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Associate Systems Administrator

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Position Title Associate Systems Administrator
Department Information Technology
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate No Less Than $45,000
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Director, IT Operations

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

Michigan Technological University’s Information Technology department is seeking applicants for an entry level system administrator position focused on advanced troubleshooting and support of our maintenance and deployment of Windows, Mac OS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux workstations on campus. This critical role will support our Operations workshop where student technicians are trained to support the campus technology needs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Analyze advanced troubleshooting requests, resolve them yourself, route correctly to senior system administration staff or train/support student technicians in resolving the issues.
2. Manage, train, and maintain a student technician workforce skilled in Windows, Linux and Mac OS workstation hardware, operating and software support.
3. Implement and document solutions on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS workstations and servers.
4. Perform regular maintenance tasks on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS workstations and servers.
5. Ensure data and system integrity.
6. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of advances in information technology systems.
7. Identify tasks which require automation and automate them.
8. Troubleshoot hardware and software problems, both on workstations and servers
9. Collaborate within IT to provide solutions in-line with established standards
10. Assist other IT staff as needed.
11. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
12. Integrate safety practices into daily activities.
13. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree in system administration or a comparable technology related degree program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which required knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated expertise gained from experience with operating systems including Windows, Linux and/or Mac OS.
• Demonstrated expertise managing Windows, Linux, and/or Mac OS computers in a lab, corporate, or other professional environment.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience using compiling and deploying software in multiple operating systems
• Experience with Linux command line and scripting languages including but not limited to PowerShell, BASH, or Python
• Experience with Revision Control Systems (e.g., Bitbucket/Git)
• Experience with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
• Experience with Configuration Management tools (e.g., Puppet, Chef, SCCM, CFEngine, etc)
• Relevant Microsoft, Red Hat, VMware certifications

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to diagnose technical problems and apply standard solutions.
• Demonstrated desire to continue learning new and applicable software applications.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills related to complex IT topics
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.**
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands:
The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

• Most work is performed in a normal, temperature controlled office environment
• Work is sedentary in nature, with occasional kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing
• Occasional to frequent change in position from sedentary, standing, stooping, and walking
• Work involves constant interruptions and requirement to answer on demand questions by phone, in person, or electronically
• Frequent use of computer and exposure to terminal screens
• Visual focus and strain
• Move up to 25 lbs and up to 50 lbs occasionally
• Frequent repetitive hand/wrist motions and finger manipulation
• Work directly with students/clients

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Required Departmental Training:
• Additional Information Technology “Securing the Human” training modules

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17278
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date
External Posting Date 09/12/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Additional Information

About IT Operations:
Our group is responsible for identity management, storage, virtual machine infrastructure, Linux/Mac OS/Windows operating system management, application packaging/distribution, license servers, core services (DHCP/DNS/LDAP/Authentication Systems), application traffic management/load balancing, data center operations, printing infrastructure and much more.
Our 24+ full time staff and over 50 part-time student technicians are hardworking and creative problems solvers with a demanding amount of technical work to accomplish. That work is a balance of making sure our technology and skills stay at the leading edge while servicing our technical debt associated with legacy systems and previous technical mergers. The systems and services we run support the entirety of the faculty, staff, students, alumni and campus academic community.



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