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Meet Software Engineer, Jason Sather! Jason was another of our 2022 internship program participants who extended their stay on the PickTrace team. Read on to learn about his path to PickTrace!
How would you describe your role to a toddler?
- I have a little piece of a website that I need to create and in order to do that, I need to bulk change the makeup of the page (how it looks) and the brains of the page (how it works).
- This work is very important because it’s how people who pick your food get paid accurately
What’s a favorite memory from working at PickTrace
- I’d say a core memory would be driving down to the Steed’s farm and meeting everyone who’d been working at PickTrace before I started my internship. It was the first time meeting the people I would work with.
- Riding the farm tractor and picking fruit – climbing up the hills to pick grapefruit
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- When I was in first grade I was into battle, war, destruction. I was drawing diagrams of little bugs that we could engineer to help save our soldier’s lives
- I drew one that was a giant bug with pinchers and had a lighter inside of it so it could infiltrate enemies and light a fire. As a kid I was like ‘why aren’t’ we doing this?!’ – there was also probably a gun bug, and an exploding bug.
- I was into spy stuff. I think being a spy was one of the bigger things – with all the tools they were selling to kids – like voice recorders. It seemed so cool.
What was your first -ever job?
- First professional job in tech was with PickTrace, but my first job ever was with my dad .
- He was an engineer – so I was working at his company with the assembly team.
- There are spot welders who attach pieces of cars together and I was doing more mundane tasks like wrapping tape around screws to make sure fluid didn’t leak
- It was only a summer job, but I had so much anxiety going in every time – I just didn’t know what I was doing and it was hot in that warehouse!
- It wasn’t THAT bad, but it was a very long time doing repetitive work
- Then I got a job at a boba shop, it was air conditioned and I knew what I was doing – a much nicer way to earn a minimum wage.
What are your hobbies? / How do you like to spend time when you’re not at work?
- Everything is going to be ‘with the girlfriend’ – we’re living together now
- So we used to eat at restaurants a lot- but the food that her grandma cooks is just so good that that restaurant food just isn’t good anymore
- She only cooks Vietnamese food – so now it has to be REALLY good food of a different cuisine to be worth it. There’s no point to going to Vietnamese food ever
- A lot of video games
- Kana – she’s our 9 month old husky – she’s a fun little girl to take care of – except when she chews the trees. She’s about 9 months old
- We got her from another family that didn’t have the time or energy to take care of her. It’s a lot of work to take care of a husky. You have to put so much effort into them – they need so much exercise and have so much energy. The sheer amount of energy they have makes them makes them really time consuming
- It’s like a full time job
- Kana – I love this name – my girlfriend and I were going to name her Katana and shortened it to Kana for family buy in. Katana is her ‘in trouble’ name.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received – or do you have a mantra you live by?
- Another day another battle – we gotta work hard. Today might not be easy – the grind is inescapable
- I don’t *really* have a phrase that resonates
- Timo [another PickTrace enhineer] once told me that you should always read documentation, even if it’s not good. Helps me from being lost for too long
If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why?
- Bell pepper – less spicy than expected