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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Linux Systems Engineer in Sacramento, California


Posting/Working Title:

Linux Systems Engineer


Information Technology

No. of Openings:



To perform technical system support and maintenance for the Districts corporate-level distributed computing infrastructure in the areas of system design, development, installation, operation, maintenance and support to ensure the Districts use of technology supports its current and future business practices.

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Desirable Qualifications:

BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university majoring in Computer Science, MIS, or related field or equivalent, plus a RedHat professional certification. If no degree, 7+ years of relevant experience.

Experience with container platform for deployment, configuration, management, utilizing enterprise orchestration tool.

Infrastructure as Code principles, automation and orchestration tools and automating administrative procedures using scripting languages – Ansible & Ansible Tower, utilizing Source Code Control Systems (Git), configuration management.

Familiarity of compliance requirements for Cyber Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards, Server Vulnerability and Patch management processes

3 or more years of experience in design, implementation and support with RedHat Enterprise Linux or IBM AIX Operating System in a VMware or PowerVM virtual and x86 servers in a medium to large enterprise environment.

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Selection Process:

Qualifications Interview

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Minimum Qualifications:


High school diploma or equivalency.


Three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the areas of system planning, design, development, test, implementation, maintenance in a network based computing environment including utilizing network topologies and architectures for multi-vendor, multi-protocol networks.

Knowledge Of:

Methods and techniques for training staff; techniques and concepts related to teamwork; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; characteristics and operational needs of various organizational units; concepts and principles related to implementing technology solutions; techniques and practices for problem research and resolution; techniques and practices for resolving complex technical issues; concepts of network design and configuration and operation; fundamentals of networking hardware and software; standards for application develop- ment; concepts of centralized and distributed computing; concepts and operation of multi-user, multitasking operating systems; familiarity with network system hardware including Routers, Bridges, Switches, Gateways and Hubs; network operating systems including Microsoft Windows NT and/or Unix; fundamentals of the system development life cycles; concepts of information processing hardware, software and data communi- cation; methods and techniques for system documentation; policies, procedure and standards related to business applications; concepts of application development and integration; principles of statistics; concepts of data retrieval and reporting; techniques for data modeling and administration; concepts of network protocols including TCP/IP, NetBIOS/NetBEUI and topologies including Ethernet; practices of software/hardware troubleshooting tools such as sniffers, RMON, flukes, HP Openview, Netview and SNMP; concepts of relational and network data base management.

Skill To:

Identify and assess training needs for staff; interpret District policies, procedures, system requirements and/or other special agree- ments; compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports; analyze complex issues and develop/implement resolution alter- natives; analyze procedures/systems and develop/implement operational improvements using information technology systems software, tools and processes; analyze situations, documents and data for conformance to established policy and procedures; interpret, analyze and apply pertin- ent policies, procedures, regulations and requirements related to information technology projects; utilize logic and analysis to identify the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches; read and interpret plans, diagrams specifications, program languages and contracts; schedule and prioritize own work assignments to meet expected timeframes; serve as reference person for other employees; plan, develop and implement automated solutions for business functions; stay abreast of new IT technology, tools and methods to develop and support business practices; write systems specifications, functional specifications and requirements and documentation; explain complex technical issues to non-technical personnel; work independently with little guidance and/or effectively as part of a team; prepare procurement documents; conduct feasibility studies; lead small projects; safety policies, practices and procedures; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctua- tion and vocabulary standards; utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.


Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

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Position Location:

Sacramento - S Street

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serves on multi-departmental networking computer projects by planning, designing, developing, implementing and maintaining a network infrastructure including backup and recovery, physical and logical network design, network topology, network architecture, security architecture and corporate server complex architecture; assisting in identifying and defining corporate level network computing projects; defining functional system requirements and specifications; developing technical standards and procedures; developing the system design; developing system and user acceptance tests; installing and integrating systems; performing post-implementation reviews; and providing technical consultation and solutions for technical issues. To support the Districts strategic information technology goals and direction while ensuring an efficient, stable and secure network infrastructure is available to all District business units.

  • Analyzes the need for new hardware and software systems, upgrades and modifications by evaluating the effectiveness of the current systems; analyzing networking operating system software and related hardware performance and capacity utilizing software and hardware tools; conducting feasibility studies; defining user and system requirements; preparing procurement and bid documents; designing modifications; addressing integration issues; and implementing new software/ modifications. To ensure the Districts distributed computing environment meets and serves the Districts current and future business needs.

  • Supports the overall effectiveness of the use of the network infrastructure by offering technical expertise and leadership on network systems; providing network consultation; solving a variety of complex networking design, operational and maintenance problems using unconventional methods; troubleshooting user obstacles; and providing 24-hour on call support to departments. To ensure the Districts network systems are readily available and accessible to system users.

  • Assists in planning, reviewing and conducting work activities and researching required project information associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedule as outlined in the project plan/contract. To support the overall achievement and completion of department projects.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:


SMUD has been serving the Sacramento for over 70 years SMUD and provides over 1.5 million customers with reliable electricity at affordable rates. SMUD’s IT Operations and Infrastructure department is hiring for a Linux Systems Engineer for its Compute Platform Engineering team. The team is responsible for architecting, deploying, and managing compute services for enterprise applications.

As member of the Compute Platform Engineering team, the Linux Systems Engineer position plays a key lead role and will help deliver innovative compute solutions to our customers and business partners. The individual will work collaboratively with internal infrastructure teams and vendors with a focus on architecting, provisioning, monitoring, upgrading, and capacity planning for the SMUD’s enterprise linux environment as well as providing day-to-day operations to maintain high availability and ensuring compliance to support security policies.

SMUD Title: Enterprise Technology Infrastructure Specialist (Journey)