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Building Confidence and Trust by Upskilling

Chaance Graves

Chaance Graves

6+ years

Xeon Platform Applications Engineer

Xeon Platform Applications Engineer

Intel Corporation

Xeon Platform Applications Engineer

Xeon Platform Applications Engineer


As an experienced platform engineer, Chaance realized that he needed to take an extra step to keep accelerating his career.

As documented by Chaance Graves

One of my responsibilities as a Xeon platform applications engineer is to manage labs for Intel in California. Lab management requires a solid knowledge of IT skills and infrastructure operations. We deploy several applications and services in our lab and configure systems. We have a small infrastructure team and encounter numerous issues in our labs due to staff shortages. These include automation challenges, configuring systems, and shipping products to customers. Fortunately, I have the skills to resolve problems that arise, and I have the trust of management. I decided to upskill myself with Simplilearn to expand my talents and apply my newfound knowledge to solve actual workplace problems. I come from a hardware background and although I have software industry exposure to disciplines like programming and web design, I lacked some of the skills my colleagues possessed.

Staying Current with Continuous Learning

I have a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Texas A&M University and have worked with Intel for the past five years. During this time, I realized the importance of DevOps infrastructure and staying up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry.

Simplilearn offers the Post Graduate Program in DevOps in collaboration with the California Institute of Technology’s Center for Technology and Management Education (Caltech CTME). I looked at different programs with other universities, but I wanted a course that would provide ample knowledge and the badge of a reputed university. I was also looking for an online course as I was not ready for a traditional study format. So, when I saw Simplilearn’s course, I liked the curriculum and the course in association with Caltech.

Post Graduate Program In DevOps
Receive upto 25 CEUs from Caltech CTME upon course completion

Simplilearn Provides a Better Experience

My experience with Simplilearn was very good. The instructors were knowledgeable, the support team was helpful, and I was exposed to various DevOps tools. Also, I was able to fill specific knowledge gaps. It was nice to learn with people from different backgrounds, and we built a community through the experience. Also, Simplilearn provides various resources, allowing me to dive in and learn something new.  

Certification Provided a Career Boost

The Caltech and Simplilearn Post Graduate Program in DevOps helped me perform better at my job. Before I took the course, I was already in an application engineering role. The course has increased the understanding of my potential, and I have better conversations with my colleagues. Knowing various DevOps tools, I can take on more responsibilities.