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Jose Almonte

Senior Systems Analyst, Programmer

Killeen, TX


Work Experience

Engineering Technician II / General Clerk II

Research Analysis and Maintenance, Inc
Fort Hood, TX

April 2011 to Present (5 years, 3 months)

GCSS-A (Global Combat Support System-Army) 
Currently participating in the GCSS-A Test and Evaluation out of Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, TX to determine whether the system is operationally effective, suitable and survivable for the Army to manage logistics information and enable timely, data driven decisions. As a test team member will conduct audits with personnel from the US Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC), and the Test Support Contractor. USAOTC will conduct the initial Operational Test (IOT) at Fort Bliss, TX; Kingstown, Richmond, and Petersburg, VA, and Rome, NY. Test will be conducted at all sites from October 3 to October 21, 2011. As a test participant will complete data collection surveys and forms on GCSS-Army Web Based Data Collection (WBDC) site; input data by automated and manual means; oversee the data being entered. Scan and save paper forms as part of the test archives, and then shredded at the end of the test. Identify and record personnel involved in the test. Include data relating to user rank, grade, transportation background, certifications, and role in the test. Track specific tasks and critical business functions performed by the test participants while using GCSS-Army. Record problems occurring during task events. Complete Test Incident Reports (TIR) for task events that are not complete, timely, or accurate, or when any system anomaly is observed. Observe and document key quality insights into the system effectiveness, suitability, and survivability. Record comments and opinions of test team members on the GCSS-Army capabilities. 
FBCB2 (the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below 
Participate in the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) test event at White Sands Missile Range, NM and Fort Bliss, TX in collaboration with the US ARMY Operational Test Command (USAOTC). Performed installation, data collection, peak up, harvest, and de-installation of the Improved Field Data Collector v4 (IFDCv4) system. Responsible for the operation, testing, troubleshooting and repair of the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) Joint Capabilities Release (JCR) during the testing that began June 6 and ran through June 29. Following specific instructions, assembles or constructs simple or standard equipment or parts, servicing or repairing simple instruments or equipment. Knowledge of the MTS (Mobile Tracking Systems) systems as well as other ABCS Systems to include; EPLRS, SINCGARS, ASIP. Conduct a variety of tests using established methods, preparing test specimens, adjusting and operating equipment, recording test data, and pointing out deviations resulting from equipment malfunction or observational errors. Extracts engineering data from various prescribed but non-standardized sources, processing the data following well-defined methods including elementary algebra and geometry, and presenting the data in prescribed form. Travel for extended periods (up to six months). Work varying shifts in a 24 hour period. Respond to changes in work schedules, overtime, and off-hours call-ins.

Information Technology Specialist

Onforce Inc
Central, TX

August 2009 to March 2011 (1 year, 7 months)

Meet the technical support needs of Onforce’s direct buyers. Rollout, installation, repair and on-site support services in a wide range of areas, including: Computer Repair & Support, Data Recovery & Backup; Video conferencing & telepresence kiosks setup from single–screen desktop units to immersive, multi-screen boardrooms; Flat Panel TV, Home Electronics, Micro-Staffing, Data migration, Data backup, Networking, Data Recovery, Storage Area Network installation, Point-of-Sale (POS), printers, rollouts & upgrades, routers & firewalls, security, servers, software installation, user training, virus detection and & removal, wired & wireless 802.11 and 802.3 LAN/TCPIP, CISCO network switches and routers configuration. Provided support with Powershell, IBM Tivoli, Novel SUSE Enterprise, HP Blade servers, IBM xServers. Experience installing and maintaining operating system and software to include but not limited to Unix/Linux, VMware ESX, Windows Enterprise 2003, 2008 x32 x64, Windows 7, Windows Vista. Experience applying batch, bash and shell scripting methods in MS Windows and Unix/Linux environments. Installed and configured Symantec Enterprise Vault, CommVault Simpana or Mimosa NearPoint. Installed and configured MS Windows and Linux operating systems, software and peripherals. Configure Active Directory, Cisco IOS 15.0 and earlier, Terminal Services, Remote Desktop Protocol, ISS v6.0, Message Queuing, Group Policies, NFS, CIFS, NDMP, and FC protocols. Proficient in use of the Microsoft Office suite applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Internet Explorer) used for administrative reporting, training product generation and daily correspondence.

Senior Systems Analyst / Programmer / Electronic Technician

Mantech International
Fort Hood, TX

June 2008 to July 2009 (1 year, 1 month)

Act as primary member of the DCGS (Distributed Combat Ground Support) fielding team preparing and maintaining DCGS/ASAS software for the Program Manager. Install and configure MS Windows/Linux/Unix operating systems and applications for training/fielding events. Troubleshoot system anomalies to ensure optimum equipment performance. Prepare system for operational use and support operational tests. Perform software checkout and verification of all systems. Responsible of testing new and developmental software and firmware and ensure compatibility with existing Dell Power Edge 1950/2850/6950/R905 systems. Responsible to apply IAVA securities patches and deliver Norton Antivirus updates to all of our MS Windows Servers and Clients stations. Provide technical support to the fielded systems to include but not limited to Dell servers, laptops, UPS backup devices, Infortred iSCSI SANs storage devices, and the MS Windows/Linux and DCGS-A software. Establish complex operational Oracle/SQL databases, Linux and Windows software configuration control and system interfaces for computer systems assigned. Proficient in use of the Microsoft Office suite applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Internet Explorer) used for administrative reporting, training product generation and daily correspondence. Maintain file servers, network access, documents; analyze and troubleshoot system anomalies to ensure optimum equipment performance. Troubleshoot MS Windows and Unix/Linux environments applying batch, bash and shell scripting methods. Read schematics, manuals, and other specifications to determine installation procedures. Install computer equipment according to manufacturer's specifications. Proficient in Windows 2003 Server with emphasis on Active Directory, Windows XP, VMware, ESX Server, Linux, and Solaris. Perform data duplication and data recovery of EonStor Infortrend iSCSI SAN disk arrays, tape libraries, and Network Attached Storage (NAS) equipment. Responsible for testing, configuring and troubleshooting FCoE, SAS, Fiber Channel, iSCSI enterprise-level servers and storage enclosures. Consult with engineering personnel to resolve unusual problems in system operation and maintenance. Use logic to identify alternatives to solve moderately difficult problems. Identify and solve problems by gathering and applying information from a variety of materials or sources that provide several alternatives. Review moderately complex data from multiple sources and determine relevant information to a given situation. Draft, edit and disseminate written reports and status updates that are factual, timely and error free. Provide instruction and training to end users. 
Perform routine technical functions related to the support of development engineering activities such as set-up, operation, maintenance, modification, circuit testing, troubleshooting and repair of electronic or electro-mechanical systems, experimental design, prototype models or specialized test equipment. Applications may include RF analog, digital and/or video type circuits and logic systems. Work from schematics, logic diagrams written and verbal descriptions, layouts or defined plans. Test and repair PM DCGS-A Fixed & Mobile and PM CHARCS computer systems to include the replacement of all component parts. Troubleshoot software problems and repair as needed. Reply to trouble calls from fielded units attempting to repair or replace broken hardware or software by use of telephonic communications. Fabricate cables as required for use by the customer. Perform the configuration and troubleshooting procedures for the AN/PYQ-3 (V) CHATS, AN/PYQ-7 (V) CI OPS WS, AN/PYQ-8 (V) ITRT, AN/GRC-245(V), SINCGARS, CENTRIX Dell 2850 Server, and the Human Domain Work Station (IBM x366 server). Maintain MSA work order database and produce special status reports. Repair and maintain Powershell, IBM Tivoli, Novel SUSE Enterprise, HP Blade servers, IBM xServers. Perform research for repair parts, and end item replacement. Prepare, pack, ship/receive and conduct inventory of products. Assist with the preparation of documents for property and equipment accountability.

Help Desk Lead / Test Lab Engineer/ Programmer

McLane Advanced Technologies
Temple, TX

July 2007 to March 2008 (8 months)

Provide Level II and Level III support under minimal supervision to SAMS-E military personnel and contactors. Utilize Action Request System and Remedy to interface between customer and analysts. Proficient with COGNOS, SharePoint, Remedy, Crystal Reports, Business Objects XL, Query Tree and PathFinder. Perform daily programming with Oracle, SQL, MySQL, MSSQL, and Access. Contribute developing methodologies using Agile/Scrum, Waterfall and SDLC. Proficient in VMware ESX, Windows 2000, 2003, 2008, 7, Vista, and XP. Experienced in Incident Management and the management of user requests, ensuring that no call or incident is lost, forgotten or ignored and that service is returned as quickly as possible; Advanced troubleshooting experience in MS Windows and Unix/Linux environments applying batch, bash and shell scripting methods. Developed, programmed and designed a “Knowledge Based” website for our Help Desk Department to be used as a first step troubleshooting tool for all SAMS-E analysts and users; the programming languages of choice were Java and PHP. Troubleshoot and repair Oracle large scale (LOGSA) database integrity errors applying Oracle/SQL scripts. Provide assistance to the application developers and business analysts for projects requiring special software configuration management processing. Communicate, explain, or defend complex ideas or information clearly. Listen to others and recognize potential miscommunications. 
Provide functional verification of designs prior to release to production. Develop test strategies, test plans, and detail procedures to validate conformance on documented requirements. Develop test methodologies that confirm proper operation at known boundary conditions and smooth handling of unusual conditions likely encountered in the field. Worked with other Test Engineers to execute test plans, test cases, tools, strategies, and interpret results. Test experience with NAS and SAN servers for degraded bandwidth performance. Analyze processes in order to develop scenarios. Follows established procedures to verify products perform to specification. 
Extract functional requirements from design documents to create written test strategies, plans and test cases for each product. Work with members of the project team to ensure clarity of documented requirements and develops a solid understanding of tested product's intended performance. Specify the hardware environments required to support test plans for new products and/or functionalities. Propose test plans that seek to minimize risks of undetected anomalies while acknowledging the organization's responsibility to meet delivery schedules. Estimates realistic completion dates and reports timely progress information to the project team members and the Test Manager. Log anomalies encountered using the approved anomaly report form and enter the anomaly in either the Redmine or Remedy tracking database; verifies anomalies are properly resolved. Proactively work with the project team to find effective solution for anomalies. Document test results using MS Office Products (Visio, Project, Outlook, Excel, Access, Word, and Power Point) concurrently with test process, minimizing overall cycle time.  
Work with testing and development to improve test methods by incorporating best practices and development methodologies. Familiar with Agile Scrum, Waterfall, and SDLC test methods. Ability to write clearly and communicate test plans and procedures needed to fully verify the functionality of a new product. Edit user manuals as well as plan and lead classroom instruction. Configuring and debugging hardware for test environments. Make appropriate and effective use of team approach to problem solving. Provide regular progress reports. Perform other tasks as assigned.

Business Owner / Computer Consultant / Programmer

Cyber-Mart Computers
Killeen, TX

May 2000 to June 2007 (7 years, 1 month)

Responsible for placing appropriate emphasis on excellence and speed of response in work performance. Coach employees to establish suitable goals, action plans and timelines. Delegate and also provide ongoing guidance and support to the employee as they complete their action plans. Give ongoing advice to the employee about job and career. Inform employees about new policies and programs from management. Responsible to ensure that employees follow the organization's policies and procedures. Reviews advertisements for job candidates, reviews resumes and conducts interviews. Solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet the individual needs of the organization. Trained and used business accounting, inventory, and financial software to perform daily Point of Sales, Purchase Ordering, and Financial Reports. Plan and develop new computer and network systems or devise ways to apply existing systems’ resources to additional operations. 
Develop and maintain relationships with customers with diverse needs. Provide moderately technical or complex information about products and services. Assess the needs of customers and identify or tailor products and/or services to meet their needs. Resolve fairly complex or non routine problems, questions, or complaints and direct the most complex problems, questions, or complaints to the appropriate person. Assume the responsibility for the sales of computers and networking products and services to end users, military government, local business and computer dealers. 
Program and design a proprietary point of sales software for a local retail store using Visual C. Participant in the design and development of a database application using C++ for a local defensive driving business (Funny Bones) to keep track of student’s registration status, course progress, and personal identification. Responsible of the Quality Assurance in the architecture of new systems. Design, build, and maintained 32 Battle Simulation Solaris systems for Madden Technologies, Fort Hood. Experience installing, troubleshooting and maintaining MS Office Suite (Visio, Project, Outlook Excel, Access, Word, Power Point), VMware ESX, MS Windows Enterprise 2003, 2008 x32 x64, MS Windows Vista, Solaris, Apache, antivirus software, system drivers.

Assistant, Information Management Officer / Special Electronics Device Repairer (35F)

544th Maintenance Battalion
Fort Hood, TX

July 1996 to June 2000 (3 years, 11 months)

Overall responsibility to all matters pertaining automation and information management within the Battalion; Maintain hardware/software record and establish computer training on automation equipment and software; ensure proper maintenance and security of the battalion’s network (Cisco router and switches), hardware (desktops and laptops) and software (MS Windows 95, 98, ME, XP, 2000, NT, Unix/Linux, Solaris operating systems and MS Office Products (Excel, Access, Word, Power Point and Outlook. Troubleshoot MS Windows and Unix/Linux environments applying batch, bash and shell scripting methods. Configure, monitor, troubleshoot, and maintain the uptime of the Cisco-powered backbone, and engineer traffic flow across the network; responsible for technical escalations and providing senior level support within the battalion; develop numerous tools and Linux scripts to provide proactive and reactive troubleshooting of backbone and company level connections to the network; design and deploy the network and standard Cisco router configurations for all layers of the network; assisted in the field installation of the battalion network, including access, aggregation and core nodes. Serve as the primary Information Management Officer (IMO/ISO) in support of the battalion. Conduct systems security evaluations, test cases, audits, and reviews as well as develops or assists in the development of Automated Information Systems (AIS) security documentation, including, assessments, plans, contracts, polices, and procedures. Establish and implement IT security programs and certification accreditation processes. Assure AIS operations are in compliance with Federal laws and VA/OI&T regulations, policies and procedures. Investigate and report all information security incidents and make recommendations to management for corrective action to ensure the integrity of IT systems. 
Maintain and repair jobs required on military electronic sensitive items and radio telecommunication equipment to include but not limited to the MTS (Mobile Tracking Systems), EPLRS, SINCGARS, ASIP. Perform and supervise direct and general support level maintenance and repair on special electronic devices, including: night vision equipment, mine detectors, scattering systems, electronic distance and azimuth orienting devices, battlefield illumination devices, electronic azimuth determining devices, and nuclear, biological, and chemical warning and measuring devices. Inspect equipment for faults and completeness. Test equipment to determine operational condition. Troubleshoot to determine location and extent of equipment faults. Repair equipment by adjusting, aligning, repairing, or replacing defective components. Test repaired items to ensure compliance with technical specifications. Prepares appropriate maintenance forms and records. Perform preventive maintenance checks and services on tools, test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment, vehicles, and power generators. Perform maintenance duties that are more complex and beyond the scope and experience of those encountered by the skill level one repairer. Provide technical assistance to both subordinates and supported users. Perform quality control tests on repaired equipment. Requests and maintains authorized bench stock, repair parts, supplies, and technical publications.


Software Engineering

Texas A & M Central Texas


Computer Information Systems

Florida Institute of Technology


Computer Science

University of Central Texas

1997 to 1998

Computer Engineering

University of Puerto Rico

1989 to 1995


MS Windows 2000, 2003, 2008 Server/XP/NT/Vista/7, Unix, Red Hat Linux, Sun Solaris, Apache Web Server, ESX VMware Server, MS Office Applications; Active Directory, Cisco IOS 15.0 and earlier, Terminal Services, Remote Desktop Protocol, ISS v6.0, Message Queuing, Group Policies. NFS, CIFS, NDMP, TCP/IP, FC protocols. Programming languages: JAVA, C, C++, C#, Fortran, Groovy. Experience with Microsoft .Net platform and SQL Server. Experience implementing large-scale Internet architectures. Knowledge of standards-based web technologies such as XML. Familiar with COGNOS, SharePoint, Remedy, Crystal Reports, Business Objects XL, Query Tree and PathFinder. Strong knowledge of Oracle, SQL, MySQL, and Access database programming. Experience with deduplication and archiving applications DeDupe and CommVault. Excellent knowledge of HP Testing Tools including Quality Center, QuickTest Professional, and LoadRunner. Experience with open source test automation tools including but not limited to: WatiN, WatiR, Project White, Selenium, FIT, Fitnesse . Experience using Subversion control tool.

Military Service

Service Country: United States

Branch: US Army

Rank: E-3

July 1996 to April 2000

Additional Information

ManTech International 
Yes. Valid US Citizen Passport. 
Willing to relocate and willing to travel TDY 75% of the time or more. 
English, Spanish 
SAMS-E Analyst Certification, AN/GRC-245(V) Technical Training, Anti-Terrorism Level I Certification, DoD Information Assurance Certification, Environmental Management System (EMS) Training and Certification, 60kW Generator Operator, CUCV and HMMWV Operator.