Hey There!

My name is Will Hardcastle. I'm a British Network Engineer & Technology Enthusiast in his Twenties, currently working for Openreach.
I love all things technical, loud ambient house music, milk and the smell of BBQ chicken.

I started doing what I do by now about ten years ago and although I took a more audio-oriented detour in between — well, not really a detour, just a different approach to fulfil my need for creativity — I eventually came back to doing what I used to do about two years ago. I've worked very hard ever since trying to improve my skills in Network Engineering & Systems Development. My goal was not only to be able to offer a broad spectrum of services, but to really be able to enter any project with a base line set of skills. That's why — unlike many others in the industry — I decided to not specialize in a single industry, but to dabble in many. Also: It wouldn't have made sense to choose one, if I'm passionate about many, right?

Over the course of the last two years, I've had the chance to work with multiple clients and agencies of all sorts and was able to gain a lot of experience. Experience that helped me improve my skills in communication, project management and strengthen my knowledge of various industries overall.

— Setups

— CV

Professional

  • 2019 - Present
  • Openreach - Telecommunications
    • Service Delivery
    • Telecoms Engineer
    • Copper Repair
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Henley Festival - Usher
    • Security Assistant
    • Customer Service
    • Gate Control
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Yvonne Arnaud Theatre - Multiskill
    • Front Of House Usher
    • Backstage Crew
    • Stage Door Supervisor
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Oakleaf Music - Teacher
    • Basics of Logic Pro X
    • Live Audio Recording
    • Studio Setup
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Corinth Entertainment - Network Manager
    • System Security
    • Network Telemetry
    • Application Development
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Freelancer Visual Design & Web Development
    • Texture Generation
    • Layer Rendering
    • Templating
  • 2017 - 2017
  • St Joseph's Catholic High School - Teaching
    • Basics of JS
    • Integrating CSS
    • Backend PHP
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Acura Visual Security Systems
    • CCTV Engineering
    • Network imagery
    • Bandwidth Control
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Gallagher Communication Web Design
    • HTML5
    • CSS3
    • JS
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Glive Guildford (Theatre)
    • Lighting Technician
    • AV Operator
    • BackStage Management

Educational

  • 2018 - 2018
  • Duke Of York Award
    • Silver Certificate
    • Bronze Certificate
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Godalming College
    • Information Technology & Uses and Practicality (Certificate)
    • Computing & Website and language basics
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Cisco CCNA Certification
    • Penetration Testing
    • Network Analysis
    • Systems Admin
  • 2015 - 2016
  • NCS (National Citizen Service)
    • Public Aid
    • Project Development
    • Team Building
  • 2014 - 2015
  • ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music)
    • Audio Production (A Level)
    • Audio Recording (A Level)
    • Stage Rigging (A Level)
    • Audio In a Performance Environment (A Level)
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Broadwater School
    • Math & GCSE Level
    • IT & GCSE Level
    • Spanish & GCSE Level
    • Electronics / Engineering & GCSE Level
    • Music & GCSE Level
    • English & GCSE Level
    • Drama (Lighting Engineering) & GCSE Level
    • Science& GCSE Level
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Phoenix International School
    • Spanish Language

— Expertise

Network Engineering

  • Load Balancing
  • Bash / Scripting
  • Storage Clustering
  • Network / Firewalling
  • Virtualization Management
  • Systems Analysis
  • Fibre Networks
  • — and much more..

Music Tastes

  • Kyle Watson
  • Oh Wonder
  • Kaytrada
  • Jon Bellion
  • Mura Masa
  • — this list really isnt long enough..

Hobbies

  • Jamming to Music
  • Drone Flying
  • Exploring / Walking
  • Gaming
  • Eating..
  • — i promise i do more than this...

Attributes

  • Organised
  • Trustworthy
  • Funny (ish)
  • Approachable
  • Friendly
  • — the accuracy of this depends on how hungry i am...

Projects & Runnings

  • Smart Home
  • Homekit / ZigBee
    • Home Automation has always been a massive interest of mine, it’s safe to say I’m a massive smart home enthusiast. From smart plugs to temperature controlled rooms, you name it if dived into it. Having a high skill set in Node JS is makes building smart home integration easy as Pi!
    • Go to Project
  • Home Lab
  • Self Hosted Lab
    • As a Total nerd and Software Enthusiast i needed somewhere to test all these projects this is why i host my own Home Lab with multiple high power servers and storage pools to handle all the data and tasks.
    • Go to Project
  • Projection Mapping
  • Digital Projection Mapping
    • Creating Digital Artwork and Designing is something I’ve loved to do from a young age, Projection mapping is just a super cool way of building designs onto different household or structural items and making them come to life.
    • Go to Project
  • Virtualisation Work
  • Getting Everything in a Box
    • Virtualisation is something that I’ve always loved and have looked through so many different types of Virtualisation from VMware, to Hyper-V to KVM Having everything run in small boxes and able to shift systems around is some that I love.
    • Go to Project
  • Theming
  • Pterodactyl Theming
    • Brief work was done on various panels to theme them into different colours, putting them into a GitHub Repo revealed a lot of people have been wanting them to! so maintaining a Repo of Themes has been something I’ve been doing in my free time.
    • Go to Project
  • Scripting
  • Alexa Skill Designing
    • Alexa is such a great tool for so many different reasons this is why i took to scripting different skills for her/it this links in directly with my Smart home builds so actions such as restarting servers and systems can now be done from just a few words.
    • Go to Project
  • Logic Pro
  • Music Creation
    • Sometimes staring at a terminal or a screen full of code can send you slightly insane, its always good to cut lose and do something totally creative, hence where my musical roots come through.