System Engineer - Linux / Redhat
Zot Inc. - Columbia, MD

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Position requires a Top Secret security clearance, based on current background investigation (SBI), as well as the favorable completion of full screening polygraph

Clearance and polygraph processing will be completed by the U.S. Government

Job Summary:
This position is for a System Engineer or System Administrator to provide Front Line Engineering/Tier 2 support for system infrastructure

Operational System Support- Provide support for systems. This includes monitoring and improving monitoring of these systems; responding to and ensuring resolution of operational issues reported by site personnel, 24X7 Monitoring centers, Tier 1 support, dataflow groups, and end users; and providing feedback to development engineers on how to improve stability and supportability. May also assist with installations, upgrades, and patches and ensure system is operating as expected after these actions.

Required Duties/Skills:
Experience supporting and troubleshooting HW/Network/OS issues on large, diverse mission processing systems

Redhat Linux OS Knowledge (Rh4.3 and above)

§ Working knowledge of Linux based systems to include, but not limited to, ssh, scp, pki key infrastructure, kickstart, DNS, and rpm
§ RHCE preferred, RHCT minimum required
§ Linux storage volume, both logical and physical
§ VNC server as a mechanism to remote into systems
§ Linux as it relates to Dell hardware platforms – hardware drivers i.e. SAS drives, interface drivers
§ SE Linux understanding (part of RHEL 4.x)
§ General Linux System Administration knowledge

VERITAS Cluster Server

§ Minimum configuration knowledge

VMware ESX knowledge

§ ESX 3.0.1, 3.5 and later
§ Creation and configuration of virtual machines
§ Understanding of virtual environment to include virtual switches, interface and storage (both local and external)
§ VI Client interface for VMware to reach into the ESX server to manage virtual machines
§ VMware Server as it relate to reaching into the VMs from kickstart server locally

Dell Hardware

§ 1850s, 1950s, 2850s, 2950s
§ Remote Access Card (RAC) knowledge
§ Setup of internal RAID controllers
§ Hard drives. SCSI and SAS

HP Hardware

§ HP-185s, HP-365s, HP-585s

IBM Bladecenter Hardware

§ Management Module Configuration and Operation
§ Opteron blades (memory configuration) DIMM setup

Sun External Storage Hardware Awareness, SunStorEdge 3510

In House System knowledge (OJT)

§ Key management
§ Automation scripts of kickstart server techniques

Strong communications skills

Willing to be part of a team that provides after hours call-in support on a rotating basis and respond in a timely manner

Willing to work non-standard hours when necessary

Ability to work in high pressure, highly flexible environment against both short and long term requirements.

Desired Skills:


Knowledge of collection systems

BS Degree preferred .. 6 years over the required years experience substitute for the BS requirement .. certifications and AA degrees count as 1 year experience each

Minimum 5 years

Zot was founded in 1998 by Michael McNeil, whose vision was to develop a company which brings together highly competent technical personnel and helps them to further sharpen their IT knowledge through mentoring, training, and certification, while providing its customers with a superior level of services and support.

Our staff specializes in system architecture design and system integration, network engineering and administration, large scale heterogeneous system administration, and other high-end technical tasks. We offer the flexibility and responsiveness of a small company while maintaining the high quality technical expertise necessary for meeting the complex needs of our customers.

Zot was the first to link with VMware to virtualize major public IT resources more than 10 years ago and we still take our leadership role very seriously.

Who We Are
We are an IT solutions provider focused on customers in the government contracting communities and specialize in:

  • System and network design, integration and administration
  • Virtualization
  • Data storage and management
We are proud to be trusted advisors to US Government Departments and Agencies, where we have supported major intelligence and infrastructure projects.

For more than a decade we have collaborated with leading public sector contractors to deliver specialist skills in system design, virtualization and data storage. We are always looking to team with respected industry peers. So far we have worked with:

Super Prime contractors such as:
  • Oracle / Sun Microsystems
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • SAIC
  • IBM
  • Boeing
  • L3 Communications
Prime contractors such as:
  • Henggeler Computer Consultants
  • Comso
Technology Partners
We are a VMware Authorized Consulting Partner and Enterprise VIP reseller. We aligned with VMware to provide gold standard virtualization services to public sector customers when we first started virtualizing their IT more than 10 years ago. We were one of the first public contractors to have VMware certified professionals on staff.

Some other technology partners include:
  • Dell
  • IBM
  • Sun
  • NetApp
  • Isilon
  • RedHat
  • LeftHand Networks (HP)
  • VizionCore
  • Wyse
Training (unparalleled)
Upon joining Zot, you will work with the latest tools and technologies, perform challenging work that contributes to our nation’s well-being and you will benefit from customer interaction and recognition.

We believe our employees benefit from professional mentoring and significant technical training. To that end, we provide each employee with a significant training budget and paid time off to pursue their training.

Stand up and be heard !!
Zot has been successful in creating an atmosphere where our employees feel challenged in their work and valued as contributors to our success as a whole. As a smaller outfit, we encourage our employees to express their opinions and encourage them to offer suggestions on how to improve both as an employer and services provider.

Zot is built on the talent of its people and naturally we want to keep them. Besides competitive salaries, we also offer a strong suite of benefits, such as:

  • Health Insurance (Medical / Dental / Vision)
  • Life Insurance
  • STD / LTD
  • 401(k)
  • Paid Time Off
  • Professional Training Budget
  • Employee Referral Program