My name is Chris Rogers, hopefully you have realized that at this point (website address and all). I can be a bit sarcastic at times. I am happily married to my wife Ashley. We have a daughter named Maggie and have another daughter on her way, due sometime at the end of 2020. I would have never know what it takes to be a husband and father before becoming both. Nobody can prepare you for taking life to that level, and at the end it will always be worth it. Above all else, they are my reason to continue to push myself to become better than I am today.
I am a Building Automation Application Engineer, with an expertise in commercial HVAC controls utilizing the Niagara Framework. I have been brought up in the Schneider Electric controls world while working for Schneider Electric Partner. We supported their TAC/Invensys product line as an equipment level controller, with Tridium's Niagara framework as a supervisory controller.
Forewarning, I suck at writing but here it goes:
I am a computer nerd. I always have been a computer nerd. I have large family, on all sides, that I am grateful to have supporting me. Growing up, it did not seem that no was ever an acceptable answer, it was always a problem to solve.
It all started when I was 12, I think? Anyways, I wanted my own computer and being that it was around the year 2000 that was not an easy task for my parents. But my uncle Howie, like he seems to always do for me, was in the right place at the right time. He ended up dropping off something like 6 computers to me one day. The only catch, which is again something to expect from Howie, was that none of the computers would work on their own. Each one had a problem, which was why I was getting them for free. Eventually I had a decent computer running in my bedroom back in the days when dial-up modems were still the only way to get internet.
Then came middle and high school. Being a computer nerd back then wasn't something most kids were proud to be. I was able to give little effort to be an average student in middle school in an "advanced" program, this meant I had a lot of free time to become a better computer nerd. By the time I got to high school, I was starting to get into a lot trouble because school was not challenging. This was back in the "no child left behind" days. For me, this meant in order to not leave anybody behind in school, the administration was forced to have me repeat classes, simply because I was too young to take the next course. Therefore, I had class time to devote to becoming even more of a computer nerd. Fortunately the schools were starting to issue laptops to students at this time.
After high school, I needed a job and I was not sold on borrowing money to pay for college so I needed a job. Who better to come to the right place at the right time than my uncle Howie. He owns a data cabling installation company that travels across the United States for a large corporation. He needed an extra hand and I needed a paycheck, so I became a grunt. We were always on the road, working 10-20 days on the road, to 2-5 days at home at a time. Being young without a wife or kids, this was not a problem. Working for Howie was fun and it seamed like I was learning something new everyday. I got to travel the country, and was making more money than I thought I could spend on my time off.
Then I met my wife, and she was not a fan of the time that I spent on the road. So one night sitting in a hotel room, somewhere in the US, I found a job listing on Craigslist. It was to be a controls electrician's helper for a small company. I got hired on and started working for this local company. Along the way I married my wife, bought my first home, and started climbing the technical ladder for being a building automation engineer. I quickly figured out that this line of work was something that was fun and challenging.
Over the next 10 or so years, I have been able to progress to a level I would not have imagined I could do so quickly. I love being the one that solves the complicated problems. I have been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to climb the ladder from an installer's helper, to becoming a lead application engineer. There have been many people for me to give credit to for being more of a mentor to me, rather than a boss or colleague along this path.
Now seems like a good time to pick up a new hobby, and to try to help the community share ideas and methods. Just don't tell my wife I have a new hobby, since my old hobby is still taking up floor space in the shed. I plan on starting to post content about what I have learned while becoming a building automation application engineer.