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The ageing of the baby boomers   

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On January 1, 2011, the oldest of the Baby Boomer era turned 65. Every day for the next 19 years from that date, about 10,000 more (in the USA alone) will cross that threshold. This puts the starting date of the era at 1946 and the “end” date at 1965. The annual birth rate in the 50s was the highest ever in history.

We can ask what relevance this has to us here in South Africa where the population distribution is radically different from that in the USA. This however becomes apparent when we track the impact this era has had on the development of the built environment world-wide, which is largely engineering based. Post- war birth rate behavior was not much different in other countries recovering from the depression of the 1930s and the second-world war.

The baby boomer era was really the builder of our modern infrastructure as we know it. The rise of urbanization, consumerism, technology development and health care improvements among many changes took place rapidly, underscored by the focus on access to education and high levels of employment. 

If we reflect on SA, it is evident that the basic infrastructure of the country was developed in this period and well into the 80s. Multiple large projects were all happening in mining, power stations, roads, water storage and reticulation, industries, military developments, agriculture and travel facilities to name many. Urban development began with a vengeance and has continued unabated to accommodate the growth in the population. Urban development brings with it the need to provide power, sanitation, communications and general infrastructure and the services required by the citizens.

It is interesting to witness the trends that evolve with eras such as this. Aside from the social characteristics such the hippies, political protests, civil rights etc, there has been a decline in the building and replacement of infrastructure since. It leveled off by virtue of having met the required levels of need. Much of it has understandably worn out over the last 50 years and simply not either been maintained or replaced. It would appear that maintaining and refurbishing is not as glamorous as building from new. 

So we look at our own circumstances and in the domain of engineering it is evident that the same era built the bulk of our infrastructure, and much if it is ageing. More evident is that maintenance has been neglected in many cases and we are experiencing that on an increasing basis in our electrical power assets. Added to that is the “forced” reduction in skills and expertise which existed in that era of Engineers that built the power stations and distribution systems. Where we designed, constructed and commissioned many six pack stations, none of them ever displayed the horror that is being displayed by Medupi – 3 years late (so far) and getting on for double the capital cost, and add to this the cost of non-availability to the economy. It is thus worth noting: things are built by people. Better people build things better.

Of concern to the Americans is that the rate of exit of engineering talent is considerably greater than the rate of entry of new resources that have to be developed with the assistance of the outgoing skills. This is our own experience in SA where it must be understood that numbers entering the industry may be improving but the experiential training is certainly not sufficient. This applies to the trades as well. The average age of a qualified artisan in the USA is now mid- fifties, the same as ours.

This scenario then makes it very clear that unless we harness the ageing skills and experience of the baby boomer fraternity to mentor and upskill the young engineering resources entering the profession, where else will we get them?  They are not available in a box, a book, a video, a classroom or a memorychip. It is time on the ground with the human interaction, learning on the job.

Time waits for no one. The need is now. It’s time to start attracting the baby boomers to enter a paid mentoring profession.


          

The need for economic leadership   

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If ever Nero fiddled while Rome burned it must be the current performance of the ANC “leadership”. I hesitate to even use the word in this context as it is virtually non-existent in the role the President is playing and equally insignificant in the performance of the yes-men who answer to him. While the economy slides into an aimless mix of unemployment, retrenchments, energy constraints, bail outs for state enterprises, reducing growth rates and evident general frustration and anger across the population spectrum, Nero ‘s attention is directed elsewhere, primarily in the direction of self-interest and to be quite frank, embarrassing incompetence. Let’s hope this era of the revolution-makers ages out as soon as possible so that a new era of hopefully more concerned leaders will emerge.

On-going reports over the years have signaled the serious deterioration of the infrastructure. Energy is limited, water supplies are threatened with shortages and toxicity. Plants break down and are not 
repaired. Roads deteriorate to the point where maintenance is no longer viable. Health care and education gets worse. It’s a classic case of thermodynamic entropy – lack of work to overcome the tendency to move into a natural state of chaos, all at the same temperature and in social and economic reality, the lowest common denominator.

Can we derive a message from this? A characteristic of the obvious solution is that if the system is not intentionally reversed by leading a focused endeavor to recreate those aspects we call the built environment, it will not reverse and not improve. 

It is critical time for the Engineer to enter the fray, participate in the call for action, play a leadership role, and get to work developing the skills base, training the new graduates, using the retired (and mostly white) engineering  capacity to transfer their experiential skills to the younger generation before it is too late and they are all gone.

There is no room nor role for BEE and its misplaced execution in this activity. To hell with politics, this is serious stuff. It’s all hands on deck and the sooner the better for time waits for no one and we do not have too much left to avoid passing the point of no return.

We now have about 500 new Mechanical Engineer graduates emerging from university each year and mostly finding employment in industry, aside from those that emigrate or go into say financial services and other non-engineering activities. We have the latest and well developed outcomes based professional compliance structure, a willing group of Voluntary Associations hosting the training model, many willing retired or semi-retired Engineers willing to become Mentors, commitments from the SETAs to fund the candidate training costs (including the payment of Mentors), and we hope a willing number of employers in industry wanting to play a role in developing new skills. This will also enable those existing employed graduates to undertake their candidate phase training.

What are we waiting for? Who will lead the movement? Pay me and I will manage it with a vengeance.


          

The Reality   

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The South African economy is sick. The diagnosis has been going on for a long time, but the prescriptions have been ignored. It is evident that the body may not find the energy and perhaps the will to recover without some serious surgery. The danger of infection is greater as the invasive nature of the surgery is complex. The doctors and specialists (quacks?) may not succeed in finding a recovery routine before incapacity of the patient becomes permanent. To make matters worse, the patient is in a state hospital.

I am writing these words as the engineering based industry, having just had a serious dose of platinum deficiency syndrome, is now steeped in a viral bout of non-metal-working plague. It is going to take a patient with a very strong immune system to overcome this one. Many of the limbs that support the body may simply not survive, suffer from permanent damage and shrink into a state of paralysis.

All the machines (that are working) are monitoring the patient as follows. For clarity, the health monitor dashboard terminology has been calibrated with economic metrics.

Productivity: declining with the record showing the index has shown a reduction of 41% in the last 10 years. The meter rider position shows that the current level is the lowest in 46 years.

Employment: declining.

Unemployment: Increasing

Economic growth rate: Declining, now below 2% pa

Rand parity with world currencies: declining.  Rand: US$  1994: 3.55:1   2014:10.80:1

International Investment rating: Declining towards junk bond status

Corruption factor in government and the economy: increasing, reaching epidemic levels

Infrastructure status, education and service standards: declining

Small Medium Enterprises development rate: at best static but declining in small manufacturing.

Inflation rate: increasing

“Real” recession: evidently active and technically in stage of stagflation

Cost of living of basic items basket: rising (at alarming rate)

Centre of gravity of skilled and experienced engineering resources: moving into 50-60 age spectrum

Potential for Engineers to survive economically at retirement: declining

I do not think we need any more metrics to realize that the patient is in really big trouble.


          

Will the NDP actually start happening?   

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We have been subjected to the National Development Plan for some time now with various degrees of emphasis. Government, or at least in reality the ANC, continues to use it as a manifesto item typical of political posturing presumably to convince the public (and the voters) that the country is all set to have an era of great investment, new projects, employment opportunities, export improvements, and reversal of the fiscal deficits amongst many attributes. The better life for all stuff. The alliance continues to nitpick at it and academic and research organisations find flaws in the numbers and the statistics as though it is all an exact science. It has taken on the form of a sort of hallucinating drug that one places one’s faith in when faced with the current economic reality. It all depends on what is one’s own perspective of current reality.

Engineers would be inclined to agree on the need for the NDP, the 18 Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs) and the spin off from the designing, planning, constructing, commissioning, maintaining and operating of all these projects. These will use all the engineering capacity that we have, and more. Never mind from where the investment funds are to come from, that remains all smoke and mirrors and it’s hard to believe that the country will suddenly find R800 odd billion and then spend it over three years on completed projects.

Perhaps closer to the Engineer’s concern is, if we had all that money, where are we going to find the sufficient number of engineering resources to spend it (properly)? We will avoid contemplating the potential behind the corruption that is now endemically entrenched in our country with very little accountability. The efforts to ascertain the available engineering resources by the PICC/SIPs/DHET/ECSA/Volunteer committees will presumably produce some results but so far the numbers do not seem more than high level estimates. I believe it was an exercise to find out what we already knew: we have a scarce skills problem. My own evaluation is that the systems and processes used cannot measure the extent of the scarcity in a meaningful way if the time frame is that of the SIPs programme. This is an example of breaching a very fundamental engineering ethos: if you cannot measure it, you do not know much about it. Clearly, if the metrics used to measure the scarcity do not take this into account, the process while necessary, is insufficient.

The 18 SIPs projects are reasonably well defined at a high level. From this a start should be made to identify the required resources by a reasonable relationship between project size and type. The reality is however, that those who will need the resources normally specify the needs at a granular level, not a generic level that emerged from this committee. Efforts of the SAIMechE to propose a model to measure the needs, to locate as many as possible from the existing market and to focus Candidate Engineer development in those scarce areas are met with a sort of glazed, unconvinced response by the “authorities”. After all, we have to find ways to spend R800 billion effectively, but it would appear that to spend a few million on getting knowledge of the course to take to manage the scarce skills issue is considered either too expensive or unnecessary. The real reason is uncertain as the response has been nil. If the proposed model were to show a return on investment, it would only have to save about one thousandth of one percent of the programme budget to cover its cost. It’s a no-brainer when one realises the costs, delays and consequences of the scarce skills impact on projects. Take a look at Medupi and the Durban-Jhb pipeline as examples. Consider the impact on infrastructure service delivery alone.  There are legendary other cases out there that show the result of technically incapacitated owners’ teams alone.

But then that makes the assumption that the NDP actually is going to happen. If history is anything to go by, we may still be talking about it this time next year. With elections over and “won”, why hurry? At least it may all work as a dream forming drug.

          

Seeking the good news   

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If ever there was a time when we wanted the good news, it must be now. A time to listen to that classic hit by Crocodile Harris " Give me the good news”

If we accept the word forever
Maybe we should live together
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can't use guns to build a nation
A bullet never was creation

Engineering wise, SA is really in the doldrums. Can we be positive and expect that things should now get better? That, of course, only happens if people make it happen, so we can do some dreaming that we hope will turn to reality. Positive thinking helps. Consider the options:

The active start to the National Development Plan. The 18 strategic infrastructure projects actually start to happen. The talking and conferences that have consumed any energy associated with them stop and the action starts.

We get let into the secret by treasury as to how these are to funded. The engineering community is invited to participate at the highest level in the Owners’ teams, the project planning and conceptual engineering to ensure that the projects are correctly structured, engineered and managed. The politicians wake up and realise that it’s all about the built environment, and that is created by science and experience, not hollow, electoral promises based on ignorance.

Government and private business interests start to work together for the common goal of increasing the economic growth rate: what about an economic codesa? Corruption gets serious attention.

The unions and the mining industry together reach a win-win understanding and proceed to jointly add value to our massive commodity assets sitting underground that are useless unless mined and treated in a competitive manner. This in turn encourages the reluctant and unconvinced investors to consider SA as a less risky investment destination. Funds start to flow into the economy again and the current account deficit reverses back to a reasonable level. The Rand stabilizes.

Education? Well, while we are dreamimg and hoping, the training and development of teachers becomes a reality as this is the primary necessary condition for our youth to acquire the essentials of literacy and numeracy. The 30 % pass rate becomes history. Idle Funds in the skills development and Seta accounts are applied to the training of engineering resources including the funding of Mentors.

Last but not least, the government becomes convinced that cadre deployment in place of resources with skills and expertise is a disaster.

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SAIMechE’s suggested contribution to solutions for the scarce skills challenge   

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At the recent workshop held by the Department of Higher Education (DHET), the President’s Infrastructure Coordination Committee (PICC) and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), the objective was to assess the status of the scarce skills in South Africa by assembling Occupational Teams (OTs) that would be assembled largely from the voluntary engineering organizations and academia. Two days were spent following the earlier work done by the PICC/DHET/CBE team to prepare a list of what was determined by the 18 Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs) to be the scare skills for this programme. This list covered the management, professional and trades identified as such by the Organising Framework for Occupations (OFO) model.

The 18 SIPs are identified at a very high level, for example SIP1 being "Unlocking the Northern mineral belt with the Waterberg as the catalyst”. For what was alleged to be "security” reasons, not much else is published on this SIP to expand on the detail, but it can be reliably gathered that a large component will be for coal mining development to take up the supply that is dwindling in the Witbank/Middelburg area.

The projected list of scarce skills, when reviewed on the basis that it should enable some effective action to commence, is in my view a rather useless piece of data insofar as the Mechanical Engineers are concerned. It simply shows "about 500” needed at a scarcity level of "20-50%” whatever that may convey.

The SAIMechE team filled in their answers to the OT list on the wide spectrum of questions and these will then presumably be assembled and evaluated for action with all the others. Most of the questions we have been addressing for years that seem to do no more than lead to the next conference or workshop. One simply comes away with the feeling of perpetual talk and no perceived action.

The first concern the team had was that the workshop called for voluntary conveners to fill variety of time consuming roles, and this just seemed to illustrate a poor business model. Here we have the National Development Programme (NDP) with its first 18 projects worth hundreds of billions of Rand in total installed value (TIV) that has no funds to pay for a properly structured resource development team that would comprise a fraction of a percent of the TIV cost. It simply illustrates the importance given to this role in the success of the programme. There is no contracted leverage with voluntary teams.

The SAIMechE team made three constructive, actionable suggestions. Firstly, establish a top level professional resources team who would be paid to get the scarce skills issue measured and solutions developed, and which would be in a position to advise the SIPs owner’s teams on the appropriate resources required at owner’s level that could be seconded from the profession in a similar way that the accounting profession does for state bodies.

Secondly, develop a model for evaluating availability of scarce skills to identify the scarce resource with the relevant, engineering specific attributes. It is based on the Engineer’s credo that you do not know much about anything until you can define and measure it. Scarcity needs to have two references to be measureable: what you have and what you need. Accordingly SAIMechE could offer to facilitate working with professional engineering resource recruiting bodies to create a large and well configured, best-in-class, dynamic database of engineering resources for these and other South African projects. By simply stating that we need a number of Mechanical Engineers does not resolve the issue. The only time the real scarcity is known is when the employer specifies the need at granular level of definition. For example one can search on Mechanical Engineers and get hundreds, but then ask for those with the specifics such as 10 years of coal plant processing experience or conveyor and coal chute design, one may be lucky to find a few if any under today’s dwindling expertise that largely exists in near retirement age groups or who may have emigrated.

Thirdly, with this information and working with the employers undertaking the projects and who issue the job specifications with these details, we can identify those who should be taking on the Candidate Engineers that wish to do their training under the SAIMechE Professional Development Programme. SAIMechE would be the paid conduit to provide information on scarce skills to the PICC or the CBE on an on-going basis enabled by the dynamics of the model. We need to ensure that the expectation of perpetual voluntary work by professionals is not presumed. It’s a business reality to pay for value. It would it addition be of value to be able to second experts from the Membership, exploiting the immense, collective intellectual capital of the Institution and effectively meeting the essence of the mission statement.



          

The realization on scarce resources   

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After many months (years?) of no apparent action following the publication of the National Development Plan, various bodies are now awakening to the reality of the resource requirements in order to be able to effectively manage and spend the billions on infrastructure projects.

It was always going to be a tough challenge: R800 odd billion over three years. Someone was smoking something to actually believe that this was viable. Dwell for a minute on the realities of project spend patterns. Firstly, no spending pattern is ever linear, or in terms of Rand over time, would it ever represent a consistent average from start to finish. Thus represented, it is the area under the curve that amounts to the total project spend.

Forward to reality: project spending patterns have the s-curve feature: they rise slowly as concept, design, procurement occurs and then start to climb steeply as deliveries and construction follow. It then tails off at commissioning and handover. The essence of this that there is a peak, and for the area under the curve to meet the project budget, the peak is considerably higher than the average.

What does this mean? Most likely it means that resource needs are not linear and have the same peaking nature. So when estimates are produced reflecting the numbers of resources needed, are these factored by the time axis? Most times not, and we invariably get the classic multi-tasking that is imposed on the scarce resources. This then adds to the potential delay in due performance dates being met. Multi-tasking creates its own delays, and anyone who believes otherwise should attend a few workshops that demonstrate this admirably.

Let’s then add another classic activity that for some pernicious reason remains the foundation of project planning: critical path scheduling. How many projects ever give consideration to the only development that has had the most time and cost saving successes on projects over the last 50 years? It’s called critical chain scheduling. As an aspirant believer in this process, it continues to amaze me that management does not know that it even exists let alone how it works. Far worse is the regular experience one has in presenting the process to the potential users, who most times praise the fundamentals that define the process, but return home only to be faced with the common response - business as usual.

Well, the NDP could do a lot worse than, once the reality of limited skilled and experienced resources has sunk home, have a good look at adopting a critical chain scheduling philosophy. It may just assist in preventing the project durations and costs to emulate the dreadful experiences we seem to have with most major projects such as Medupi.

The usual responses continue to be heard to using such a significant variation to standard procedure. It is too difficult: management won’t understand it. Perhaps then we need to study the experiences of major USA and Japanese projects as examples that have proved the point. The main changes occur in the human behavior of project management due the discipline imposed by critical chain principles: prioritising projects, assuming most durations are overestimated, aggregation and buffering of the safety before it’s lost, starting on time and measuring progress in time and not money. It not only sounds sensible, but it actually works.


          

For whom the bell tolls…   

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You are a Mechanical Engineer. You work in the South African industry. It would be hard to find any activity that is some way does have some connections with the South African mining industry. Connections take the form of user of the mined commodity, supplier of equipment, supplier of services, and ultimately has some dependence on the value that mining adds to the GDP of the country. If you are part of a consultancy, a project management group, a construction company, a financial group and countless businesses from large multi-million Rand organizations to SMEs, it is very likely you will have connections with the mining industry. Mining flows in the veins of South Africans and so it should. We have been told that, following a Citibank survey, we literally sit on an un-mined value of some $2.5 trillion in commodities. The largest in the world.

Just what did we do with this asset that has been given to us for free and left to our collective responsibility as a result of our being the residents and citizens of the country? The early pioneers started out bravely, successfully investing money, technology, hard work and facing unprecedented risk head-on to build and place South Africa at the top of the gold and diamond production world-wide. We have some 80% of the world’s known platinum ore and a good deal of most of the others. We pioneered the mining of high-ash content coal and assisted in the design and development of boilers that can burn it effectively and efficiently to evolve some of the best and most admired and low cost six pack power stations in the world that supported the mining industry. In the early nineties we had some 800 high tech researchers across the board tackling challenges in the mining industry. We thankfully still have a flourishing mining supply industry that designs and builds bespoke equipment to service the industry here and internationally. We had the best Mining Engineers in the world, lots of them, and the older ones mentored the younger ones as a matter of course. We were King of that shining castle.

Take a snapshot today. What comes to mind? Marikana, closed platinum shafts, strikes, poor worker living conditions, reducing productivity, rapidly rising input costs, electricity prices rising at a rate to not only render a lot of mining uneconomic, but a lot of industry as well. We have dropped in the league of gold mining countries from first to fifth. Where are many of our talented mining resources? They are now running the mining industries in Australia, Canada, South America and Central Africa. Our research group has dropped by a factor of ten. International investors are openly advising that we do not really feature on their screens at present: the unchecked talk of nationalization, the regulatory confusion created by the MPRDA and SIMS reports has taken its toll. Perceptions are real, not imaginary as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) seems to think.

In my book, if the rule applies that those who set the rules and call the shots must be accountable, then that lies fair and square with the DMR. It is not surprising that we see these debacles in the mining, energy, education, health, security and infrastructure functions in South Africa. When the goal is political power at all costs ably assisted by inexperience and an illiterate and innumerate voter support base, then do not be surprised when a competitive nation declines to mediocrity.

If anyone can propose a solution to extricate ourselves from this mess and turn ourselves up again, then we need all the help we can get. Otherwise the bell tolls for thee.


          

The steady decline to lowest common denominator   

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I guess we have to criticize the laws of the universe, those annoying and inviolate laws of science and the basic engineering fundamentals for not taking account of the inability of those "leading” the functions of the built environment development and essential skills training in South Africa to achieve the standards required to meet these laws. Why uphold compliance with nature’s laws when it is much easier to change the need for them by a politically driven relaxation? It is clearly far easier to decide to set regulations for practitioners and contractors to use the surplus numbers of unqualified persons to be awarded government contracts for purposes of building the infrastructure.

After all, with this policy and approach we can meet the necessary political targets which seem to be far more important than ensuring compliance with structural, life-cycle and safety standards that have evolved over decades of proven engineering practice. We must learn to be satisfied with our new-found decrees from those that rule, and we can even indulge in some self-praise when we comment "……that bridge was nearly strong enough……… we were quite close really”.

So, in keeping with the above aspiration to continue our acceptance of adjusted standards and drive for the common denominator leading to "a better life for all”, the Minister, ably assisted by the cidb, has recently decreed the following”

"The key amendments include the removal of the requirement for contractors to have registered professionals in their permanent employ; this is to be removed as it is not viable to have such professionals in a contractor’s full-time employ". "The requirement for the Registered Professional is therefore being moved from a contractor registration requirement to a contract management requirement as a condition of contract”.

Essentially, the roles of the Professional Engineer, Technologist and Technician will now effectively be subservient to that of the registered Construction Manager on matters where professional engineering judgment is required. I guess with the comedy of the self-inflicted war games that have been played out between ECSA and the CBE over the important subject of Identification of Engineering Work (IDoEW), not much more could have been expected. Those unregistered Engineers or at least those practicing as such can continue to act without any fear of liability as the rules that govern registration, ethics and safe practice do not apply to them. The IDoEW deliberations commenced in 2006. It’s now 2013 and we are still counting. The profession has messed about arguing while we witness a steady entropic decline in the built environment.

On the topic of training of young Engineers in industry, I thought I would recall some gems that arose in 2012 whilst endeavouring to persuade certain employers to consider taking on basically good candidates and provide some development and experience to assist feeding talent into the skills pool.

"We do not have the time, the money or the systems to train anyone. Just find us a qualified and experienced Engineer. We need a PDI between 30 and 35, with 15 years experience as an Engineering Manager”. (Allowed cost to company will remain undisclosed here to protect the guilty.)

"We do not have time to train or develop anyone into this specialized role. Please find us fully qualified candidates who can hit the ground running”. No acceptable candidates have emerged to date.

Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the ANC policy is to spend R845 billion on infrastructure in the next 3 years. I found that his recent TV interview conveyed blind optimism and was most unconvincing. I can only assume that he does not know that he does not know what is needed to do that properly. Professional government and provincial owners’ teams and supply contractor capacity appear not to feature in his model.

Anyone who cares about developing professional engineering skills should be made aware of the new candidate training curriculum that will be instituted by ECSA and the Voluntary Engineering Associations in April 2013. It identifies the exit level outcomes that define the professional and will be the fastest and most effective route to competence and registration that can be envisaged.


          

Qualifications and the phase to professional competence   

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I often follow the debate on the profiles, experiences, expectations and opinions of the issues concerning the Baby Boomers (born 1940 t0 1960), The Generation Xs (1960 to 1975-ish), and the Generation Ys (post 1976). These periods are derivations taken from many historical analyses of the parties who study the phenomena of the age eras and their characteristics.

Probably the most significant item that is relevant to all these age groups is that of lifestyle and the values that define that. Each age group tends to indulge in the criticism of the previous one laying blame for all the problems that beset their current lifestyles. Characteristics such as social responsibilities, work ethics, corporate practice, family stability, wealth profile and continuity of employment are significant items. It just seems to be easier to blame the earlier generation for its own generation’s problems rather than exhibit and practice leadership and responsibility for one’s own.

Corporate value systems have changed with the evolution of bottom line items that go beyond profit. Awareness of the environment, ecology and health systems have emerged strongly where the impacts of these are able to be managed with technology development.

In engineering education training and practice, it is not uncommon to witness those who question the effectiveness of present-day curricula which in real terms have not differed significantly from those of earlier generations. Obviously the tools that facilitate learning have changed with modern information technology developments such as computers, software and digital configuration. How often has one heard the comments questioning the inclusion of certain academic basics into programmes where the graduate has claimed that such learning has never been applied in their subsequent careers? In engineering curricula this may be a truism but the challenge is that due to the "connectedness” of science and technology, where does one omit such content?

The great thing about an engineering curriculum is that it addresses the challenge of tackling those aspects of life that do not radically change: the laws of nature and science remain intact, the fundamentals still exist, the approach to problem solving and the need to develop empirical competence are still the foundations of the Engineer’s world. They are the toolbox for future applications. What does matter thereafter is the training and practice of how to use them to build the environment we purport to do better than any other profession.

The matter of becoming competent to apply these principals, plus those of management and economics, then need to be assessed as to their relevance of past experiences on modern engineering practice. Have these changed other than for the tweaking required for inclusion of new technologies, materials development, and refinement of codes of practice for example? What age group is the right mentorship group? Are the retired or semi-retired the right dispensers of experiential skills and advice? Has this thinking now emerged for the reason that each generation of Engineers from the baby boomer era was both supervised and mentored by the next level in the system as a matter of course where is was not called "official mentoring” but de facto on the job development in the process of evolving the next skills layer?

There was clear period of world practice in infrastructure development with the emergence of industry, production and modern supply chain logistics. Large projects covering all the technologies were common: energy development, transport, communications and service industries emerged that had decades of continuity that encouraged sequential training and development of practical skills.

We must question why we now have an era where this has reduced significantly and it is evident that internationally well experienced skills in the lower, active age groups are in very short supply.

From a human development perspective, the period over which a candidate Engineer needs to develop sufficient competencies to be recognized as a professional will not have changed. Gladwell’s theory on the 10,000 hour rule probably applies where any person claiming expertise will have spent 10,000 hours odd developing that expertise. So the candidacy phase which is set as 3 years minimum is rarely met, and the statistics show that 5 years is the norm. If you work that out, it is about 10,000 hours.

Until we return to the era of on-the-job sequential skills development, we will have to recall the retired and semi-retired who are willing to fill this space. Regrettably in SA, we have bolstered the loss of this intellectual capacity by dumb affirmative action politics and short term financial returns. The challenge is when this capacity is not available in books or boxes, it is the only option. This capacity must be applied sensibly to the emerging graduate training programmes to make the most of their 10,000 hours needed to reach a recognized level of professional competence.


          

We re-visit the National Development Plan   

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In June last year, the commission released a diagnostic document which stated that the elimination of poverty and the reduction of inequality were the objectives of a long term plan, but that nine key challenges stood in the way. Let’s call these the Undesirable Effects or UDEs for short.

  • Too few people work.
  • The quality of school education for black people is poor.
  • Infrastructure is poorly located, inadequate and under-maintained.
  • Spatial divides hobble inclusive development.
  • The economy is unsustainably resource intensive.
  • The public health system cannot meet demand or sustain quality.
  • Public services are uneven and often of poor quality.
  • Corruption levels are high.
  • South Africa remains a divided society.

Then, in November, the commission produced a draft National Development Plan for 2030. It contained recommendations covering the following areas. Let’s call these the Desirable Effects or DEs for short. We can see that these are in effect the inverts of the UDEs, and hence become objectives or what we will classify as ambitious targets.

  • Create jobs
  • Education and training
  • Expand infrastructure
  • Transform urban and rural spaces
  • Transition to a low carbon economy
  • Provide health care
  • Build a capable state
  • Fight corruption
  • Transformation and unity

Then comes the following, almost casual assumption: South Africa can become the country we want it to become. It is possible to get rid of poverty and reduce inequality in 20 years. We have the people, the goodwill, the skills, the resources – and now, a plan.

Assuming that the ANC finds the time at their Mangaung conference to review and approve the plan, then the 20 year implementation process has to actually start. The ANC has never shown any glory in action and implementation to follow their renowned rhetoric, so herein lies the test to see whether the assumption made by the plan is more than the usual innuendo.

Let’s take a reality check on the proposed elements of the plan. We can approach this with a mindset that has evolved from a fairly long exposure and many practical applications of the theory of constraints, commonly abbreviated to TOC. It is evident that this NDP challenge is a case of aspiring to a number of ambitious targets that not only require the full dependence on their specific necessary and sufficient conditions, but that such conditions can exist without any mutual conflicts. The practice of using the strategic and tactical mechanisms of the ambitious target process makes the assumption that the target is achievable and is approached in a confident frame of mind rather than one of disbelieving scepticism, which understandably, most commentary on the NDP has generated so far. Intuitively, the NDP is doomed to failure primarily as a result of an historical lack of effective management execution in SA. Any amount of political innuendo will not overcome that reality. What we can only hope for is that the government, as the sponsors so to speak of the plan, will draw on the intelligence, skills, experience and proven competence of available resources to set up, design, articulate, prescribe and monitor the plans making up what we should in fact call a programme, as it

will be a collection of interactive and dependent projects each requiring skilled planning and management execution. The best must be used, not the most politically favoured.

There is one very fundamental factor that will render this programme so challenging that it should convince us of the need for the most radical, urgent, collective effort. I will simply call it the Rule of exponential projections. It is evident in reviewing the listed DEs that every one of them is essentially population growth rate dependent. From 2000 to 2011 the Mundi index shows that the growth has been 12,8% in net gain of population numbers, or an annualised rate of 1,2%. This moderately low (recent) increase in the population was due to the escalation in HIV/Aids driven deaths. How this will change in the next 20 years is an unknown, but it could increase if the treatment measures are effective. 30% of the current population is 14 years old or less and all reaching the job market age in this period. There are an estimated 4,7m unemployed persons in the employment spectrum at present, so a rough projection shows that we need to create about 4.7 m, plus those jobs to employ the 14 year olds, plus the result of the population growth over this period. In my maths, the NPC vision to create 11 m jobs (see the plan) over the next 20 years means we shall have more unemployed in numbers than we have at present. So the elimination of unemployment and hence poverty would appear to be a pipedream and we question whether it has taken exponential growth into account.

Clearly economic growth is required to create these jobs and it has to occur at a higher exponential rate that of the population needing employment. How does one converge these two lines? We either limit the growth rate of the independent variable (population) or radically increase the dependent variable (economic growth rate). If not, the lines diverge and the problem becomes greater. Many goals are missed due to the prevalence of linear thinking.

The ability to provide the management execution to all these components of the programme requires skilled and experienced resources (primarily technical: Engineers, Technologists and Technicians) to be available at the right level and numbers to implement the projects: infrastructure for example requires that the reinvestment into the assets of the infrastructure must equal the rate of depreciation just to remain static. Again we will find that the curves diverge if we cannot reverse the current trend in historical deterioration of these assets without replacement. The infrastructure is currently in a state of serious entropic decline with little evidence of major projects in the pipeline.

If the growth rate of urbanisation which is a major factor in overload and breakdown of infrastructure exceeds the rate of infrastructure growth by only 3,5% per annum, the magnitude of collapsed and underserviced urban population with all its attendant troubles will double in 20 years.

What are the simple fundamentals that must be followed in the big plan or programme? Firstly, identify the goal of each ambitious target of the programme, identify the constraints, subordinate to them, elevate them and keep following this process ensuring that interim pre-defined milestones are being met. Prioritise what will drive the throughput to meet the goal. Do what should be done and do not do what should not be done. Do not waste resources and time, for example changing town and road names, when the resources should be used to manage the required activities to achieve the programme objectives. Utilise the best available management and capacity to execute the processes.

South Africa has a major constraint in the numbers of productive resources that it can apply to this pending challenge. Unless some sense is brought into the skills space alone that reverses the current trend to enforce misplaced affirmative action, uses the experienced skilled (and ageing) work force, raises compliance levels for entrance to learning institutions, discontinues the employment of political appointees into roles instead of competent persons selected on merit, reviews the negative impact of the labour laws, formulates effective policy on small business development, and identifies measurable, interim milestones over the next twenty years, then I have to say that the great plan will fail on the basis that reality is again being replaced with political imperatives that make the appeal of the planning commission to the public to join forces "to make miracles” nothing more than hollow rhetoric we have come so used to hearing. And the exponential rule waits for no one.


          

The crucial importance of the mining industry   

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Most commentaries on the status of the mining industry in South Africa refer to the decline in our rankings within the international comparisons. Mining is essentially the industry that developed the SA economy and which spawned the support industries that provided the equipment and services.

Our unique Government Certificate of Competency evolved from the early 1900s to develop safer working conditions and improved skills for the activities of the mining industry. A recent international survey ranked SA at the top of the list for the value of minerals in the ground at the awesome figure of R2,5 trillion, well ahead of Russia in second place. With such credentials we have, however, declined in our competitiveness as growth markets have increased the demand for resources. We effectively lost out on participating in the last resources boom that witnessed countries such as Australia, Canada, many in Africa north of us and many in South America actively rise in the provider stakes. Various reasons are debated for this, but the most frequently identified are poor and slow policy making, the references to nationalization, the reduction in our capacity for research and development and the accompanied loss of experienced skills. In more recent times, the sudden increase in energy costs and industrial strike action have added to the reversal in our competitiveness.

In September the next Electra Mining exhibition will be held which is one of the largest of its type internationally, and which from all accounts, will be well supported. In particular the action in Africa north of us is significant and we have seen many of our project management, design and construction skills moving to manage these northern projects. Some of our EPCM companies have such projects that make up the bulk of their order book. Further afield, estimates put the human resources running the Australian mining industry to be over 50% of South African origin.

With the slump in the platinum price which has placed a number of mines on a caretaker basis or a scramble to try and manage with fewer contracted resources, can the stakeholders, being investors, government, and the mining industry address the skills issues that are even in the present circumstances in short supply? Most of those with whom I interact express the fear about what are we going to do when the lights really come on again - once the European and American recessionary conditions change and the world demand for minerals resumes?

Reports on the diminished R&D capacity and skills in the research establishments, that in the 80s and early 90s were world leaders in mining research and development, are of great concern as the ability to innovate disappears. Clearly mining activity also depends on reliable infrastructure and good logistics which are not well positioned either at present.

In the vein of " ‘n boer maak a plan” in which South Africans have shown an adept ability, can we tackle this huge challenge and get our competitiveness on the rise? It cannot be beyond our ability and willingness to do some serious mining skills development together with that needed across the whole engineering domain. It is time we saw some next steps in the action territory after the publication of the diagnostic report of the National Planning Commission. It could be in danger of becoming another book shelf study.

We really need to curtail our incessant, negative outlook on this state of affairs and try to get collective, positive group action to turn our mining status around. However, from where will this be triggered and what will catalyze the process?

Perhaps the Electra Mining event could energise some reality here. The SAIMechE is to facilitate the first of its Soap Box sessions which will be interesting to watch. Let’s hope the speakers will be able to address some of these issues and spawn some industry enthusiasm to make things happen. One can safely say that the survival of South Africa depends on it.



          

Is the modern economy a giant pyramid scheme?   

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Think about it. As a taxpayer and voter, you are promised by politicians that if you vote for them they will provide you with all sorts of benefits in exchange for your vote. You earn money in your job and pay tax to the government so that it has funds to provide you with the promised benefits: education for your children, health services, and infrastructure in the form of roads, municipal services, police services, judiciary, economic and fiscal responsibility to name some of them. The mix depends on the policies of each government. In SA you may only get the party’s tee shirt.

Let’s take a look at our own situation in SA. We have what the population has been assured is the best constitution money can buy. If you look carefully you realise that in fact you cannot be assured that the person you vote for will represent you because the political party will decide who to appoint to that role. But let’s not get into politics; we have enough hot air on that topic to cause climate change. What we do witness is that the persons appointed to government at the top are very well paid and appear to earn a lot more than the delivery for which they are responsible. The rules set up by the government whether by statute or by practice enable this to happen. They could be said to be taking money from the down-line without providing the appropriate product in return. How does this differ from the structures of a pyramid scheme? There is no observable exchange of value.

Let’s rather look at what happens to a lot of the money that feeds upwards to the top both via taxes as well as the flow of money to the providers of many near monopolistic trade structures. It seems fairly well documented globally that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. This is happening whether one is in a typically western capitalistic economy or a socialist economy as we can observe in both the USA and Europe. Think of the outcome of the credit crisis: many top bankers and investors made huge and obscene amounts of money via a system they developed to get the money out of the general population. The overwhelming common factor behind all these processes is that money is flowing up to the top without the commensurate product or service flowing back down accompanied by broken assurances that all will benefit from the process. Does the tendency for economies to exhibit this shifting of the wealth upwards then correlate to the emergence of large monopolistic businesses and over-indulgent government, and to the impact of the lack of bank credit to the small business and individual that were, and are, so affected by the credit crisis? It is otherwise commonly called greed.

It is interesting to note that in Australia that most of the millionaires are from the small, entrepreneurial business sector and that the impact of the credit crisis was minimal on that country. The chances of the big banks, financial institutions and businesses taking risks with others’ money was clearly lower. Is this a lesson to SA and the world at large to enable small business to thrive?

If the poor continue to get poorer then there must at some stage be a situation where the inevitable happens: the pyramid scheme collapses, and many irate investors (read taxpayers and consumers) get active to ban the scheme.

Where would engineering as a role fit into this? I do believe that in any engineering transaction which has an objective to create the built environment, the exchange of money for product is probably pretty reasonable. The product is evident, well defined, built to proven specifications by persons who are qualified and usually sufficiently experienced to do it right. When however I see evidence that the lawyers are likely to make more out of the renewable energy contracts than many of the Engineers involved, I wonder if that is contributing to the award of wealth without commensurate productivity. No names are mentioned in order to protect the guilty.


          

The National Planning Commission report: dream or nightmare?    

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Admirable and ambitious goals are always regarded as an essential component of any programme. Those recently published by the NPC can hardly be seen as anything but ultra ambitious. Populated with the usual visionary statements we have become used to imbibing at every political packaged speech and woven together in innuendo and an overdose of clear naivety as to what it takes to deliver results, it leaves one experiencing the after- effects of a fairy tale storyline.

We would all like to believe that we will achieve the developed country status that is outlined by 2030, reduce unemployment by 11 million and have education and service delivery at levels expected of a developed nation. The big concern on virtually every reader’s mind however is how on earth is the country going to get all this done, with not only an abysmal record at delivering anything (except the fated world cup stadiums), but so many of the necessary conditions to be able to action the many projects are just not in place and are unlikely to be so for a long time, if ever.  Reference to the world cup stadiums as an example of our excellence must be tempered with the fact that the whole programme cost the country an absolute fortune and was largely supported by a good deal of foreign input that would bankrupt SA if we were to address the infrastructure needs in the same way. The next big concern is that the government has only just begun to display a realization by generating the NPC that much has gone wrong over many years, where it seems inconceivable that it could not see the writing on the wall earlier: the collapse of education at grass roots level, replacement of skilled administrators and engineering resources with political cadres whom they will struggle to now remove and rampant corruption and stealing of the public purse being exposed daily. We have had the closing of the teachers and nursing colleges and cessation of time proven apprenticeship training and the perpetual decline of health and judicial services. If we add all this up, are we at all surprised that we have such diminished capacity problems? 

The NPC report makes no reference to an international study that shows that a country that has a taxpayer base of less than 25% of the population is doomed not to emerge beyond undeveloped status and probably inevitably regresses. Worse still is that our 10% taxpayer group is actually shrinking. This must be the most scary metric of the lot.

We had better all be eternal optimists to think the big plan will do more than lurch ahead slowly. The engineering fraternity has been asked to comment on the NPC and the overall and somewhat obvious verdict so far is that unless some serious investment is made in training of graduate engineering resources in a dramatically improved, supervised and mentored system, there is simply no hope of having any impact on the huge skills need of the country to effectively replace the aging, retired and emigrated engineering resources. It is a no-brainer actually, but efforts to make a difference here can be expected to meet with the usual limited cognitive capacity of the authorities able to join the dots.  Just imagine what the profession could do with a tiny fraction of the immense waste and theft that passes as government, provincial and municipal service spend. 

The measure of the real intent of the NPC will be just how many of these necessary basic activities are implemented for the plan to have any observable movement. We have yet to see any modicum of how it is to be done. It will be interesting to observe if the government believes in the comments from the profession.

The basic groundwork for the escalation of graduate training is being fast tracked by willing and keen members of ECSA and the Voluntary Engineering Associations. Finding sufficient funding just to construct the curriculum details is another challenge and without that, the process will be still-born. We envisage that the outcome of this effort will have a massive impact on driving both the candidates and the employers to join the envisaged training party. The NPC cannot afford to mess this one up by ignoring such obvious advice.

          

That was the year that was   

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An interesting year, that puts it mildly. How else would one describe a year where the global economy has the sign of regressing into a second recessionary phase, the USA and Europe playing dangerously close to debt collapse, the Arabian spring syndrome spreading globally, the biggest earthquake created Tsunami in our history with its subsequent nuclear event, an observable widening of the wealth gap both in SA and internationally, and our own political scenario showing quite clearly government capacity to do anything constructive is deteriorating further.

Locally, from the perspective of engineering resources, a somewhat dichotomous situation exists. The scenario would be quite impossible to have envisaged let alone planned. Following what appears to be a world-wide trend, infrastructure in SA has been neglected, used and not maintained to the point where much of it must be in need of full replacement. A lot of the manufacturing industry is talking of reaching a point where SA appears to be de-industrialising, Eskom’s six packs under construction get later each month, and there is a "shortage” of skilled and experienced engineering resources. The use of the word shortage needs to be qualified as there are many retired or retrenched resources that are fully able to deliver but are overlooked for social or customary reasons of age. Adequate training up of new resources is dismal. The well used metric of Engineers per million head of population must make some sense as we are in the lowest league here and I guess it is both confirmed and its impact evident in the abysmal lack of technical resources in government, provincial and municipal structures. If one is envisaging a turnaround in infrastructure status, then where are the resources to achieve this going to come from? Who is going to be acting in the role of the Owner’s Team for major infrastructure projects?


PPS recently published a finding that some 600 professionals were leaving SA a month, many of these engineering resources essential to build our own environment. Included in these are mining and project management skills that are leaving our commodities industry to boost those in Australia, Canada and South America in particular. With an estimated R2,5 trillion of mining wealth buried in our SA earth awaiting recovery and even beneficiation, this loss is almost self inflicted damage. If government does not sort out the noise on the nationalization issue, more losses will occur through the realization that it will seriously deplete the mining industry and expand unemployment.

We are producing many graduate Engineers, Technologists and Technicians that are unable to usefully progress into positions where they are trained and mentored to become competent and productive resources. Unless the recent strategic advisory and action committees being developed by ECSA together with the Voluntary Engineering Associations are able to progress rapidly to a point of active execution, the situation will simply deteriorate further. This requires the essential and proper use of the skills development levies paid to the national skills fund that have accumulated and not been used through sheer bureaucratic lack of vision and mismanagement. Herein lies the opportunity for many retired or semi-retired engineering resources to participate on a paid basis as mentors in properly managed, competency-based outcomes training and development programmes.

Engineering resources remuneration levels are rising. Supply and demand is driving this as particular positions become seriously underprovided with candidate options. How should a business that requires the right people in the right place at the right time go about recruiting resources? When supply is erratic or constrained, then focus on the constraint and subordinate other activities to it. Find the buffers to protect the constraint from starvation or blockage. A supply buffer will be the provider who has access to the best database and network of resources and who can filter out the signal from the noise of the conventional practice of multiple inappropriate CVs from multiple providers all drawing from the same pool. Change HR’s customary structures. Engineering business should look hard at their people procurement practices.


          

Why engineering must always survive   

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One does not have to be a rocket scientist to gather that the world is in trouble of a type not experienced by any previous generation, but I guess that goes for most types of threats that have engulfed society since the dawn of civilization. It is unlikely that we can go back into history to look for solutions other than to believe that certain fundamentals must prevail. One of them must essentially be an application of the laws of preservation of energy where we cannot take out more than we put into a closed system. Pretty basic stuff when associated with thermodynamics and physics lessons, but seemingly quite another matter when it comes to the behavior of society.

The perverse antics of the investment banking community and those that believed in the ever growing value of assets that had no energy (value) actually added to them and the printing of dollars to bail out the losers, has left in its wake what must be no more than a painful correction to comply with the laws of energy. The dangers now posed by the dollar and the USA's debt pile are horrific. When the USA sneezes, then the rest of the world gets a bad cold. We can call this the macro threat to SA because international trade will be affected. Then we go to our local scene and try to evaluate if we can handle this pending debt tsunami only to find we have been playing some bad rule breaking games of our own. Our (new) political dispensation learnt little from the old regime and in fact seemed to find quite a bit attractive about it even if assigned different labels.

World-wide, nations have failed to invest in the appropriate level of infrastructure to keep up with the burgeoning population. It has used up service facilities, minimized maintenance, splurged on quick returns, ignored sustainability, deceived and lied to voters who seem to take a while to realise it. Locally, SA has probably come first in class for messing up education from the ground up (let's play OBE and close the teachers training colleges as well), disposed of its well developed intellectual capital (the best mining skills and artisan training in the world), replaced its ability to manage the infrastructure by providing comfortable salaried positions for its buddies (failed municipal service delivery), reducing food production (handing agricultural assets to those untrained to manage them) amongst others.

Who contributes to the adding of energy as distinct from taking it out? Politicians? Lawyers? Accountants? Social Scientists? Medics? Bureaucrats? Do these add energy or simply move it around and consume it?

If Engineers feel aggrieved at being unemployed then we can affix blame on the way society values creators. How many industries actually take training of engineering resources seriously, and how many managements and HR departments find more value in preserving the company from the liabilities of Engineers over 55 or 60 than in using them to be productive and mentor the younger Engineers? No, rather go out and find those that are employed by others. Steal from Peter to pay Paul. It's easier than training our own, because our neighbour steals them from us anyway. It is a zero sum game and when the tipping point comes, it is too late. There is then little or no critical level energy being added for the other professions to pilfer. To this is add the incompetence of the politicians who are playing expediency games. Currently, with the combination of economic policy, labour policy, employment equity policy, education policy, skills development policy, SA is reaching the point of de-industrialisation and has slipped to a dismal low ranking in the world's mining stakes.

China's faith in its ability to mould markets may derive from the fact that its leaders are mostly Engineers, trained to build from a plan. Eight of nine top party officials come from engineering backgrounds, and the practicality of their profession may help explain why they didn't buy into risky (and Western) financial innovation. These ruling Engineers preside over a system that is highly process oriented and obsesses with performance metrics. In all this mess, what profession can best survive internationally? If someone can identify one other than engineering, then please do.


          

The Patel Puzzle (Jan 2011)   

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"Government is targeting the training of at least 30,000 additional engineers by 2014” was announced by Economic Development Minister Patel last month. One has to "interpret” the meaning of this as it conveys many possible options. It also pre-supposes that required national projects will be activated (R800 billion in infrastructure in 3 years?) as the current project load is dismal.

  1. The Minister wants 30,000 more graduates on the market in 3 years time.

Since engineering is at least a 4 year course, then somehow he is "arranging” to have 30,000 more 2nd year students enter the tertiary system in 2011, or find 30,000 additional pass-capable students in the current streams. Since graduates are not useful Engineers until they have completed the 3 year EIT period, does he mean Engineers or graduates? Pass to next option.

  1. The Minister wants 30,000 new entrants to the first year of the engineering course.

He should drop in on Blade Nzimande and place an order for 30,000 extra maths and science higher level school leavers without delay. Then check the capacity of the secondary school teachers and tertiary institutions to accommodate this. If impossible, pass to next option.

  1. The Minister wants 30,000 employable Engineers to enter the labour market.

The Minister together with the cabinet and ANC policy makers must scrap affirmative action, employers wake up to the fact that 60 plus year olds are as good as Engineers as you can get (which would also mean scrapping the useless HR departments staffed with 20 plus year old non-technical somethings) and putting the retrenched and early retired Engineers back into the system to both run jobs and mentor the new graduates in structured EIT programmes to achieve the training. Possible, but improbable. Pass to next option.

  1. The Minister recognises that most of the 30,000 should be employed by government, parastatal and provincial sectors to enable these bodies to be able to deliver projects to the citizens of SA. Capacity at state "owner's team” level is so low that it is virtually dysfunctional. Ask SAICE, CESA and SAFCEC.

But this means cadres have to be removed, and if any of these are good at anything at all, they should be employed as road repair gangs, and using the chain-gang system would be appropriate as they are guilty of wasting taxpayers' money, doing nothing for service delivery, and failing to execute the required operations and maintenance of the country's assets while occupying cushy salaried positions that only qualified engineering resources should have had. However, this is clearly not seen as necessary by ANC politicians (until service delivery protests, riots and citizen management reach nationwide crisis levels). Pass onto next option.

  1. The Minister is not certain where the training should happen but believes there is a need.

That at least would be a realistic option. One would think that he has observed that the supply of Engineers takes place along a long-term and well established supply chain. It starts at the age of about 6 when the prospective Engineer has the inclination, interest and role models to guide him or her into it as a career move. It is probably in the genes of those that adopt the profession successfully. Making up numbers with feedstock that has no inherent, natural inclination and desire to be an Engineer just wastes the supply chains' resources.

  1. The Minister's intentions are well meant and he intends to consult with the engineering profession in order to address the real issues.

The Minister may wish to identify the real shortages and remove the pointless political policies (BBBEE for one in its present form) where points for skills development count less than having a figurehead black director on the company letterhead. The NSF's unspent money can be directed via programmes managed by the Voluntary Engineering Associations to up-skill new engineering graduates, technologists and technicians. The need is agreed, but the action is lacking. At least the Minister has realised one thing: skills are in a major crisis, largely created by his own party's idealism and inability to educate or train for the required, competent national capacity. Industry must also wake up and get training instead of expecting the perfect resources to be eternally waiting for their call. Can the profession please be consulted on how to get this training done as it needs to be developed right through the supply chain?


          

Skills. Lost, missing in action (Nov/Dec 2010)   

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So we now have a new pack of Ministers and Deputy Ministers and various other government appointments. At least that may signify an awareness that the performance and delivery have not been acceptable by those that have been removed en masse, but it alternatively may be another bout of jobs for the party favourites. It is a mystery how the selection process works. Is experience in the work area of the ministry one of the metrics for selection? Normally in the process of appointing new resources one would take account of qualifications, experience and a degree of environmental and psychometric fit to the position. Would it be too much to request the President to publish the CVs of the new appointments as well as the performance criteria that will be applied? The last two Ministers of Water Affairs extolled their assurance that all was under control in the water world in SA. Either the public are victims of intentional anti-government sentiment by the media and other exposure platforms about the condition of our water resources, or the Ministers were seriously out of touch with reality. The reader is left to decide on this. I trust the current Minister of Energy is still confident that 10,000GWh per annum of installed renewable energy capacity is achievable by 2013.

In SA right now a most serious problem is a steady decline in the skills across the board and it is not fixed by suddenly declaring OBE to have been a dismal failure. That is certainly a major factor but added to this root cause of the deterioration of maths and science standards at primary and secondary level is the continued loss of useful skills across the full spectrum. In this mix are the skills to set policy and implement strategy (ministers included). A further recent discovery is the parlous state of SA's intellectual property laws. We used to be at the forefront of the modern requirements for addressing and modifying these laws with rapidly changing technology. An observation recently compared the deterioration here with that of our secondary roads. Neglect of maintenance until potholes develop and the journey then becomes unpleasant and in fact dangerous. The reason? Not difficult to find. All the skills and expertise that existed and should be utilized to keep ahead of the game were replaced with politically correct appointments. Replicate this across so many activities and it explains the slide to mediocrity and lack of effective action in so many areas.

Recently someone asked me, why do we want to train up lots of engineering resources into the economy? After all, if supply and demand are to drive the dynamic, then if we as engineering resources want to earn more - our "better life for us” so to speak - then let's keep the numbers down. Why create our own oversupply? My own answer to that is when the industry's growth and the infrastructure's support needs are threatened then I guess we all fall down together. There is a balance and if we do not develop our own resources we will finish up having to import them at astronomical cost. Study the demands of foreign skills in Rand terms especially those that have optimized the benefits of being internationally mobile. You may want to find out what the expats working on many of Eskom's projects are costing SA. Watch and learn, they say. And out there as I mentioned in my last note, we have many early retired SA Engineers, Technologists and Technicians who would be quite capable of using their past experience on power projects and who are being overlooked. The mind boggles.

In our dilemma of creating jobs in the economy without the right human capital, financial capital, while necessary, is not sufficient. Our political manipulation of the skills base leaves us with structural reasons for the increasing consumption over production. Consumption grew at double the rate of production between 1994 and 2008. It now takes 36% fewer workers to produce the same level of output we had in 1960. More automation following world trends, ably assisted here by SA's inflexible labour laws, BEE, poor training and little mentorship. Unskilled unemployment must inevitably go on rising and I believe it will be greater in 2014 than half the present numbers as forecast by government.

It's an intellectual world, the world of the Engineer. There is certainly room for many more of us and we may be the essential catalyst to help reduce this horrific unemployment.


          

The Energy Conundrum (Sep 2010)   

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 Electrical energy is the lifeblood of any country's economy and living standard, and the degree of development must inevitably be linked in direct proportion to its supply and consumption. With the pressure now growing to minimize the green gas effects of fossil based power generation, the move to renewables is gathering momentum. Added to this is the on-going dispute over nuclear power generation that is the only other form of large base-load technology with the exception of hydro power that is itself limited by the availability of sufficient water capacity.

While the battle between the reductions in fossil based power and nuclear continues with the usual largely misinformed input by the anti-nuclear protagonists, renewable energy is receiving a lot of attention in the forms of wind, solar, photovoltaic, biogas, wave and hydrogen. In SA, overlaying the issue is the impact of the large increases in the cost of traditional fossil based power created by the lack of vision and unbelievable naïveté displayed by the government in the years following the era in which we had surplus capacity in our fossil stations. Completely beyond comprehension was the belief by government that the independent power producers would suddenly emerge and be prepared to provide power at below cost, and certainly at tariffs that at the time meant a negative return on investment.

When the reality of the situation finally hit home through the load shedding debacle, we were then faced with the challenge of returning to the large "six pack” stations that were the norm for Eskom and which now had to be resurrected hurriedly, the costs of which now meant massive annual tariff hikes that will be substantial for the next five years.

The option of additional nuclear plants such as Koeberg seemed to feature in a sort of Nero-fiddling playback, and then we decided we had to dump the PBMR after spending enormous development costs and creating what must be substantial intellectual property that will, in the true form of these things, never re-emerge other than with competitors who will attract our brainpower.

The next amazing feature of this now manic-level response to the power challenge appears to be another illusion of adequacy in assuming we know how to plan ahead with renewables. One such illusion is the "plan” to have 10,000 GWh per annum of renewable capacity installed and available by 2013. This statement is reported in Engineering News on 23 August 2010. "Energy Minister Dipuo Peters was confident that South Africa would reach the target of producing 10 000 GWh of renewable energy by 2013, as set out in the renewable energy white paper of 2003. The target was said to represent about 4% of South Africa's total generation capacity”.

Given the 28 months left until the start of 2013 by which time the capacity must be installed, commissioned and connected to the grid which would have to be upgraded to accept intermittent input from diverse locations, then being very optimistic and providing 16 months to set strategy, identify parties, get licenses, do the EIAs, design, procure and deliver to a prepared site, then we would have 12 months to erect 1425 x 2MW turbines based on a load factor of 20% to compensate for the varied wind blanket. This factor is the maximum the Americans and Europeans have found possible from wind power. On this basis then we would need to install and commission 1,6 x 2MW turbines every day of the year including weekends and public holidays.

Whilst I believe in ambitious targets, this just makes one wonder who is advising the Minister and just how easily it is to influence non-technical people with illusory numbers. It took the Danes, the most advanced wind power nation in the world, over 30 years to install less than 7000 GWh in their well wind provided environment and with a grid that had been developed to accept the vagaries of renewable supply.

One does wonder who is planning South Africa's future infrastructure and how many engineering knowledge sources are being consulted or charged with developing such plans. Not once have the powers-that-be approached the SAIMechE to provide input to any engineering based plans.

The uninformed, as Lang said, seem to adopt statistics like a drunk man uses a lamp post, mainly for support rather than illumination.


          

Our World after the World Cup (Aug 2010)   

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My greatest hope is that the evident, positive and extraordinary atmosphere, energy charge and positive outlook that have emerged as a result of the way we staged the World Cup will serve to enable us to believe in ourselves and our abilities to reach the best standards for SA. Every citizen, and in our case, every engineering resource, has the opportunity and an obligation do something to get a new show on the road. We simply must not fall into a state of post-party hangover or depression, or back to business as usual.

I am personally tired of observing and commenting on so much of our past failures in this leader column. How many of them are actually easily enabled to be turned around and developed for the benefit of SA citizens? If we can project manage the WC with all its first-time challenges, why can't we get the relatively straight forward function of municipal service delivery right? The root cause is clear. Get rid of lousy, incompetent, unqualified, corrupt management; fire the officials who seem incapable of delivering, and are misusing funds. No more paid suspension and jobs for pals. But let's do it. Time to get private power producers going. Time to get the Acts amended that mess our potential to exploit our minerals. Time to get effective engineering training going. Get measures agreed to radically reduce the massive unemployment level. We will go bankrupt at the rate we pay more receivers of social benefits than have jobs. Reducing unemployment is our biggest challenge. Here is a thought, though. It comes from a recent SAIEE Presidential address.

"If one is looking for modern examples of the good old fashioned engineering approach to economic development, one needs to look to the East. When President Hu of China appointed his first cabinet in 2002, every one of them was an Engineer. Perhaps this in part explains China's ongoing extraordinary economic growth and industrialization”.

So, Members, how shall we go for the world cup in transforming a system that has been taking us for a ride for too long? A very positive development has just been announced and which exemplifies the ability of a lot of adversarial parties to get together and formulate a new deal all with a common goal. This is the recent mining commitment plan which followed the Citibank International report that SA sits on the most valuable mineral wealth in the world by far, streaks ahead of Russia and Australia in second and third places. We have R18 Trillion in an un-mined prize waiting for initiative, co-operation, funding, innovation, supporting infrastructure, skills development, employment and all the other benefits of a good, long term plan. Even Malema should be excited. It noticeably seems however to have eluded the government's own planning commission, but we all know how evident that has been.

Power and energy. Big plans now in hand for private power generation, and additionally an exciting development in advanced waste coal carbon combustion technology with almost no carbon footprint. Unless co-generation gets going, then any major mining and industrial initiatives will not have the power due to Eskom's limitations.

Can we catalyse the World Cup energy into ongoing action? It is up to everyone to make it happen. Tourism just has to escalate, which means major options for the service industry. I heard countless comments from foreign visitors at Cape Town's V& A waterfront at the semi-final on a beautiful evening that it must be the best all-round place for a World Cup.

The new SAIMechE website has the functions to enable interaction and debate. Can this connectivity and our a new feeling of optimism improve our collective advance into getting Engineers into the main arena? Sceptics, step aside. Let the game begin.


          

Infrastructural Entropy (Jun 2010)   

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I guess it would be futile to try and educate politicians about the concept of entropy because it is a scientific and engineering term that would immediately send them off on their next overseas trip to rather pursue some pointless and costly party interest. How else does one get the message across to them that unless they put some energy into the closed system called the county's infrastructure consisting of engineered assets, constructed facilities and orderly management, then the system will continue to lose any contained energy until it reaches equilibrium with nature's random "chaos”?

A disturbing recent commentary from the civil engineering profession contains a number of serious issues that illustrate the growing loss of skills and institutional energy from the infrastructure. Consider some of these:

SAFCEC (The SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors) says a large number of contract awards are being postponed by all tiers of government, while technical expertise is also lacking at government level to make the necessary decisions on project scopes and the awarding of tenders.

It is not that government does not have the money – it is that they are not spending it.

Overall, the tender adjudication postponement rate for the government sector on the whole, across all tiers, increased from 10% in the fourth quarter of 2008 to 23,2% in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Where it should take around three months to award a tender, it can now take up to a frustrating six months, which means skills and capacity in the industry lie dormant.

This is not about government not having the money – it is about not having the capacity to make decisions.

A recent report on municipalities says the combination of poor payment and higher levels of postponement suggest either a funding or management issue, both implying capacity constraints. Evidence of this is the latest municipal financial report, ending December 2009, which shows a debtor analysis in excess of 70% at 90 days or more, across all municipal departments.

One infrastructure agency had access to R27-billion in credit, but used only R300-million.

Institutional decay is fast becoming a massive drag on delivery.

SAFCEC adds that there is too much political involvement in decisions that should be driven by business principles, especially at local municipalities and parastatals. Corruption in the awarding of tenders is also a cause of concern. In fact it is rampant.

We know that the civil engineering profession tends to be a leading indicator of the project spend pattern. How will this impact on the mechanical and electrical professions? When local skills capacity lies dormant it will seek work outside the country, and coupled with the general skills shortage across most sectors, even in the unlikely event that the politicians do understand the second law of thermodynamics, then they will find that the source of providing the required energy has left home. The Local Government SETA's own scare skills list shows "absolute scarcity” ranking in all disciplines of engineering. Yet when one develops a programme to assist in the relief of this skills need, bureaucracy, politics, finger trouble and plain stupidity reign supreme.

I would to know if the Planning Commission which has taken so long to get its own planning act together, if at all is actually aware of the impact of a declining infrastructure and what they plan to recommend. The evidence now becoming common knowledge is the number of municipalities where the residents are forming their own bodies to run the local authorities' affairs, and it now indicates the response to the growing service delivery protests as political spin achieves no solution. As institutional memory and capacity decline, the citizens will take over to maintain any sense of stability and control. This is a vital trend raised in the Dinokeng scenarios. The ANC may just realise in due course that this is not good for voter support, and entropy cannot be reversed by denial and inactivity.

In the end, engineering skills will be the essential midwife to help with the birth of a new dispensation for the reversal of the energy loss. It is really that which creates the built environment.


          

Game & Fish commissioners work to address generational changes, infrastructure challenges   

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The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission is an independent state agency that oversees the protection, conservation and preservation of various species of fish and wildlife in Arkansas. The agency generates...

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Principal 2e Et 1re Classe 2015 Examens Specialites I Batiments Genie Civil Reseaux Voirie Et Infrastructures Amenagement Urbain Et Developpement   

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Principal 2e Et 1re Classe 2015 Examens Specialites I Batiments Genie Civil Reseaux Voirie Et Infrastructures Amenagement Urbain Et Developpement

          

Maintenance Technician – Pensacola, FL   

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FL-Pensacola, About us Ferrovial Services North America is a leading company providing Oil & Gas and Infrastructure solutions across the United States and Canada. Its portfolio includes 35 outstanding contracts, such as Port Miami Tunnel and maintenance of the Chevron refineries in California. With more than 1,500 employees and a presence in 14 states, Ferrovial Services North America, generates true value and

          

Pure Storage Receives the Highest Scores in Gartner’s 2019 Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays’ Use Case –  Virtual Desktop Infrastructure   

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The world of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has changed dramatically over the past decade. Early VDI deployments were costly and typically had a difficult time providing consistent performance experience for end-users. Luckily throughout this time, there have been tremendous improvements made to hypervisors, networking, load balancers, security, and most notably storage providers. In 2012, Pure […]

The post Pure Storage Receives the Highest Scores in Gartner’s 2019 Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays’ Use Case –  Virtual Desktop Infrastructure appeared first on Pure Storage Blog.


          

A Molecular Logic of Sensory Coding Revealed by Optical Tagging of Physiologically-Defined Neuronal Types   

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Neural circuit analysis relies on having molecular markers for specific cell types. However, for a cell type identified only by its circuit function, the process of identifying markers remains a laborious task. Here, we report an approach called photoactivated intersectional physiology sequencing (PIPseq), a technique for tagging cells based on their functional properties and then harvesting them for RNA sequencing. To achieve this, we exploited two coexpressed fluorescent proteins, GCaMP and photoactivatable mCherry (PAmCherry): GCaMP permitted recording neuronal activity by large-scale calcium imaging, and PAmCherry enabled labeling selected neurons by two-photon photoactivation (PA). We also developed infrastructure for accurate and sensitive real-time physiological subtyping, quantitative expression profiling, and efficient methods for post-hoc validation. We leveraged PIPseq to the challenge of mapping receptor-ligand pairings among vomeronasal sensory neurons (VSNs). Among 20 functional cell types revealed by exhaustive light sheet calcium imaging, PIPseq was capable of selecting even rare functional types (∼0.2%) and enriching them by nearly one hundred-fold. It also demonstrated that, just like rare functional types, prevalent types were composed of a single receptor types. Together with in-vivo ectopic expression of vomeronasal receptors, PIPseq identified the complete combinatorial molecular code for a specific set of ligands, and revealed that the primary sequence of a vomeronasal receptor was an unexpectedly strong predictor of functional similarity. As a preliminary further application of PIPseq, we considered the mechanism of sexually-dimorphic neuronal responses in the vomeronasal sensory population. From light sheet calcium imaging, a particular functional cell type was observed only in male mice, but not in female mice. This cell type was strongly responsive to female specific ligands. PIPseq enabled the identification of a vomeronasal receptor gene expressed in this cell type. Interestingly, the expression level of the vomeronasal receptor gene was indifferent between male and female, indicating that the functional dimorphism depends on factors other than total gene expression. To summarize, PIPseq is an efficient and exhaustive approach to discovering the expression profile of cells responsible for particular circuit functions. Using this approach, we shed light on molecular logic of vomeronasal chemosensation and sexually-dimorphic sensory responses.


          

In Praise of the Peaks: Science, Art, and Nature in Kojima Usui’s Mountain Literature   

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During the Meiji period (1868–1912), a newly constituted Japanese nation sought equal standing among the global powers it encountered with increasing frequency, by updating and modernizing in various fields of knowledge and cultural production. Science and technology were adopted and adapted from the nations of the West in order to bolster the economy, improve infrastructure, and ensure the health and well-being of the Japanese people. Meanwhile, literature and the arts were refashioned to make them more suitable for dealing with modernization, urbanization, empirical and rational thinking, and a regard for individual autonomy and subjectivity. Meiji Japan witnessed numerous innovations, which not only altered the daily lives of Japanese people, but fundamentally transformed the way Japanese saw and experienced their world. In this dissertation, I analyze the critical and travel writing of mountain climber and writer Kojima Usui 小島烏水 (1874–1948). I position Usui’s efforts to refashion the genre of travel writing (kikōbun 紀行文), and establish a Japanese genre of mountain writing (sangaku bungaku 山岳文学), within the larger movement to modernize literature during the Meiji period. Usui’s unique approach to the subject of literary genre, and the literary establishment’s reaction to his writing, provide a fresh perspective on the values and hierarchies that informed the Meiji literary world. In his writings, Usui also engaged extensively with notions of scientific knowledge and the visual depiction of nature in painting. His incorporation of these concerns into his literature and criticism—especially the ramifications of the subjectivity/objectivity binary—makes an analysis of Usui’s writing relevant to broader questions regarding the role that science and art played in the consolidation of individual subjectivity and the objectification of nature and landscape. Kojima Usui epitomizes the Meiji project of modernization, through his efforts to update outmoded literary genres and fundamentally rethink the way Japanese interact with their natural environment. His work simultaneously reflects the nativist pushback against wholesale Westernization by calling on his fellow citizens to better appreciate and understand the mountains at the very heart of the Japanese landscape and the nation’s identity.


          

Mike Driscoll: PyDev of the Week: Joannah Nanjekye   

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This week we welcome Joannah Nanjekye (@Captain_Joannah) as our PyDev of the Week! Joannah is a core developer of the Python programming language. She is also the author of Python 2 and 3 Compatibility. You can find out more about Joannah on here website. Let’s take a few moments to get to know her better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I am Joannah Nanjekye, I live in Canada, Fredericton but I am originally from Uganda in East Africa. I am a CS grad and doing research related to Python in one of the Python IBM labs at UNB. I went to University in Uganda and Kenya where I studied Software Engineering at Makerere University and Aeronautical Engineering at Kenya Aeronautical College respectively. I am also the Author of Python 2 and 3 compatibility, a book published by Apress. I do not have any serious hobbies but I love flying aircraft. Very expensive hobby heh!!

Why did you start using Python?

I started to use Python because I had to in my first programming class in 2009. Like any CS class Python is simple but some professor decided to make the class so hard. After failing a few assignments in the course, I managed to read my first programming book cover to cover which was a Python book– how to think like a computer scientist and managed to pass my final exams. Nevertheless, my real significant use of Python was in 2012 where I worked on a Django project. I continue to use Python because of its simplicity that allows me to focus on solving the problem at hand.

What other programming languages do you know and which is your favorite?

I have good command and proficiency in Golang, Ruby and C. I would say my favourite would be C because I write more C code in general.

What projects are you working on now?

I full time work on a project related to Python the language itself and may be one of its alternate implementations that I can not go into detail because of some NDA restrictions. I am currently working on aspects related to garbage collection. I also give my time to Cpython and other open source projects.

Which Python libraries are your favorite (core or 3rd party)?

I think currently am very interested and curious in how subinterpreters in Cpython will evolve and solve some current shortcomings we have in the language.

What portion of code do you take care of in Python as a core developer?

I would not say take care of because am not assigned to these areas as an expert. I plan to look more at subinterpreters and garbage collection as far as Cpython is concerned. During the recent core developer sprints, I was able to get some good mileage on the high level subinterpreters module implementation which is PEP 554 with Eric Snow’s guidance. In the same sprint, I talked to Pablo Salgado about GC and what areas of improvement we can look at. I just pray for bandwidth and good health to be able to help.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring core developers?

Cpython needs help from everyone individuals and companies otherwise, we will be building on top of a crumbling infrastructure. The process of becoming a core developer is a very transparent one for Cpython. For anyone interested, join the discussion on different aspects of the project of your interest
and contribute in any way. There are many areas where your skills can benefit Python.

Thanks for doing the interview, Joannah!

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Questions About You Must Know the Answers To   

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Guidelines for Choosing a Professional Recruiter

Have you started a transportation and infrastructure company, and you are looking for competent workers? Well, why not seek assistance from a professional recruiter? Assigning the recruitment task to these specialists will increase your likelihood of getting qualified workers. Many recruitment firms have come up. It is needless to say that not all firms are the same. Some firms deliver quality services, while others do not. Your recruiter will play an imperative role in influencing your company’s productivity. You must, therefore, be very particular about the recruitment adviser you hire. This write-up will share helpful insights that will go a long way in enabling you to select a professional recruiter that will add value to your company.

Many things go into choosing candidates. Just because a job seeker has an impressive resume doesn’t necessarily mean that they are qualified for a job. Aside from job seekers’ qualifications, there are other important things that must be factored in. Some of them include their criminal records and personal attributes, like their communication and problem-solving skills. Find out the recruitment process your prospective recruiter implements. Do they choose candidates based solely on what is contained on their resumes, or do they perform intensive screening processes? Professional recruiters are those that screen candidates.

You stand to lose a lot of money if the vacant positions aren’t filled on time. Ask about the duration that a recruiter takes to complete their search successfully. On average, professional recruiters should not take more than three months. Don’t assign the recruitment task to any firm, which can’t guarantee to get the job done within this time-frame. You wouldn’t also want your recruiter to do the job shoddily. So, be wary of those who make unrealistic promises. For instance, avoid those who claim to have what it takes to complete the search within a week or less.

Some recruiters are only after money and careless about satisfying their clients’ expectations. These types of recruiters often work for many companies concurrently. Ethical recruiters that are after delivering quality services and meeting their customers’ needs should limit their searches so that they can accord proper attention to each search. A recruitment company shouldn’t, for instance, deal with more than ten searches concurrently, not unless they have a large pool of labor.

High employee turnover rates will hurt your business by reducing your profit margin and overall output. A good recruitment agency should not only help you to find qualified candidates. In addition to doing this, they should also see to it that the employees stick around. Choose a recruiter that has a track record of helping companies to hire workers that stick to the job for not less than two years. Also, select a recruitment firm that puts relevant strategies into place to ensure that their chosen candidates don’t resign a few days after placement. For example, choose recruiters who hire candidates on a probation basis. This gives the candidates a chance to evaluate their …


          

World Tsunami Awareness Day 2 by Appsinvo   

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Appsinvo posted a photo:

World Tsunami Awareness Day 2 by Appsinvo

World Tsunami Awareness Day will promote awareness on reducing disaster damage to critical infrastructure and the disruption of basic services. Raising awareness in Investing in resilient infrastructure, early warning systems, and education is critical to saving people and protecting their assets against tsunami risk in the future.
#Worldtsunamiday #worldtsunamiawarenessday #tsunamiawarenessday #tsunamiday #tsunami #Buildtolast #disasterriskreduction #05nov #2k19 #appsinvo


          

Regional Human Resources Business Partner   

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ME-Portland, Overview / Responsibilities Wood Environment & Infrastructure Americas is seeking a Regional Human Resources Business Partner to serve as a strategic partner working closely with Regional Operations Manager and Office Managers providing Human Resources advice. This position will cover an employee population of approximately 500 employees in the Northeast US, including 6 main office locations and o

          

Kaseya Makes Senior Appointment to Support Rapid EMEA Growth   

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New appointment of Ronan Kirby focuses on further expanding the business across the region and capitalising on recent momentum while driving customer success for existing partners London, UK – Nov. 6, 2019 — /BackupReview.info/ — Kaseya®, the leading provider of complete IT infrastructure management solutions for both external service providers (MSPs) and internal service providers [...] Related posts:
  1. Kaseya Raises More Than $500 Million to Fuel Growth and Further its Leadership in IT Management Market
  2. Kaseya Wraps Dominant 2018 with Record Growth, Major Acquisitions and Continued Product Innovation
  3. Datto Celebrates Outstanding EMEA Growth During DattoCon EMEA Partner Conference
  4. Druva Appoints New Managed Service Provider Partners To Support EMEA Market Growth
  5. Kaseya Surges in First Half of 2018 with Strong Growth and MSP Adoption

          

The Busby Babes   

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This is the story about how Busby revolutionised a football club and arguably provided a template for Manchester United to grow into the most recognisable sports club in the world.


Post war Britain was a bleak landscape. Devastated by war, the country was in the process of rebuilding its infrastructure and institutions. One symbol of this period was the youthful and energetic Manchester United team being meticulously rebuilt by Matt Busby. Such was the freshness and optimism around this team, they became know as 'The Busby Babes'. However, their progress was dealt a tragic blow during the Munich Air Disaster on February 6th, 1958. The Busby Babes will forever be remembered for their outstanding footballing abilities and, sadly, the tragedy that halted the progress of one of the greatest teams in the post war period.



          

Senior Electrical Engineer | Wood   

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San Antonio, Texas, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions’ is seeking a Senior Level Electrical Engineer candidate with design and analysis experience in facility and site infrastructure electrical and control sys

          

Project Scheduler | Wood   

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Seattle, Washington, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is currently seeking a Senior Project Scheduler   to join our team in Washington.   Key Responsibilities :  Development of detailed baseline cost -

          

UPMin wants P12.1B additional budget for infra   

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DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Nov) – The University of the Philippines-Mindanao hopes to get an additional budget of P12.1 billion to be spread across five years starting next year to fund more infrastructure projects within its expansive 204-hectare campus in Tugbok District here. Dr. Larry N. Digal, university chancellor, said during the Wednesdays at […]

          

A.M. Best: Insurance Has an Imperative to Address AI and the “Art of the Possible”   

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A.M. Best recently hosted a webinar on the Insurance AI Imperative, featuring expert speakers and sponsored by Cognizant. Host Jon Weber of A.M. Best framed the discussion as an opportunity for some insurers to get ahead of the pack, while others could fall behind. The panelists were Jennifer Herz and Mike Clifton of Cognizant, a multinational IT company. Mike Clifton kicked things off in response to a question from Weber regarding whether AI is more “sizzle than steak” by explaining that AI is a vast area of technology. “Being an early adopter fits depending on your business profile and business acumen,” he said. “If you look at the spectrum of AI, there’s people who think of AI as purely just the ability for a machine to make a decision.” However, according to Clifton, the excitement in the industry is coming from the maturity of the technology - machine models and deep learning. Ultimately, he said, modern insurers must “digitally pivot and AI should be part of that strategy.” For the timeline of a fully mature AI timeline, Clifton again emphasized that it depends on the company’s business model and efficiency. Herz added that, “it’s a moving target, what we think is fully mature today, likely 24 months from now is going to feel completely different,” but that deriving the most benefit from AI initiatives through a carrier's business priorities is the key. Weber then shifted the discussion to the “disruptions” that AI is due to create, other than competition from insurtechs and start-ups, which has been much reported on throughout the industry. For Clifton, it all comes down to the insurtechs providing focus. “They give us the ability to laser in on a particular set of problems, like claims or catastrophe management,” he said. “That helps because it makes the value of that interaction well-known. The disruption elements are still occurring from an insurance industry perspective in that you’re seeing a lot of the easier risk appetites of the products being looked at as very targeted spaces to automate and use AI.” Clifton cited warranty coverage and rental coverage as examples. With respect to AI trends within the insurance industry at large, Herz said that incorporating different technology skill sets (especially among millennial workers) is something she hears frequently from the companies she works with as talent leaves the industry and new talent enters. Further, she noted that there is an emphasis on “shoring up the data infrastructure of companies” so that they can integrate data analysis, third party data and, thus, AI technology. These efforts marry with the “evolution of the customer experience” so that as technological innovation continuously accelerates, so do the needs of the customer. This is what Cognizant refers to as the “art of the possible” in adding with AI to the entire value stream of insurance.           Making the case that a “wait and see” approach is insufficient, Herz said that it’s all about where you want to drive growth. “Most companies can’t invest everywhere and have to pick where are the places they can get the most value. It’s a matter of how do you test and learn quickly and then how do you scale so that you can continue to drive benefit as you move through the [AI] maturity curve,” she explained. At the conclusion of the webinar, Weber invited the panelists to voice their essential takeaways from the presentation. For Clifton, it was all about the core of machine learning and models in actuarial science transferring to the frontlines. “AI will be foundational to how we implement insurance in the future, especially property and casualty,” he said. Herz added to the point, saying that she wanted registrants to remember that “understanding where you are and what your business strategy is and how the AI ecosystem can enable that strategy” will help provide focus.   This A.M. Best webinar is available on demand here.   Image Credit: A.M. Best via Twitter  

          

Sr. Data Engineer | Parks, Experiences and Products   

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Glendale, California, Basic Qualifications: Experience working with cloud as infrastructure (Google/AWS/Azure) or other cloud platform based on IaaS and PaaS Solutions 2+ years working with and demonstrating a solid

          

2019-78387 - IT Support Manager   

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主要职能类别/行业 : 支持/信息系统&工艺
合同类型 : 无固定期限合同
职位描述 :
To deliver and manage the provision of IT Support (Help Desk & Proximity services) in conjunction with the IT workplace management center of services located in France. The area covers USA sites. The IT Support Manager: • Is responsible for the quality service level, in accordance with the expectations of the users and business. • Manages the IT Support staff, team workload allocation, organization & follow-up on the service activities and skills management. • Manages the run operations (Requests & Incidents; L1/L2/L3) and means of production • Contributes to the projects evaluation, and assigns the right resources to support the users • Ensures the frame of projects “transfer to operate” phases are done correctly • Manages the communication with IT Infrastructure Manager / Business Unit IT Managers / Support team/ Vendor and business in case of major event that impacts the service delivery • Oversee timely delivery of technical support service to clients, internal clients working for the same company or external clients. • Knowledge of the software or hardware systems • Identifies, proposes and conducts continuous improvement actions • Create Dashboards / reports on the activity to the service provided to SUSA IT Director • Provide support to the IT Director and Infrastructure Manager for budget definition and follow-up • Interacts with worldwide IT teams – EU, NA • Help desk managers may complete both technical support and supervisory duties o Technical support duties include answering telephones, communicating with clients, diagnosing hardware and software malfunctions, troubleshooting problems, replacing hardware and installing new software on clients' machines. o Supervisory duties may include determining personnel requirements, setting schedules and insuring that those under their direction have adequate resources to complete their jobs

• Relevant experience gained within a similar IT support environment • Excellent customer service and communication skills at all technical and management levels • Demonstrate evidence of managing, motivating and developing a technical support team coupled with delivering consistently high quality service and support • Strong multi-tasking and IT service skills • knowledge of ITIL • Ability to explain technical requirement, policies, standard and process to local business teams and management • Excellent problem solving skills and ability to work with all management levels • Advanced experience on windows-based software systems with a networking component Education: • Degree or associates in a computer-related field is required for help desk managers. - 3-5 years of relevant experience.
城市 : Irving
教育程度最低要求 : 大专文凭

          

Quality Assurance Lead | Wood   

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Alpharetta, Georgia, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is seeking a Quality Assurance Lead (QAL) who will be responsible for the Quality Assurance Program implementation across a Wood E&IS Business Group. The

          

Senior Technical Product Manager - Chicopee   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you.Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You"�ll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you"�re interested in, to find a job you"�ll love in less than 2 weeks.A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it"�s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams.Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences:ResponsibilitiesUncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements.Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations.Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products.Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage.Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly.Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product.Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities.Assess and address technical risks.Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems.Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc.Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance.Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation.Nice to HavesBachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study).Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams.2-5 years of relevant product-related experience.Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum.Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms.Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects.Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining.Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Senior Technical Product Manager - Plymouth   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you.Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You"�ll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you"�re interested in, to find a job you"�ll love in less than 2 weeks.A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it"�s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams.Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences:ResponsibilitiesUncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements.Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations.Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products.Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage.Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly.Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product.Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities.Assess and address technical risks.Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems.Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc.Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance.Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation.Nice to HavesBachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study).Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams.2-5 years of relevant product-related experience.Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum.Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms.Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects.Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining.Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Senior Technical Product Manager - Peabody   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you.Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You"�ll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you"�re interested in, to find a job you"�ll love in less than 2 weeks.A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it"�s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams.Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences:ResponsibilitiesUncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements.Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations.Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products.Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage.Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly.Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product.Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities.Assess and address technical risks.Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems.Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc.Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance.Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation.Nice to HavesBachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study).Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams.2-5 years of relevant product-related experience.Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum.Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms.Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects.Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining.Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Senior Technical Product Manager - Woonsocket   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you.Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You"�ll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you"�re interested in, to find a job you"�ll love in less than 2 weeks.A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it"�s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams.Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences:ResponsibilitiesUncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements.Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations.Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products.Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage.Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly.Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product.Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities.Assess and address technical risks.Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems.Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc.Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance.Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation.Nice to HavesBachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study).Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams.2-5 years of relevant product-related experience.Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum.Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms.Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects.Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining.Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Senior Technical Product Manager - Methuen   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you.Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You"�ll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you"�re interested in, to find a job you"�ll love in less than 2 weeks.A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it"�s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams.Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences:ResponsibilitiesUncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements.Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations.Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products.Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage.Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly.Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product.Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities.Assess and address technical risks.Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems.Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc.Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance.Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation.Nice to HavesBachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study).Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams.2-5 years of relevant product-related experience.Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum.Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms.Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects.Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining.Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Senior Technical Product Manager - Leominster   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you.Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You"�ll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you"�re interested in, to find a job you"�ll love in less than 2 weeks.A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it"�s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams.Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences:ResponsibilitiesUncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements.Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations.Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products.Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage.Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly.Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product.Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities.Assess and address technical risks.Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems.Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc.Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance.Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation.Nice to HavesBachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study).Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams.2-5 years of relevant product-related experience.Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum.Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms.Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects.Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining.Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Senior Technical Product Manager - Haverhill   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you.Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You"�ll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you"�re interested in, to find a job you"�ll love in less than 2 weeks.A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it"�s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams.Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences:ResponsibilitiesUncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements.Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations.Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products.Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage.Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly.Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product.Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities.Assess and address technical risks.Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems.Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc.Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance.Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation.Nice to HavesBachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study).Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams.2-5 years of relevant product-related experience.Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum.Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms.Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects.Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining.Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Riigi Infokommunikatsiooni Sihtasutus (RIKS) asub koostöös Ericssoniga rajama pilve lahendust Eesti avalikule sektorile    

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RIKS valis Ericssoni ja tema koostööpartnerid rajama ja haldama Eesti riigi hübriidpilve keskkonda. Valmiv lahendus suurendab riigi e-teenuste digitaalset järjepidevust, käideldavust ja turvalisust. Projekti juhtivpartneriks on Ericsson ja teised koostööpartnerid on EMC, Telia, OpenNode ja Cybernetica ning pilve kasutajateks on avaliku sektori organisatsioonid.   Koostöös luuakse lahendus, mis pakub riigi asutustele DevOps keskkonda. Valmiv lahendus on osa Eesti riigipilve lahendusest, mis võimaldab riigi asutustel paremini maandada IT riske, võtta kasutusele innovaatilisi pilveteenuseid ja suurendada riigi asutuste ressursi kasutamise efektiivsust. „Pilveteenuste tehnoloogiad ja eelkõige hübriidpilve lahendused arenevad väga kiiresti. Riigi Infokommunikatsooni Sihtasutusel on hea meel alustada koostööd juhtivate tehnoloogiaettevõtete konsortsiumiga, mille eesotsas on Ericsson. Usume, et tänu sõlmitud kontsessioonileping on kõik osapooled motiveeritud pakkuma Eesti kodanikele parimaid teenuseid, ühendades juhtivate pilveteenuste pakkujate kõige kaasaegsemad tehnoloogiad,“ sõnas Riigi Infokommunikatsooni Sihtasutuse juht Laur Lemendik. Projekti juhtivpartnerina paigaldab Ericsson riistvara lahendusele Intel Rack Scale Design ehitatud hüperskaala andmekeskuse (Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000) koos pilvekeskkonna (Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment), Apcera hübriidpilve ning integratsiooniteenustega. Ericssoni lahendus sisaldab ka Guardtime ajatempli tehnoloogiat Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI), mis tagab süsteemide, võrkude ja andmete tervikluse. Lisaks innovatsioonilisele tehnoloogilisele lahendusele on ka unikaalne advokaadibüroo Triniti vahendusel sõlmitud kontsessioonileping RIKSi ja koostööpartnerite vahel. „Tehnoloogiasõbralikud inimesed, proaktiivne IT sektor ja e-arengut toetav poliitika on võimaldanud Eestil areneda maailma üheks arenenumaks e-ühiskonnaks. Seetõttu on siin võimalik IT abil pakkuda elutähtsaid teenused efektiivsemalt, kuid ka õigel taristul on siinkohal oluline osa,“ sõnas Ericssoni tööstuse ja avalike teenuste üksuse juht Charlotta Sund. „See kokkulepe näitab, et Ericssoni omas valdkonnas juhtiv pilveteenuste pakett pakub turvalisust ja skaleeritavust, mis on vajalik muutuste läbiviimiseks ja e-ühiskonna teenuste potentsiaali täielikuks väljaarendamiseks.” Lisainformatsioon: Laur Lemendik, RIKSi juhataja, Laur.Lemendik@riks.ee  /24.08.2016/
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Senior Technical Product Manager   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000 companies looking for candidates just like you. Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You'll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you're interested in, to find a job you'll love in less than 2 weeks. A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it's evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams. Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences: Responsibilities Uncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements. Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations. Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products. Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage. Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly. Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product. Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities. Assess and address technical risks. Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems. Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc. Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance. Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation. Nice to Haves Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study). Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams. 2-5 years of relevant product-related experience. Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum. Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms. Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects. Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining. Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Senior Technical Product Manager   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000 companies looking for candidates just like you. Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You'll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you're interested in, to find a job you'll love in less than 2 weeks. A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it's evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams. Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences: Responsibilities Uncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements. Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations. Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products. Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage. Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly. Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product. Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities. Assess and address technical risks. Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems. Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc. Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance. Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation. Nice to Haves Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study). Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams. 2-5 years of relevant product-related experience. Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum. Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms. Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects. Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining. Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Senior Technical Product Manager   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000 companies looking for candidates just like you. Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You'll receive salary and compensation details upfront⁠ - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you're interested in, to find a job you'll love in less than 2 weeks. A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it's evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams. Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences: Responsibilities Uncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements. Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations. Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products. Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage. Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly. Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product. Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities. Assess and address technical risks. Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems. Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc. Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance. Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation. Nice to Haves Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study). Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams. 2-5 years of relevant product-related experience. Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum. Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms. Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects. Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining. Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.

          

Network & Systems Administrator   

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Summary Description Installs, maintains and monitors the organization's applications, hardware, and operating system updates. Manages and maintains application, hardware, and operating systems to current and supported levels. Specifies, manages and maintains servers for services, security, patch updates, and supportability. Reviews and evaluates vendor products (software and hardware) and network equipment. Assists with maintenance, recommends and implements LAN/WAN and System security standards, policies and performance. Essential Duties Implement & maintain patch deployment to ensure minimal security exceptions Ensure antivirus patterns are updated and employed for workstation scanning Ensure operating systems are kept current with patches Implements security recommendations from Penetration Testing Recommends selection of Penetration Testing services Maintain compliance to most current regulatory cybersecurity requirements and recommendations Functional backup for Network Operations Manager Support and maintains network infrastructure Ensure all network infrastructure is current and can be supported by vendor Maintains patches and updates to Novell Maintain patches and updates to routers, switches, and communications Recommend network and system monitoring tools as necessary Perform systematic patches, updates, upgrades, testing and backup on network devices Functional backup for Systems Administrator, Client System Support, and Server Administration Supports and maintains client workstations, systems & server infrastructure Repair, upgrade, and maintain various workstation equipment and printers not covered by the Fiserv or HP agreements, to include; diagnosis of problems and repairs/installation of CD ROM's, network cards, disk drives, and wireless equipment Ensure workstations are kept current with regard to supportable life Ensure all workstations and server hardware can be supported by vendor Maintain current service agreements on all servers Maintain or replace servers and workstations so they are kept current with regard to supportable life Maintain adequate disk and RAM storage reserves on all systems and equipment Maintain core applications to most current supported levels (specifically including Fiserv applications) Familiarity with job schedulers, specifically UC4/Automatic Maintain software/operating system/hardware inventories and documentation Maintain Server & Application summaries on Help Desk wiki page Create and submit budget to address near End-of Life software, hardware, operating systems, and applications Communicate to End Users, Management, Application Analyst(s), Help Desk, and VP of MIS, ensuring awareness of planned updates- as prescribed in the application matrix from Fiserv & other vendors Proficiency in Change Management, Change Control, and documentation Ensures control and monitoring is performing per policy Effective liaison to support vendors, adequately representing WSFCU goals and strategic plans Complies with all federal, state, and organizational policies, procedures, and processes, including (but not limited to) the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Patriot Act, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and robbery procedures Fulfill other related duties as assigned by the Vice President (MIS) or chain-of-command thereof Qualifications Education/Experience Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field and/or three (3) years combination of related experience Microsoft, Cisco, Ethical Hacker, and/or Linux/UNIX certifications recommended Tests/Certificated/Licenses Simulated skills assessment test may be administered Skills/Competencies Ability to read, understand, & implement technical instructions (EG: 50-page HPUX implementation manual, release notes, etc) Personal computer knowledge; skills in using Microsoft Office (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations software, ets) Proficiency in administering various credit union supported hardware, software and operating systems to include configuration and connectivity Knowledge of computer security procedures and protocol Ability to calculate figures and amounts (electronically and manually) such as, but not limited to; interest, dividends, percentages and apply concepts of basic mathematics Ability to maintain confidentiality of work and/or information Ability to interpret, adapt and apply credit union/job/general guidelines and procedures Excellent public speaking, verbal and /or written communication skills (in-person and/or by telephone) Demonstrated leadership, self-motivated and team-oriented qualities Conduct self in a professional and mature manner Ability to proofread and edit accurately Ability to teach and motivate others Ability to organize, prioritize and work well under pressure Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy Flexible work and/or travel hours Office electronics (printers, scanners, calculators, fax and copiers) Ability to negotiate with vendors Ability to solve problems and make decisions, using logic and analytical skills Ability to manage/supervise staff with diverse abilities and responsibilities Reliable transportation to travel to branch offices Working knowledge of Unix and/or Linux variants Bilingual (Windows/Unix) required Bilingual (English/Spanish); preferred, but not required Working knowledge of credit union products and services, and information systems practices and procedures Physical Demands/Work Environment Constantly required to talk and hear Constantly required to use close vision, color vision, and ability to focus Frequently required to sit; to use hands to finger, handle or feel Occasionally required to lift or move up to 25-50 lbs. Occasionally required to stand and walk; to reach outward/above shoulders; to stoop kneel, crouch or crawl Occasionally required to work outdoors Occasionally required to use distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception Moderate noise level working environment PI114646627Pandologic. Keywords: System Administrator, Location: Las Cruces, NM - 88001

          

Parts Ungaris: EL-i ja USA ühine küberkaitseõppus tuleb läbi viia juba sel aastal    

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Majandus- ja kommunikatsiooniminister Juhan Parts rõhutas täna Ungaris toimunud küberkaitse-alasel konverentsil, et küberturvalisuse rahvusvahelise koostöö suurendamiseks on oluline veel sel aastal läbi viia Euroopa Liidu liikmesriikide ja USA ühine küberkaitseõppus.„Tänasel päeval mõistetakse üha enam küberturvalisuse olulisust ja paljud riigid on oma seadusandlust ümber kirjutamas. Kuigi regulatsioonide ja poliitika välja töötamine on oluline, toovad praktilise koostöö võimalusi ja reaalsed ohukohti kõige paremini välja siiski vaid küberõppused.  Sarnaselt 2009. aastal Eestis toimunud Euroopa Liidu ekspertidele suunatud küberturvalisuse õppusele on oluline veel sellel aastal läbi viia Euroopa Liidu ja USA ühine õppus,“ ütles minister Parts. „Peame küberturvalisuse valdkonnas tegutsema ja arenema sama kiiresti kui seda teevad kurikaelad ja seetõttu ei saa me oluliste tegevustega venitada.“ Parts rõhutas oma kõnes ka avaliku ja erasektori koostöö olulisust - just erasektor haldab infrastruktuuri, mida küberründed võivad halvata, kuid mille olemasolu tagamine on riigi kohustus. „Seetõttu ei tohi alahinnata Euroopa Küberkaitse partnerluse (European Public-Private Partnership for Resilience) tegevust.  Kriitilise info infrastruktuuri kaitse poliitikat kujundades peame tagama, et administratiivne kohustus ei koormaks ettevõtjaid ebaratsionaalselt ja et me ei takistaks tehnoloogilist progressi ja ettevõtete võimalusi,“ lisas Parts.Eelmisel kolmapäeval Euroopa Komisjonis kinnitatud ühtse siseturu akti silmas pidades sõnas Parts, et digitaalse siseturu arendamise juures on ka küberturvalisusel väga oluline roll. „Kui soovime, et areneks Euroopa Liidu ühtne siseturg, peame tähelepanu pöörama sellega suureneda võivatele ohtudele ja leppima küberturvalisuse regulatsioonides kokku ka piiriüleselt. Vaba, kuid sealjuures ka turvalise interneti eest seismine kogu maailmas peab olema Euroopas prioriteediks,“ ütles Parts.Eile ja täna Ungaris toimunud kriitilise info infrastruktuuri kaitse (rahvusvaheliselt CIIP ehk Critical Information Infrastructure Protection) kohtumistel osalesid Euroopa Liidu liikmesriikides küberkaitse eest vastutavad ministrid ja suurettevõtete esindajad. Konverentsi fookuses oli Euroopa Liidu ja rahvusvahelise koostöö suurendamine küberturvalisuse tagamiseks. Juhan Partsi kõrval oli täna toimunud konverentsil teiseks peakõnelejaks Euroopa Komisjoni digitaalagenda volinik Neelie Kroes. Eestil on Euroopa Liidu küberturvalisuse poliitika kujundamisel juhtiv roll. 2009. aasta kevadel toimus Tallinnas kriitilise info infrastruktuuri kaitse eest vastutavate Euroopa Liidu ministrite kohtumine. Selle järel võeti vastu otsus luua tegevusplaan Euroopa kaitsmiseks laiaulatuslike küberohtude või -rünnakute korral. Eesmärgiks sai suurendada valmisolekut, turvalisust ja paindlikkust. Esmase kohtumispaiga ja initsiatiivi järgi nimetatakse vastavat algatust Euroopa Liidus „Tallinna protsessiks“. Eelmisel aastal toimus Eestis rahvusvahelistele ekspertidele küberkaitsealane õppus, kus testiti, kui suur on võimekus kaitsta Euroopa Liidu liikmesriikides olulisi teenuseid ja neid tagavaid infotehnoloogia vahendeid. 
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Director of Cyberinfrastructure and Research Technologies   

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Director of Cyberinfrastructure and Research Technologies Context The University of California Merced seeks an experienced, collaborative leader to join the Office of Information Technology (OIT) leadership team as Director of Cyberinfrastructure and Research Technologies (DCRT). The Director will collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students and OIT leadership to plan and provide the infrastructure, applications and services required to support the University's diverse and growing research portfolio. The successful candidate will assist with the development of research computing strategies, and deploy technologies to enable data intensive research programs. The position reports to the Chief Information Officer and has two direct reports. Research at the University of California, Merced As it is at all University of California campuses, research is the cornerstone of UC Merced. Innovative faculty members conduct interdisciplinary, groundbreaking research that will solve complex problems affecting the San Joaquin Valley, California and the world. Students "� as early as their first years "� have opportunities to work right alongside them, sometimes even publishing in journals and presenting at conferences. The list of UC Merced's research strengths includes climate change and ecology; solar and renewable energy; water quality and resources; artificial intelligence; cognitive science; stem-cell, diabetes and cancer research; air quality; big-data analysis; computer science; mechanical, environmental and materials engineering; and political science. The campus also has interdisciplinary research institutes with which faculty members affiliate themselves to conduct even more in-depth investigations into a variety of scientific topics. Examples of special research institutes established at the university include the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative (UC Water) . A complete list of research institutes, centers and partnerships can be found on . IT Support for Research The research IT team strives to bring research computing, high-speed networking, and advanced visualization to campus researchers across all disciplines including mathematics, science and engineering, genomics, meteorology, remote sensing, molecular modeling, and artificial intelligence. The team works closely with the Library for data curation, data management and storage and provides support for technical grant writing. In many cases staff are included in the grant proposals, especially for grants involving cyberinfrastructure, major research instrumentation or cyber training. Successful NSF awards include: MRI Acquisition: Multi-Environment Research Computer for Exploration and Discovery (MERCED) Cluster. CC Networking Infrastructure: Building a Science DMZ Network for University of California Merced. Reducing Attrition of Underrepresented Minority and First-Generation Graduate Students in Interdisciplinary Computational Sciences. UCM has access to both the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC), the UCSD Nautilus Cluster, and the national-level computing resources known as XSEDE . UC Merced has four Fast Input/Output Network Appliances (FIONAs) allow UC Merced researchers to stage data for external collaboration and quickly access data hosted remotely. UCM also has close partnerships with the Calit2 institute and collaborations with UC Santa Cruz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Berkeley. Please refer to the OIT website for more information on the available research computing resources at UC Merced ( . The Leadership Opportunity Through participatory and collaborative decision-making with the Faculty Committee on Research Technologies, the DCRT is responsible for managing the design, development, and delivery of a cost-effective mix of services that support research computing, including shared high- performance computing resources, data-analysis platforms, storage systems, and visualization tools and platforms across the UCM campus. The DCRT will be expected to work closely with the Academic Deans, the Vice Chancellor for Research and the OIT leadership team to find opportunities across UCM to increase services to support research that will span across virtually every academic discipline with important applications in fields such as mathematics, science and engineering, genomics, meteorology, remote sensing, molecular modeling, and artificial intelligence. In general, this work will include: Providing expertise, developing tools and techniques in scientific visualization, efficient parallelization of applications, data formats and I/O methods, grid computing, programming frameworks, optimization, and algorithms. Providing oversight, direction, mentoring, coaching, and professional development to a cross- functional team of research computing systems professionals. Managing the administration and operations of the Research Cyberinfrastructure team. Assisting with networking, data storage/management systems administration tasks as necessary and appropriate. Supporting grant proposals and funded grants. Providing educational workshops and training for the UCM research community The individual will be a member of the UC Research IT Committee (RITC), a workgroup of the University of California CIO IT Leadership Council and an active member of the Pacific Research Platform and participate in the National Research Platform . Specific responsibilities of the position include: Service Delivery Work closely with researchers, research units and schools across UCM to identify research computing needs and ensure that they are being met in the most cost effective manner; and lead a collaborative process to build out services and operational capacity in the design of a CyberInfratructure strategic roadmap for the campus; Work with supercomputer users to develop their own research computing software or help them deploy and use third party software (commercial and/or open source); Manage and mentor technical personnel responsible for providing quality service and support for the campus' research computing activities; Develop and report metrics that measure workload and performance of systems and services; Engage in strategic planning, tactical design, and operational management of infrastructure and applications; Maintain a robust infrastructure for research computing and data stewardship; Identify opportunities and assist in testing the design, configuration, procurement, and use of cloud-based resources for research needs; and Lead the delivery of support for containers, middleware, workflows, data management, data movement, compliance and security, and user training. Education Teach research computing topics to individuals, small and/or large groups; Support instruction using advanced research computing and data, on-boarding into new technologies, and deep engagement ("facilitation") to guide researchers; and Develop and/or collaborate on research projects and/or grant proposals that further the UCM CyberInfrastructure vision and strategy. Strategy and Thought Leadership Provide campus-wide leadership in developing, advocating for, and advancing research technologies into scalable and sustainable services in support of faculty research Work with academic leadership to help identify business strategy, requirements, trends, and desired business outcomes for Research Computing; Stay abreast of trends and new advances in the high performance computing industry by reading, researching, and participating in forums or communities of HPC professionals; Establish, maintain, and/or participate in research computing consortia locally, regionally, and nationally; and Establish effective relationships with relevant external research computing organizations and ensure that UCM is effectively utilizing national research infrastructure. Qualifications The following qualifications are required: Master's degree in any STEM discipline, including but not limited to physical sciences, biosciences, geosciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering?and/or social sciences. Minimum of 2 years' experience leading or working in high performance computing - including software development, system administration, software applications, storage systems and networking. D. in a related field will substitute for 3 years of experience. Knowledge or experience in one or more of the following (and readiness and ability to develop skills in other areas): Parallel programming; Grid computing, programming frameworks; Numerical methods and algorithms; Software debugging, profiling and optimization in an HPC environment; Scientific data visualization; Experience with a variety of HPC applications. Networking and/or cyber-engineering Storage and big data management Data Carpentry Articulate, consensus building leader who can serve as an effective member of OIT's leadership team. The most competitive candidates will have many of the following additional qualifications: In depth understanding of research cyberinfrastructure landscape and demonstrated experience with processes for procurement, deployment and operation. Functional understanding of advanced computational environments needed for data-intensive research in physical and life sciences, engineering, information sciences, social sciences and humanities. Strong program planning skills in order to develop services and solutions to meet needs in research computing. Demonstrated expertise in specifying, designing, and implementing computing infrastructure, clustered and parallel file systems, large scale storage, backup and archiving and high bandwidth networking, software defined networks and Science DMZ. Demonstrated experience supporting computational science and engineering or as a user of with experience with computational science and engineering applications. Excellent customer service skills and ability to work directly with constituents or vendors to understand needs, resolve problems, and address systemic issues in service delivery processes. Highly developed written, oral, listening, and presenting skills and ability to lead complex discussions and achieve outcomes through patient, transparent, consultation. Successful experience developing budgets, tracking expenditures, and negotiating with vendors and contractors. To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to . You may direct your questions or nominations in confidence to either Mary Beth Baker, ( ) or Phil Goldstein (), Managing Partners of Next Generation Executive Search The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy ( The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Director of Cyberinfrastructure and Research Technologies, Location: Merced, CA - 95343

          

Territorial 2017 Concours Specialites I Ingenierie Gestion Technique Et Architecture Infrastructure Et Reseaux Urbanisme Amenagement Et Paysages   

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Territorial 2017 Concours Specialites I Ingenierie Gestion Technique Et Architecture Infrastructure Et Reseaux Urbanisme Amenagement Et Paysages

          

Senior Python Software Engineer | J.P.Morgan   

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Houston, Texas, Our Global Technology Infrastructuregroup is a team rewarded with innovators who love technology as much as you do.Together, you'll use a disciplined, innovative and a business focused approachto

          

IS Senior Infrastructure Engineer - | Lakeland Regional Health   

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Lakeland, Florida, Position Information Voted as one of the six "Most Wired" Advanced Healthcare Systems in America by Hospitals & Health Networks from 2013-2016, LRH has become a forerunner in the race to

          

Network Administrator III   

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Responsibilities The Network Specialist Senior troubleshoots, isolates, resolves network systems issues, and makes improvements to the network when necessary. Installs, configures, services, repairs, and maintains hardware and software for network services, storage and network devices, and server systems. Integrates multiple information systems in local and dispersed networked environments. Evaluates and helps resolve customers’ information system problems. Implements required hardware upgrades and repairs inoperative devices to maintain mission capability. Installs and configures hubs, routers, switches, and server systems software. Ensures the proper installation and configuration of workstation hardware and software for efficient operation on various physical and wireless networks. Facilitates team members in gaining proficiency in monitoring and maintaining network devices, environmental control appliances, and server systems. The work environment has been defined as dynamic and fast-paced, requiring effective interactions and communications. Will support a 24/7/365 network watch position by monitoring, logging, troubleshooting and coordinating fix actions with the USSTRATCOM Network Operations and Security Center team, other lines of service, and vendor support to maintain communications across multiple networks. Candidate must be able to: Perform watch, providing 24x7x365 monitoring of the USSTRATCOM networks Work rotating schedules when applicable, and report to work during non-business hours for emergency situations Work independently for extended durations Continuously monitor several tools and report network incidents and threats in real time Perform product evaluations and recommendations for products/services to improve network performance, redundancy, and resiliency Monitor environmental status of data centers and communication closets, utilizing various tools and methods such as Web Control, Email, and others Validate and test basic network architecture and design solutions to produce detailed engineering specifications with recommended vendor technologies Provide technical guidance for directing and monitoring information systems operations Perform advanced troubleshooting of network performance issues through analysis of network traffic Devise and implement load tests and provide capacity planning solutions Monitor and respond to complex technical control facility hardware and software problems. Interface with vendor support service groups to ensure proper escalation during outages or periods of degraded system performance Conduct routine testing and perform analysis of all elements of the network facilities (including power, software, communications machinery, lines, modems, and terminals) Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing software and hardware tools to identify and diagnose complex problems and factors affecting network performance Operate, maintain, and administer network components to meet operational, availability, and mission requirements Perform escort duties to sensitive areas and provide infrastructure support to include pulling, splicing, installing, terminating, and troubleshooting copper and fiber Complete electronic documentation of all work completed and update cable layouts for all networks Provide assistance in site surveys in order to provide engineering team correct materials, tools, bill of material estimates, etc. needed to complete projects TS clearance, eligible for special accesses Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Information Systems, or a related discipline or a minimum of 3-6 years relevant industry experience Experience working with relevant network systems and networking principles Meet or exceed DoD8570 Information Assurance Technician (IAT-II) and Cyber Security Service Provider (CSSP) requirements or equivalent certifications Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) – Routing and Switching Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) CompTIA Network + Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) foundation Firm understanding of IP networking, networking protocols, and security related technologies including encryption, IPsec, PKI, VPNs, firewalls, proxy services, DNS, electronic mail, and access-lists Previous experience with one or more of the following: Border Routers ACL modifications Firewall Administration Network Encryption Maintaining switches Solarwinds Wireshark Good verbal and written communication skills, influencing skills, and ability to work effectively with a team Ability to follow instructions and procedures with perfect detail Strong desire to learn and work in a live Network Operations environment Knowledgeable of network operations, network security, system operation and performance, and system effectiveness Options Apply for this job onlineApply Share Email this job to a friendRefer Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later. Share on your newsfeed As a government contractor, Perspecta abides by the following provision PAY TRANSPARENCY NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

          

Enterprise Architect   

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Business Group Highlights Defense The Defense group supports the Department of Defense (DoD) mission to keep our homeland and its citizens safe. We provide solutions to improve the Nation's defense by providing software, systems engineering, IT, training and logistics and fleet management solutions. Responsibilities Every day at Perspecta, we enable hundreds of thousands of people to take on our nation's most important work. We•re a company founded on a diverse set of capabilities and skills, bound together by a single promise: we never stop solving our nation's most complex challenges. Our team of engineers, analysts, developers, investigators, integrators and architects work tirelessly to create innovative solutions. We continually push ourselves•to respond, to adapt, to go further. To look ahead to the changing landscape and develop new and innovative ways to serve our customers. Perspecta works with U.S. government customers in defense, intelligence, civilian, health care, and state and local markets. Our high-caliber employees are rewarded in many ways•not only through competitive salaries and benefits packages, but the opportunity to create a meaningful impact in jobs and on projects that matter. Perspecta's talented and robust workforce•14,000 strong'stands ready to welcome you to the team. Let's make an impact together. Perspecta has an immediate need for an Enterprise Achitect in Bellevue, NE. Provides technical leadership in support of USSTRATCOM/J64 related to current and emerging technology and its impact to the Command. Follow doctrine, policy, guidance and regulation; with analysis to develop technical roadmaps and whitepapers and presentations that layout the vision and direction for incorporating new technology into the command Maintains the Lifecycle Management Plan (CDRL A011), Technology Refresh Plan (CDRL A013), and supporting Engineering and Integration Reports (CDRL A019) Works directly with the office of the J6E to build consensus for the direction of the command and to support the J6/J64 Acts as the prime point of contact for ITCC II to work with vendors throughout industry to evaluate upcoming products and determine their feasibility/value to the command Develops requests for solutions and evaluate vendor solutions related to command needs and new technology Providing feedback on new product features and capabilities and priorities to management and engineering teams Partners with the Engineering and Integration Manager to communicate the vision/future capabilities to the engineering staff to ensure that the solutions developed are moving the command in the right direction Designs complex and cost effective infrastructure solutions which align with Command goals Analyze Commands requirements and describes the strategy and design to a broad spectrum of stakeholders at a strategic level The candidate hired for this position must be a US Citizen with an active top secret security clearance with eligibility for SCI • or • must be capable of maintaining/obtaining a TS/SCI clearance. If the candidate does not have a top secret clearance, a minimum of a Secret security clearance is required to start work on-site for this contract. Qualifications Education and Experience Master's degree in computer engineering or related field, computer information systems, computer science, information technology, information science, information systems, or a related discipline Twelve or more years of relevant industry experience Knowledge and Skills Strong familiarity with architecture frameworks such as DODAF, FEAF, and TOGAF Intimate knowledge of systems architecture and operations Strong presentation, oral and written communication skills with the highest levels of management System integration (hardware, software, network, and database) SAN hardware layout and configuration Research and develop virtualization options for servers, networks, storage and client systems Demonstrated experience in developing system architectures and/or solution roadmaps. Working knowledge of process frameworks such as ISO 2001:2008, ISO 20000, ITIL, and CMMI. Desired Certifications: Ability to obtain CISSP Certification ITIL• Foundations v3.0 (required or able to obtain) VMware Certified Professional (VCP) • Data Center Virtualization VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) Visio Microsoft Project PowerPoint Excel BMC Remedy #LI About Perspecta What matters to our nation, is what matters to us. At Perspecta, everything we do, from conducting innovative research to cultivating strong relationships, supports one imperative: ensuring that your work succeeds. Our company was formed to bring a broad array of capabilities to all parts of the public sector—from investigative services and IT strategy to systems work and next-generation engineering. Our promise is simple: never stop solving our nation’s most complex challenges. And with a workforce of approximately 14,000, more than 48 percent of which is cleared, we have been trusted to just that, as a partner of choice across the entire sector. Perspecta is an AA/EEO Employer - Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories. Options Apply for this job onlineApply Share Email this job to a friendRefer Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later. Share on your newsfeed As a government contractor, Perspecta abides by the following provision PAY TRANSPARENCY NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

          

Truck Driver (Home Nightly) - CDL   

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About Core & Main Core & Main ( www.coreandmain.com ) is one of North America’s largest distributors of water, sewer, storm, fusible piping and fire protection infrastructure products that serves the needs of both contractors and municipalities in all aspects of the water, wastewater, clean water, landfill, energy, and fire protection industries. Core & Main operates more than 246 branches serving North America, the Caribbean and international markets. The company provides localized, customer-driven services including jobsite delivery, will call or direct-ship options, diversified logistics and innovative solutions that contribute to its customers' success. Job Summary Make deliveries to customer job sites while adhering to all DOT regulations and safety procedures. Load inventory on truck and unload at customer site. Operate trucks to pick up and deliver products, supplies and equipment to and from organization, supplier and customer sites. Duties may involve complex pickups and deliveries, e.g., night deliveries, transport of dangerous and hazardous materials. Major Tasks, Responsibilities and Key Accountabilities Delivers products to customers which may include assistance with unloading, ensuring delivery of ticket with material, etc. Serves as primary interface with the customer at point of delivery. Contacts customers if they are not present at delivery location. Performs pre-trip and post-trip inspections in accordance with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and Core & Main policies and procedures. Reports vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage before and after route. Fuels truck as needed. Complies with all DOT (Department of Transportation) standards and regulations. Maintains records such as vehicle logs and bill of ladings in accordance with guidelines. Ensures that manifests are complete and accurate. Loads truck with daily deliveries. Unloads product at customer’s site. Resolves customer service issues. Plans route to and from customers' businesses and adjusts for traffic and/or construction. May assist warehouse staff with pulling and preparing orders for shipment, as well as receiving, verifying, staging and stocking all incoming material. Nature and Scope Refers complex, unusual problems to supervisor. Under general supervision, exercises some judgment in accordance with well-defined policies, procedures, and techniques. Work typically involves regular review of output by a senior coworker or supervisor. Work Environment Typically in a comfortable environment but with regular exposure to factors such as temperature extremes, moving machinery, loud noises, and fumes, which may cause noticeable discomfort. Requires intermittent periods during which continuous physical exertion is required, such as walking, standing, stooping, climbing, lifting, and maneuvering material or equipment, some of which may be heavy (50+ pounds) or awkward. Typically requires overnight travel less than 5% of the time. Minimum Qualifications Must be twenty one years of age Must pass the Drug Test Must pass the Background Check Must pass pre-employment tests if applicable Education and Experience HS Diploma or GED, strongly preferred. Specialized skills training/certification may be required. Generally 2-5 years of experience in area of responsibility. Preferred Qualifications Have a current Class A or B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) issued by the state in which the candidate resides with all the relevant endorsements required for type of equipment being operated (i.e. HazMat to transport hazardous materials that require placarding). One (1) year of commercial driving experience compliant with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and DOT regulations preferred. Forklift certification preferred.

          

Mid-Level Civil and Water Resources Engineer | Wood   

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Columbia, South Carolina, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions is seeking a Mid - Level Civil and Water Resources Engineer with experience in water resources, and civil design to support a rapidly growing Civil / Water

          

MRIs: Screen time linked to lower brain development in kids   

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Screen time use by infants, toddlers and preschoolers has exploded over the last decade, concerning experts about the impact of television, tablets and smartphones on these critical years of rapid brain development.

Now a new study scanned the brains of children 3 to 5 years old and found those who used screens more than the recommended one hour a day without parental involvement had lower levels of development in the brain's white matter -- an area key to the development of language, literacy and cognitive skills.

"This is the first study to document associations between higher screen use and lower measures of brain structure and skills in preschool-aged kids," said lead author Dr. John Hutton, a pediatrician and clinical researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The study was published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

"This is important because the brain is developing the most rapidly in the first five years," Hutton said. "That's when brains are very plastic and soaking up everything, forming these strong connections that last for life."

Screens 'follow kids everywhere'

Studies have shown excessive TV viewing is linked to the inability of children to pay attention and think clearly, while increasing poor eating habits and behavioral problems. Associations have also been shown between excessive screen time and language delay, poor sleep, impaired executive function, and a decrease in parent-child engagement.

"It's known that kids that use more screen time tend to grow up in families that use more screen time," Hutton said. "Kids who report five hours of screen time could have parents who use 10 hours of screen time. Put that together and there's almost no time for them to interact with each other."

In addition, the portability of today's screens allow them to "follow kids everywhere." Hutton said. "They can take screens to bed, they can take them to meals, they can take them to the car, to the playground."

Even more concerning, say experts, are the young ages at which children are being exposed.

"About 90% are using screens by age one," said Hutton, who published a number of studies that used MRIs to research the impact of reading versus screen use by kids. "We've done some studies where kids are using them by 2 months old to 3 months old."

Disorganized white matter

The new study used a special type of MRI, called diffusion tensor imaging, to examine the brains of 47 brain healthy children (27 girls and 20 boys) who had not yet started kindergarten.

A diffusion tensor MRI allows a good look at the white matter of the brain, responsible for organizing communication between the various parts of the brain's gray matter.

It's the gray matter which contains the majority of the brain cells telling the body what to do. White matter is made up of fibers, typically distributed into bundles called tracts, which form connections between brain cells and the rest of the nervous system.

"Think of white matter as cables, sort of like the telephone lines that are connecting the various parts of the brain so they can talk to each other," Hutton said.

A lack of development of those "cables" can slow the brain's processing speed; on the other hand, studies show that reading, juggling or learning and practicing a musical instrument improves the organization and structure of the brain's white matter.

Before the MRI, the children were given cognitive tests, while the parents filled out a new scoring system on screen time developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The test measures how much access a child has to a screen (allowed at meals, car, in line at store?), the frequency of exposure (age started, number of hours, at bedtime?), content (chooses own? watches fighting or songs or education?) and "dialogic" interaction (does the child watch alone or does a parent interact and discuss the content as well?).

The results showed that children who used more than the AAP's recommended amount of screen time, of an hour a day without parental interaction, had more disorganized, underdeveloped white matter throughout the brain.

"The average screen time in these kids was a little over two hours a day," Hutton said. "The range was anywhere from about an hour to a little over five hours."

In addition, the tracts of white matter responsible for executive functions were also disorganized and underdeveloped (the parts of the brain shown in blue in the image).

"These are tracks that we know are involved with language and literacy," Hutton said, "And these were the ones relatively underdeveloped in these kids with more screen time. So the imaging findings lined up pretty perfectly with the behavioral cognitive testing finding."

'Neurons that fire together wire together'

"These findings are fascinating but very, very preliminary," pediatrician Dr. Jenny Radesky wrote in an email. Radesky, who was not involved in the study, is the lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics 2016 guidelines on screen use by children and adolescents.

"We know that early experiences shape brain growth, and media is one of these experiences. But it's important for parents to know that these results don't show that heavy media use causes 'brain damage,'" Radesky wrote.

Hutton agrees. "It's not that the screen time damaged the white matter," he said, adding that what could be occurring is that screen time is too passive for brain development.

"Perhaps screen time got in the way of other experiences that could have helped the children reinforce these brain networks more strongly," he said.

The first years of life need to be focused on human interactions that encourage speaking, interacting socially and playing with loving caregivers to develop thinking, problem-solving and other executive skills.

"There's a really great quote in brain science: Neurons that fire together wire together," Hutton said. That means the more you practice anything the more it reinforces and organizes the connections in your brain.

Cognitive testing found fewer skills

In addition to the MRI results, excessive screen time was significantly associated with poorer emerging literacy skills and ability to use expressive language, as well as testing lower on the ability to rapidly name objects on cognitive tests taken by the 47 children in the study.

"Remember that this is all relative," Hutton said, adding that more in-depth clinical trials need to be done to tease out the specifics.

"Still, it's possible that over over time, these effects can add up," Hutton said. "We know that kids who start behind tend to get more and more behind as they get older.

"So it could be the case that kids who start with less well-developed brain infrastructure may be less likely to be engaged, successful readers later in school," said Hutton, who also directs the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children's.

Radesky wants to see the results replicated in other populations. "Researchers and pediatricians should take it as a launching point for future research," she wrote. "There are so many other home and family factors that affect brain development -- such as stress, parent mental health, play experiences, language exposure -- and none of these were accounted for in this study."

What parents can do

"It can feel overwhelming to think that our every parenting decision impacts our child's brain development, but it's important to also see this as an opportunity," Radesky said.

"There are parent-child activities we know help children's development: reading, singing, connecting emotionally, being creative, or even just taking a walk or dedicating some time in our busy days to laugh together," she added.

The AAP has tools to calculate your child's media time and then establish a family media plan. Basic guidelines are as follows:

Infants:

No baby under 18 months old should be exposed to screen media, other than video chatting with friends and family, the AAP says. Babies need to interact with caregivers and their environment, and not be placed in front of media as a babysitter.

In fact, a study found that even having the TV on in the same room with a baby or toddler negatively impacted their ability to play and interact.

Toddlers:

By the time a baby turns 2 years old, they can learn words from a person on a live video chat and some interactive touchscreens. The chief factor in facilitating a toddler's ability to learn from baby videos and interactive touchscreens, studies show, is when parents watch with them and reteach the content.

Preschoolers:

Children from 3 to 5 years old can benefit from quality TV shows, such as "Sesame Street," the AAP says. A well designed show can improve a child's cognitive abilities, help teach words, and impact their social development.

But the AAP warns that many educational apps on the market aren't developed with input from developmental specialists and can do more harm than good when they take a child away from playtime with caregivers and other children.

And just like toddlers, preschoolers learn much better from any educational materials when they are co-viewed, and the caregiver interacts with the child about the material.

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Senior Data Center Architect (Pre-Sales) - Biloxi   

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Requisition Number: 73646 As a  Data Center Architect  you’ll lead discussions with clients around their cloud and data center initiatives. You’ll assist account executives with technical and business guidance on a variety of services and technologies within large enterprise customers. You’ll act as a trusted advisor to customers based on intimate technical knowledge of the customer environment. The DCA has the ability to leverage consulting services, managed services, field services coupled with technology to drive desired business outcomes. What you’ll do at Insight: Build relationships with clients at the manager and director level. Create and implement a solution roadmap and select the right infrastructure and technology platform or product based on in-depth knowledge of one and broad knowledge of other technologies. Ability to lead development of the technical solution or offering, in translating the business needs into technical requirements. Identifies gaps, strategic impacts, financial impacts and the risk profile in the technical solution or offering, and provides technical support." Assist clients with complex projects involved multiple disciples or business units. Recommend to client appropriate technological alternatives. Evaluate new technological developments and how they affect evolving client business requirements. What you’ll need to join Insight: A Bachelor degree from an accredited institution or a minimum of 10+ years’ experience working in a technical role. Minimum of 5 industry and/or product certifications required Excels at leading group client business discussions Solid experience in consultative / complex sales processes Strong written and verbal skills and adept at client presentations Deep knowledge and interest in major public cloud offerings (Microsoft Azure, AWS, OpenStack, DevOps) and related Infrastructure, Platform and Software as a Service capabilities. Insight is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. #LI-US Posting Notes: Boston, MA || Massachusetts (US-MA) || United States (US) || None || None  || US - Boston, MA; US - NYC-36TH ST; US - Philadelphia, PA; US - Washington, DC ||

          

Systems Administrator (Linux/Unix)   

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Peraton is looking for a System Administrator  who will be responsible for designing and maintaining multiple Red Hat Linux, Sun Solaris, and HP-UX servers and workstations for varied projects on site.  The position is located at the NASA White Sands Complex in Las Cruces, NM. Peraton is the prime contractor for NASA at the White Sands Complex (WSC) near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Operating here are two functionally identical satellite ground terminals: The White Sands Ground Terminal, and the Second TDRSS Ground Terminal. These ground terminals ensure uninterrupted communications between various ground stations, NASA’s orbiting fleet of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), customer spacecraft (satellites), and the computer systems that support such spacecraft. WSC serves as an interface for distributing satellite data to control centers and scientists who then use the daily influx of data to expand our ever-growing knowledge of the Earth and the universe. What you’ll do… Designs, develops, programs, installs, tests, documents, implements, conducts research for and maintains computer systems and utilities. Analyzes internal or external customer’s needs, and determines equipment and software requirements for solutions to problems by means of automated systems. Develops customized solutions to customer/user problems. Establishes system parameters and formats, ensures hardware and software compatibility, and coordinates and/or modifies user requirements in terms of existing and projected computer capacity and capabilities. Revises existing systems and procedures to correct deficiencies and maintain more effective data handling, conversion, input/output requirements, and storage. Maintains smooth operation of a multi-user computer system, including local area networks. May include setting up user accounts, maintaining documentation and installing system-wide software and allocation of mass storage space. Coordinates electronic office systems activities. Recommends HW/SW purchases and coordinates installation. Trains users. Contributes to the development of policies and monitors policies and standards for allocation and use. Develop and maintain disaster recovery plan for area of responsibility. Carries out responsibilities in compliance within established security guidelines. Additional skillsets and responsibilities: Prior Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) system administration experience, including RPM patch management (Spacewalk experience a plus) Shell scripting Best practices for system security hardening. Prior Sun Solaris and HP-UX system administration experience, including Operating system patch management PERL or shell scripting Server cluster management Best practices for system security hardening. Knowledge of distributed file systems and disk quota management Experience with MS Windows and RHEL system hardening, patching, and remediation Experience with server monitoring, capacity management, and event alert response Experience with system event log configuration Basic knowledge of packet routing, and firewall maintenance Experience with VMWare product suite, including Experience with MS Project and SharePoint a strong plus Experience with VMWare product suite a strong plus, including: ESXi server infrastructure vCenter configuration and management vMotion configuration and management You’d be a great fit if you have… A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, or other related science. 1 years’ experience with Linux operating system, including terminal command line familiarity. 1 years’ experience working with cyber (IT) security concepts. The ability to obtain a Secret security clearance. It’d be even better if you have… Completed Security + certification. 1 years' experience with Sun Solaris and/or HP-UX operating systems. Experience, or ability to learn in a large scale, dynamic environment requiring immediate problem response. Experience in root cause analysis. Experience in performing credentialed scans utilizing Tenable Nessus Pro Suite. Experience with Solaris or HP-UX not required, but a plus. What you’ll get… An immediately-vested 401(K) with employer matching Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage Tuition assistance, financing, and refinancing Company-paid infertility treatments Cross-training and professional development opportunities The ability to influence major initiatives. SECURITY CLEARANCE This position requires the candidate to be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.  In order to obtain a clearance you need to be a US Citizen and show proof of citizenship. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

          

Infrastructure Engineer - Chantilly   

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Technology is constantly changing and our adversaries are digitally exceeding law enforcement’s ability to keep pace. Those charged with protecting the United States are not always able to access the evidence needed to prosecute crime and prevent terrorism. The Government has trusted in Peraton to provide the technical ability, tools, and resources to bring criminals to justice. In response to this challenge, Peraton is seeking an Infrastructure Engineer to provide proven, industry leading capabilities to our customer. What you’ll do… Provide day-to-day operational maintenance, support, and upgrades for operating systems and servers Perform software installations and upgrades to operating systems and layered software packages Schedule installations and upgrades and maintain them in accordance with established IT policies and procedures Monitor and tune the system to achieve optimum performance levels Ensure workstation/server data integrity by evaluating, implementing, and managing appropriate software and hardware solutions of varying complexities Ensure data/media recoverability by developing and implementing a schedule of system backups and database archive operations Plans and implement the modernization of servers Develop, implement and promote standard operating procedures and schedules Conduct hardware and software audits of workstations and servers to ensure compliance with established standards, policies, and configuration guidelines Improve automation, configuration management and DevOps processes You’d be a great fit if… You’ve obtained a BS degree and have eight (8) years of relevant experience . However, equivalent experience may be considered in lieu of degree. You have ten (10) years of systems engineering/administration experience You possess five (5) years of experience with virtualization platforms You have five (5) years of experience coordinating activities of technology product and service vendors and leading technical infrastructure design activities You have a current Top Secret security clearance with SCI eligibility and the ability to obtain a polygraph It would be even better if you… Understand high-availability, fail overs, backups, scaling and clustering operational systems Have experience with the following technologies: Windows Networking and Infrastructure Microsoft SQL Server or similar Microsoft PowerShell Configuration management tools (Puppet, Chef) Continuous integration tools (Jenkins, CircleCI) Container orchestration tools (Kubernetes, Docker Hub) Cloud services (AWS, Azure) Linux operating systems (Red Hat, CentOS) Other databases (MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, etc.) SharePoint 2013 DC/OC, Apache, Mesos What you’ll get… An immediately-vested 401(K) with employer matching Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage Tuition assistance, financing, and refinancing Company-paid infertility treatments Cross-training and professional development opportunities Influence major initiatives *This position requires the candidate to have a current Top Secret security clearance and the ability to obtain a polygraph. Candidate must possess SCI eligibility. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

          

Novel Solar Cells Arrive at International Space Station for Testing   

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Five different types of solar cells fabricated by research teams at the Georgia Institute of Technology have arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) to be tested for their power conversion rate and ability to operate in the harsh space environment as part of the MISSE-12 mission. One type of cell, made of low-cost organic materials, has not been extensively tested in space before.

Electronics and Nanotechnology Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure Materials

          

India’s economic growth will be driven by heavy investment in infrastructure, digital economy & job creation in small and medium firms: Dharmendra Pradhan   

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Union Minister for Steel Dharmendra Pradhan today said that India’s economic growth will be driven by heavy investment in infrastructure, digital economy and job creation in small and medium firms.

          

Other: Systems Administrator - Sioux City, Iowa   

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POSITION OVERVIEW Our growing team needs an experienced Systems Administrator, a collaborative and hands-on technology leader who provides strategic vision and tactical support, maintaining and evolving our integrated IT program. Reporting to the CEO, the IT Director oversees the streamlined operation of the IT department, ensuring it aligns with business objectives. Ideal candidates will plan, coordinate, direct, and design all operational activities of the IT department, as well as provide direction and support for IT solutions that enhance mission-critical business operations. Critical to the continued growth and success of the organization, the positon offers an opportunity for additional advancement accross the greater seven location footprint. SCHEDULE This is a full-time, salaried position with normal business hours however, as a 24/7 contact center, occasional on-call network support could be required. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES Candidates who are well versed in interfacing, security, Internet protocols and server and network infrastructure will be a great fit for this position.   As a ITSM Manager , you are responsible for providing day-to-day administration of Windows servers and application, providing assistance & support to our Managed Services Provider as it pertains to Windows Active Directory & Group Policy Administration. Additional responsibilities for the Systems Administrator position include: Performing system configurations, Software installations, updates, & upgrades to Windows servers, applications, and other infrastructure systems. Providing daily operational support & troubleshooting for server & infrastructure applications Monitoring system performance/availability & taking appropriate proactive steps to maximize uptime Monitoring system security & taking appropriate steps to resolve security breaches & prevent future attacks Working with various IT teams to develop hardware & software specifications for new & upgrades systems Designing, installing, configuring, maintaining, & performing system integration testing of PC/server operating systems Supporting web access & electronic messaging systems while maintaining a secure system environment Providing tier 2 support to the Helpdesk team with tickets, projects, & critical issue resolution Monitoring & controlling applications, servers, & jobs/processes Coordinating with infrastructure to provide high-quality support for new systems, projects, & upgrades Developing & Maintaining SOPs and documentation for all systems & processes Providing systems administration management & support for software & platforms both internal to Mass Markets and hosted by our vendors Engaging vendors to resolve issues with hardware & software problems Other duties as assigned CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS Qualified candidates will be willing to learn new programs, processes and technology. Candidates should be positive, driven and confident individuals that will represent the company and its customers professionally at all times. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 2-3 years documented work experience managing Windows servers, Active Directory, Active Directory Group Policy Objects, Windows File Shares & Security, Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services) required 2-3 Years documented working experience utilizing anti-virus & other security software tools Documented experience working with and configuring Citrix servers Fundamental understanding of Microsoft SQL Server operations including disaster recovery Experience designing & creating specification documents for servers Demonstrated ability to work on diverse projects simultaneously, requiring detailed analysis, creative/practical problem solving, time management, and sound judgment Ability to self-motivate while operating effectively in a team-oriented and collaborative environment Excellent verbal/written and interpersonal skills COMPENSATION DETAILS NEED AN EMPLOYER THAT VALUES YOUR CONTRIBUTION? At Mass Markets we believe that hard work should pay off, so we make sure that our compensation and rewards are exceptional.  Our people are not just employees; they are our business, our most important resource!  Regular reviews and raises are awarded based on tenure and performance, so our employees make more each year. Employees earn generous paid time off as well as paid holiday’s and paid training opportunities. All employees are eligible for MEC medical plans after 30 days and group medical, dental and vision benefits after 90 days.  Optional Roth IRA retirement accounts, Term Life Insurance and Whole Life Insurance plans are available to all employees each open enrollment period. ABOUT US ABOUT MCI MCI is the Parent Company for the following businesses: Gravis Apps, Mass Markets, OnBrand24, and ValorIP. MCI acquires and operates companies that provide tech-enabled BPO CX services, software applications, and technology to mid-market & enterprise customers. MCI is a multi-faceted tech-enabled business services supplier with a synergetic product and services portfolio and an expert leadership team. Our focus is on the development and delivery of dynamic technology, human capital, and professional services. ()

          

Technology Manager 5 - App Lifecycle Technology Enablement   

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Job Description
Important Note: During the application process, ensure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date and upload your current resume prior to submitting your application for consideration. To participate in some selection activities you will need to respond to an invitation. The invitation can be sent by both email and text message. - In order to receive text message invitations, your profile must include a mobile phone number designated as "Personal Cell" or "Cellular" in the contact information of your application.At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. We're looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you'll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience.Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you.Wells Fargo Technology sets IT strategy; enhances the design, development, and operations of our systems; optimizes the Wells Fargo infrastructure footprint; provides information security; and enables continuous banking access through in-store, online, ATM, and other channels to Wells Fargo's more than 70 million global customers.The Enterprise Application Portfolio Management (EAPM) group plays a critical role in managing our Application assets, Application competency center and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) policy and processes to ensure robust portfolio management of more than 4,500 applications. - The Application Lifecycle consists of three phases: Sunrise, Maintenance, and Sunset.As a Technology Manager on the Enterprise Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) team within the EAPM organization, you will be responsible for helping lead the ALM Tools and Automation team. This role will be involved with and provide leadership for tools and automation efforts for major ALM initiatives that span the Technology organization. - This Technology Manager will also lead a team responsible for enabling ALM processes across Technology. - This will involve active partnership with stakeholders, multiple levels of leadership, and individual contributors across Technology and business lines to develop and improve processes. - The role will also provide leadership and consulting to stakeholders and impacted areas as they assess and implement changes to meet the processes. - Therefore, the role has a significant need for experience and expertise in areas related to application lifecycle management. - Developing strong partnerships, balancing multiple priorities, providing strong leadership in a changing environment, and driving projects to completion in an efficient manner are all characteristics of a successful candidate in this role.Responsibilities include:
  • Lead technology enablement efforts to implement new tools and automation that will provide partners of ALM and EAPM with the capability to address outstanding needs/issues
  • Define and execute the strategy and plan for technology and tool solutions to enable ALM organization
  • Analyze new tools and the appropriate use of existing tools for our needs within ALM
  • Define, plan, and execute on strategic roadmaps for yearly tools and automation initiatives and programs
  • Provide ownership and maintenance of ALM Workflow tool, SharePoint team sites and Lifecycle Navigator for the Enterprise ALM team
  • Develop, test, and support ALM control processes hosted on SharePoint
  • Build and support an analytics platform to provide our ALM peers with metrics/reporting capabilities
  • -Source data from enterprise SORs to enable reporting and data integration
  • Develop, test, and schedule ongoing reports as well as provide ah-hoc reporting as needed
  • Establish operational objectives, assignments and delegate assignments to team leads
  • Define strategy, operationalize and run ALM Team operations encompassing the following:
    • Centralized Intake, Prioritization and Backlog Management
    • Release Management
    • Council Operations
    • ALM Operations Review
    • ALM and Validation Partners combined Operations Review
    • Establish and run centralized Automation and Innovation function
    • Drive Agile enablement
    • Define the policy mapping from COBIT to build out ALM Maintenance processes; partner with the organization to define, rollout and implement these processes
    • Define training, education and enablement functions for organizational adoption of new processes
    • Build a governance function to ensure alignment to the processes
    • Define reporting to ensure alignment to the policy framework
    • Define ongoing operational needs to enable adherence and execution of processes for the organization
    • Build partnerships across Technology, including working closely with leaders of associated technology standards and processes
    • Provide guidance and mentoring to team leads in the leadership of their teamsAs a Team Member Manager, you are expected to achieve success by leading yourself, your team, and the business. Specifically you will:
      • Lead your team with integrity and create an environment where your team members feel included, valued, and supported to do work that energizes them.
      • Accomplish management responsibilities which include sourcing and hiring talented team members, providing ongoing coaching and feedback, recognizing and developing team members, identifying and managing risks, and completing daily management tasks.The preferred location for this role is Charlotte-NC. - Other locations that can be considered are Chandler-AZ and Minneapolis-MN.

        Required Qualifications
        • 10+ years of technology experience
        • 5+ years of management experience in an IT environment
        • 5+ years of experience with Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) concepts
        • 3+ years of Agile experience

          Desired Qualifications
          • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
          • Ability to interact with all levels of an organization
          • Knowledge and understanding of application lifecycle, from design and development to testing, implementation and production support
          • Knowledge and understanding of software development life cycle (SDLC): all phases and types of testing
          • Ability to manage initiatives related to the following: architecture roadmap that aligns with business strategy and the broader architecture community; hardware and capacity planning, consolidation and rationalization; related emerging technology assessment and incubation
          • Ability to identify root-cause issues/improvement opportunities, and design approaches/programs/products to improve overall quality assurance
          • Strong relationship management skills
          • Leadership skills including the ability to influence effectively in a matrix environment
          • Ability to lead projects/initiatives with high risk and complexity
          • Experience developing improvement processes and implementation strategies
          • Experience identifying inefficiencies, finding opportunities to streamline business processes, and implementing change
          • Outstanding problem solving and decision making skills
          • A BS/BA degree or higher in science or technology

            Job Expectations
            • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time

              Street Address
              NC-Charlotte: 1525 W Wt Harris Blvd - Charlotte, NC
              AZ-Chandler: 2600 S Price Rd - Chandler, AZ
              AZ-Chandler: 2700 S Price Rd - Chandler, AZ
              MN-Minneapolis: 255 2nd Ave S - Minneapolis, MN


              Disclaimer

              All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

              Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.
              Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

          

Microsoft Full Stack .NET Developer (App Sys Eng 4)   

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Job Description
At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. We're looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you'll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience.Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you.Wells Fargo Technology sets IT strategy; enhances the design, development, and operations of our systems; optimizes the Wells Fargo infrastructure footprint; provides information security; and enables continuous banking access through in-store, online, ATM, and other channels to Wells Fargo's more than 70 million global customers.This Microsoft Full Stack .NET Developer (App Sys Eng 4) will be responsible for analysis, development, support and maintenance of internally developed application solutions. Qualified candidates will have a strong leadership presence, solid technical background, experience consulting on business solutions as well as creating and maintaining solid relationships with business and technology partners.The EFT Service Operations Technology - Configuration and Vulnerability team is part of the EFT ITforIT Group. We are currently seeking a Application Systems Engineer to join our team in supporting the needs of Wells Fargo, Corporate Technology, and our EFT business partners by providing applications, services, and tools that enable them to deliver simple, safe and sound, innovative and integrated solutions and services to our customers, business partners, and team members. The qualified candidate should have proven experience working with development teams and business partners to develop integrated solutions to meet Line of Business demands. This candidate must be familiar with Wells Fargo procedures and regulations as well as be able to work with multiple project managers, business partners and technology partners to drive for cost effective and efficient solutions. These positions will :---Analyze business requirements, designs and writes technical specifications to design or redesign computer solutions.---Lead work efforts, including assignment of tasks, and provides direction and guidance to less experienced staff.---Develop original and/or complex code or provides coding guidance to less experienced staff.---Assure quality, security and compliance requirements are met for supported area ----Contribute to project and technical documentation.---Act as an escalation point for application support and troubleshooting, provides guidance and direction to less experienced staff in resolution of escalated issues and/or complex production, application or system problems.---Participates in the updating and testing of the business continuation plan---Verify program logic by overseeing the preparation of test data, testing and debugging of programs.---Participate in overall systems testing.---Participate in the migration of applications to production.

Required Qualifications
  • 5+ years of application development and implementation experience
  • 5+ years of application development experience with ASP.NET(C#)
  • 5+ years of Object Oriented experience
  • 3+ years of MS SQL server experience
  • 3+ years of PL/SQL experience
  • 3+ years of application production support experience
  • 2+ years of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) experience

    Desired Qualifications
    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
    • Knowledge and understanding of SDLC (System Development Life Cycle)
    • 3+ years of Web Services experience
    • 3+ years of MVC (Model-View-Controller) Framework experience
    • 3 + years of Team Foundation Server (TFS) experience
    • 3+ years of Telerik Controls experience
    • 2+ years of financial services industry experience
    • A BS/BA degree or higher
    • A BS/BA degree or higher in information technology

      Other Desired Qualifications
      • 2+ years of experience working with QA and other Technology teams within Wells Fargo.
      • 2+ years of agile software development techniques
      • Experience with technology integration and data mapping/transformation technologies
      • Wells Fargo development experience.
      • Understanding of Wells Fargo Hosting offerings.



        Street Address
        NC-Charlotte: 1525 W Wt Harris Blvd - Charlotte, NC
        MN-Minneapolis: 600 S 4th St - Minneapolis, MN
        AZ-Chandler: 2600 S Price Rd - Chandler, AZ


        Disclaimer

        All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

        Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.
        Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

          

Applications Security Champion (Apps Systems Engineer 6)   

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Job Description
Important Note: During the application process, ensure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date and upload your current resume prior to submitting your application for consideration. To participate in some selection activities you will need to respond to an invitation. The invitation can be sent by both email and text message. - In order to receive text message invitations, your profile must include a mobile phone number designated as "Personal Cell" or "Cellular" in the contact information of your application.At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. We're looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you'll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience.Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you.Wells Fargo Technology sets IT strategy; enhances the design, development, and operations of our systems; optimizes the Wells Fargo infrastructure footprint; provides information security; and enables continuous banking access through in-store, online, ATM, and other channels to Wells Fargo's more than 70 million global customers.We have several openings for Application Security Champions to play an integral part of the Enterprise Application Security Program to formalize and enhance the capability to manage and remediate vulnerabilities identified by our applications and systems. This position is also accountable for implementing processes and practices in support of the Enterprise Application Security Program and champion Information Security best practices. - - -The core responsibilities for this position are:--- Provide technical guidance to developers on discovering and remediating software coding security vulnerabilities.--- Ensure strong progress through side by side work with app managers through key secure coding deliverables.--- Partner with architects and application development teams in secure software design.--- Provide the Secure Software Group (SSG) in Enterprise Information Security (EIS) feedback on information security related processes, tools, and procedures.--- Support communication efforts with application teams.--- Apply knowledge of information security and application development industry trends and technology to drive organizational change and position to properly manage and remediate vulnerabilities.The preferred locations are Minneapolis, MN; Charlotte, NC; Richmond, VA; and Chandler, AZ, however other locations within Wells Fargo footprint locations may be considered.

Required Qualifications
  • 10+ years of application development and implementation experience
  • 10+ years of Information Security Frameworks and standards (FFIEC, NIST, ISO) experience
  • 5+ years of web applications experience
  • 6+ years of SDLC (System Development Life Cycle) experience

    Desired Qualifications
    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
    • Configuration Management Tools experience
    • Secure SDLC (System Development Life Cycle) methodologies experience
    • Knowledge and understanding of threat analysis and assessment of potential and current information security risk/threats
    • Knowledge and understanding of security consulting on complex issues related to data access, integrity, confidentiality and business continuity
    • SAST (Static Analysis Software Testing) experience
    • Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
    • Ability to identify and manage complex issues and negotiate solutions within a geographically dispersed organization
    • A BS/BA degree or higher in information technology

      Other Desired Qualifications
      • Hands-on experience in configuring software tools in various environments.
      • Knowledge and understanding of Fortify Code Analyzer and Checkmarx
      • Knowledge or experience with all or some of the following practices; threat modeling, static analysis, bug bars, attack surface analysis, risk/privacy assessments, dynamic analysis, design requirements.
      • Hands-on experience with application security coding.
      • Application security experience with banking/financial services applications.
      • Project Management / Technical Lead experience



        Street Address
        AZ-Chandler: 2600 S Price Rd - Chandler, AZ
        NC-Charlotte: 1525 W Wt Harris Blvd - Charlotte, NC
        VA-Glen Allen: 4340 Innslake Dr - Glen Allen, VA
        MN-Minneapolis: 550 South 4th St - Minneapolis, MN


        Disclaimer

        All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

        Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.
        Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

          

Senior Technical Product Manager - Cranston   

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Job DescriptionJoin Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you. Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You''ll receive salary and compensation details upfront? - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you''re interested in, to find a job you''ll love in less than 2 weeks. A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it''s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams. Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences: Responsibilities Uncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements. Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations. Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products. Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage. Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly. Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product. Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities. Assess and address technical risks. Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems. Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc. Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance. Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation. Nice to Haves Bachelor''s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study). Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams. 2-5 years of relevant product-related experience. Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum. Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms. Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects. Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining. Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.by Jobble

          

Senior Technical Product Manager - Plymouth   

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Job DescriptionJoin Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you. Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You''ll receive salary and compensation details upfront? - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you''re interested in, to find a job you''ll love in less than 2 weeks. A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it''s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams. Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences: Responsibilities Uncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements. Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations. Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products. Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage. Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly. Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product. Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities. Assess and address technical risks. Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems. Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc. Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance. Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation. Nice to Haves Bachelor''s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study). Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams. 2-5 years of relevant product-related experience. Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum. Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms. Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects. Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining. Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.by Jobble

          

From Canada’s Election to Public Action: Beyond the Moral Tumor of Alberta Tar-Sands   

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For months during and after Canada’s 2019 federal election campaign, corporate media provided daily frontline news space for non-stop Alberta demands for more tar-sands export infrastructure through British Columbia, as well as discrediting stories on the Trudeau government for questionable

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Senior Technical Product Manager - Brockton   

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Job DescriptionJoin Hired and find your dream job as a Senior Technical Product Manager at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you. Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You''ll receive salary and compensation details upfront? - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you''re interested in, to find a job you''ll love in less than 2 weeks. A Senior Technical Product Manager (PM) has a strong technical background that is focused on the more technical aspects of the product; and works closely with the engineering team. With their technical acumen and deeper familiarity with the inner workings of the engineering organization, they are better able to properly assess whether engineering estimates are correct, review technical specifications, architecture and networking plans, and participate in security, scalability and infrastructure activities. This role may also be called upon when it comes to working with third parties, whether it''s evaluating APIs and capabilities, mapping out integration plans or evaluating different technology options. Senior Technical Product Managers are not writing code or creating networking diagrams. Join today because many of our companies are looking for Senior Technical Product Managers with the following types of experiences: Responsibilities Uncover and understand customer needs and translate them into requirements. Ability to work well with internal teams, including developers, engineers, architects, quality assurance and operations. Ensure requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations. Understand, research and follow technical trends in the industry and in general. Able to assess emerging products and companies to measure their potential value or threat to the company and its products. Make recommendations on which new technologies to invest in or leverage. Follow competitors and conduct capability analysis regularly. Provide internal and customer training on how to use the product. Answer incoming questions about the product and its capabilities. Assess and address technical risks. Understand and analyze data pipelines, algorithms and automated systems. Use database queries to analyze performance indicators, evaluate experiments, etc. Define success criteria for testing and product acceptance. Facilitate creation and maintenance of proper product documentation. Nice to Haves Bachelor''s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (or similar area of study). Strong verbal, presentation and written communication skills for technical teams. 2-5 years of relevant product-related experience. Experience with Oracle, SQL, NOSQL Java, Javascript, REST, EDI, SOAP, React, Agile and Scrum. Strong Object-Oriented Programming Skills. Good understanding of data structures and algorithms. Demonstrated experience executing significant cross-functional projects. Strong analytical skill set and a high degree of proficiency in data mining. Recent experience in a similar Technical Product Manager Job capacity.by Jobble

          

RF and Data Technician   

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Take your career to the next level with . We offer jobs with Fortune 1000 companies nationwide AND invest in your career development through our generous, annual training contribution. * * * Contract to Hire Opportunity * * * We are seeking an experienced Level II RF and Data Field Services Technician to perform a variety of skilled technical work in configuration, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of telecommunications physical, data link, and network layer systems and associated equipment. Duties are performed in a highly customer orientated organization where the exercise of excellent customer service and teamwork is paramount. Operating, monitoring, and servicing multiple communications devices in specialty networks. Diagnose and test voice, data, and specialty (RF) network infrastructure. Expectations include: the ability to perform unsupervised installations, conduct independent system level troubleshooting, proficiency on varied specialty systems. VSAT experience is required. Overview:Functions as a Level II Voice and Data Technician with additional RF experience and additional specific training and/or with additional site-specific knowledge. Works with other third party supplied personnel engaged in the installation, maintenance, and repair of voice, data, and RF equipment. Tracks and manages the assets of the voice, data, and RF network. Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:
  • Ability to install, maintain, configure, and troubleshoot communication transmission systems e.g., microwave, radio, satellite, fiber, cable - includes in-house and vendor supplied services
  • Ability to interface control networks (e.g., SCADA) with client network
  • Understanding of wireless infrastructure transmission characteristics
  • Skilled practitioner of the methods, tools, equipment and materials used in RF equipment testing, repair, and maintenance
  • Demonstrated and proven ability specifically in RF test equipment functions Planning / Organization Skills:
    • Highly skilled in prioritizing to effectively meet daily work demands
    • Ability to maintain, configure, and troubleshoot access and distribution switches
    • Must have knowledge of MAC and IP addressing (broadcast, unicast, multicast), switch operating systems, and basic understanding of spanning tree functions
    • Ability to maintain, configure, and troubleshoot traditional telephony components
    • Ability to maintain, configure, and troubleshoot VoIP end points and voicemail accounts
    • Ability to manage hardware requirements including staging, testing, installation, configuration, maintenance, and decommissioning of components applicable to area of responsibility
    • Ability to document infrastructure configuration, changes, and design components in order to facilitate effective management of the infrastructure and ensure accuracy of the infrastructure information (e.g. components, version numbers, supplier information, history, location, status, component relationships, and asset information)
    • Understanding of infrastructure cabling, i.e. fiber, copper, and coax
    • Fully understands the hardware means of sending and receiving data on a carrier, including defining cables, cards, and physical aspects
    • Basic knowledge of TCP/IP protocol suite
    • Ability to detect, record, investigate, and diagnose events which cause disruption or reduction in quality or service level - includes incident monitoring, tracking, communication, resolution, and recovery
    • Skilled practitioner of the methods, tools, equipment, and materials used in telecommunications equipment testing, repair, and maintenance
    • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
    • Communication Skills:
      • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
      • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees
      • Planning / organization skills and proficiency in prioritizing to effectively meet daily work demands
      • Ability to cultivate positive and cooperative working relationships with others Safe Work Practices:
        • Create and update job safety analysis (JSA) documents
        • Ability to pass fit-for-duty requirements W2 only, no Corp to Corp. We are unable to sponsor H1B visas at this time. ** Supports Equal Employment Opportunity** , a division of CompuCom Systems, Inc., a global company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, provides IT staffing services and solutions to Fortune 1000 companies as well as small and medium business. For more information, visit . - provided by Dice

          

Chat about Systems Engineer, Development, Support Engineer Opportunities with AWS   

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The AWS Intelligence Initiative is hiring for a unique opportunity working with some of the best and brightest engineers and technical leaders, while breaking new ground for U.S. Government agencies by delivering agile software services and infrastructure. Our training and onboarding program provides a 12-month opportunity of deep technical training and onboarding including classroom sessions, hands-on exposure and working side by side with top AWS Engineers across multiple of AWS' most popular products. Our career pathways give Engineers exposure to AWS products by offering key project work while rotating through teams across the organization resulting in an opportunity to join one of the engineering teams as a top pioneering Amazonian. If you are passionate about the potential of cloud computing, and about building simple and elegant software solutions while being able to obtain a U.S. Government Clearance apply for a role on our team.

We're looking for candidates for the following roles inSeattle, WA and/or Herndon, VA:
  • Support Engineers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Systems Development Engineers
  • Systems Analysts

    *Please note that all interested candidates must be a US citizen with the ability to obtain a security clearance*

    If you're interested in learning more about ouropportunities or what we are building on these teams, start a chat today with our team!

    All chats are text-based and we are primarily based on theEast Coast (9-5pm ET). We may not respond right away but you can expect a response fromus within 24 hours of receiving your message (except weekends). You will receive an email notification/text alert when we respond so that we can continue the chat here on this page. Associated topics: equipment, infrastructure, ip, maintenance, network, satcom, satellite, system engineer, system specialist, technician

          

Software Development Engineer - Region Build - Relocation Available - 888535-0 (Elizabeth,NJ)   

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Have questions about this role? Start a chat with the recruiter today!



Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world leader in providing a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world!

Passionate about building, owning and operating massively scalable systems? Experienced in building and leading teams of highly competent software engineers? Want to make a billion-dollar impact? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you.

The Team: We're an agile, independent team working to build a brand new AWS product. This team is redefining the way AWS designs, builds and operates regions. We deliver products by working backwards from unique customer requirements for broader applicability to AWS' global regions.

We are in search of an experienced Software Developer to develop critical products for our customers, and offer excellent technical support. Developers at Amazon work on real world problems on a global scale, own systems end-to-end, and influence the direction of our technology that impacts hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Join a team of passionate, customer obsessed developers that think big and have fun.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

2+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
Programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
1+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems.
Bachelor's Degree or higher in Computer Science, Engineering or related field.
1-2+ years experience developing prototypes for each phase of development, from startup through launch and beyond.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

3+ years of professional experience with modern programming languages (eg. Java, JavaScript, C/C++) and open-source technologies (Linux, Spring)
3+ years of professional experience designing and developing large-scale, distributed software applications, tools, systems and services using such as Java, C#, or C++, and Object-Oriented Design.
Experience developing software services and knowledge of design for scalability, performance and reliability
Experience with distributed (multi-tiered) systems, algorithms, and relational databases
Experience in communicating with end users, technical teams and senior management to collect requirements, define software product features, technical designs and product strategy
Ability to synthesize requirements underlying feature requests, recommend alternative technical and business approaches, and facilitate engineering efforts to meet aggressive timelines.
Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, continuous deployments, testing and operations
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of computer networking and information security
Demonstrated ability to mentor junior software engineers in all aspects of their engineering skill-sets
2+ years of AWS experience
Meets/exceeds Amazon's leadership principles requirements for this role
Meets/exceeds Amazon's functional/technical depth and complexity for this role

*Please email AWS Sourcing Recruiter, Scott Korkowski (...@amazon.com) if you have questions.

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity - Affirmative Action Employer - Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age.

**For more information on Amazon Web Services, please visit

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Seattle, Washington

Software Development Associated topics: algorithm, application, backend, back end, developer, devops, matlab, software developer, software engineer, sw

          

Chat with Scott about Senior Software Development Engineer - Relocation Available - 4545849-0    

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I'm Scott and I'm a sourcing recruiter with AWS! Interested or have questions? Start a chat with me today! All chats are text-based and I'm based on the East Coast (9-5pmET). I may not respond right away but you can expect a response from me within 24 hours of receiving your message (except weekends).

JOB ID: 874967

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world leader in providing a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world!

Passionate about building, owning and operating massively scalable systems? Experienced in building and leading teams of highly competent software engineers? Want to make a billion-dollar impact? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you.

The Team: We're an agile, independent team working to build a brand new AWS product. We need developers who are capable of breaking down and solving complex problems. This team will have the opportunity to work on highly visible projects that directly impact hundreds of other teams at Amazon.

Developers at Amazon work on real world problems on a global scale, own their systems end-to-end, and influence the direction of our technology that impacts hundreds of millions customers around the world. Join a team of super smart, customer obsessed developers that think big and have fun.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

4+ years of professional software development experience
3+ years of programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
2+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field or equivalent work experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Mater's Degree in Computer Science or related field or equivalent work experience
Strong knowledge of Computer Science fundamentals in object-oriented design, data structures, algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysis
Knowledge of, at least, one modern programming language such as C, C++, Java, or Perl
Experience developing complex software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers
Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
Ability to take a project from scoping requirements through actual launch of the project
Experience in communicating with users, other technical teams, and management to collect requirements, describe software product features, and technical designs
Experiencing mentoring junior software development engineers and driving engineering excellence
Meets/exceeds Amazon's leadership principles requirements for this role
Meets/exceeds Amazon's functional/technical depth and complexity for this role

*Please email AWS Sourcing Recruiter, Scott Korkowski (...@amazon.com) if you have questions.

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity - Affirmative Action Employer - Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age.

**For more information on Amazon Web Services, please visit

This role will sit in our new headquarters in Northern Virginia, where Amazon will invest $2.5 billion dollars, occupy 4 million square feet of energy efficient office space, and create at least 25,000 new full-time jobs. Our employees and the neighboring community will also benefit from the associated investments from the Commonwealth including infrastructure updates, public transportation improvements, and new access to Reagan National Airport.

By working together on behalf of our customers, we are building the future one innovative product, service, and idea at a time. Are you ready to embrace the challenge? Come build the future with us. Associated topics: architect, backend, c, design pattern, java, lead, maven, senior software developer, senior software engineer, software engineer lead

          

Network Security Engineer, Senior with Security Clearance   

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The Network Security Engineer, Senior applies expertise and work experience using network technologies to perform network engineering security assessments on AF Enterprise information technology. Providing mission cyber support for HQ Air Force Air Combat Control (HQ ACC) in analytical cyber security assessments and recommendations to include analysis and technical assessments. Clearance Level: Must possess an active Top Secret clearance Certification Requirement: CCNP at minimum; CCIE preferred Location : On-site at Langley AFB VA Mon- Fri Essential Duties & Responsibilities: The Network Security Engineer, Senior analyzes network topologies, hardware lists, software lists, and network configuration files to provides recommendations to Cyber Risk Analysts, SMEs, and SCA-Rs that are used in independent analysis or incorporated into cybersecurity risk assessments: * Determine network insecurities and attack surface based on analysis of network topologies and configuration files. * Evaluate effectiveness of proposed mitigations. * Recommend engineering changes to mitigate cyber risk. * Contributes to recommendations on network processes and methodologies to assess cybersecurity risk on information technology within the SCA's appointed authorization boundary. * Works with other Cyber Risk Analysts, SMEs, and SCA-Rs to ensure that all network related cybersecurity analysis and cybersecurity risk assessments are completed with time and quality standards established by Division leadership and Task Manager. * Determine system vulnerabilities and residual risk based on analysis of technical artifacts, interviews, and evaluation of current system state. * Evaluates effectiveness of proposed mitigations. Education and Experience: BS in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems or equivalent required. Degrees may be substituted with additional 6 years of experience: * 5+ years of experience in cyber risk assessment of HQ ACC systems or experience with networking technologies utilized in AFNET or ACC systems * Network technologies include, but not limited to, routers, switches, firewalls, cross-domain solutions, and virtualized network devices * Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook * Federal contracting experience required * Be able to multi-task in a tight deadline mission critical environment * Able to converse effectively both orally and in writing up and down the chains of command Why Sev1Tech? Sev1Tech LLC, a fast growing consulting, engineering, and IT technical services provider to the Federal Government and Commercial marketplace, puts employees first with competitive salaries and benefits. With regional headquarters in Virginia and Colorado, Sev1Tech provides IT, engineering, and program management consulting services. We enable organizations to drive innovation in the public and private sectors, keep the economy moving forward and safeguard the country. Sev1Tech provides program management and acquisition support for the world's toughest challenges, build and optimize some of the nation's most advanced IT systems and help sustain critical infrastructure operations for global leaders. Sev1Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions. Sev1Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected cla

          

Info Security Engineer 4- Compliance/Reporting/Remediation   

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Job Description
Important Note: During the application process, ensure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date and upload your current resume prior to submitting your application for consideration. To participate in some selection activities you will need to respond to an invitation. The invitation can be sent by both email and text message. In order to receive text message invitations, your profile must include a mobile phone number designated as ?Personal Cell? or ?Cellular? in the contact information of your application. At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers? financial needs and help them succeed financially. We?re looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you?ll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience. Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you. Wells Fargo Technology sets IT strategy; enhances the design, development, and operations of our systems; optimizes the Wells Fargo infrastructure footprint; provides information security; and enables continuous banking access through in-store, online, ATM, and other channels to Wells Fargo?s more than 70 million global customers. The Network Security team is looking for a strong Firewall engineer with a compliance and support background to join our Infrastructure Engineering Team. The Engineer who will be responsible for Firewall compliance review, remediation, action planning, and reporting. This individual will help with Skybox reporting setup and delivery, firewall log reviews and reporting, and reviewing activities performed against our infrastructure. Will eventually be responsible for doing control testing and ensuring tools are doing what they need.

Required Qualifications
  • 5+ years of information security applications and systems experience
  • 3+ years of audit, regulatory compliance or risk management experience
  • 1 + year of Networking experience
  • 1+ year of Firewall experience
  • 5+ years of experience working with information security controls and deployments in a production environment
  • 1+ years of experience delivering complex enterprise wide information technology solutions
  • 4+ years of information security log management system experience
  • 4+ years of Information Security reporting and analysis experience
  • 2+ years of Splunk experience
  • 2 + years of experience with technical project coordination associated with PC, server and network deployments
  • 5+ years of information security vulnerability assessment experience

    Desired Qualifications
    • Advanced Information Security technical skills
    • Ability to manage complex issues and develop solutions
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • 1+ year of Python experience

      Job Expectations
      • Flexibility to frequently be on call beyond normal working hours
      • Ability to work on call as assigned

        Disclaimer

        All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

        Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.
        Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.


        Company Description:

        Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo---s vision is to satisfy our customers--- financial needs and help them succeed financially. With approximately 261,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune---s 2019 rankings of America---s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.--Wells Fargo has been helping military members and veterans succeed financially for nearly 170 years. Throughout the years, Wells Fargo has supported military members and veterans through initiatives to recruit and retain team members, and through foundation donations, countless volunteer hours, and event sponsorship.

          

Systems Administrator   

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Systems Administrator * Job Tracking ID: ******-****** * Job Location: Chantilly, VA * Job Level: Any * Level of Education: Any * Job Type: Full-Time/Regular * Date Updated: August 26, 2019 * Years of Experience: Not Applicable * Starting Date: August 26, 2019 facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email Job Description: The successful candidate will provide platform operations and maintenance (O & M) support for Windows Active Directory environments. Typical responsibilities will include: - O & M of multiple enterprise Windows Active Directory environments and support of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) used to deliver desktop environments to the user base - Troubleshoot server issues, manage print servers, and perform escalation support and performance monitoring - Provide dedicated support for troubleshooting of platform issues and user questions; work with users to resolve tickets - Schedule, plan, and implement system upgrades for multiple environments - Patch and maintain infrastructure systems to be compliant with security scans - Work with engineering to improve the supportability of the domains and maintain the application delivery systems - Configure and maintain the domain certificate infrastructure, print services, and group policies - Provide direct support to other Server Infrastructure teams and cross train to alleviate single points of failure and meet ongoing responsibilities - Investigate, evaluate, and recommend other viable hardware and software solutions as appropriate; identify efficiency opportunities - Interpret and implement system standards, process, and security specifications to maintain organizational IT standards - Provide formal documentation and status reports to fulfill organizational compliance requirements and to serve as reference material for other teams Experience and Skills: Required Qualifications: * Degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field and 4+ years of experience in system administration; if no degree, 6+ years experience in system engineering or related field. * 4+ years of Windows Systems Administration experience * Hands-on experience with Windows 2012R2 * Knowledge of and experience with application delivery solutions * Experience supporting a medium sized (-500) user environment * Possess strong troubleshooting, problem solving, and verbal/written communication skills. Desired Qualifications: * Experience with VMware Horizon View * Experience with LANDesk * Experience with user and server certificates * Experience maintaining system security plans * Ability to lead technical teams to success Ian, Evan & Alexander Corporation (IEA) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

          

Extension Outreach Associate, Research and Fellowships   

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EXTENSION OUTREACH ASSOCIATE, RESEARCH AND FELLOWSHIPS - ****** College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) University of Illinois Extension University of Illinois Extension is seeking creative and motivated individuals to join the inaugural team of a newly launched Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center (EPECC) at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. EPECC will work to strengthen university connections across the state in a way that builds reciprocal and collaborative partnerships via the deeply rooted Extension network, which serves more than 1.3 million program participants each year. EPECC staff will provide leadership within a talented network of professionals to re-imagine the land-grant university through public impact-focused research, teaching, and outreach. The Extension Outreach Associate, Research and Fellowships serves as a full time, 12 month academic professional directly reporting to the EPECC Coordinator. The Outreach Associate s primary responsibilities are to provide oversight, develop and evaluate all grant and fellowship programs within EPECC, supporting the mission of the University of Illinois Extension. One full-time position is available. Location: Champaign-Urbana Campus The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit ************************** . To learn more about the University s commitment to diversity, please visit ***************************************** . This is a security-sensitive position. Comprehensive background checks, including but not limited to a criminal conviction information check, a CANTS check, and a review of the Registered Sex Offender list, will be conducted. Specific responsibilities of the Extension Outreach Associate, Research and Fellowships are as follows: Fellowship Development and Outreach Oversee and aid in the development of all Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center (EPECC) fellowship programs. Identify and liaise with state host agency officials; draft and publish Requests for Applications and other announcements; organize and lead key workshops; and work with financial personnel on pre-and post-award administration of fellowships. Establish, maintain and nurture connections with state representatives to secure interest in and support for hosting fellows. Advertise opportunities for fellowships and collect applications, both among potential hosts and to interested fellowship candidates. Develop processes for the review and selection of fellowship finalists. Establish relationships and coordinate with diverse state fellowship hosts to understand logistical and scheduling constraints, and develop an optimal schedule for annual state fellowship program. Coordinate with hosts and fellows in state fellowship program to obtain adequate mentoring and project plans. Consult and coordinate with the Public Relations and Government Affairs Coordinator as needed. Research Development and Outreach Oversee and aid in the development of all Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center (EPECC) research grant programs. Liaise with Extension and University of Illinois officials; draft and publish Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and announcements; recruit and host a review panel to evaluate proposals; and work with financial personnel on pre- and post-award administration of grants. Advise and make recommendations to the EPECC Coordinator to ensure the highest quality of research is funded throughout the state using a competitive peer-review process. Develop and implement a proposal and reporting portal to allow proposal submission, and manage submissions within this system. Advise principal investigators (PIs) on project-specific and technical problems and on how to address these in their proposals; contact the PIs to discuss the fate of their proposal submissions. Partner with Extension leadership, the Campus Extension Administrators Team, and supporting partners to develop and establish proposal submission and review requirements for each funding opportunity. Evaluation and Research Analyze, evaluate and oversee the preparation of scientific information and documentation used in the preparation of the RFPs, review and selection process. Manage the scientific review and evaluation process for all proposals submitted to the program, including securing review panel evaluation of scientific merit and interpretation, and selection of all outside reviews. Assess program's effectiveness, and recommend changes to program's content, policies and procedures accordingly. Maintain and develop scientific and outreach expertise and familiarity in the latest applied research developments in all program areas funded by the program through special training courses, attending conferences, and scientific literature. Work with program leadership to identify and pursue funding opportunities and revenue streams. Participate in the program budgeting and accounting processes to support and evaluate financial infrastructure of program. Organizational Leadership Organize and lead the annual state fellows matching workshop that pairs hosts with finalist candidates. Represent the research and/or fellowship programs at state and national meetings, including presenting program accomplishments through presentations and/or fielding questions regarding the various research and/or fellowship activities. Serve on committees representing the program, participating in short term and long term planning. Develop content, organize and run annual meetings (agenda setting, speaker/panel composition and invitation, drafting technical or background information). Assign work and responsibilities for various aspects of meeting implementation (invitation, venue and accommodations reservation, agenda, name cards, parking, catering, hosting socials, travel reimbursement) to appropriate staff. Represent Extension as a whole and in individual projects at funding agencies and advisory bodies by describing or addressing questions pertaining to the program and the projects. Participate, as appropriate, in activities in support of Extension s broader mission, including at Extension state, regional, and national network meetings. Other Information Comply with all University of Illinois Extension Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity policies and guidelines in all aspects of Extension work; assists Unit staff with data collection for Affirmative Action, Gender, and Targeted reports. Local, regional and (limited) statewide travel required; personal transportation required. To perform the functions of this position, the employee will be required to perform work both within an office and outside in the communities that are served, and must have the capability to travel from one location to the other in a timely fashion. Employee is responsible for securing personal transportation. A valid driver s license is preferred. Some work will be required during evenings and/or weekends. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may occasionally weigh up to forty (40) pounds and frequently weigh up to twenty (20) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) by contacting ******************** . Administrative Relationship The Extension Outreach Associate, Research and Fellowships is administratively responsible to the Coordinator, Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center. Qualifications Required: A Master s of Science degree. Candidates with a Master s degree in progress may be considered for interviews, but degree must be completed by hire date. Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in project management related to scientific research. Preferred: Academic background and experience in one or more of Extension s priority issue areas is preferred: Food; Economy; Environment; Community; and Health. Demonstrated experience with research proposal and fellowship application administration; experience working outside of academic research in fields of science application, management or administration. Experience with legislative processes and/or state government. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: (REQUIRED) Proven strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; Evidence of ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results. Knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices; Demonstrated capacity to read, comprehend and interpret scientific proposals; Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. Knowledge of Illinois state legislative offices and agencies roles and operations. (PREFERRED) Mission of UIE, the land-grant system, and University of Illinois policies and procedures. Additional Information The position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure, academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date on the Champaign-Urbana campus, with some travel to county offices across the Illinois Extension network. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance. Application Procedure To apply, go to ****************************** . Log in to your account and upload a cover letter and resume as well the names and contact information of three professional references. Resume dates must be in month/year format and employment history, at a minimum, should include all work dating back to the completion of your undergraduate degree. Positions that were less than full-time/100% must be noted as being part-time. Transcripts may be requested at a later date. To receive full consideration, all requested application materials must be submitted via the online system by the close date of November 21, 2019 . For further information about the position, please contact Deborah Seiler at ********************* . For technical assistance with the online application process, please email *****************.

          

0237 - Spécial Certification   

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Pour célébrer le 15ème anniversaire de notre podcast, nous avons concocté une émission spéciale sur les certifications Microsoft. Nous discutons avec quatre informaticiens qui ont acceptées de partager leurs motivations à passer les examens. Comment ils se sont préparés? Quel est leur opinion des examens et leur trucs et astuces.

 

Ces quatre informaticiens sont les suivants:

 

Louis Turmel est passionné par les nouvelles technologies. L'optimisation, l'automatisation, l'augmentation de la qualité et l'opérationnalisation ont toujours fait partie intégrante de ses préoccupations. L'avènement du DevOps est depuis quelques années une révélation qui s'est transformer en passion, ce qui lui a permis de recentrer sa carrière en tant que consultant DevOps, afin de pouvoir tirer profit de la variété d'expérience acquise aux cours des 16 dernières années.


Stephane Lapointe est un spécialiste en solutions Cloud qui possède plus de 20 ans d’expérience avec les technologies Microsoft. Il travaille chez ShareGate en tant que spécialiste en solutions Cloud. Il est très passionné par tout ce qui touche Microsoft Azure, l’automatisation, la pratique DevOps et l’automatisation de toute sorte à l’aide de PowerShell. Très impliqué dans la communauté MSDEVMTL à Montréal où il est coorganisateur du groupe Azure, il est aussi un Microsoft Azure MVP & Advisor.


Vlad Catrinescu est un consultant SharePoint et Office 365 spécialisé dans les déploiements des infrastructures SharePoint, SharePoint Online ainsi que les déploiements hybrides. En tant qu’auteur, Microsoft Certified Trainer et conférencier international, Vlad a aidé des centaines de milliers d’utilisateurs et administrateurs à tirer le meilleur profit de SharePoint.


Michel Perfetti, marseillais d'origine, est directeur technique chez Cellenza. Il travaille depuis 2006 sur les problématiques d'industrialisation du développement logiciel avec l’outillage Microsoft. Michel est fortement impliqué dans la communauté parisienne des développeurs Microsoft et, à ce titre, il reçoit la reconnaissance MVP depuis 2006. Michel intervient en tant que consultant sur des problématiques d'architecture ou développement ainsi que des problématiques liées aux méthodologies de travail et l'agilité.

 

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Regional Vice President - VP - Human Resources   

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Company in the HealthCare sector.
  • Partner with care site, medical group and system services leadership in a strategic manner regarding Human Resources issues and activities.-- Oversee implementation and coordinates policies and programs for care sites, medical groups and business units consistent with policy guidelines established by company, including employment, positive employee/labor relations, wage and salary administration, orientation and training, placement, safety and health, benefits and associate services.
  • Collaborate with management and other system service functions on the resolution of complex provider, employee and labor relations issues, including performance management, disciplinary, compliance and licensure issues, and various harassment investigations.
  • Provide highly advanced guidance and recommendations for work force planning.-- Assist leadership in the assessment of the talent needs, real time monitoring of the local employment market, nurturing internal talent for career advancement, having a presence in the local employment market to keep company as top of mind as the Employer of Choice, overseeing the candidate's on site interview experience and holding leaders accountable for workforce planning, interviewing and retention programs.
  • Design, implement and monitor efforts to enhance employee engagement, foster a culture of safety, high reliability and the best patient experience.-- Design infrastructure and tools to support leaders and teams in achieving Strategic Plans through associate productivity and engagement.--
  • Actively monitor and engage with leadership to forecast attrition rates, create strategies/interventions to enhance retention and coach leaders on complex matters related to associate retention.----
  • Partner with care site leadership in fostering the cultural attributes that support company's mission, community needs and the associate's passion for working in health care.
  • Assess and anticipate human resource issues and communicate proactively with local leadership and System Services Human Resources leadership.
    • Bachelor's degree in business or Human Resources; MBA or relevant business experience working with senior leadership at a strategic level.
    • Experience in union and non-union environments.
    • Minimum of 5 years working in healthcare and complex matrixed reporting relationships; with a minimum of 2 years at the Director or Vice President level.
    • Minimum of 5 years of progressive professional experience in business and Human Resources.

          

Production Maintenance Electrician 3 - Night Shift   

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. On our schedule rotation of 3 nights on and 2 nights off; 2 nights on and 3 nights off - you'll work 15 nights a month and get paid for the whole thing! These production maintenance technicians are responsible for providing an intermediate level of expertise in installing, programming, troubleshooting, servicing and documenting the electrical and controls needs of process / production equipment in an industrial environment. Must have the ability to maintain, improve, and participate in developing control systems, programming ladder logic / PLCs (Allen Bradley, Siemens, GE, Fanuc, MicroLogix, ControlLogix, and PLC-5) and HMI. Works with Allen Bradley Controls and instrumentation such as thermocouples and transducers, as well as primary voltages up to and including 480v. The Production Maintenance Electrician 3 must have the ability to identify and correct any safety-related issues and perform independent equipment evaluations to identify potential equipment failures. General Maintenance of equipment will also be required. Responsibilities: Diagnoses, troubleshoots, maintains, and repairs manufacturing process / production machines, robots, automation equipment and related electrical equipment, such as electrical control circuits from 24v up to and including 480v AC, electro-mechanical test devices, instrumentation devices, PLCs / ladder logic controllers, and variable frequency drives as necessary. Calibrates instrumentation equipment and controls for optimum performance. Support the procurement of spare parts. Identifies and documents cost savings. Utilizes strong mechanical and electrical skills in order to complete assignments. Performs preventive maintenance on process/production equipment as scheduled in the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). Responds and provides service and feedback to the customer on all work orders while assuring compliance to codes, regulations and industry standards. Recommends measures to improve maintenance methods and equipment performance. Safely performs functions of the position including following proper safety guidelines such as job hazard analysis and lockout/tag out procedures and wearing PPE as required. Operates various measuring, diagnostic and testing instruments to help provide energy efficiency solutions. Operates a variety of equipment such as hand tools, laptop computers and diagnostic hardware to perform work. Maintains a strict schedule in order to be successful in the assignment, yet demonstrates flexibility in the day-to-day activities and scheduling for the benefit of the customer . Other duties as assigned by Manager or Supervisor. For more information, please contact Stephen Senkowski at *************************** or ************ ! Within AECOM, our group provides facilities and production maintenance services for our clients' industrial, manufacturing, distribution, pharmaceutical, and commercial sites worldwide. We run our own crews of Production Maintenance Techs, CNC Service Techs, Automation Techs, Industrial Electricians, Maintenance Mechanics, Industrial HVAC Techs, Logistics / Crib Management, Planner/ Schedulers, Supervisors and safety professionals inside our customers' facilities to keep their infrastructure operating smoothly. These are full-time, regular positions with AECOM that offer competitive pay and a full benefits package, including Medical, Dental & Vision insurance 3 weeks of accrued Paid Time Off per calendar year 401k plan with 3% company match Employee discounts And much more - And your benefits start the same day you do! Check us out at ************************************************ ! Come join our team! PEOHR Minimum Requirements High School diploma or demonstrated equivalent. Three years of experience performing electrical maintenance on industrial manufacturing process / production equipment, or demonstrated equivalent combination of education and experience. Ability to work in an aerial lift or scissor lift at heights up to 30 feet or higher. Additional Information: Qualified applicants who are offered a position must pass a pre-employment substance abuse test. This position may require a valid Driver's License. This position does not include sponsorship for United States work authorization. This position will require the ability to obtain a security access badge at our client's location. This position may require various shifts, weekends, and alternative work schedules. Physical Requirements: Requires the ability to regularly lift up to 50 lbs. Requires the ability to regularly climb extension ladders, roof ladder, stepladders, and stairs at least 10 times during shift. Requires the flexibility to bend/stoop, squat repetitive during shift. Requires the ability to regularly kneel repetitive for shift. Requires the ability to move in a 90-degree fashion on a repetitive basis for shift. Requires the ability to stretch/reach on a repetitive basis for shift. Requires the ability to walk extensively throughout the plant during shift. Requires the use of a Company/Client approved utility knife. Requires the ability to differentiate colors pertaining to wire color-coding. Some tasks will require repetitive wrist movement. Special Requirements: Wear steel toe safety shoes, safety glasses, gloves, hard hats and other Personal Protective Equipment as needed. Cope with demands (stressors) that are associated with the job and/or the work environment so that acceptable levels of performance and overall contribution are maintained Preferred Qualifications Associates Degree in Industrial Electrical, Industrial Technology, or related skilled trade program. NFPA-70E Training. Experience troubleshooting CNC Machine tools and controls. Experience with robotic systems and controls (Fanuc, ABB, etc.). Experience troubleshooting and repairing components up to 480v 3 phase. Experience troubleshooting 4-20mA and 0-10v circuits. Experience troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing PLCs, such as Allen Bradley, Fanuc etc. Experience using RS Logix, MicroLogix, ControlLogix and PLC-5 Software. Experience troubleshooting and diagnosing VFDs. Experience calibrating testing equipment. Experience utilizing a CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System). Other Attributes: Must be willing to work overtime when required. May be required to work holidays and weekends What We Offer When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world , but working to make amazing happen in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. Job Category Maintenance Business Line Management Services Business Group Management Services Group (MS) Country United States of America Position Status Full-Time Requisition/Vacancy No. ******BR Clearance Required No Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

          

Electrical Engineer   

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Electrical Engineer SHE****** This position description is subject to change at any time as needed to meet the requirements of the program or company POSITION SUMMARY: Prepares project design drawings, specifications, schedules and cost estimates for facility and infrastructure projects for construction. Responsible for ensuring project designs meet customer's requirements and adhere to all applicable code requirements and industry standards. Directs inspectors in construction management activities and solves construction issues as they arise. Provides leadership and mentoring to junior engineers. Develops engineering standards for installation facilities construction. Develops and champions the installation's goal to provide quality facilities. Evaluates plans/criteria and completes special analyses supporting efforts accomplished by others. Provides technical expertise on a variety of engineering activities. Liases with customers and supervisors to plan, manage, design, and supervise the construction of projects. MAJOR JOB ACTIVITIES: 1. Determine work classification of project scope and work with contract programmer on issues arising from such determinations. 2. Develop plans for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures that comply with programmed scope and costs. Draft/supervise drafting of detailed plans and construction documents. Assure drawings are prepared in compliance with appropriate drawing (tri-service) standards. 3. Complies with AFI 32-1023, in additional to specific contractual guidance in accomplishment of design services. Prepares facility project designs to account for all known conditions and constraints, to allow for maximum flexibility, and to ensure adherence to all building codes, regulatory laws and safety standards as contractually defined. Completes thorough design analyses on projects and studies, conceptual designs, schematic designs (with cost estimates) and design development documentation, providing a complete and accurate design for all elements of projects. Provides designs compliant with all applicable building, fire, safety and handicapped accessibility codes; regulatory laws, UFC, AF directives and base standards. Coordinates and documents the complete design process and ensures designs incorporate uniformity of building materials and utility distribution systems that are compliant with Sheppard AFB standards. Confer with customer/supervisor to determine project details, such as scope of work, timing of work, phasing requirements, plan preparation, acceptance issues, special conditions, or other matters. 4. Determine material quantities, labor requirements and other factors, and such information in preparing detailed, accurate projections of construction costs. Prepare documents presenting costs for use in programming projects, preparing budgeting plans, and assessing validity of contractor bids. 5. Submits necessary construction documents to Base Contracting and attends project pre-bid conferences and site visits; provides any necessary project amendments and RFI clarification to Contracting in a timely manner. Participate in contract solicitation, bid review, award, and pre-work activities. Assure contract documents (e.g. signed drawings, purchase requests, submittal listings, etc) are promptly prepared, executed and delivered. Prepare detailed statements of work for construction projects. 6. Review contract submittals for compliance with contract specifications. Inspect project site and evaluate contractor compliance with contract requirements. Oversee activities of project inspectors to assure regular and accurate daily inspection of contractor work. 7. Assure complete and appropriate project closeout, including fiscal closeout, asbuilt and record drawing completion, etc. 8. Supports Portfolio Optimization through management of investment planning through base comprehensive planning, project planning and requirements integration; directs program development and preparation of programming documents for executed projects. Provide input to the base Community Planner in development of the General Plan. Collaborate with the Community Planner, Planner/Programmer and shop craftsmen in developing long range infrastructure plans. Provides expertise in prioritization of work in preparing those plans. 9. Coordinates with BCAMP Managers on Facilities, Utilities, Transportation Networks and Natural Infrastructure to support BCAMP development. 10. Schedule and host design charrettes and follow-on design reviews designed by outside A/Es; control project scope and cost, remaining within AF space standards and project programmed amount. 11. Provide input to the base Community Planner in development of the General Plan. Collaborate with the Community Planner, Planner/Programmer and shop craftsmen in developing long range infrastructure plans. Provides expertise in prioritiazation of work in preparing those plans. MATERIAL & EQUIPMENT DIRECTLY USED: Standard office equipment (computer, Microsoft Office software products, printer, copier, fax, and telephone). Will require the use of field equipment for testing construction work. Will require driving to various locations on Sheppard AFB to plan, review, and inspect projects. WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Working environment consists of open office and field environment during all weather conditions. Involves conducting meetings to gather requirements as well as working with shop personnel and Contractors to develop solutions. May be required to work other than standard work hours to ensure effective customer support. May require additional effort to handle multiple projects in a shortened time frame to meet customer requirements PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES: Activities range from an office environment with extended sitting demands to a flight line environment with climbing, standing, stooping, bending, pushing, kneeling, stretching, and walking demands. May occasionally be required to lift objects whose weight exceeds 30 pounds. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education/Certifications: Bachelor of Science Degree or higher in Electrical engineering. PE or EIT with the ability to obtain Professional Engineering Licensure in Texas either by reciprocity or examination within 60 days. Able to qualify for a SECRET security clearance. Experience: 5 years of electrical building and utility design experience preferred. Power system, power distribution, lighting design, fire and life safey system, and construction coordination experience preferred. AutoCAD experience preferred. Air Force or DoD experience preferred. Working knowledge or familiarity of USAF Civil Engineering processes and procedures highly desirable. Skills: Strong knowledge of construction, maintenance techniques. Ability to follow safety procedures. Corrosion Control & Cathodic Protection training and certification by NACE. Analytical abilities necessary to handle extremely complex administrative, organizational, and contract matters. Basic knowledge of computers - able to input and extract data, prepare briefings, transmit documents. Possess excellent oral, written, and communication skills; ability to address a wide variety of audiences. Possess attention to detail and ability to execute on multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. Ability to interact with customers and company employees in a courteous, professional, and effective manner. RSRVECT United States-TX-Wichita Falls Engineering Secret Yes, 5 % of the Time Full-time We are committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace that values and supports the contributions of each individual. This commitment along with our common Vision and Values of Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility, allows us to leverage differences, encourage innovation and expand our success in the global marketplace. Vectrus is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability. EOE/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.

          

Sr. Pipe Support Engineer, Cape Canaveral 1   

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Recruiter Bechtel Location Titusville, Florida Salary Competitive Posted 08 Oct 2019 Closes 07 Nov 2019 Ref ********** Sector Engineering Category Piping, Skilled Trades Contract Type Permanent Hours Full Time You need to sign in or create an account to save Requisition ID: ****** Position Title: Sr. Pipe Support Engineer, ML2 (******) Location: Cape Canaveral, FL Relocation Authorized: National - Family US Citizenship Required: Yes Other Requirements: Pre-employment drug screen and background check Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Today, our colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries. Job Responsibilities (include but not limited to): Essential duties include the locating and designing supports in a 3D model for various piping systems and performing associated calculations. Candidate should be familiar with common pipe support hardware, industry standards, and relevant codes such as AISC & ASME B31.3. Work closely with layout personnel and pipe stress engineers to deliver a quality and cost-effective design. Coordinate with other engineering disciplines and vendors as required. Prior experience should include working in a 3D model environment. Basic Qualifications: Grade 25 - BS degree in an engineering with a minimum of 6 years' experience Grade 26 - BS degree in an engineering with a minimum of 9 years' experience US Citizenship required Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen, and background check. Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge of ASME B31.1 and/or B31.3 piping codes Prior experience using a pipe support structural analysis program Preferred Qualifications: GT Strudl frame anaylsis experience, Prior experience modeling pipe supports in a 3D model Experience with dynamic time history, fatigue and vibration analysis PE Registration Previous Bechtel project experience Shaping tomorrow together! Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right-no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries. Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Sign up for job alertsGet new jobs for this search by emailEmail jobs

          

Medical Device Billing and Invoicing Associate   

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SunIRef:it Medical Device Billing and Invoicing Associate Stryker 1,472 reviews - Leesburg, VA Stryker 1,472 reviews Read what people are saying about working here. About Us: In November 2018 Stryker acquired K2M, a global leader of complex spine and minimally invasive solutions headquartered in Leesburg, VA. Today Leesburg is home to Stryker's spine division which offers a comprehensive portfolio for orthopedic and neurosurgeons specializing in the surgical treatment of a broad range of spinal pathologies. #11 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2019 We help to change and save people's lives through teamwork, dedication and innovative technology. We care about our customers, patients and each other which is why we are consistently recognized as a great place to work. Our continued success means we are expanding our team. We are looking for exceptional people who truly want to make a difference.. because at Stryker we do! This is your opportunity to join our team in Leesburg and play a vital role in the moments that matter most - the seconds, minutes and hours in which patients lives are changed forever. Our surgical sets contain the implants and the tools and equipment the medical professionals need to successfully complete the surgery and improve patient's quality of life. The Role: The primary responsibility of this position is to ensure effective billing of products through customer remittance and that the business meets customer expectations in terms of invoice accuracy and inventory allocation. The position is responsible for managing daily customer communications and requests, troubleshooting the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for spine sales agents and healthcare professionals in regards to invoices, sales reports, and accounts. They are responsible for accurate order validation and closing of the sales order cycle within Stryker guidelines and Quality Management System. The Billing Support Associate works in a fast paced, team oriented environment that partners closely with internal departments and external customers to provide optimum professional customer service to field sales agents, healthcare professionals, and employees; to maintain and enhance business. They must be detail oriented with a strong work ethic focused on providing a positive customer experience. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Data validation of Sales Orders in a timely, accurate, and efficient manner. Manage daily customer communications and requests via the CRM, email, and phone. Learn and assist with account infrastructure related to sales contracts and health system hierarchies while ensuring consistent data integrity across both CRM and ERP systems. Learn common troubleshooting techniques for both the CRM and ERP system in relation to technical support for sales agents and healthcare professionals related to invoicing, sales reports, and accounts. Learn the process for bill and replace and direct purchase orders from hospital customers for both implants and instrumentation. Be able to understand and convey the process to the Customer Care Logistics team in relation to shipping and billing. Build relationships with the Supply Chain and Reverse Logistics teams related to this function. Continue to build relationships and perform customer outreach with healthcare professionals and sales agents to obtain and validate purchase orders for current and aging sales orders. Efficiently validate sales orders for both logistics and invoicing with a high level of accuracy while meeting monthly deadlines. Research credit/collection issues for a swift and accurate resolution. Report inconsistencies and findings to Accounts Receivable and process any necessary transactions. This includes developing a higher level of research related to billing issues while providing appropriate customer communications. Become efficient with inventory allocation and resolving discrepancies. Handle incoming and outbound calls with sales agents and healthcare professionals in a timely manner with professional phone etiquette. Ensure requests are resolved efficiently. Research to your level of ability and seek management assistance when further escalation is required. Process all tasks in accordance with relevant revenue recognition working practices and SOPs, while maintaining compliance with FDA, HIPAA and SOX regulations. Expand education by attending product trainings, cross departmental trainings, labs, and external systems training. Administrative duties that include document preparation and retention, faxing, mailing and information tracking. Knowledge, skills, and abilities required: Strong communication skills Customer service focus Detail oriented Knowledge in an ERP and/or CRM system Ability to multitask Adherence to deadlines Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university and a minimum of 2 years billing experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Exposure to product inventory and inventory processes. At least 1 year of experience in the medical device industry is preferred. Language Ability: Ability to read, write and understand detailed work instructions and procedures. Ability to effectively and persuasively present information and respond to questions from managers, internal/external customers and the general public. Ability to address internal and external customer concerns in a calm, efficient, and proactive manner. Math Ability: Ability to calculate figures and apply basic math skills. Reasoning Ability: Must possess the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, and apply critical thinking to tasks and requests. Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Applications (Word, Excel, Access), Oracle / JD Edwards or comparable ERP system, and SalesForce or a comparable CRM system. Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds. The vision requirements include: close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Work From Home: Not available Travel Percentage: 0% Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability. Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. Stryker - Just posted report job - original job

          

Senior Enterprise Application Architect   

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A prestigious company is on the search for a Senior Enterprise Applications Architect. This role is revolved around developing cloud native architecture strategies and plans to support different application development portfolios. This role will be working on custom application development and COTS software, CRM platforms, caching, and database technologies. For this role you would need experience with architecture frameworks such as TOGAF. For this role, you need experience with AWS, Azure, Microservices, database technology, and API's. Responsibilities: * Create, maintain, and govern architectural views and blueprints depicting the Business and IT landscape in its current, transitional, and future state. * Recommend long-term direction on strategic advancements within the technical portfolio. * Define and maintain standards for artifacts containing architectural content within the operating model. * Build a Community of Practice for solutions architecture while leveraging architectural tools, processes, and practices. * Offer insight, guidance, and direction on the usage of emerging trends and technical capabilities. Qualifications: * 10+ years of leadership experience in large scale technology architecture definition, and integration of new technologies and solutions. * 5+ years of experience in developing architecture road maps, reference architectures, and evangelizing adoption of architecture principles in the design and delivery of technology solutions. * Experience with cloud native architectures, micro services, enterprise integration platforms, messaging infrastructures, and event driven architectures. * Experience with custom application development and COTS software, CRM platforms, caching, and database technologies. * Experience in large scale design of complex systems and distributed architectures, in providing architecture technology oversight, and leading a team of architects through large scale initiatives. * Working experience with architecture frameworks such as TOGAF. * Working experience with modern agile development methodologies and practices. Required Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree and at least 15 years of experience in information technology OR, * Master's degree and at least 12 years of experience in information technology OR, * At least 17 years of experience in information technology. * AND 2 years lead experience.

          

Software Engineer - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, an...   

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SunIRef:Manu:title Software Engineer - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (******) University of Illinois 375 reviews - Urbana-Champaign, IL University of Illinois 375 reviews Read what people are saying about working here. Job Details Description: Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign SOFTWARE ENGINEER A Software Engineer position is available as part of the Conversion Theme in the new U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center (BRC), the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) ($115M for 5 years). The incumbent will join a growing team charged with operating, maintaining and developing the Illinois Biological Foundry for Advanced Manufacturing (iBioFAB) (***************************** The iBioFAB is a robotic laboratory automation facility designed to support high-throughput synthetic biology. This position will be responsible for providing programming support for iBioFAB. This will include development of web applications for use of iBioFAB operators and customers, organizing and maintaining large databases produced by iBioFAB research and services, and development or customization of laboratory information management software (LIMS). All projects will require user-friendly front-end interfaces and efficient back-end infrastructure. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit *************************** MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Create, modify, and update software projects of the iBioFAB Work with research scientists to create a web application for selection of CRISPR targets and design of relevant DNA parts for yeast engineering Work with research scientists to create a web application for requesting assembly of plasmids, including a user-friendly front-end order submission interface as well as a back-end design of relevant DNA parts Work with research scientists to investigate and select a commercial laboratory information management systems (LIMS), or develop custom software for organizing and tracking the information within the iBioFAB Meet regularly with faculty and iBioFAB team members to consult and advise on project development Maintain an iBioFAB GitHub repository and regularly update code for dissemination QUALIFICATIONS Required: BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field Two years of professional experience in the computing field Experience writing and executing IT security principles and practices Experience with consumer- and server-grade hardware and software platforms Preferred: MS or Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field Five years of experience in software or web application development. Working knowledge of internet protocols. Experience configuring various types of firewalls. Experience with client/server technologies for e-mail, file storage, web, web applications, authentication & authorization. Experience with UNIX and Windows environments from a system administration and end-user perspective. Experience in full-stack development of web applications including front-end UI design and programming in PHP. Experienced in software development using Python, or another language suitable for producing an efficient back-end for a web application. Some background in bioinformatics and working with large DNA datasets. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of full-stack web application development including UI design and programming in PHP and Python. Basic knowledge of biology and DNA sequences. SALARY AND APPOINTMENT INFORMATION The is a full-time Civil Service IT Associate position. This is a grant-supported appointment, renewable annually pending continued funding. Qualified individuals will be eligible to receive vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement through the State Universities Retirement System; and group health, dental, vision and life insurance. Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications Start Date: As soon as possible after the close date TO APPLY: Applications must be received by November 12, 2019. for this position using the " for Position" button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at ************************ If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process: Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application. Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms. Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), academic credentials for all degrees received (unofficial transcripts or diploma are acceptable), and names/contact information for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For further information, please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, at *********************. For questions regarding the application process, please contact ************. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research Category: 8-Technical Title: Software Engineer - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (******) Open Date: 10/28/2019 Close Date: 11/12/2019 Organization Name: Inst for Sustain, Enrgy, and Env University of Illinois - Just posted report job - original job

          

Sr. McAfee Delivery Engineer   

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Job ID: ******** Updated: Oct 16, 2019 Location: Flagstaff, AZ, United States The Senior McAfee Delivery Engineers at CDWG team with other Engineers on highly visible, technically challenging projects and offerings. This engineer will be responsible for designing, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting customer specific Host Based Security Suite (HBSS) and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) environments. The position is Federally focused and the engineer will need to operate within a Department of Defense/Classified environment. Key Areas of Responsibility - Responsible for the administration and operation of information security compliance tools and platforms with a special concentration in Host-Based Security Suite (HBSS). - Manage the deployment of the McAfee ePO server(s), as well as experience maintaining the OS and SQL instances. - Regularly interface with technical and business staff of customers, including the project sponsor and stakeholders of projects in more complex engagements. - Serve as technical point of contact on customer engagements. - Manage time and expense to meet or exceed expectations defined in the Statement of Work. - Provide high quality content deliverables using the appropriate document templates. - Ensure solution is implemented as designed to the customer's satisfaction and approval. - Educate the customer on solution as appropriate throughout the life of the project or service life. - Responsible for design, implementation, and troubleshooting the customer's endpoint/user environment. - Expertise developing security-focused content for Splunk, including creation of complex threat detection logic and operational dashboards. - Conduct throughput analysis, problem solving, and infrastructure planning. - Participate in various client projects intended to continually improve/upgrade the security posture the client's user environments. - Assist in the management of projects using CDWG's project management methodology. - Work with Professional Services Managers, OEMs, Project Managers and customers to manage expectations and timelines to ensure expectations and commitments are being met. - Educates the customer on solution as appropriate throughout the life of the project or service life. The information in this position description is intended to convey information about the key responsibilities and requirements of the position. It is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the opportunity. Responsibilities are subject to change. Qualifications Minimum Qualifications - Bachelor degree or equivalent years of military service - 7 years of delivering end point security based solutions, specifically McAfee - 7 years of Federal and/or DoD experience - 5 years of Cyber Security experience (security analytics, SOC experience) - DoD 8570 level II IAT Certification - DoD/OPM Secret Clearance (S) - Certified McAfee VirusScan Enterprise and McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator Administrator - Certified McAfee Advanced Threat Defense Administrator - Certified McAfee Data Loss Prevention Administrator Other Required Qualifications - Experience using McAfee Agents, VirusScan Enterprise, Host Intrusion Prevention, Disk Encryption, File and Removable Media Protection, and reading reports in ePO. - Deep understanding of McAfee Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Host Intrusion Prevention (HIPs), and Viruscan Enterprise (VSE). - Strong experience with application and change management control for both Windows and Linux based systems. - Knowledge of tuning and excluding IPS events, as well as having the capability to understand current firewall rules and create new rules is expected. - Demonstrate understanding and appropriate application of DoD policy and technical security guidance to information systems. A solid understanding of Windows systems administration, general operating system security practices. - Experience with implementing Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Secure Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIGs) within a Department of Defense environment. - Experience with remediating identified Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts (IAVAs) within DoD systems - Willing to travel (50%) - Strong organizational skills. - Excellent attention to details. - Abilities to work independently and to manage time effectively. - Effective communication skills with an appreciation for the appropriate ways to interact with managers, coworkers, customers and vendors. Job Category: Delivery EngineeringJob Type: Full-TimeTravel Percentage: 50%Share:

          

DevOps Engineer   

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Join Hired and find your dream job as a DevOps Engineer at one of 10,000+ companies looking for candidates just like you.Companies on Hired apply to you, not the other way around. You'll receive salary and compensation details upfront--- - before the interview - and be able to choose from a variety of industries you're interested in, to find a job you'll love in less than 2 weeks. Part methodology, part job role, DevOps is gaining popularity in companies across all sectors, with DevOps Engineers leading the charge when it comes to putting its practices to use. DevOps is seen as the most effective way to ensure products are released on time, within budget, are what clients and consumers want and speak well to the quality of the company. DevOps Engineers close the gap between the developer and the operations teams, wielding an arsenal of tech tools and experience to make the day-to-day operations on a company's tech team as smooth and efficient as possible. This can make the company more successful, popular and profitable overall, an edge that is necessary for the highly-competitive field of IT. While their tasks vary by the company and even by the day, DevOps Engineers generally seek better opportunities and employ advanced technologies to improve software deployments. Having a hand in software releases that are quick, secure and of the highest quality is the goal of the DevOps Engineer and reflects well on their company. Responsibilities
  • Designing and implementing IT solutions that make our software deployments well-organized and automated.
  • Coming up with effective results that bring developer and operations roles and goals together and fostering a collegiate environment among all.
  • Building and maintaining cloud infrastructure services
  • Ensure product releases are high-quality and secure
  • Liaise with various tech team members so product development and deployment are at their best. Skills
    • Someone with excellent IT skills, as you will regularly write code and work within data platforms
    • A team player who excels working with others
    • An engineer who is keen to learn new tricks
    • Interested in the latest and greatest technologies
    • Having a firm understanding of business and client needs These Would Also Be Nice
      • Strong leadership skills
      • Excellent communication skills
      • Problem solver
      • Quick on your feet

          

Program Technician   

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The Black Hawk County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office located in Waterloo, IA is accepting applications to fill a Temporary Program Technician position. The individual selected will be responsible for carrying out general office activities and technical functions pertaining to FSA administered programs. Applicants should possess excellent customer service skills as well as strong clerical and computer skills. A general knowledge of agricultural practices would also be beneficial.Applicants should submit a resume with a cover letter by email to \" style=\"background-color:\"> or by mail or in person to:Farm Service Agency
c/o Luke Hawkins2950 Southland DriveWaterloo, IA 50701Applications should be received no later than November 3rd. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Luke Hawkins at 319-###-####USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer, and Lender.Iowa Farm Service Agency Associated topics: infrastructure, ip, maintain, network, satellite, server, system engineer, system specialist, system technician, technician

          

Intel Analyst   

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About the Job Secure our Nation, Ignite your Future Job Summary Each day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) oversees the massive flow of people, capital, and products that enter and depart the United States via air, land, sea, and cyberspace. The volume and complexity of both physical and virtual border crossings require the application of business intelligence support service to promote efficient trade and travel. Further, effective intelligence support and big data solutions help CBP ensure the movement of people, capital, and products is legal, safe, and secure. In response to this challenge, ManTech, as a trusted mission partner of CBP, seeks capable, qualified, and versatile SME Intelligence Analyst to facilitate mission critical decisions in response to national security threats. As an Intelligence Analyst, on our team, you'll employ a variety of tactics and techniques to provide all-source intelligence analysis on topics related to homeland security, border security, counter terrorism, and critical infrastructure protection. You'll provide OSINT Collection research, analysis and recommendations regarding liaison efforts with operational and support elements, and external intelligence agencies. You'll prepare finished analytical products, assessments, briefings, and other written or oral products on current threats and trends based on the sophisticated collection, research, and analytic tradecraft of all sources of classified and unclassified information, including intelligence collection INTs, open source, law enforcement, and other government data. You'll employ Intelligence Community analytic standards and appropriate tradecraft, methodologies and techniques and apply specialized subject matter expertise to prepare assessments of current threats and trends for senior US officials to state and local and private sector customers. Required Qualifications - 3+ years of experience as an all-source analyst in an Intelligence Community agency producing finished, all-source analytical intelligence products in accordance with IC analytical standards, tradecraft, sourcing, and classification requirements. - Experience collaborating/coordinating all source analytic assessments with agencies across the Intelligence Community - Experience using OSINT analytic tools such as Babel Street, GOST, SILO, Analyst Notebook/i2 and MS Office. - Clearance: Active TS/SCI Desired Qualifications - 5+ years of experience in all-source intelligence analysis role at the national level. - Prior NTC experience, preferably with proficiency in operational data analysis. - Current or prior work in a liaison capacity to another component of CBP or another agency. - Specific experience in/with intelligence production related to counter-terrorism, counter narcotics, illicit trade, and/or alien smuggling and agree that CBP operations is an unnecessary limiting factor. - Familiarity with unique DHS systems and databases. Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information; TS clearance is required as well as CBP suitability. Must be a US Citizen and able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Background Investigation. ManTech International Corporation, as well as its subsidiaries proactively fulfills its role as an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, status as a Disabled Veteran, Recently Separated Veteran, Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran, Armed Forces Services Medal, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position with ManTech through its online applicant system, please contact ManTech's Corporate EEO Department at **************. ManTech is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer - minorities, females, disabled and protected veterans are urged to apply. ManTech's utilization of any external recruitment or job placement agency is predicated upon its full compliance with our equal opportunity/affirmative action policies. ManTech does not accept resumes from unsolicited recruiting firms. We pay no fees for unsolicited services. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access ************************************************* as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation please click ******************* and provide your name and contact information.

          

Cyber Analyst with Security Clearance   

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Providing mission cyber support for HQ Air Force Air Combat Control (HQ ACC) in analytical cyber security assessments and recommendations to include analysis and technical assessments. Clearance Level: Must possess an active Secret clearance; Top Secret clearance preferred Certification Requirement: IAM Level II: CASP, CAP, or CISSP Certification Desired : GSEC, SCNP, SSCP, CCNA Security or CEH Location : On-site at Langley AFB VA Mon- Fri Essential Duties & Responsibilities: The Cyber Analyst, Journeyman applies expertise and work experience executing cyber risk assessments to perform duties assigned by the Security Control Assessor (SCA) for Space or AF Enterprise systems. In this role, the Cyber Analyst will accomplish the following though are not limited to: * Contributes to recommendations on processes and methodologies to assess cybersecurity risk on information technology within the SCA's appointed authorization boundary. * Works with other Cyber Risk Analysts, SMEs, and SCA-Rs to ensure that all cybersecurity analysis and cybersecurity risk assessments are completed with time and quality standards established by Division leadership and Task Manager. * Determine system vulnerabilities and residual risk based on analysis of technical artifacts, interviews, and evaluation of current system state. * Evaluates effectiveness of proposed mitigations. Education and Experience: BS in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems or equivalent required. Degrees may be substituted with additional 6 years of experience: * 5+ years' experience in cyber risk assessments of DoD classified networks preferrably of HQ AFSPC systems or experience with technologies utilized in AFNET or AFSPC systems * Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook * Federal contracting experience required * Be able to multi-task in a tight deadline mission critical environment * Able to converse effectively both orally and in writing up and down the chains of command Why Sev1Tech? Sev1Tech LLC succeeds by vesting in people, processes and technology. A fast growing consulting, engineering, and IT technical services provider to the Federal Government and Commercial marketplace, Sev1Tech puts employees first with competitive salaries, multiple affordable health care options for employees and their families. With regional headquarters in Virginia and Colorado, Sev1Tech provides IT, engineering, and program management consulting services. We enable organizations to drive innovation in the public and private sectors, keep the economy moving forward and safeguard the country. Sev1Tech provides program management and acquisition support for the world's toughest challenges, build and optimize some of the nation's most advanced IT systems and help sustain critical infrastructure operations for global leaders. Sev1Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions. Sev1Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

          

Security Systems Design Engineer   

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Security Systems Design Engineer needs 5+ years proficiency in design, pricing and implementation of all types of integrated security systems projects. Security Systems Design Engineer requires:
  • specific experience with CCURE and DVTel / Flir required, certifications preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge of physical security disciplines, technologies and countermeasures.
  • Possesses strong knowledge of industry trends and market leaders..
  • High level of proficiency in AutoCAD.
  • BS Degree preferred.
  • Ability to understand basic operations and design of low voltage alarm, CCTV, and other security systems.
  • understand basic operations and design of low voltage alarm, CCTV, and other security systems.
  • Microsoft Office, Project, Bluebeam experience required.
  • network operations and infrastructure.
  • Working knowledge in the administration of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems (Server, client, AD). Security Systems Design Engineer duties:
    • Ensures proper application of systems products to meet customer requirements.
    • Reviews bid specifications and develops exception documentation.
    • Assist in the development and documentation of security standards and implementation playbooks, that both reflect and refine client security requirements.
    • Evaluates building prints and applies industry knowledge and client security standards to develop an effective security design
    • may include access control, CCTV, intrusion, etc.
    • evelops bill of materials and works with the client and project team to ensure design is understood and reflective of client intent.
    • Prepares and maintains drafting of client drawings, from initial as-builts to final deliverables. Modifies and maintains drawings to reflect changes in environment as realized.
    • Creates work plans and programming sheets for implementations, along with any instructions/documentation required for an effective implementation.
    • Ensures the use of client Policies and Procedures in all aspects of design, preparation and implementation.
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      Global Channel Management is a technology company that specializes in various types of recruiting and staff augmentation. Our account managers and recruiters have over a decade of experience in various verticals. GCM understands the challenges companies face when it comes to the skills and experience needed to fill the void of the day to day function. Organizations need to reduce training and labor costs but at same requiring the best "talent " for the job

          

DevOps Engineer - MidLevel   

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Please email resumes directly to ******************** DevOps Engineer - MidLevel - Burbank, CA. The Mid-Level DevOps Engineer will be responsible for the automation of cloud infrastructure as well as the delivery of software. The Mid-Level. DevOps Engineer must understand Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery methodologies and technologies to allow Content Technology to rapidly innovate in support of business needs. Technical Knowledge/Skills in the following areas: - Experience with 2 or more scripting languages such as python, ruby or javascript. - Experience with source code and knowledge repositories such as git, jira, or equivalent systems. - High level proficiency using AWS CloudFormation or Terraform. - A solid understanding of containerization technologies such as Docker or Kubernetes. - Experience in AWS at scale leveraging core services such as Lambda, RDS, and EC2. - Expertise in Build and Deployment tools such as Jenkins, Chef, Ansible, or equivalent - Expertise with operational tools such as Datadog, ELK Stack, or AWS CloudWatch - Proficient in a Linux environment - Experience of core DevOps principles, preferably in a production like setting - Proficiency in the SDLC in an agile environment #LI-MC1 - provided by Dice

          

Civil Engineer   

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Under general supervision, performs various professional level civil engineering work related to the planning, design, review and construction of land development improvement plans; identifies City requirements and establishes conditions of approval for land development; demonstrates a full understanding of all applicable policies, procedures and work methods associated with assigned duties; confers with developers, contractors, consultants, and representatives of other agencies regarding facilities and infrastructure development; assists in the training of lower level engineering positions; and, performs related duties as required. Responsibilities
  • Provides engineering analysis and comments on all phases of civil engineering land development plans, reports, and calculations; coordinates with developers and engineers to assure proposed improvements conform with applicable standards, policies and specifications; reviews engineering cost estimates; calculates and collects fees associated with development permits.
  • Investigates field issues regarding land development construction and provides general direction to City inspectors and technicians on land development projects.
  • Acts as a primary point of contact for residents, property owners, contractors, and private engineers regarding grading, land development and infrastructure improvements.
    Qualifications
    • A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field; and,
    • The equivalent of three (3) years of directly related experience in civil engineering work (site design, ladn development and land use permitting).
    • Strong organizational, analytical, communication skills and design skills
    • Must possess a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers (PE).

          

Facilities Project Manager   

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About Us: EMCOR Government Services offers an experienced single-source solution for meeting the routine and mission-critical needs of federal, state, local and other government organizations. By combining our expert professional technicians, commercial best practices, extensive facilities knowledge and strong commitment to reliable, responsive service, we enable our government clients to achieve consistently high-performance facilities, on-time projects and long-term value. EMCOR Group, Inc., is ranked #1 'World's Most Admired' in the Engineering and Construction Industry for 2018 by Fortune. For 10 consecutive years EMCOR has been named amongst the Top 5 'World's Most Admired' Companies. Job Title: Facilities Project Manager/Subcontractor Manager Job Summary: EMCOR Government Services is looking for an experienced Project Manager. This role services as the on-site Project Manager for Construction and Subcontracted Projects at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA- JPL). The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA-JPL) Facility is a very dynamic and prestigious facility. This is one of many premier facilities that are managed and maintained by EMCOR Government Services. This Facility is located in Pasadena, CA, just north of the City of Los Angeles. The project is approximately 3 million sq. ft. with more than 200 buildings on campus in various sizes ranging from 1,000 sq. ft. to approximately 300,000 sq. ft. The account has a large in-house team of highly skilled EMCOR Technicians that perform the majority of the service calls, repairs and preventative maintenance for the Facility. Specialty services and larger projects are performed by Subcontractors. The Project Manager Position manages the subcontracted services. Typical project size and duration vary from $3,000 to $500,000 in value and last from 1 day to 180 days. Most projects are single discipline projects but can be more complex requiring coordination of multiple contractors as well as in-house workforce. Key Skills: - The candidate must be experienced in managing multiple projects, both single and multiple project types to include: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structural, and HVAC - The candidate must possess excellent multi-tasking capabilities and ability to clearly document and status open project status. - Construction Management, Subcontractor Management - Lastly the candidate must be able to interface with both internal and external customers in a dynamic research and development environment. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: - Creates and executes project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements. - Manages day-to-day operational aspects of a project/scope with customer and EMCOR personnel. - Reviews deliverables before passing to customer. - Effectively applies our methodology and enforces project standards. - Prepares for engagement reviews and quality assurance procedures. - Minimizes our exposure and risk on project. - Read and comprehend plans and drawings - Ensures project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately. Financial Management - Understands our pricing model, billing procedures. - Reviews and analyzes proposals for cost reasonableness. - Actively works with EMCOR management to negotiate project costs. - Analyzes bill rates and utilization. - Tracks and reports project hours. - Manages project budget. - Ensures timely and accurate invoicing for project. Communication - Facilitates team and customer meetings effectively. - Keeps team well informed of changes within the organization. - Effectively communicates relevant project information to superiors. - Resolves and/or escalates issues in a timely fashion. - Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully. - Effectively conveys our message in both written and verbal discussions. - Keeps track of lessons learned and shares those lessons with staff. - Manages day-to-day customer interaction on projects. - Develops relationships with customers. - Continually seeks opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen customer relationships. Qualifications: - 5+ years of project management, construction management, and/or subcontractor management experience - Familiarity with work order tracking systems - Valid driver's license - Must be willing to submit to a drug screen/background check - Unless a higher degree is specified in this job posting, all positions require a minimum high school diploma or equivalent (GED) EMCOR Company Benefits: As a leading provider of mechanical and electrical construction, facilities services, and energy infrastructure, EMCOR Group is committed to its employees. This commitment is embodied in our competitive benefits package, which includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts, life insurance, disability income, an Employee Stock Purchase Plan, 401(k) Savings Plans with EMCOR Match Savings Program, and employee assistance and wellness programs. We provide and encourage opportunities for further Management Training, Project Training, Professional Development Training. Together, these benefits help protect employees and their dependents while giving them tax-advantaged ways to save for retirement and establish long-term financial security. It's a package of quality programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of each individual in our diverse organization. #CB2 We offer our employees a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package and are always looking for individuals with the talent and skills required to contribute to our continued growth and success. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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