When David Shadoan was taking a networking class at Central Carolina Technical College, something resonated.
“I hadn’t really done any work in that area before and everything just clicked,” he said.
Ten years later, Shadoan, 34, is a Network Engineer for Sumter County Government, staying busy with the current task of moving equipment back into the newly renovated Administration building.
“What I like most about this job is, there’s always something new, even with day to day tasks and reviewing logs, it might seem mundane but there’s always new things to look for and constantly research,” he said. “The tech field is constantly changing. That’s one thing I like about it.”
To explain what he does, Shadoan used the analogy of a city.
“Your computer is your house and servers are the places where you might do business throughout the day,” he said. “When you look at a network, it consists of various roads that connect everything.”
During his junior and senior years at Sumter High School, Information Technology wasn’t really on his radar, but some programming and development classes changed his perspective.
“I thought – hey, I like this. It’s fun and I can see myself doing something like this,” he said.
Video games and time on computers gave him an appreciation and understanding of the basics, and he decided his future would be found in the digital world.
First, he took classes at USC-Sumter and then Central Carolina, from which he earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Technology and several Certificates in his field.
His first technology job was with Computer Upgraders before he left to provide technical support for Sykes Enterprises. In 2011, he came on board with Sumter County Government as a Computer Tech II.
Shadoan is currently tasked with helping move a variety of equipment back into the recently renovated Administration building.
“There’s nothing too fancy about what we’re doing right now. We’re simply moving equipment from one building to another,” he said. “The weeks leading up the move were more interesting from a technology perspective — they involved learning the intricacies of and configuring a new access control system, planning for and configuring new network infrastructure hardware, and figuring out how to adapt to the frequent changes that come with both a construction and IT project of this scale.”
Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon said Shadoan’s demeanor and problem-solving skills have been impressive.
“He’s really been helpful as we transition back to the Administration building and get back up and running. He’s not afraid of hard work and his attitude is upbeat,” Mixon said. “He’s the consummate team player and his efforts don’t go unnoticed.”
Shadoan said what is most challenging about working in the tech field is “trying to stay ahead of the curve.”
“The industry moves pretty quick so there’s always new technology and new ways of doing things,” he said. “You’ve got to pay attention.”
What takes up a lot of his attention when he’s not at work are daughter Emily, 3, and son Oliver, who just turned one. He said he’s proud of his wife Lacey as she juggles taking care of two small kids and working a flex schedule.
“She’s doing a fantastic job during a very difficult time and I’m very proud of her,” he said.
Being a father keeps him pretty busy away from work, but when there’s free time, he enjoys race cars.
“Mario Kart,” he said, laughing. “I love me some Mario.”