Engineer
Paso Robles, CA

About Kristian Ducharme

Kristian joined CivicActions as an Engineer in 2014. With a passion for learning, creating things, and problem solving, he uses his full stack experience to contribute to Drupal projects and aims to understand all layers to create better software for others.

Before joining CivicActions, Kristian was an independent software consultant who helped design and implement software solutions in several frameworks for high-traffic, data driven websites with an emphasis on SEO and performance. Wearing the hats of an UI designer, database modeler, back-end developer, mobile developer, web analyst, and server admin have given him a diverse skillset to apply to any project.

Kristian received a BS in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. When not coding, he can be found playing keyboards around the California Central Coast, working on some type DIY project or spending quality time with his wife and daughter.

Q&A

What do you do at CivicActions?

I’m a full stack developer at CivicActions, which means my daily challenges stretch from custom Drupal module development to DevOps support to front-end design.

It’s not an unusual day that I’m debugging Docker containers, exploring Drupal 8 configuration management, implementing responsive Sass changes, doing performance profiling/cache debugging, and writing RFP tech responses for our sales team.

What tools do you use most often?

I tend to use PHPStorm as my primary development IDE, a lot of unix command line, MySQL client, Slack and Google Apps. Jira and Trello are the main daily project management tools. Jenkins is supporting our DevOps continuous deployment, and I’ve started looking at CodeCeption for automated testing.

What do you love most about CivicActions?

I love the remote work aspect and the company’s work-life balance respect.

Being able to work around your family and life schedule is truly rewarding. Watching the impact CivicActions has makes it exciting to see what can happen next.

The culture, clear intent, and motivation for the work our company targets leaves a high sense of morality and respect.

What do you love about what you do?

I love being able to face new challenges every day and solving puzzles while contributing to the public sector, climbing a path to providing better services for our taxpayer’s money.

I’ve been lucky enough to work on some of the most demanding public projects for the U.S. government, working with a like-minded team of incredible talent. We truly have a special group that has the self-motivation, skills, and great satisfaction in the work we do, where it doesn’t feel like a job.