About Me

May 19th, 2017 by Joe Stokes Leave a reply »

Joe StokesI grew up in Wilmington NC  and have always enjoyed electronics. I received an Associate degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) in 1994. My first position was at Sturdy Corporation, here in Wilmington, working in a production environment as an Electronics Technician. After a couple years, I was promoted to the Electronics Engineering Lab, as an assistant to the Chief Electronics Engineer. The position included building and analyzing new circuits, verifying designs, troubleshooting, documenting results, and recommending design changes. I was involved with hardware and software for product development, and developed the procedures for production testing. My technical writing abilities lead to authoring specifications for new products.   

Over the years I mastered tools of my trade including digital multi-meters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, power supplies, logic analyzers, and more. I was responsible for showing new engineers how to use the more sophisticated scopes while working in the Engineering Lab.

The Internet became a tool to source information while I was working in engineering. For example, data-sheets for electronic components were sourced from reference books in the company library. It was time consuming to locate the correct reference material, and then copy the information. When the Internet became available at my desktop, technical information could be located faster than walking to the company library. The Internet improved my productivity by making my job more efficient.

The ability of search engines and technical websites to provide dynamic information, such that part numbers could be searched fascinated me. I was familiar with static web design at the time, but had not learned how these dynamic websites worked. The websites that I found productive utilized database technology. I took the time to learn more about databases, in particular SQL (Structured Query Language), and started developing database driven websites in my spare time.

To help integrate relational  databases into websites a technology called Cold Fusion was becoming popular. The NC Fusion domain name comes from my home state of North Carolina, and the Cold Fusion Markup Language (CFML). While I have learned to work with many tools including PHP and MySQL, the domain name NCFUSION.COM has served me well.

I started NC Fusion with a mission to assist businesses by providing a website that was productive and easy to maintain.  Please see my post on Web Design and Networking for more information on the company.

To help offset starting a small business, I took a position teaching electronics part-time at Cape Fear Community College. After being with the college several years I was hired on full time in 2003, and over the years the business was scaled down to focus more on my teaching position.

I noticed my students would go to the Internet as a supplement to both lecture and labs. I found it helpful to record videos with my smartphone to assist students with the course content. Select the Electronics tab to view some of the YouTube videos I created while teaching.

I was recently laid off from teaching but continue to work in electronics and computers on a contract basis. I have also got involved with Port City Grounds Keeper, a company my brother started that focuses on lawn maintenance and landscaping. I have been publishing information about me on this website. Select the Resume tab to view more details of my work experience, and contact me about work opportunities. –Thanks, Joe

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