Computer Operations Specialist - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

Sioux Falls
South Dakota
United States


Computer Operations Specialist

KBR is seeking a Computer Operations Specialist to join its talented team in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. KBR, headquartered in Houston Texas, is the primary contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for performing work at the Earth Resources Observation and Science ( EROS ) Center ( ) near Sioux Falls, SD ( at ).

The Computer Operations Specialist would be responsible for providing active, multiple-shift control and monitoring oversight for the hardware and software resources that provide data ingest, archive, production and distribution services for a global, multidisciplinary program charged with tracking changes in the earth’s environment. This position is onsite at USGS EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and control a complex integrated data archive, production and distribution system using custom and off-the-shelf software applications
  • Monitor and provide oversight of the ingesting, archiving and distribution of products to include planning, problem analysis/resolution, trending and reporting
  • Create, update and utilize standard operating procedures to effectively run the operational system as well as to resolve anomalies that may occur
  • Utilize approved tools to prioritize the operational system services as well as to assist in resolving problems within the scope of the Operations Control Center
  • Interface with the operations teams with respect to the resolution of ingest anomalies
  • Review software release documents and test reports covering new and or modified functionality against existing Operations policies and procedures. Propose modifications as appropriate to address operational concerns and requirements
  • Perform reconciliations of the physical archive with the catalog databases and/or replicated databases. Update or monitor metadata quality flags that may exist in archive using appropriate tools and procedures. Record the results from those activities
  • Follow applicable engineering procedures and guidelines appropriate to Operations such as software configuration management
  • May be required at times to work on-call in addition to the standard 40 hour work week schedule or work a different work schedule to accommodate a special project situation or shift coverage for other co-workers.
  • Occasional travel within the U.S. may be required

Education: Associate degree in an engineering or computer science discipline or equivalent experience

Experience: Experience and understanding of the Earth Resources Observation & Science (EROS) systems and six months previous experience as an operator in an operational environment are a plus

Required Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Adapt to rapidly changing operational needs and roles within the Operations Control Center team to quickly and effectively produce the best possible outcome for each situation
  • A working knowledge of a physical archive and catalog databases (to include replicated databases) and an understanding of how catalog reconciliations are performed
  • Ability to problem solve using sound judgment skills as well as problem solve by using sound data and analytic decision-making skills
  • Ability to handle complex multi-task environments
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Preferred Skills:

  • AWS or like cloud experience in a supporting or user role.
  • Basic understanding of containerized environments (ie: Docker, Kubernetes, Mesos)
  • Linux system administration and SQL experience desired
  • Monitoring tools (ie: Nagios, Kibana, Xymon)

The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a national agency check and background investigation after hire to obtain a badge for facility access and user accounts.

This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the KBR website ( This position may be filled by a KBR teammate on the TSSC Contract. Please apply on line.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/disabled/veteran.

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies across the asset and program lifecycle within the Government Solutions and Energy sectors. KBR employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide (including our joint ventures), with customers in more than 80 countries, and operations in 40 countries, across three synergistic global businesses:

Government Solutions , serving government customers globally, including capabilities that cover the full lifecycle of defense, space, aviation and other government programs and missions from research and development, through systems engineering, test and evaluation, program management, to operations, maintenance, and field logistics

Technology Solutions , featuring proprietary technology, equipment, catalysts, digital solutions and related technical services for the monetization of hydrocarbons, including refining, petrochemicals, ammonia and specialty chemicals, as well as inorganics

Energy Solutions , including onshore oil and gas; LNG (liquefaction and regasification)/GTL; oil refining; petrochemicals; chemicals; fertilizers; differentiated EPC; maintenance services (Brown & Root Industrial Services); offshore oil and gas (shallow-water, deep-water, subsea); floating solutions (FPU, FPSO, FLNG & FSRU); program management and consulting services

KBR is proud to work with its customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, integrated EPC delivery and long term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver .