Jim O'Brien

Website & Application Development


Web developer looking to learn as much as I can about software and how its implemented. I am a Web Developer not a Designer. I have design skills (UI and UX), but I do not specialize in Design. With the right Designer/ Team I can accomplish almost anything in web development, and I can help you build your online presence for your business. I can bring experience to the table with both front-end and back-end development, and I tend to be a jack of all trades.








Sys Admin




Dev Ops





  • Responsive Web Design
  • PSD (Photoshop files/ Design files) to HTML conversion and PSD to Wordpress conversion.
  • Application development in such programs as PhoneGap and Cordova.
  • Database management / PHPMyAdmin
  • bash script, linux command line
  • Server maintenance and administration.
  • I know how to make use of PHP in page templates, Custom Post Types, and Custom Fields in Wordpress to display any kind of content.
  • E-commerce websites
  • Wordpress Plugin and Theme Development

Work Experience



Currently Ongoing
Marietta, GA

WordPress Developer (freelance)

Currently I am at a job that allows me to freelance on the side only if it makes sense, with no large commitments.

I have been working for myself on and off for years since 2013.

Northrop Grumman

Dec 2016 - Sept 2017 (Contractor), Sept 2017 - Current (NG Employee)
Atlanta, GA

Development Contractor

Contractor for Northrop Grumman through TEKsystems. I work with Northrop Grumman to help support the CDC in the Digital Media Branch in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication. I helped on the WCMS project, which was a project to convert the CDC over from Percussion Rhythmix to WordPress.

Here I learned more about the agile process, JIRA ticket triage, more about PHP, Javascript, and jQuery. I gained mastery of PHPStorm and the debugging experience unlike I've ever seen before. Also learned about regression testing and prevention. I also enhanced me knowledge of high availability apps, git version control, and troubleshooting complicated problems. Also, worked on builds and deployments with JENKINS and distributed production releases to multiple environments. Gained mastery at git version control, git management, git workflow management, and Pull Request reviews.



May 2016 - Dec 2016
Marietta, GA

Software Engineer

Toptal is a place where you can hire designers and developers to create or update your site. They have a rigorous onboarding system that tests all the developers and designers very thoroughly. Once I passed I am able to set my availability and apply for jobs on a listing board. I worked for one main client through Toptal and it was a law agency in LA, they had an already existing site and I made some customizations and updates.

Sideways 8

May 2016 - Dec 2016
Marietta, GA


After emailing back and fourth I met one of the owners at WordCamp, a WordPress conference in town. Once we met I started doing maintenance and support for them as a contractor and eventually made some themes for some of their clients.

I learned how git version control works, how to use foundation library in themes, how to use their custom configuration for the WordPress customizer and their custom theme framework. I learned how to configure their custom vagrant environment on my machine, and I enhanced my jQuery and javascript skills.

Octane Marketing Solutions

September 2014 - Mar 2016 (W2), Mar 2016 - Dec 2016 (1099)
Marietta, GA

Development Director

The lead developer and admin of a growing marketing company in Marietta, GA. We serve our clients to the best of our ability and provide business solutions to any small or corporate business depending on their needs. I manage all of Octane's clients which includes things like: System Administration, PHP development, HTML templates, CSS media queries, database administration, email configuration, and much more.

I gained even more experience in System Administration, PHP development, HTML templates, CSS media queries, CSS and JS animation, database administration, email configuration, and much more.


May 2013 - Sept 2014 (freelance)
Auburn, AL

Web Developer (freelance)

A growing business that provides software solutions to its customers. We manage a cPanel /WHM (Web Host Manager) server for some of our internal websites, but also to provide a place for clients to host with us. Whether its websites or mobile apps we aim to please.

I learned how to manage and control databases with and without phpMyAdmin, system administration, domain management, DNS configuration,jQuery, javascript, jQuery and javascript libraries, how to include libraries and frameworks into projects, how to write PHP forms from scratch, etc.


May 2013 - October 2013
Opelika, AL

Web Developer

This is where I learned CSS, responsive web design, how to write wordpress plug-ins, create custom wordpress templates, and custom post types. TJ is very knowledgeable and I learned a lot from him, he runs a Magento development shop that does good work. I only signed on to be a intern, but stayed for a couple months longer and I appreciate what I learned from this job.

I also learned about how content management systems worked (CMS), worked on e-commerce solutions like Magento and Woocommerce, and enhanced my Photoshop skills. After my internship was over for the summer I went on to work for them for a coupld extra months until Oct of 2013.

Auburn University

August 2012 - August 2013
Auburn, AL

Research Assistant

As a research assistant I learned how to do good research work for Dr. Hamilton at Auburn University. When there I worked on a Unity game development project for Con-ops in 3D modeling. I also wrote a PHP website for http://cyber.auburn.edu.

Here I learned abut VPNs, password cracking, network security, rainbow tables, GPU manipulation for pasword cracking, A+ pathing algorithms, hacking, etc.


August 2011 - August 2012
Auburn, AL

Service Technician

Coachcomm does audio equipment for football. I maintenance the college systems that come in. I started working in the production department. I enjoy learning about hardware and troubleshooting at Coachcomm.

One of the most important things I learned here was how to troubleshoot almost any kind of problem in both hardware or software.

I learned RHOS management, ESD protocols, production line skills, maufacturing lines skills, and quality control skills, R/F module configuration, wireless communication protocols (900Mhz and 2.4Ghz), and much more.

The Loft

May 2010 - March 2012

Web Developer

I created a website for The Loft. It is a business located in downtown Columbus, GA. They have a venue for comedy and music shows, and I helped develop the online store for ticket purchases. I maintenance the event calendar, and continue to do work with The Loft currently.

I learned about WordPress, Zencart, HTML, and some Photoshop skills.

Past work (2006-2009)

Lowe's Home Improvement

April 2009 - July 2009
Auburn, AL

Customer Service Associate/Cashier

Helped contractors in the Lumber department. Received some forklift training and customer service knowledge.

Ruby Tuesday's

Sept 2008 - Feb 2009
Auburn, Alabama

Salad Bar manager, prep cook, line cook, and pantry

At the short time I was with Ruby Tuesday's I worked four different jobs. I fufilled whatever position was needed that week


Aug 2007 - Feb 2008
Marietta, GA

Bus boy, prep cook, expo

Here I started as a bus boy cleaning tables and worked my way into the kitchen and learned the back-of-house operations of a restaurant. Eventually I was an expo garnishing plates before they go out and getting them to the right server and table. Also, learned from the head chef Cory Mack about how to cut food properly and how to properly prep for demands of the kitchen at Houlihan's.

Mrs. Winners

Jun 2006 - Aug 2007, Feb 2008 - July 2008 Marietta, GA

Assistant Supervisor

Cashier, cook, and shift supervisor. Started in 2006 and was almost a manager before leaving for college. Good relationship with boss led me to doing catering orders and running parts of the store even after returning from a hiatus with another job.


Auburn University

2012 - 2014
Auburn, AL

Bachelor's degree, Computer Science, Junior

Currently attending night school to try and finish after starting my own business. Took courses in Java and Java 2 where we learned about data structures. Also, took classes in Machine Assembly and Algorithms. Activities and Societies: Research Assistant

Southern Union State Community College

2008 - 2012
Opelika, AL

Associate's degree, Science, Graduated 2012

Took classes to transfer to Auburn University, and had a total of 69 hours transferred. This included all my math, science and core classes. Therefore, had all the prerequisites for an associate's degree and I received that before transferring to Auburn.

Alan C Pope High School

2004 - 2008
Marietta, GA

High School Diploma, College Prep

College Prep field of study. Took clases in electives such as Database Management and White housing, Access and Excel, and Telecommunications. Activities and Societies: Wrestling

Hardware Capability
  • Experienced with hardware installation including hard drives, Ethernet cards, video cards, memory, CPUs, etc.
  • Ability to assemble an entire PC including peripheral devices from OEM materials.
  • Very familiar with peripheral devices including: iPods (and other MP3 players), cameras, scanners, printers, and multimedia devices.
  • Ability to repair hardware issues with Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360.
  • Built product on an assembly line and understand the manufacturing and production process including test procedures and proper Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protocols.
  • Have experience with wireless communication systems including troubleshooting sound quality and radio testing.
  • Experience with soldering components and can easily perform board level repair with the right equipment.
Software Capability
  • 7+ years of virus removal experience
  • Very skilled with installation, networking, and desktop support with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional, Windows Media Center, Windows 2000, and Windows 98 SE.
  • Limited experience with Apple Macintosh, but more experience with Linux and Unix based system units.
  • Expert with business applications like Word, Excel, Access, Vizio, Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft Virtual PC, Corel Draw, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, etc.
  • Completed classes in basic SQL and Oracle.
  • Limited experience with VB6 and C++ application development.
  • Some experience with editing of the Windows registry and Environment Variables.
  • Experience with Android development.
Networking Capability
  • Familiar with routers, switches, and WLAN devices as well as Ethernet cabling and cable creation.
  • Experienced with Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003, Ubuntu server, and SQL server
  • Knowledge of WLAN encryption methods and networking implementation.
  • Implemented firewalls and complete understanding of TCP/IP ports.
  • Ability to implement DHCP and DNS servers.
  • Familiarity with IIS and web servers
  • Experienced with Active Directory and Indexing services.
  • Some experience with Windows domain servers, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Experienced with virtual machines including hyper-V virtual machines.
  • Skilled in database management in both Oracle and MYSQL.
Security Capability
  • Experience with encrypted files and hidden folders.
  • Familiar with hashes and network security.
  • Familiar with rainbow tables and password cracking.
  • Submitted white paper on Cyber Attack Analysis through Auburn University.
Web Development
  • Developed four websites for a business located in Columbus, GA.
  • Developed a php based website for Auburn University's Cyber Defence Labs.
  • Expert in wordpress an open source Content Management System (CMS) that is used for content management.
  • Expert in converting designs into fully functional websites, and experience with Responsive Websites that includes Mobile Development (Android and iOS).
  • Expert in HTML/HTML5 and CSS/CSS3.
  • Know how to use Adobe CS5 Master Collection of webmaster tools including Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver.
  • Developed e-commerce sites in both Zen-cart and Magento.
  • Familiar with Git and github also with bitbucket.


Vallerie Tribuani
Previous Employer - Professional Reference
GM of Mrs. Winners
Austell, GA (678)-641-2585
Tom Jones
Family friend - Personal Reference
Restaurant Manager at The Loft
Columbus, GA (706)-992-3912
Robert Edmunds
Family friend - Personal Reference
Regional Manager at Verizon
Newnan, GA (334)-796-0220

More Skills:
  • E-Learning
  • Programming
  • Website Development
  • Mobile Applications
  • Troubleshooting
  • User Interface Design
  • User Experience
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • WordPress
  • Web Development
  • Servers
  • E-commerce
  • HTML
  • PHP
  • CSS
  • Linux
  • Server Maintenance
  • Custom CMS Development
  • Scrum
  • Agile Web Development
  • SEO
  • JavaScript
  • Photoshop
  • Magento
  • Salesforce
  • Database Management
  • OS X
  • Payments
  • Hardware Installation
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • MVC
  • Management
  • Software Development
  • Microsoft Office
  • AngularJS
  • AWS
  • Amazon Web Services
  • cPanel
  • WHM (Web Host Manager)
  • multimedia streaming
  • building computers
  • camping
  • new technology
  • software development
  • range shooting
  • server maintenance
  • paint-balling
  • biking
  • networking
  • League of Legends
  • Raspberry Pi's
  • touchscreen devices
  • Phone hacking