Employee Spotlight: Oliver Clark, Senior IT Engineer

We have some impressive employees in our ranks: from basketball players to marathon runners, from gamers to authors. The Employee Spotlight series aims to highlight the talented individuals who work here.

For this month’s Employee Spotlight, we’re featuring Oliver Clark, the Senior IT Engineer here at Cybrid.

 What do you do at Cybrid?

Senior IT Engineer

What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?

I spent my early career working summers as a junior IT engineer in a small software company, and later on, moved to work my way up from to 1st line/junior engineer to Senior engineer in the IT department of a manufacturing company – I left to join Cybrid from day 1!

Most of my knowledge comes from experience and self-discovery. If there is a problem that needs solving I will do my best to work at it until I have an answer.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The coffee machine is pretty good! I enjoy working with computers and networks, building a new solution from the ground up gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

What’s been your proudest moment at Cybrid?

Our first large CCTV project. Since we were a lot smaller then, I got hands-on with the project from the very start to the finish, working on all aspects from planning the locations/camera models, configuring the cameras, mounting them to the walls, finishing the setup and finally handing over to the customer.

What’s it like working at Cybrid during the current pandemic? Has the way you work changed at all? 

A lot of the systems we use are cloud-based, so the transition was not at all difficult. For me I don’t think much has changed though, I am still happy to visit our customer sites, the difference is I will be wearing a mask.

Before working at Cybrid, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I used to work assembling circuit boards for a small manufacturing company. Because we were small I was often asked to assist in other departments, so I learnt to do a lot of the different parts of the production cycle, from logging and kitting the parts as they come in, assembling the boards, quality control, testing the boards, I was even sent out on delivery a few times.

What’s something new you’ve learned in the past week?

I’ve been trying my hand at card tricks, I’ve learnt that it takes a lot of work and dropped cards.

What are your top three books/podcasts?

I don’t really read that many books, I really enjoyed the Red Dwarf books, based on the 80s/90s British sitcom.

As far as podcasts go, I recently found one by Loading Ready Run, a little known Canadian comedy troupe, called QWERPLINE, it’s a parody of American talk radio, very funny to listen to.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I have a keen interest in photography, I enjoy exploring new places and taking photos of the landscape. I also like video games…I’m in IT so it’s almost a given!

Stay tuned for more Cybrid Employee Spotlights!