“A Day in the Life” Series: Junior AWS Administrator

“A Day in the Life” Series: Junior AWS Administrator

 

Meet: Dan

Title: Junior AWS Administrator

Location: Montvale, NJ

Time with Sulzer US: 1 Month

Team Size: 4

 

 

Quick Overview of Role:  I take care of all AWS issues, including creation and set-up of servers, user permissions, network security, and automation of our environment. 

 

On an average day…

7:00am: Waking up looking at my clock, hoping I still have an hour to sleep!

8:00am: Arriving around 8:30 and having breakfast so I don’t get hangry in the morning.                                                                                                     

9:00am: Start my day looking through documentations and testing some of my fixes that I worked on the night before.

10:00am: Possibly having a meeting or creating more documentation for future projects so we are prepared for what’s to come.

11:00am: Working on diagrams to estimate our company cost of the architecture we are using and looking for ways to improve and where we can save money.

12:00pm: Going to lunch and losing to Frank in foosball. (Our current record is Frank-28 / Me-0.)

1:00pm: Testing new templates I made for automation and finishing any of my short-term tasks that I have on my agenda.

2:00pm: Looking at educational videos of AWS services and what we can do to implement these in our environment.

3:00pm: Either helping other teams with any resources that they need in AWS or working with Ben on implementing changes that will improve our security in the AWS network.

4:00pm Doing maintenance on any servers that are scheduled to be reset and tested.

5:00pm: Working on troubleshooting documentation so we have all issues that we ran into during the day documented and fixed. We can use these if the same issues turn up again in the future.

6:00pm: Wrapping up my work around 6:30pm and losing to Frank in foosball, again, before I leave the office.

7:00pm: Getting home and thinking what there is to work on for the next day and implementing some test environments at home to try any new ideas to apply in the morning.

 

 

Favorite Part About Role:

There is an endless amount of knowledge that you can take in. AWS has so many different services and is always changing, so you can’t ever get bored or worried about doing the same things over and over. I also put work in outside of the office to learn more, which is a good challenge.

 

 

Words of Advice for Someone Starting Their Career:

Don’t come into this career thinking you know everything. Be humble enough to know that you still have a lot to learn from others and be ready to document everything you do to make life easier. 

 

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