Austin Brigham, Infrastructure Engineer

Austin Brigham

Infrastructure Engineer

Austin was practically born with tech in his DNA. When Austin was born, his dad was a Field Service Engineer for Tandem Computers. He enjoyed tinkering and repairing electronics and Austin quickly picked up on that interest from watching over his dad’s shoulders. Around the age of 7, he got in trouble for taking apart the family VHS player to figure out how it worked (spoiler: it was mostly motors and belts).

Biography

Austin was practically born with tech in his DNA. When Austin was born, his dad was a Field Service Engineer for Tandem Computers. He enjoyed tinkering and repairing electronics and Austin quickly picked up on that interest from watching over his dad’s shoulders. Around the age of 7, he   got in trouble for taking apart the family VHS player to figure out how it worked (spoiler: it was mostly motors and belts).

Austin got his start with computers at the age of 10, with his first generic white-box 286 with DOS 4.x and Windows 3.1. It was a hand-me-down PC from his dad’s work computer. The first time he slipped in that Black Cauldron 5.25” floppy and booted the computer, he was hooked. He wanted to know how it all worked.

From then on, Austin would tinker and tweak to make his computer run all his various games at their peak performance. When he ran into a problem, he would back track and try to resolve it on his own – all in the days before Google and the Internet. If Austin couldn’t figure it out, he would once again turn to his dad for help. He even got his first foray into hardware when his dad helped him upgrade the RAM in the old 286.

Soon after, the family got their first CD-ROM drive, which had to be connected to his dad’s computer. This is when Austin really learned to work under pressure. You see, despite his dad’s clear instructions not to, Austin just HAD to tinker on his dad’s computer too. If he broke something, he had to figure out how to fix it before his dad found out. On the not so rare occasion that he didn’t, he would sit and watch his dad fix it, to know where he went wrong. His dad wanted to ground him from the computer, but he just didn’t have the heart because he knew he got it honestly.

Things progressed naturally from there and Austin’s skills in hardware and software flourished. He started learning Visual Basic 4 at the age of 15 and did his first full motherboard swap at about the same time.

His first “real” job in IT was for a small software company in Buda, TX doing tech support and software development. He has had various jobs since, working in both hardware and software spaces. Most recently, he worked for a large health system where he honed his Systems Administration and Engineering skills, which brought him to Bit-Wizards.

Operating systems

  • Windows

  • Linux

  • Android

Software/Technology

  • Active Directory 

  • SCCM

  • DHCP

  • DNS

  • DFS

  • ADFS/SAML

Development Environments 

  • Powershell

  • Visual Basic

  • VBScript

  • JavaScript

  • HTML