Wouter Switsers

My background and professional life in a nutshell

Background

I am a straight forward guy and like to think out-of-the-box, set up guidelines to get things organised and I can be a very patient and attentive person. Working in teams is something I really enjoy; just as I like a company with a rather flat organisational structure. My main focus lies with a companies goals and strategies, and getting everyone engaged. Although, as a private person, I am rather introvert.

My main source of knowledge is self-study and, as goes for everyone these days, Google. Discovering new things and how they work just might be my biggest hobby.

Read more about the early days ...

Chiro

From early on, I was a member of Chiro St. Lambertus Muizen, a youth organisation in Muizen (Mechelen).
There I learned what people can accomplish when they work together, or what can go wrong if they don't.

I've been a youth leader for many years and concluded my 'career' in the Chiro with a few years as a cook.
Alltogether, I've been a member for well over 20 years and a part of my social life still revolves around the Chiro.


jong-KWB

After the chiro, a few of us started a small branch of the bigger a KWB in Muizen for people in their twenties and thirties.
This went on for a few years, but ended due to changing priorities.

Interests

What I care about/take an interest in:

  • Science, IT and Electronics
  • PC Games and Entertainment
  • Gardening and Outdoor life
  • Environment
  • Travelling and Photography
  • Education, Poverty Alleviation

Education

Technische Scholen Mechelen

Industrial Informatics (5th an 6th grade)


Graduated in 1998

Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel

Bachelor in Applied Informatics, with a specialisation in computer networks


Graduated in 2002 with honours

Additional courses

  • 2014: Siemens NX
    Basic course CAD and CAM

Work experience

Dexia

Oktober 2001 → December 2001 (= 3 months)
Internship, at Brussels


An internship at Dexia, automating tasks to verify website uptime and reacability.

the Aircraft Refueller Company

November 2002 → April 2005 (= 2 years 6 months)
Permanent contract, at Niel


Bij ARC werkte ik als IT'er, maakte er manuals en tekende allerhande technische schema's en plans van/voor vliegtuigtankerwagens.

Daarnaast starte ik de ontwikkeling van een magazijnbeheersysteem in PHP.

SwiSoft

December 2011 → July 2016 (= 4 years 8 months)
Secondary occupation, at Brasschaat


SwiSoft is my tiny personal company, where I perform as an allround It guy, who also does some design work (newsletters for example).
Quit a few years later due to lack of free time.

Van den Bosch & Van Ranst
→ Arterio → Arivio

October 2005 → Present (= 11 years 2 months)
Permanent contract, at Schoten


I started out as a machine programmer (Siemens 810), as well as helping out with IT support.
The latter has been the common thread throughout the years and my knowledge of servers and network infrastructure has grown since.

After the first year, I evolved to a more marketing and sales support oriented role.
This has then evolved to mostly project work. These include for 3D rendering, Microsoft Navision, a B2B ordering website, intermediate between sales and external companies for the company websites, setting up Qualty Control in production, implementing Office 365, etc.

Knowledge

Self-thaught

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
    Basic retouches, color corrections, layers, etc.
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
    Drawing from scratch, retouching, converting to vector, logo design, etc.
  • Adobe Indesign CC
    Designing from scratch, documents, books, certificates, basic programming skills using JS, data merging
  • Adobe Premiere CC
    Basic video conversion and compositing
  • Office 365
    Online management of 365.
    Working with Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint.
    Including programming in VBA for Excel.
  • Visual studio
    Basic C#.NET programming for console, winApps and web.
  • SQL Server 2000, 2008, 2012
    Understanding of database design, TSQL-programming, stored procedures and functions.
  • Hyper-V
    Basic hyper-V knowledge.
  • 3ds Max 2017
    Maxscript programming using .NET DLL's, rendering using iRay
  • AutoCad 2016
    Basic operations and design adjustments
  • Inventor 2017
    Very basic operations and design adjustments
  • HTML
    I am able to manually type and fully understand HTML.
  • CSS3
    Basic C#.NET programming for console, winApps and web.
  • JS
    Standard knowledge of JavaScript.
  • Bootstrap
    This website is a small showcase using a slightly modified Bootswatch theme.
  • jQuery
    Basic understanding of jquery.

By experience

All the knowledge needed to be a good geek, from the basic build to a gaming setup with water cooling.
Both recent and older hardware.

During my job at VdB&VR, I was, together with another colleague, responsible for the maintenance of 5 servers (including 1 Hyper-V server and 1 IBM iSeries server) and about 20 computers.

The last 10 years, being part of the inhouse IT department, we were users first and final line of PC support.
As time progresses, users also need training, this was also part of the job.

Languages

LanguageReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
Dutch / Nederlands
9
7
9
8
English
9
8
8
7
French / Français
7
4
6
3
German / Deutsch
4
3
4
2

Realisations (online)

  • B2B sales platform
    at VdB&VR: A basic inhouse build B2B sales platform, gets data from the iSeries backend and returns orders. An up-to-date and more extensive build is in development, using responsive design.
  • B2B online catalog
    at VdB&VR: This started out as a small trial project, but soon became a frequentlly used tool by our customers. A second version is under way.
  • B2C website
    at VdB&VR: I set up requirements, coördinated development and provided data.