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TRAVIS BEST


COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN / GAMES PROGRAMMER
PH: 778.996.2378 E: travis.best@gmail.com


HIGHLIGHT OF QUALIFICATIONS:


   • 10+ years programming C/C++, experience with javascript, and VB

   • Extensive knowledge of both the hardware and software aspects of computers

   • Worked through development cycle for game production, including extensive beta testing experience

   • Work well in both a team and on an individual basis

   • Constantly learning new tips/tricks to improve skill base and keep on top of technology


SKILLSET:


COMPUTER ATTRIBUTES:

   • C++, C#, Flash 8, Visual Basic, JavaScript, HTML, Python, Perl

   • Visual Studio 2003/2005, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Visio)

   • Installation, troubleshooting, networking, and network maintenance

   • Extensive knowledge of DOS, Windows 3.1 – 7, Mac OS 9 & X, Novel 5.0, Solaris, Linux/Unix,

   FreeBSD, and Open BSD


PROGRAMMING:

   • Graphics (DirectX 9. Checking card caps, viewports, loading/viewing/texturing models, shader

     programming)

   • Data Processing (prototyping, sort methods, proxy)

   • AI (path prediction, obstacle detection)

   • Networking (client-server, error handling)

   • Game Engines (source – camera, weapons; Unreal 2 – game modes, vehicles, weapons; Neverwinter

     Nights/Warcraft – mapping tools/scripting; Phoenix – mission scripts)

   • Tools (Maya 7 directX .x format importer/exporter, XML-based tile map builder)


NETWORKING:

   • Network cabling and trouble shooting (transmission line theory, LAN system types and topology,

     installation guides. Focus on Ethernet)

   • Data Communications (data link concepts, character codes, transfer protocols, error detection and

     correction, modulation techniques)

   • Wide Area Networking (OSI model; focused on TCP/IP. Developed WAN networks, programmed Cisco

     routers)


OPERATING SYSTEMS:

   • Novell5.0 (NDS structure for the network, user script files, security rights on files and directories, print

     services, console commands and establishing TCPIIP within network)

   • Windows 3.1 - 7 (installation, network configuration, create users/groups rights and shares, create

     scripts and profiles, set up print services, install active directory services and RAID systems.)

   • Mac OS 9 & X (installation, network configuration, user rights/shares)

   • UNIX/Linux/FreeBSD/OpenBSD/Solaris (installation, system commands, mail utility, VI, child/parent

     processes, disk storage, rights, security, printing, and communication between users covered.)

   • CompTIA's A+ certification - part of the Cisco Academy series of "Sponsored Curriculum".


EDUCATION:


04.06-9.07            VISUAL AND GAME PROGRAMMING; Diploma

                             Arts Institute of Vancouver; Burnaby, B.C.

09.01-12.03          COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY; Diploma

                             Red River College; Winnipeg, Manitoba

09.97-06.00          COMPUTER SCIENCE, NETWORKING; High School

                             River East Collegiate; Winnipeg, Manitoba


WORK EXPERIENCE:


1.08 - Present       PRIME FOCUS VFX; Vancouver, BC

                             Junior Systems Administrator; managing render farm, system

                             maintenance/rebuilding, networking, system distribution/update development

                             system tool development

8.07-12.07            JOHN GAJDECKI PRODUCTIONS; North Vancouver, BC

1.07-5.07              Systems Administrator; configuring Fusion/Maya license server,

                             FTP server, system maintenance/rebuilding, networking

6.05-3.06              CONVERGYS; Winnipeg, Manitoba

                             Customer Support Representative; password resets,

                             troubleshooting internet connection/speed, e-mail issues

9.04-3.05              GREAT WEST LIFE; Winnipeg, Manitoba

                             IT Help Desk; password resets, program & network troubleshooting

12.03-4.04            DIVERSIONS ENTERTAINMENT; Panama City Beach, FL

                             Tech Support; gameplay, installation issues, bugs, online support

1.02-12.03            Beta Tester; bug tracking, error reporting, stress tests, team organization