Brian C Milco

About Me


I am a creator who has developed software and designed systems that effectively address identified needs. I am energized and engaged when I have problems to solve especially if those problems require code to be written and tedium to be automated.

Skills


Professional: Ansible, Apache, C++, CentOS, CUPS, DHCP, DNS, Docker, Git, JavaScript, mySQL, Nginx, openVAS, Perl, Samba, SSH, Virtualization

Soft: critical-thinking, effective communication, leadership, problem-solving, willingness to learn

Personal: CI/CD, Jenkins, Kubernetes, NFS, Ubuntu, AWS (Amzon Web Services)

Experience


Plumbing Supply Group, LLC; Chico, CA

An e-Commerce company that specializes in plumbing and related products.

Chief Technology Officer, Jan 2019 - Oct 2020
  • Supervised a department of 3 direct and 5 indirect report employees.
  • Increased Ansible automation and introduced Docker usage for some services.
  • Managed multiple active websites and increased the level of PCI-DSS compliance.
Application Developer / System Administrator, May 2014 - Jan 2019
  • Helped convert custom CMS from C++ to Perl & JavaScript (with WebSockets, jQuery, HTML, & CSS).
  • Automated and encrypted the backup process and updated the software stack.
  • Converted SVN code repos to Git and updated automated deployment process from FTP to SSH.
  • Replaced a dozen workstations with Raspberry Pi kiosks to lower total cost of ownership.
  • Converted main e-Commerce site from Apache to Nginx for performance gains.
Stitch Works Software; Chico, CA

A company dedicated to crochet symbol design software

Small Business Owner, Jan 2011 - Dec 2014
  • Developed Crochet Charts software using C++/Qt for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • Set up and maintained Drupal-based website and store front, and sold through the Apple App Store.
Favor Software; Chico, CA

A custom software development company specializing in Microsoft Access databases.

Application & Database Developer, Sept 2006 - Dec 2010
  • Developed Intwined Pattern Studio (knitting chart design software) using C++/Qt for Windows & Mac.
  • Designed and maintained Access databases for business customers.
  • Developed and led the transition of the two largest clients from Access to mySQL backends.
  • Maintained local servers and backup system.
OptiLife Administrators; Chico, CA

A third party administrator of health insurance products.

Website Developer, May 2005 - Sept 2006
  • Modified and maintained custom ASP-based website and reports created in Crystal Reports.
  • Maintained Windows 2000 Servers and about a dozen user workstations.
Butte Community College: Center for Information Technology (CIT); Chico, CA

A satellite campus for Computer Science courses in Chico.

Interim Systems Administrator (Student Position), June 2002 - May 2003
  • Administrated Solaris (45%), GNU/Linux (30%), and Windows 2000 (25%) systems and services.
  • Maintained user accounts for students and teachers.
Ceder Creek Publishing; Paradise, CA

A bulk mailing and marketing company.

Mail Processor / Filemaker Database Designer (Contract work), Dec 2001 - Apr 2006
  • Set up and sent out bulk mailings.
  • Developed a couple of Filemaker databases.
Merchandise Testing Labs (MTL) USA; Brockton, MA

Tested client products to verify they met safety and quality standards.

Information Systems Analyst, June 2001 - Nov 2001
  • Supported over 120 employees and replaced more than 50 of their workstations.
  • Developed and administrated Filemaker databases.

Education


Some college (Computer Science) - Butte College

Certifications


Elastic Certified Engineer (ECE); Currently studying for exam
This performance-based test focuses on the skills need to administrate and work with Elasticsearch clusters.
Amazon Web Services: Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA); Aug 2021 - Aug 2024: 9KPKCDGDGNEEQR91
This test focuses on the skills need to architect and deploy applications at scale on Amazon technologies.
Certified Jenkins Engineer (CJE); From Apr 2021: 31336620
Basic knowledge of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) & developing CI/CD pipelines in Jenkins.
Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA); Mar 2021 - Mar 2024: LF-prv0m8c401
A performance-based test focused on the skills needed to be a successful Kubernetes Administrator.
Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE); Feb 2021 - Feb 2024: 210-007-795
A performance-based test focused on Ansible automated configuration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.
Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA); Jan 2021 - Feb 2024: 210-007-795
A performance-based test focused on installation and configuration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

Personal


I have my 3rd degree black belt (Sandan) and I am an instructor (Sensei) in Aiki Jujutsu.

I have built my own Bare Metal Kubernetes Cluster for my home lab.