Red Hat Linux System Engineer

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Red Hat Linux System Engineer

Red Hat Linux Systems Engineer maintains, monitors, and improves Red Hat Enterprise Linux infrastructure in an organization. This technician stresses developing and enhancing automated processes to minimize downtime, improve performance, and the security of the systems architectures. Engineers devise and carry out improvements to meet the increasing demands of clients.

They must be conversant with handling, engineering, and securing many types of Red Hat Linux solutions and applications.

Specialists need to have excellent communication skills and must be good team players. They should be able to communicate effectively with individuals from both technical and non-technical backgrounds.  They should have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Job Description

Freelance Red Hat Linux Systems Engineers provide support to resolve hardware or software issues on a priority basis after receiving requests during business hours. The technician documents this in an automated tool.

Engineers deploy solutions independently. They manage and maintain infrastructure and systems, assist in system design, at times, and will be subject matter experts (SMEs) for a minimum of one of the required technologies.

Engineers perform the duties of a system administrator and maintain several Red Hat server environments. They oversee, maintain, and improve applications, operating systems, and specialized software that supports the peripheral equipment and servers. They carry out software installations to operating systems and software packages and upgrade them whenever the need arises.

Engineers have to ensure that the optimal levels of systems and infrastructure are available.  They escalate issues to system administrators.

Engineers partner with the teams of architecture and software engineering to implement, support and operate through a sturdy, container-centric Red Hat Linux-based infrastructure driven by availability, performance, latency, monitoring, capacity preparation, and urgent response.  They prepare necessary documentation, which includes the program-level, as well as the user level.

Job Description

Specialists aid in the consistent design of new and existing policies and processes. They develop automation scripts and programs.  They aid in managing clients’ Linux server infrastructures, such as RHEL5 or RHEL6.  

Engineers document existing systems technological portfolio and architecture. They also document architecture and technology portfolio and develop automation scripts and programs. Owing to these responsibilities, they need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills.          

Engineers act as intermediaries between the IT department and the team members of their organization at other branches.  

They prepare a timetable and undertake installations and upgrades according to them, and maintain them as per the established policies and procedures of the IT of the organization.

Red Hat Linux systems engineers are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the server data by assessing, executing, and handling suitable software and hardware solutions, ensuring retrievability of data by carrying out a schedule of database archive operations and system backups.

Engineers are responsible for developing and promoting standard operating procedures, operate regular audits of hardware and software of servers and workstations to ensure compliance with the organization’s recognized guidelines on policies, standards, and configuration. They also address the development and maintenance of the complete operating system hardware and configuration of software database of all supporting records.

Engineers should also monitor usage of resources, give necessary suggestions and modify systems accordingly. Finally, they should contribute to the development of the goals and objectives of the organization/clients.

Prospects for Red Hat Linux System Engineers

As most Fortune 500 companies currently use Red Hat open source solutions, the esteem of IT professionals proficient in Red Hat Linux has always been high, says Irrespective of the Red Hat technology deployed anywhere, there is reportedly a steady requirement for system engineers of Red Hat Linux.

One of the main reasons many organizations opt for an open-source operating system of Red Hat Linux is that it reportedly provides better security. The support the company offers also is another plus in its favor. Additionally, recognizing the traction that the cloud has gained, Red Hat is focusing more on it than it is on server-client.      

Educational and Other Requirements

Red Hat Linux System Engineer must have at least have a four-year high school diploma or its equivalent in education in computer science or engineering along with strong skills in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). If the candidate has scripting skills in (Bash, Perl, Python, etc.), it would be advantageous.  

They should be conversant with Operating Systems, such as Linux, Windows or macOS, VMWare, containers, such as OpenShift, CoreOS or Rancher, and Ansible or Chef, among others.  

Engineers should have knowledge of TCP/IP networking and core technologies, such as VPN, routing, HTTP, DNS, etc. They should be well-versed with network security devices and firewalls.


The annual average wage of a Red Hat Linux System Engineer in the United States is $115,441, according to ziprecruiter.  

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