Our Own Olympian

We here at Matrix Group, believe there is an Olympian in all of us and we all have a winning spirit.

So in honor of the London 2012 Olympics – we are profiling staff, clients and our social media followers with their Olympic stories.

Name: Nathan Wiens

Title: Technical Services Consultant

Background – Nathan was building computers and working on technology when he should have been playing on the monkey bars.  His passion for this industry started when he was just a few years old.  To turn your passion into a career is an achievement on its own.  But Nathan wanted to add Olympic experience to his belt and boy did he ever!  Check out these medals and winnings:

Nathan recalls being in the Olympics and competiting for the first time, “Going into the competitions I was always very nervous and anxious, but once I sat down and started working I felt very comfortable and relaxed and was able to focus on the tasks in front of me. It was a thrilling experience, competing with others that were the best of my education level.”

Medal standings:

2009 –   Gold Medal at Provincials (Tradex, Abbotsford)

Gold Medal at Nationals (Charlottetown, PEI)

2010 –   Gold Medal at Provincials (Tradex, Abbotsford)

Silver Medal at Nationals (Waterloo, Ontario)

2011 – BCIT Computer Information Systems Technician Award

Competition details: 

1. Provincial competition – 6 hours

2. National competition  – 14 hours (two 7 hour days).  The competition is broken into four sections: Windows Administration, Linux Administration, Networking, and Hardware.

Skills Canada – IT PC & Network Support – Secondary

“Started in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition (formally the Canadian Skills Competition) remains the only event of its kind in Canada.  It is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. Every year, the event brings together approximately 500 young people from all regions of Canada, along with their parents and advisors, to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas. The competition provides an opportunity for young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested within exacting standards and against their peers from across the nation.  Students vie to win the honour of being crowned the best in their chosen discipline.”

Competition requirements:

-Install Windows and/or Linux operating systems on new PC’s.

-Install common software packages on PC’s.

-Integrate PC’s and users in a network environment to company specifications.

-Knowledge of Cisco 2500 or 2600 series routers, and 2900 series switches.

-Knowledge of Linux.

-Install and maintain common software applications on file server.

-Upgrade PC hardware.

-Assemble network patch cables.

-Understanding of TCP/IP protocol principles as they apply to modern networks.-

-Maintain a log of all activities in an employer’s monitor book, including

-Documentation of all changes (system and equipment).

-Understanding of Ethernet hubs and switches.

-Understanding of using a multimeter for cable testing

Sources: skillscanada.com and skillscanada.bc.ca

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