Øyvind, who are you?
I grew up in Bærums Verk with my parents, obviously, and an older sister. During the weekends my parents always sent me out early in the morning, so I traveled around in the neighborhood waking up my friends and their families. My biggest interests back then were fishing, soccer, and ski-jumping.
Currently, I’m living in Asker with my live-in-girlfriend and two kids.
What did you do before you started working at Forkbeard and how does this experience benefit your current role?
I started my career as an application engineer at National Instruments (NI) doing mainly LabVIEW support. LabVIEW is a programming tool for test and measurement. This job created the foundation for the rest of my career as I’m now more or less chained to the NI platform.
After 3 years I moved on to an electronics company where I worked as a software developer for 7 years. All this experience has given me cerebral fitness to solve the many engineering challenges I encounter in my job at Forkbeard.
What’s the best thing about working at Forkbeard?
There are many good things to select from, but one thing I value highly is the freedom we are given to solve challenges in our own way.
What does your typical day look like at Forkbeard?
I always start the day by arming myself with a cup of coffee to get the courage I need for a day’s toil with the test systems. As a test developer, you need a deep knowledge of electronics, physics, firmware, and software. When combining so many genres, setbacks are frequent, so the job is not for the faint-hearted.
My job is to design the test systems, order hardware, develop test software, put it all together, and follow up the test when it has been put in production.
How will Forkbeard help you with both your personal and professional development?
The Forkbeard employees have a lot of competence and are highly motivated workers. Just by being in the presence of these people, absorbing their knowledge, helps me evolve.
What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to?
The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania!
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I have far too many interests and hobbies, and very little time to spend on them. The only spare time activity I have been able to keep up with some continuity for the last two decades is to play bass in a band. The ambition of the band is to become rock stars before we turn 50.
Some of the other things I do in my spare time are mountain biking, road cycling, unicycling, cross-country skiing, rock-climbing. I have also made some feeble attempts on skateboarding.