Peter Porzuczek

Software Developer, Teledyne DALSA

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Peter’s software helps departments across Teledyne DALSA get things done. He built an entire system that optimizes the manufacturing process...

“I create software that helps people!”

Highlight

Have you seen that feature on Ticketmaster that uses Facebook to show you where your friends are sitting at a concert? Peter created something similar - a seating locator at TeledyneDALSA. It’s a private web application that shows where every employees sits! “I love to use IT to streamline things.”

Snapshot

Peter’s software helps departments across Teledyne DALSA get things done. He built an entire system that optimizes the manufacturing process via traceability of production (which follows every step in the process chain) and database reporting (which records useful information in the database for later use). “The entire production floor runs on this tool. I got to speak to, and work with, everyone on in manufacturing about what they needed. I then built a custom solution that met those needs. It’s great to go down there and see in action how the whole company relies on something you built.”

Peter is always working on a new project. He loves it when his software allows people do their jobs better. “I’ve always been interested in how computers can make people’s lives simpler.”

A Day in the Life

Peter chats with people across the company to see how they could benefit best from his skills, so his work is very social. “People might think the kind of work I do is boring. But it’s not just sitting behind a desk and programming! Being able to communicate is important.” That’s how Peter figures out how software can make day-to-day jobs easier.

One department needed to chart the results of some special tests they were doing. They wanted a weekly report that would automatically generate itself. Peter created an online database app that updates its info every day. His solution makes it easy to extract and review these critical test results.

“I get to be creative and come up with solutions. I don’t follow a set schedule. I get to determine what should be worked on and how it should be worked on.”

Why This Job Rocks

“I get to be creative and come up with solutions. I don’t follow a set schedule. I get to determine what should be worked on and how it should be worked on.”

Roadmap

Peter took math and computer science at the University of Waterloo. After two years he switched to math and business. He graduated with a degree in systems management. Peter did three co-op placements while at university. His last placement was with Teledyne DALSA. He also did contract work for them while at school. He started full time as a software designer early in 2010.

Speed Bumps

Peter thought he wanted a computer science degree, but decided it was too theoretical. “I was more interested in how to apply IT on the job” He switched to business. “The managerial skills I learned in the business program were really important.”

Tips for Success

Go co-op!: Peter says getting three co-op placements while at university was amazing. “It let me try out a few different jobs and get a sense of what they were all about.” Peter turned one of his co-op placements into a full time job! “The job didn’t even exist before I did a co-op placement.” Learn to communicate: It’s important to talk tech but Peter has to talk to non-tech people (like HR and marketing) every day. “You don’t always have to use computer terms and sometimes you can’t.” Peter says both IT and social skills are important!

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