REMOTE - Mainframe Systems Engineer


Description of Duties: Responsible for providing comprehensive Mainframe Operations support for the Fort Knox Data Center. Must have experience with batch processing and job amend resolution. Candidate will have a strong understanding of Mainframe concepts such as LPARs, Batching and Processing. Must be able to perform optimization and performance testing, provide technical support for incident response. Must be able to implement and maintain a secure environment in compliance with all IA and DoD STIG guidelines.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Five plus years Mainframe computer operations / scheduling experience.
  • Experience with IBM z/OS, CA Roscoe, CA Datacom, CA 7 software for job scheduling and management
  • Subject Matter Expert in  JES2 commands, CA-1, CA-7, CA-11, CA-Dispatch, Endeavor, Job
  • Control Language(JCL) and have strong knowledge of  MVS, , IBM 3000, TSO, VTS, SMS,
  • Provide operations services and support 24 hours a day, by 7 days a week (24/7/365);
  • Monitor system consoles in the computer data center and mainframe production management area
  • Respond to all system failures at time of failure and work with support teams or vendors to minimize downtime;
  • Operate peripheral equipment such as printers, tape drives, silos, Virtual Tape Systems (VTS), and microfiche.  The operation of these devices includes device initialization, operation, monitoring, routine cleaning, troubleshooting, and vendor maintenance coordination;
  • Maintain input/output priorities for timely output distribution;
  • Perform periodic inventories of supplies (such as CDs, tapes, and cleaning supplies) required for operations support and deliver a list to the Government of those which need to be replenished.  The contractor shall allow for Government procurement and vendor delivery so as not to run out of those supplies;
  • Provide host system resource management and coordination and monitor online availability;  This includes monitoring parameters for critical systems, Operating System (OS) thresholds, Central Processing Unit (CPU)/memory usage and error logs;
  • Provide tool-based issue tracking and resolution for problems;
  • Maintain shift log of notable activities (identify any recurring trends in the MSR)
  • Manage workload sequencing to prevent jobs from being executed before the successful completion of input tasks and job dependencies are satisfied;
  • Coordinate job definition, submit and monitor jobs through automated scheduling tools and monitor job executions;
  • Manage abnormally terminated and/or suspended jobs and advise of any job restarts, recovery procedures, or restart protocols followed;
  • Completed Bachelor degree in Computer Science or related field. Four years of additional general experience may be substituted for a Bachelor's Degree.
  • Knowledge of ISO/ITIL processes and documentation standards is desired
  • Possess a SECRET clearance. Must have at least an interim SECRET to begin work on the contract
  • Must be able to obtain a Security+ Certification that is enrolled into CompTIA’s Continuing Education program before start date
  • Must have possession of a secondary certification relevant to computing environment. Microsoft Certification.  
  • Must sign privileged level access agreement


  • MVS, JES2 commands, IBM 3000 ,TSO, VTS, SMS,  CA-1, CA-7, CA-11, CA-Dispatch, Endeavor, Job Control Language(JCL), Remedy
  • Coordinate and communicate with Programmers, Analyst and Systems Contractors on job triggering, job dependencies, job requirements, job schedules and job overrides
  • Monitor mainframe for job contention and CPU usage
  • Record Data Center temperature readings
  • Start and stop printer from the mainframe display
  • Print 736s for Order listings
  • Load paper for the Nuvera, clear jams, load and dispose of toner, report Xerox meter readings and clear accountability log

·         Ability to develop instructions in a logical, detailed flow


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