik Inc, Brossard, Quebec
September 1996 – November 2003

ServoMecanik was started in 1996 with a goal a providing advanced and affordable CNC machines, mostly in the metal manufacturing field. Being a really small company (2) allowed me to learn a lot about running a company. My partner was responsible for mechanical design while I was responsible for the electronic and software design, allowing us to tackle almost any project.

  • Designed CNC controller system (motion board, computer, control software) for our mainline CNC product (XY metal cutting table) from scratch – this gave ServoMecanik a huge financial advantage as the whole machines where designed / built in-house and more advanced than our competitors (touchscreen, color screen, in-machine parts drawing / nesting) (Watcom C++, assembler, PIC microcontroller assembler, Orcad PCB design)
  • Designed plasma torch automatic height control module
  • Performed level 3 customer support / service (remote / on-site)

Education

BAC (Partial) in Génie de la Production Automatisé (GPA)

École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) – Montréal, QC
September 1995 – August 1997

DEC in Technologie de Systèmes Ordinés (TSO)

CEGEP Lionnel-Groulx, Ste-Thérèse, QC
September 1992 – June 1995


Skills

General

  • Team Management
  • Project Management
  • Budget management
  • Problem resolution
  • Out of the box thinking / solution
  • Ease of learning

Software Development

  • C# – Visual Studio (2003 – 2019), Resharper, git, nunit
  • Software architecture
  • Agile methodology
  • NUnit
  • C / C++
  • Teamcity
  • JIRA / Bitbucket / Confluence / Service Desk / FogBugz
  • Microchip Assembler , C
  • STM32 C/ C++
  • Python (learning)

Hardware Development

  • OrCAD / Altium / Eagle PCB
  • Electronic design (SMT + thruhole), experience in high-power (4.5KW designs)
  • Analog / Digital design
  • Microchip MCU (Pic 16xx/18xx), Motorola MCU (68xx/68xxx), STM32
  • Raspberry PI / Arduino / Beaglebone
  • SMT assembly / testing
  • CANbus / I2C / RS485 / Ethernet / USB
  • Motor control (Stepper, Brushed, Brushless with encoder / PID)

Operating Systems

  • Windows 95 – 10
  • Windows Server 2000 – 2019
  • Hyper-V
  • DOS(!)
  • Linux (intermediate)
  • Azure / GCP

IT

  • Server selection, deployment, management
  • SAN (HP, Hitachi, IBM)
  • Networking (switches, routers, firewall)
  • Virtualization (Hyper-V, failover cluster, HA services/application)
  • ERP deployment, configuration and integration
  • Security management

CAD

  • AutoCAD
  • Inventor 2017 & 2019
  • Fusion 360
  • Vectric Aspire V8.5/V9

Graphics / Videos

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Blender

3D Printing

  • Simplify 3D
  • Cura
  • Octoprint

Machining

  • Ficep CNC (angle punch/drill line, beam line)
  • Milling & Lathe
  • Mach4
  • LinuxCNC
  • G-Code generation