On Saturday, June 11, 2022, a network maintenance took place in Weikersheim. But it was not ordinary: among the maintenance team members were also trainees and students. In total, the team consisted of Joachim Rupp (electrician), Julian Hermann (IT specialist for system integration), Jaroslava Remeza (applied computer science student) and was led by Daniel Belle (IT engineer).
The daily schedule included several tasks:
1. solve cabling
2. remove obsolete switches*.
3. check the functionality of new switches and then install them
4. to create order, install patch panels (panels with hooks, with the help of which cables can be placed in a structured way) between all switches
5. restore the cabling
6. check the correct operation of the system
However, the actual work of the two trainees started two weeks earlier. In preparation, the existing wiring had to be logged so that it could be restored later. After a day and a half of work and several consistency checks, maintenance was allowed to get underway. Screws were tightened and dust removed, cables were disconnected, sorted out and reconnected. With mutual help but also equal distribution of experience among the newcomers, the work was successfully completed after 8 hours.
For me personally, this action was a wonderful opportunity to expand my own level of knowledge without fear of making a mistake, and still take on some of the responsibility. Julian and I had the chance to try out different approaches to collaboration. In addition to lots of jokes and fun at work, it was nice to work in an empty office.
* The switch is a device in the network technology, usually in the form of a flat box with a certain amount of slots for network cables. If you have several computers, especially in larger networks, and want to connect them, a Switch is worthwhile. This has nothing to do with the Nintendo Switch game console.