Chad Hirsch 🐧

DevOps Engineer
Python Developer
Open Source Enthusiast

Open for Remote Opportunities

Henderson, NV


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


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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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



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.
Associates of Science, Electronic Systems Technology, [Community College of the Air Force]
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