Chad Hirsch 🐧

DevOps Engineer
Python Developer
Open Source Enthusiast

Open for Remote Opportunities

Henderson, NV


Profile

Experienced IT engineer, with out-of-the-box thinking and a get-er-done attitude, searching for a role where he can benefit a team of IT engineers to provide value for the customer. Specializes in Linux and Open source, with an eye towards automation to reduce repetative tasks, streamlining productivity, and reducing mean-time to value. Familiar with build systems, Orchestration Technologies, Containers, the Cloud, Infrastructure as Code, and Configuration Management. Always searching for ways to do more with less.


Work Experience

2013-Present

Senior DevOps Engineer – AKA Manager at Allegiant Air (Las Vegas, NV)

  • Cultivates a team which provides automated solutions to build, package, and deploy code and configurations.
  • Solves complex problems to ensure repeatability, redundancy and scalability of deployment methodologies.
  • Writes and maintaines Ansible automation for on-prem deployments
  • Designs Infrastructure as code using Terraform to automate AWS infrastructure lifecycle.
  • Designs and maintains a code build, scan, deployment pipeline with automated gates.
  • Writes python applications to bridge specific gaps minimizing the need for human intervention.
  • Designs flexible, repeatable and scalable architectures using private and public cloud, and multi-cloud solutions.
  • Guides developer best practice for packaging, security, and repeatable designs.
  • Migrated over 200 applications from on-prem, to AWS ec2, to containers in kubernetes within one year
2019-Present

Developer/Architect at Guidestar Attendance (Remote)

  • Architected a python web application using flask for attendance and meal tracking for daycare systems.
  • Wrote reporting and import system using Celery and Amazon SQS for long-running processes with realtime user feedback.
  • Designed a postgres database schema using Alembic to manage schema migrations.
  • Modified the application such that the database automatically shuts down during periods of inactivity without an outage, saving thousands every month.
  • Quickly pivoted to add new features to aid the adoption of the system during a pandemic, and provide useful features to the clients to help them re-open.
  • Efficiently reduced costs during closures to provide relief to closed daycares, reduced cloud spend from $800 a month to $120 without any outage or percieved loss of functionality.
2012-2013

Linux Engineer at OnPoint Corp in contract with the Department of Energy (Las Vegas, NV)

  • Maintained uptime of various RedHat services on 1000+ servers internationally in a set of non-interconnected networks.
  • Provided security monitoring to some of Americas most closely guarded systems in contract with the Department of Energy.
  • Built complex configuration management, and automated repetitive tasks.
  • Maintained operational integrity under extreme security measures.
2012

Linux Systems Administrator at New Era Recruiting in contract with FNMOC (Monterey, CA)

  • Devloped CFEngine configurations which aligned over 5000 nodes to meet over 200 DoD security objectives without affecting production
  • Prevented production outage by resolving an input/output issue that was filling logs accross the entire.
  • Resolved a crippling production cluster outage due to inode shortage on filesystems with file-heavy workloads.
  • Resolved multiple configuration issues on Linux clusters which improved performance and security.
2011-2012

Systems Administrator at Northrop Grumman Corp (Nellis AFB, NV)

  • Provided systems support for USAF RedFlag war games
  • AV/System support for Briefings and Excercises and Conferences
  • Wrote an automated system to track training requirements, send email reminders to users, and provide reports to Unit Commander.
2007-2011, 2016 (Part time 2011-2016, 2017-Present)

Systems Administrator at US Air Force (May ANGB, NV)

  • Managed Operations of Multiple Classified Networks including the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF-DCGS)
  • Administered Solaris Unix Systems, automating backups and repetative tasks in bash scripts
  • Maintained and troubleshot network infrastructure, cryptographic equipment, and switching systems.
  • Coordinated outage resolutions with sources on local, national and international levels.
  • Delivered optimal connectivity in mission-critical environment. Sudden downtime could cause mission failure, and possibly loss of life in overseas contingency operations.

Certifications

2019-Present
Amazon Web Services Cloud Practitioner
2011-Present
CompTIA Security+ Continuing Education
2012
CompTIA Linux+
Novell Certified Linux Administrator
Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1

Education

2015-2017

Bachelors of Science, Computer Science Univserity of Nevada Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV).

  • Degree is not complete. Military Activation precluded completion.
  • Maintained the deans list for 4 semesters.
2007-2015
Associates of Science, Electronic Systems Technology, [Community College of the Air Force]
2007
High School Diploma Damonte Ranch High School (Reno, NV)

Computer Languages and Tools

  • Bash
  • Ansible
  • Git
  • Yaml
  • Python
  • Jenkins Groovy DSL
  • Terraform

Preferred Working Environment

  • linux
  • swaywm/i3wm
  • vim