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System Administrator – Image Engine Vancouver

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Well known for our work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Image Engine has gone on to create numerous incredible creatures, epic environments and extraordinary digital effects for a broad range of feature films! We are led by a team of creative and passionate individuals who are committed to furthering the art of visual storytelling, and helping our exceptionally talented crew to push the boundaries of artistic and technical achievement at our studio


System Administrators will take ownership of the maintenance of Image Engine’s hardware and software systems. They will work with the Lead Systems Administrator to prioritize key current or potential issues and execute all administration, installation, configuration and maintenance in a timely fashion.
They System Administrator will take direction from the Lead System Administrator and IT Manager to implement solutions which will streamline process and improve production capabilities within the studio. They will bring forth innovative ideas to take Image Engine to the next level while maintaining stability and security requirements to ensure all production requirements are met.


Working with other System Administrators with the installation, configuration, administration and maintenance of IE’s tech infrastructure; authentication, messaging, DCHP/DNS, Deployment Systems (Cobbler /Ansible / SaltStack)
Maintain and manage the CommVault / Quantum based backup systems
Maintain and manage the network infrastructure; Switches & Firewalls
Maintain render farm machines onsite & offsite
Administration and maintenance of our NAS & Caching Infrastructure
Preparation and maintenance of infrastructure documentation on all systems, procedures and solutions to issues
Maintain and manage IE’s wide array of open source monitoring tools: OCS, Ganglia, Cacti, Sensu, Syslog, and Zabbix
Recommend and Evaluate open source and off the shelf software solutions
Troubleshooting and resolving issues with production and administration applications (including: Maya, Nuke, 3delight, Houdini)
Provide input into potential improvements in efficiency, reliability and performance of VFX pipeline
Assist & mentor the desktop support team


Must have solid knowledge of and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in Linux/Unix administration. Linux Certification preferred (RHCE or equivalent)
2 years of VFX pipeline experience including:
An understanding of film imagery, formats of image files and codecs
Experience with Renderfarm and farm management (ie. Qube, Tractor)
Experience supporting and troubleshooting VFX software packages (Maya, 3Delight, Nuke etc.)
Experience with high-end/ high capacity storage systems
Experience with license servers (FlexLM, RLM)
Experience with imaging service (Cobbler)
Experience with maintaining production tracking systems (Shotgun)
Experience with installing software packages centrally


Technical Skills

Experience in installation and configuration servers in a Linux/Unix environment
Good knowledge of and experience (2-3 years) in Windows (Windows 7,Windows Server 2008, Active Directory) and Mac OSX (Snow Leopard, Leopard)
Experience working with NAS and SAN storage systems
Basic Unix/ Linux/ Python scripting experience

Core skills

Must be able to multi-task and maintain a positive attitude when working under pressure
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to stay calm under pressure
Excellent time management skills

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