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Raytheon Technologies Senior Systems Engineer in Silver Spring, Maryland

The Raytheon AWIPS Program is searching for a Systems Engineer to support the program's System Development Lifecycle (SDLC) group performing Operations & Maintenance activities for the National Weather Service.

As the NWS’ partner responsible for AWIPS operations, maintenance, and 24/7 technical support, the Raytheon AWIPS team supports these critical operations. The candidate should be a self-motivating, skilled individual capable of problem isolation, root cause identification, systems analysis, and other administrative/engineering tasks in a Red Hat Linux environment. As part of a small team of engineers, you will participate in supporting and enhancing the underlying systems for the AWIPS platforms via deployment of new system configurations, working with new tools, participation in agile scrums and operational field support. You will engage in support efforts and system configuration such as system provisioning and setup, security patching, configuration management and system hardening. Other duties may include system support services for other areas of the SDLC team, performance monitoring and data analysis, investigation into tools and/or processes which could be utilized to improve efficiency of routine tasks and increase reliability and velocity of system maintenance both in the lab and in the field. You will enjoy the chance of working with emerging technologies like Ansible Tower, puppet, and others while helping with virtualization and container integration.


  • Maintain system level configurations (OS/security baseline and AWIPS baseline) of all test environments within Raytheon Test Facility.

  • Maintain and develop installation automation for use within system modifications.

  • Document draft installation instructions to be used in fielding new software releases and support the testing of these by both Raytheon and NWS personnel.

  • Learn/maintain Ansible playbooks and create new ones where necessary.

You Bring These Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years experience in system setup and administration within a Red Hat Linux environment

  • Experience with scripting and actively writing/modifying scripts to improve monitoring or deployment (Python or bash shell).

  • Ability to troubleshoot, debug and root cause to the lowest common denominator

  • Bachelor degree (Information Technology, Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Management, or related field is desired)

  • Due to the nature of the work, we can only consider US citizens who have the ability to obtain and maintain a US Public Trust (NACI).

    It Would Be Great if You Also Had One or More of the following:

  • Experience with TCP/IP networking (DNS, DHCP, etc.)

  • Experience with Red Hat Satellite 6

  • Experience writing and managing puppet modules through Red Hat Satellite

  • Experience with Ansible or Ansible Tower

  • Experience with Red Hat IdM product

  • Experience provisioning virtual machines on a KVM hypervisor. Experience with RHEV a plus.

  • Experience with AIDE, ArcSight, sar, SELinux, and firewalld

  • Experience with provisioning bare metal servers through kickstart.

  • Experience setting up or maintaining a GIT environment.

    What We Can Offer You:

Work/Life Balance

Our team puts a high value on work-life balance understanding its importance to overall wellbeing and productivity.

Mentorship & Career Growth

Our team is dedicated to supporting new team members. Our team has a broad mix of experience levels and Raytheon tenures, and we are developing an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior engineers truly enjoy mentoring more junior engineers and engineers from non-traditional backgrounds through one-on-one mentoring.

We care about your career growth. We try to assign projects and tasks based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on roles that are more complex in the future.

Inclusive Team Culture

Here at Raytheon, we embrace and respect our differences. Diverse backgrounds, experiences, and views benefit our environment and problem solving, ultimately leading to greater success across the business. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion and continually striving for a more collaborative, respectful, and equitable workplace. We have nine employee-led Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), reaching 181,000 employees globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and we host annual and ongoing learning experiences.

Benefits: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, EAP, education assistance, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays.

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