(This position is initially open to full time, bargaining unit employees of the college)
Centennial College recognizes and affirms Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Indigenous ways of knowing as central to the vibrancy and uniqueness of its learning and working academic mission. We strongly encourage applications from members of Indigenous communities and all equity-deserving groups including Women, Racialized, Persons with Disabilities, and LGBTQ+ communities.
We also recognize that Centennial is situated on the Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and pay tribute to their legacy as well as that of all First Peoples that have been and remain present here in Toronto. We recognize that First Peoples come from sovereign Nations and that part of understanding our responsibilities of residing on this territory are understanding the true history, circumstances and legacy of the Treaties signed here (such as the Toronto Purchase, Robinson-Huron Treaty and Williams Treaties) and including pre-contact Treaties and Agreements between sovereign Nations and that all peoples in this area are therefore Treaty people with obligations and responsibilities to all our relations.
Reporting to the Manager, IT Technical Services, the IT Technical Support Specialist is responsible for providing Information Technology (IT) advice, guidance, and support to the Technical Services area and overall IT Department. The IT Technical Support Specialist also maintains Centennial College’s computer systems hardware inventory, lead computer/lab refresh and deployment projects, perform other specialized projects and develop, test, and install non-academic lab images for all College desktops, laptops and netbooks. The incumbent is responsible for receiving delivery of new IT equipment, ordering replacement parts for College computers and laptops, and processing and arranging the disposal of substandard IT equipment at all College campuses. The incumbent maintains accurate databases and spreadsheets and provides data when requested to the Manager and IT Budgeting and Planning Analyst.
Image Creation Installation, Testing & Maintenance (non-academic)
Tests and installs all proposed images destined for use on equipment deployed to College employees and specialised student projects in non-academic labs or classrooms including:
- Analyses image/application functionality and determines if new/upgrade version of image/application operates as per specifications; looks for solutions when conflicts occur
- Collaborates with various vendors technical support specialists to resolve complex application, operating system, hardware and security related issues
- Generates appropriate documentation for all new software
Ensures the functionality and security of all images in non-academic environments including:
- Takes corrective action to improve image performance based on recurring problems or issues
- Ensures that all problems are documented and that the IT Department is aware of relevant issues
- Works with IT Management to ensure license compliance
- Works with ITI Department in resolving network issues
Provides advice to users and IT staff with respect to the configuration and operation of non-academic images including:
- Responds to requests for technical assistance with any aspect of the non-academic images
- Acts as a technical resources for the organisation
- Participates in the development and maintenance of technical standards and procedures for other technical staff pertaining to the set-up and use of the image software
Annual academic lab hardware refresh:
- Guides a team of IT Technicians, IT Technologists, Media Technicians and Summer Students for a period of three months (June – August)
- Receives new equipment and stores/organises to effectively deploy to labs; arranges shipment to other campuses when needed
- Prepares equipment for deployment including unboxing and asset tagging
- Recommends deployment schedule based on lab availability and class schedule
- Removes existing equipment prior to deployment
- Deploys new equipment and properly secures according to departmental practice and Manager direction
- Installs Image on new equipment in labs created by Application Support Specialist
- Works with IT Infrastructure staff to ensure network connectivity and configuration
- Enters all new equipment in Asset Management Database
- Sets aside removed equipment from labs for redeployment or recommends disposal based on age and/or condition
- Ensures project is completed prior to the start of the academic semester and any temporary storage is cleared
- Requires the physical ability to move large amounts of computer equipment (approximately 700 computers are installed with corresponding amount removed from labs)
New Lab Set-up and Special Projects:
- Guides a team of technical experts consisting of IT Technicians and IT Technologists when required to respond to College needs for permanent or temporary lab set-up
- Determines available equipment inventory and recommends appropriate device based on need
- Ensures equipment is properly secured
- Creates temporary academic image until permanent can be created by Application Support Specialist
IT Asset Management and Deployment
- Researching and learning technical details of all new hardware and imparting knowledge to other IT Staff
- Maintaining inventory of new and re-deployable desktops, laptops, monitors and peripherals
- Entering all required product information into Asset Tracking System and updating database when equipment is deployed to college employees and/or location
- Responding to work order requests from IT Service Desk
- Coordinating shipment to appropriate campus IT Office
- Informing appropriate IT Technologist and Manager, IT Technical Services when equipment has been deployed
- Determining warranty status of the item(s) requiring replacement parts by accessing vendor website or contacting vendor directly
- Arranging for defective part(s) under warranty to be sent back to vendor
- Receiving authorisation and account number from Manager, IT Technical Support prior to placing an order for part(s) not under warranty and/or when cost is involved; account number is sent to the IT Budgeting and Planning Analyst
- Maintaining a detailed spreadsheet documenting all transaction data for all parts that are ordered
Receiving all IT equipment marked for disposal from the campus’ IT staff and/or IT Infrastructure staff
Ensuring all hard drives are formatted and data is cleared according to approved procedures
Updating the Asset Tracking System to reflect disposed of equipment
Contacting 3rd party organisation(s) to arrange for equipment to be picked up; if any charges are to be incurred then approval from Manager, IT Technical Services is required
Support to IT Technical Services staff and IT Department
- Troubleshooting computer related problems including hardware and software problems and performing on-site analysis, diagnosis and repair of College computers, mobile devices, laptops, keyboards and mice
- Testing the functionality of wired and wireless network connectivity of College computer equipment
- Performing in and out of warranty part replacement for desktop and laptop computers
- Answering user questions on operation and functionality of College approved software
- Coaching IT Technical Services staff to familiarise them with new equipment or software upgrades
- Assisting IT Technologists with printer and departmental move projects
- Assisting Application Support Specialist with lab imaging by imparting knowledge of image deployment systems and software
- Acting as a resource to the IT Infrastructure team to solve complex image/application issues that cross both academic and non-academic areas (ie. Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, etc.
- Minimum three (3) year Diploma or Degree in a computer related field of study or equivalent. Diploma or Degree in Computer Science or Information Technology is preferred.
- Minimum five (5) years of practical experience in:
- Operating Systems Administration (Microsoft, Apple (MAC))
- Creating computer images within a large scale environment
- Usage of electronic diagnostic instruments and diagnostic software
- Asset management
- Demonstrated experience in project coordination.
- Ability to handle multiple and shifting priorities on a day-to-day basis in a timely manner.
- Strong written and communication skills; previous experience in writing documentation is an asset.
- Demonstrated commitment to ongoing personal development and upgrading of technical skills through business activities.
Apply online: www.centennialcollege.ca/careers
Proof of credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents will be required at the time of job offer.
When applying, your cover letter and résumé must include examples that reflect all of the requested skills and qualifications and must be submitted online by September 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. Please quote Job ID J0922-1754. Misrepresentation of applicant information will be grounds for your exclusion from the competition or for dismissal should you subsequently be hired for the position. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are committed to providing persons with disabilities equal opportunities regarding all employment activities, including access to jobs and accommodations during employment as required, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).