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Linux System Administrator

Vail Systems – Chicago, Illinois



Engineering, Information Technology, Design



Salary : $50000 - $80000  / YEAR

Strong drive to learn

Ability to follow instructions

Strong analytical skills.

Knowledge of the platform used, gained from class work or experience in a prior job. Familiarity with the operating system and its commands/utilities at a user level; ability to edit files, use basic utilities and commands, navigate through the file system, install software on workstations.

Knowledge of security requirements.

Interest in structured approaches to system configuration management

Strong intellectual curiosity, motivation to advance in the profession

Take first professional certification. CompTIA Linux+, Linux Professional Insitute’s LPIC-1, and The Linux Foundation’s new Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)are good choices. These certs require knowledge such as Managing file permissions, creating backups, partitioning storage devices and troubleshooting filesystem issues.

Contribute to an open source infrastructure project, such as Red Hat-sponsored oVirt.

Join a local Linux meetup group as well as online communities such as LinkedIn’s Linux Users & Open Source Developers gro

Work experience on multiple platforms, with at least four years with the current platform

Familiarity with the principles and practice of system configuration management and a broad understanding of the role of desired configuration as part of strategic organizational knowledge

Ability to solve problems quickly

Ability to establish processes and automate them to track and implement system solutions

Ability to modify system to meet new security requirements

Ability to participate in setting strategic direction for system

Viewed as an expert in the system by peers

Ability to write proposals or papers

Ability to act as a vendor liaison, make presentations to customers or client audiences or professional peers

Ability to work closely with upper management.

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