Linux System Administrator
Raytheon - Riverdale, MD

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Raytheon is seeking a Linux System Administrator with strong System Administration background to join our team in developing the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System (CGS), a state-of-the-art ground station for the next generation of low earth orbiting environmental satellites. This system will provide global coverage, monitor environmental conditions, collect, disseminate and process data about the Earth's weather, atmosphere, oceans, land and near-space environment.

The Linux System Administrator is responsible for working with the SEIT Infrastructure. The System Administrator is responsible for troubleshooting, maintaining and implementing solutions to optimize the infrastructure operations. Analyzes and identifies all or part of a company's existing or new computer (and/or server), peripheral, network, and telecommunications systems requirements, taking into consideration the special technology needs. Establishes functional and technical specifications, solves hardware/software interface problems, defines input/output parameters, and ensures integration of the entire system or subsystem.

This position requires US Citizenship.


  • Support a heterogeneous mix of computer hardware and software platforms, including servers and workstations, and numerous COTS and customer software applications.

  • Support a varied range of tasking from break/fix support, supporting recurring operations functions, and new system upgrades

  • Accurately measure progress, identify potential problems in sufficient time for corrective actions, and ensure Raytheon meets contract commitments

    Required Skills:

  • 2+ years of experience directly related to Linux System Administration, including installation and maintenance of software and hardware.

  • Experience administering Redhat Linux based systems with minimal support, to include Linux sub-systems, patching, networking, user management, san management, and security.

  • Strong hardware/software troubleshooting skills

  • After hours on call support averaging one week a month and ability to work overtime as needed

  • Willing and able to travel approximately 20% to off-site locations for installations and maintenance work on short notice as needed

  • Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds in support of hardware installations.

  • Must be a US Citizen with ability to obtain Secret clearance.

    Desired Skills:

  • Hands on experience with IBM or HP hardware, including blades, disk systems, Vmware, and x86 systems; demonstrated proficiency with Enterprise level DNS, TCP/IP, X windows, troubleshooting, and system hardening.

  • Proficiency with Enterprise level administration of common services such as DNS, TCP/IP, and Microsoft Office Suite

  • Experience supporting Enterprise applications: IBM Rational Clearcase and IBM GPFS

  • Strong analytic and research skills - must be detail oriented

  • Understanding syntax, format and interaction between Operating Systems (Linux, Microsoft Server and workstations)

  • SAN Experience: experience designing and implementing storage for optimal performance. Experience should include setting up the storage to dynamically allocate/de-allocate disk from systems. Must have a thorough understanding of multipathing and RAID technologies. Understand disk communication over fiber channel and ten Gb Ethernet

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and troubleshoot problems with efficiency

  • Requires the ability to effectively interact with external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations and vendors

  • Communication and diplomatic skills a must; significant interaction with various segments of the program

    Education: BS Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a similar technical related field, OR equivalent combination of education and experience (BS degree = 8 years relevant experience).

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