City of Detroit Systems Engineer III in Detroit, Michigan

Systems Engineer III


$89,528.00 - $104,217.00 Annually


MI 48226, MI

Job Type

Certified-Regular Civil Service


Information Technology Department

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Systems Engineer III is an experienced level planning information technology located within various offices in the City of Detroit Department of Innovation and Technology that requires minimal direction and supervision. The Systems Engineer III performs complex work that involves professional, technical, and systems programming and systems engineering duties involving the design, development, testing, implementation, and maintenance of the software and hardware infrastructure and connectivity capability between different platforms that manage information technology resources and support the execution of automated applications. Systems Engineers also perform work involving the generation and/or application of theories, principles, practical concepts, processes, and methods related to computer science technology specific to computer programming languages, computer hardware and software integration, and computer systems design requirements, standards, codes, techniques, and practices.

Examples of Duties

  • Communicates with other DoIT personnel and City agencies to understand specific system requirements

  • Provides advice on project costs, design concepts, or design changes

  • Documents design specifications, installation instructions, and other system-related information;

  • Verifies stability, interoperability, portability, security, or scalability of system architecture

  • Establishes functional or system standards to ensure operational requirements, quality requirements, and design constraints are addressed

  • Directs the installation of operating systems, network or application software, or computer or network hardware

  • Identifies system data, hardware, or software components required to meet user needs

  • Performs ongoing hardware and software maintenance operations, including installing or upgrading hardware or software

  • Collaborates with Network/Enterprise Engineers (Information Technology Specialists) or Software Engineers (Information Technology Specialists) to select appropriate design solutions or ensure the compatibility of system components

  • Evaluates current or emerging technologies to consider factors such as cost, portability, compatibility, or usability

  • Trains users in system operation or maintenance

  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Professional, comprehensive knowledge of systems programming and engineering methods sufficient to work independently using conventional procedures and practices to do experienced level work such as:

  • Information technology principles, methods, and practices in the assigned specialty area sufficient to plan and carry out difficult and complex assignments and develop new methods, approaches, and procedures, such as local area and wide area networking principles and concepts; backup and recovery procedures; operating systems and platforms used; software distribution tools and mechanisms; and Federal enterprise architecture principles

  • The City's information technology infrastructure sufficient to provide advice and guidance on a wide range and variety of complex information technology issues

  • Performance management/measurement methods, tools, and techniques to interpret information technology policies, standards, and guidelines

  • Avaya technologies (i.e. Edge, Distribution, Core Switches) and Fortinet Firewall and other Firewall solutions

  • Groupwise 8 and Cloud email solutions; Symantec and other virus protection solutions; Virtual environments using VMware; Oracle Applications (i.e. EBS and Cloud); HRIS and Time and Attendance Solutions; and Microsoft SQL Databases

  • Systems testing and evaluation principles, methods, and tools sufficient to test and optimize the functionality of systems, networks, and data

  • Analytical methods and practices sufficient to conduct analyses and recommend resolution of complex issues affecting the specialty area

  • Information technology security principles and methods

  • Internet technologies to analyze the Internet potential of systems, networks, and data

  • New and emerging information technologies and/or industry trends sufficient to evaluate and recommend adoption of new or enhanced approaches to delivering information technology services

  • Acquisition management and cost-benefit analysis policies and procedures to evaluate proposals for the acquisition of information technology products or services

  • Project management principles and methods

  • Oral and written communication techniques necessary to prepare and present reports

  • Personal computer capabilities and technology application in the cloud environment

  • Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems

  • Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming

  • Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications

  • Structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar

City Employees Benefits Summary


The City of Detroit offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefit package. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our employees. Part of the reason for the low turnover rate is the exceptional benefit package listed below. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:


Eligible for hospital, surgical, and prescription drug benefits after ninety-one (91) days of employment.


Eligible for dental care after sixth (6) months of employment.


Eligible for eye care after six (6)months of employment.

Life Insurance

Optional group insurance available to employee and their family. The City pays 60% of premium for first $12,500 of employee life insurance. Employee may purchase, at own expense, life insurance for spouse and each dependent.

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Income Protection Plan)

The City offers disability insurance through payroll deductions for persons who become disabled and who are not yet eligible for a service retirement.



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Sick Leave

City employees accrue sick leave based on the number of regular hours worked. Full time employees earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave per year. You may carry over your unused sick leave. Effective July 7, 2012 maximum accumulation is 300 hours.

Other Leave Policies

The City also has the following paid and unpaid leaves; funeral leave, Family and Medical Leave, jury duty, military duty leave, unpaid personal leave,


City Employees Retirement System

As a regular City employee you automatically become a member of the General Retirement System. This entitles you to a retirement allowance after:

• Completion of thirty (30) years of service; - At age sixty (60) if you have at least ten (10) years of service, or - At age sixty-five (65) with eight (8) years of service. (In the event of disability, other eligibility rules apply); • An early, actuarially reduced, retirement is offered after you have attained at least twenty-five (25) years of service; • Employees are vested after ten (10) years of service, regardless of age.

Advancement Opportunities

Employees have many opportunities for growth and career advancement throughout all City departments and divisions.

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