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Data Center Engineer
Ref No.: 18-01723
Location: McLean, Virginia
Position Type:Contract
Start Date / End Date: 10/01/2018 to 12/31/2019
Data Center Engineer
Two Shifts - 8-5 and 3 12 midnight

This role is part of a team responsible for the continuous operation and performance of our client's Data Centers. The person in this position will be responsible for the day-to-day support of server, network and storage components in the Data Center. This support includes chassis, module and power supply replacement during incidents, project engagements, RMA returns and maintenance activities. This position will ensure high quality service delivery through responsiveness to network, server and storage problems, crisis management, and adherence to service levels and network improvement initiatives. A person in this role is expected to respond to high impact issues on a 24x7 basis, participating in a rotating on call schedule with other team members, with work hour norms based on second or third shift.
Specific areas of responsibility:
  • Submit change control, manage problem tickets, schedule and coordinate repairs
  • Responsible for the basic racking and installation of physical IT infrastructure equipment in the data center including Network, Telecommunications, Servers and Storage.
  • Participate in project implementation conference calls where and when needed.
  • Be able to quickly obtain a basic understanding of our client’s network and SAN design, such that server, network and storage installations can be completed successfully and on time
  • Participates in deployment/release activities for Data Center implementations and maintenance ensuring all change policies are followed
  • Provide on-site support in the Data Center during incidents, RMA, project and maintenance activities.
  • Provide tier II support for data and network, server and storage systems infrastructure.
  • Assist in voice and data network problem determination efforts.
  • Be able to work off of pre-prepared cabling request sheets and checklists for the vendors
  • Perform the installation of copper and fiber cabling for various open systems server and networking projects, including routing, labeling and adhering to cabling management standards.
  • Coordinating and manage cabling contractors to perform larger cabling activities
  • Checkout connectivity of newly installed hardware for acceptance into production.
  • Maintain & document appropriate surplus levels of fiber optic and copper jumper cables to maintain timely system installations.
  • Provide planning and vendor oversight for server, network and storage change activity.
  • Operate in accordance with business needs, priorities and SLAs
  • Provide periodic performance reports for review with management providing input on improvements and quality initiatives.
  • Participate in a 24/7 on-call rotation.
Diagnose, Repair and Support:
  • Diagnose and swap out defective equipment cables as necessary when trouble shooting.
  • Be able to provide local hands and feet support being guided by others remotely. Diagnosing LAN, SAN and hardware related problems during equipment installations and break fix related activities.
  • Be able to perform minimal required configuration of the OS required to hand over for remote support, such as remote hands, login, etc.
  • Incident response and vendor management for the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, break/fix and retirement of physical infrastructure on site
  • Provide 3rd level physical hardware support for problems escalated by operations
  • Arranging security clearance/access for site visits, for visitors and third party vendors
Desirable Experience:
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Hardware troubleshooting experience.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Able to conduct research into networking issues and products as required.
  • Able to follow directions and defined processes.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment and make sound decisions in emergency situations.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Strong customer service orientation is a must.
Requirements, Skills and Competencies:
  • Associates Degree in Computer Science or a related discipline and at least 1 year experience in all phases of infrastructure network management or its equivalent in education and work experience.
  • 1+ years of relevant experience with the principles of data center operations  (day to day care and feeding of the servers, network and storage, such as power supply, fan and other component  replacements)
  • 1 + years prior experience with a large enterprise network and SAN, preferably in the healthcare sector.
  • Knowledge of layer-2/3 network designs, protocols and exposure to SAN fiber channel.
  • Knowledge of the configuration and support of vendor equipment such as Cisco, Juniper F5, Riverbed and Aruba. 
  • Cisco CCNA or CompTIA Network+/A+ certifications a plus
  • Solid understanding of data center cabling principles
  • Linux and Windows basic touch experience preferable
  • Willingness to learn and use DCIM system to document the data center
  • Strong organization, problem solving and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with team members, peers and vendors
  • Understanding of basic Microsoft Suite applications
For more information please contact Fabio Jimenez at 201-565-0302.

Since 1995, iTech Solutions Inc., has been providing IT Consulting and Direct Hire Services to the Insurance, Financial, Communications, Manufacturing  and Government sectors with local offices in Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado,  Massachusetts, Tennessee, North Carolina, and New Jersey / Pennsylvania area. 

Our recruiting strategy is simple, if you want to find qualified IT professionals then use IT professionals to find them.   So at iTech Solutions,  our personnel are all career IT professionals with a wide range of IT experience.  We can honestly say our staff understands the technologies, the complexities of finding and selecting the appropriate personnel and the pressures of running successful IT projects. 

Employer will not sponsor applicants for any employment visas, at hiring or in the future, including but not limited to H-1B visas. Corp-to-Corp or subcontract personnel will not be considered for this position.