Contrary to popular belief, we’re not all robots here at ecoATM HQ. We’re actual humans, here to make it fast, easy and convenient to recycle your old phones, MP3 players, and tablets for cash. Take a minute to sneak a peek behind the kiosk and get to know our team!
Name: Jeff Ploetner
Title: Manager of Software Engineering
Stuff you do inside the ecoATM office:
My primary responsibility is developing and maintaining the visual and robotic subsystems of ecoATM kiosks, including visual identification and inspection of devices. I often say that I get to do all the fun stuff that is the “magic” inside an ecoATM, like writing the computer vision software that allows the kiosk to “see” devices and recognize what they are.
I also work heavily with our factory and tech support team to ensure that our kiosks are being built properly, are operating smoothly, and are running all the latest and greatest software. I work with a great group of very talented people and it is very rewarding to build software that delights our customers and provides a great experience.
Stuff you do outside the ecoATM office:
My main hobby outside of work is flying remote controlled airplaneshelicopters and quadcopters. I have quite a few planes and find it really enjoyable to get out of the office, breathe some fresh air, and work on my flying skills. Of course, it can be stressful if I ever crash (which happens more than I’d like), but the technology is getting so cheap these days that it’s easy and fun to do the repairs.
My garage is starting to fill up:
Did you ever own a phone that you’d be embarrassed to carry around now?
Yes, an old Qualcomm QCP-2700 from 1997. It’s actually sitting in ecoATM’s Phone Museum right now. I had a whopping 70 voice minutes per month and 0 data usage back then!
If you could pick one robot from pop culture history to hang out with, which one would you pick?
Johnny 5 from Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2. I loved that movie when I was growing up and it in part inspired me to go into engineering. Johnny had so many funny phrases like “NO DISASSEMBLE!”
Describe one of your favorite days at ecoATM.
It’s hard to pick just one as we’ve had so many, but two particular days stand out:
Is your team currently looking to hire? If so, for what positions?
We have been hiring a lot of people into the Engineering department lately, but we but we still have some positions open:
You can more about job opportunities on our Careers page.
Are you iOS or Android?
iOS, but I don’t have a strong opinion, it’s just a personal preference.
I don’t really have one. but I strongly believe in the power of positive thinking. You should never stop learning and growing, and you should always keep improving yourself (and your software!).