Senior MainFrame Engineer


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TECHEAD is seeking qualified applicants for the following Contract position – Senior MainFrame Engineer / Richmond VA – (JOB-20337). If you are looking for a new opportunity and this position looks to be a fit, please apply to see the TECHEAD difference that has made us successful for 30+ years!

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Job Description:

Senior Mainframe Systems Engineer | 20337

Contract-to-hire: 6 Months

Hybrid: 2 days a week minimum on-site

Local Candidates Only 

Richmond, VA

No C2C Candidates

Techead is seeking an experienced Mainframe Systems Engineer who will play a key role in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the IBM z Series mainframe, z/VM operating system, VSEn operating system and all peripheral devices attached to the current z/15 mainframe.


Performing OS updates and patching, system backups, and collaboration with other system engineers on mainframe virtualization initiatives.


  • 8+ years of hands-on experience in mainframe administration, preferably with IBM Z series mainframes.
  • 4+ years of experience with z/VM and z/VSE.
  • Expertise in installing, configuring, and maintaining the z/VM operating system.
  • Knowledge of the z/VSE/VSEn operating systems, including experience with CICS, CICS Transaction Gateway, and CICS Web Services
  • A deep understanding of virtualization concepts and technologies, including knowledge of virtual machine (VM) management, virtual networking, storage virtualization, and resource pooling.
  • In-depth knowledge of mainframe hardware components (processors, channels, control units).
  • Expertise in mainframe storage management (DASD, virtual tape, physical tape).
  • Experienced with mainframe network and communication technologies (TCPIP, VTAM, SNA, 3270, OSA, HiperSockets, etc).
  • Proficiency in mainframe system administration, performance tuning, and capacity planning.
  • Proficiency in programming languages commonly used in the z/VSE environment, such as Assembler, COBOL, PL/I, JCL, REXX, and CP/CMS EXEC.
  • Familiarity with mainframe security practices and compliance regulations.
  • The ability to analyze system logs, dumps, and other diagnostic information.
  • Expertise in data center operations and mainframe hardware related projects in the data center.
  • Proficiency in basic Linux administration tasks.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 12+ years of hands-on experience in mainframe administration.
  • 8+ years of experience with z/VM and z/VSE/VSEn.
  • Hands-on experience with IBM DS8000 series disk storage systems.
  • Comprehensive understanding of IBM TS7700 virtual tape library.
  • Knowledge of IBM TS4500 physical tape library and tape management practices.
  • Experience with the Zeke/VSE mainframe job scheduler.
  • Understanding of and experience with VSE Interactive Computing


  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field

Preferred: A master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field.

  • Certifications such as IBM Certified System Programmer, IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert, or similar.


TECHEAD’s mission is to make our on-site associates successful by placing them in the right environment so they can grow and prosper. How we treat and respond to our clients and employees is a reflection of who we are and makes us stand out from the rest. Keeping our business focused on building and maintaining relationships with our employees and clients is the key to our success. We won’t strive for anything less.

TECHEAD provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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