Computer Operator

KBR Baltic, SD 2019-06-11

KBR (formerly SGT) has an immediate need for an energetic and dynamic Computer Operator in support of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation & Science (EROS) Center ( hear Sioux Falls, SD. KBR and its teammates provide engineering and operational support to the USGS EROS Center.

The Landsat A&P computer operator is responsible for providing active control and monitoring oversight of hardware and software resources that provide data ingest, archive, production and distribution services associated with Landsat 1 thru 8. The A&P computer operator work is typically performed in computer rooms and includes activities such as archive and production, analysis, troubleshooting, and monitoring day-to-day operations. The A&P computer operator supports the Landsat A&P Operations Lead and Operations Analyst and at times works under limited supervision.

Core Responsibilities

  • Communicate and coordinate activities and technical status with the Landsat A&P Operations Lead, Landsat A&P Operations Analyst, and other Landsat Project team members, as appropriate.
  • Support phone calls as to the status of systems, customer orders, and day-to-day operations.
  • Operate system consoles and peripheral components of all computer systems in Landsat A&P Operations.
  • Possess a general working knowledge of utility programs and Graphical User Interfaces (GUls).
  • Become knowledgeable in the operating commands and characteristics of the various computer systems.
  • Obtain a basic understanding of error conditions and system recovery techniques.
  • Become knowledgeable of operational procedures and scheduling of production applications.
  • Learn, apply, and ensure correctness of operational procedures.
  • Perform routine system boots, power down and power up procedures.
  • Perform routine visual assessment on daily QC images.
  • Generate customer products on disk storage.
  • Assist in maintaining consumables needed for normal operations.
  • Operate personal, small, and large scale computers.
  • Ensure proper process is followed and documentation is properly maintained.
  • Participate in peer reviews.
  • Assist in the retrieval of LGAC data off of HDT media.

Other Responsibilities

  • Support system anomaly investigations and troubleshooting activities affecting the Landsat A&P systems.


  • Minimum of one year of data processing/computer operations or related experience, or no experience with an Associate degree.
  • Experience operating data warehousing systems, mass storage/archiving systems, image processing systems, and satellite ground systems are a plus.
  • Experience and understanding of the Earth Resources Observation & Science (EROS) systems and data processing are a plus.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Associate degree with emphasis towards data processing or information systems is desired.

Required Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude toward the understanding of computer hardware and operating concepts.

Desired Skills

  • Basic knowledge of Unix, Linux, and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Basic knowledge of Oracle SQL commands.

Work Environment

  • Climate controlled office environment.
  • Daily use of video display computer monitors.
  • Potential for rotating shifts – days, swings, and weekends.

Physical Requirements

  • Recognition of color screens and audio alarms is required.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

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 SGT 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.

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