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Top 50 Mainframe Systems Programmer Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Mainframe Systems Programmer. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Mainframe Systems Programmer resumes they appeared on. For example, 6.4% of Mainframe Systems Programmer resumes contained Cics as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Mainframe Systems Programmer actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These are the most important skills for a Mainframe Systems Programmer:

1. Cics

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Here's how Cics is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Provided installation and customization of a CICS/ESA based environment.
  • Configured, installed, tested, implemented and modified CICS online communication software used in core retail store systems.
  • Created a BTAM broadcast system for use by the console operators when CICS was not available.
  • Provided CICS system support for production, test, development and Q/A CICS systems.
  • Supported and participated in the upgrade of CICS TS 3.2 to 5.2.
  • Added two new applications and CICS test regions, to ChangeMan ZMF.
  • Designed and developed complex CICS screens using BMS and SDF.
  • Lead project in operating systems upgrade and CICS/TS V3.2 implementation.
  • Performed proof of concept to get CICS/WEB access implemented.
  • Completed software upgrades for products CA-Top Secret, CA-TPX, and CICS 2.2 to 3.2.
  • Upgraded CICS regions from release version CICS/TS 3.1 to the CICS/TS 4.1 release level.

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2. Ts

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Here's how Ts is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Executed Y2K implementation testing and upgrade all software and providing testing tools and environments to support application validation.
  • Implement projects to customize operating system software to support the customer environment.
  • Evaluated project proposals for feasibility and requirements.
  • Assumed responsibility of the Disaster Recovery process and succeeded at multiple tests at IBM's Sterling Forest recovery facility.
  • Confirm closed loop client satisfaction by clarifying requirements when needed, providing status updates and requesting feedback on results.
  • Provided support to users of system software 24x7 in resolving problems using program products and system control software.
  • Work from Home Install and maintain IBM z/OS operating system and 3rd party products for IBM clients.
  • Consulted with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assessed computing needs and system requirements.
  • Conducted assessments of production change requests; ensured low business risk and adherence to procedural compliance.
  • Collaborate with software vendors regarding problem resolution, new products, and services.
  • Maintained and modified multiple SMF system exits and maintained SAS reports for management.
  • Implemented change requests and customized health checker, along with various other projects.
  • Managed, documented and resolved changes, issues and enhancement requests.
  • Install and maintain IBM z/OS operating system and 3rd party products.
  • Apply corrective service to base operating system and program products.
  • Created monitoring alerts for the open systems environments.
  • Planned and coordinated IT projects and project activities.
  • Provide Monthly SMF reports to management.
  • Handled hardware and software requests.
  • Maintained, on a day to day basis, zSeries Mainframe systems used in highly volatile financial markets.

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3. Program Products

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Here's how Program Products is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Customized and installed mainframe operating systems and program products.
  • Participated in testing, installation, debugging, and evaluation of vendor hardware/software products, as well as EDS-written program products.
  • Installed, tested and implemented IBM operating systems (VSE, VM, MVS, z/OS) and system program products.
  • Installed, customized, serviced and supported VM, RSCS, and many program products from various vendors.

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4. MVS

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Here's how MVS is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Hired as the manager of the mainframe MVS systems programming team as the technical leader of the team.
  • Contracted out to Australian Defense Industries (ADI) as a MVS Systems Programmer for 24 months.
  • Generated, installed and maintained mainframe operating systems including MVS/SP, MVS/XA, and MVS/ESA.
  • Created reports using SYSVIEW batch for CICS and MVS that email support staff with exceptions.
  • Prepared site, installed mainframe system, hardware and installed MVS/XA and applications software.
  • Spear headed & project lead the contract from MVS Systems Support perspective.
  • Create and maintain OPS/MVS automated predefined IPL activities as defined by client.
  • General support and maintenance of both VM and MVS systems.
  • Provided direct communication with IBM MVS Global Support teams.
  • Convert OPS/MVS automation procedures to a standardized format.
  • Provided direct supervision for 25 MVS Team members.
  • Maintain and maximize the use of OPS/MVS.
  • Provided MVS Mainframe and programming skills.
  • Maintained and installed the IBM software on 3090 and AS/400, running VM, MVS, CICS, and OS/400.
  • Created and updated OPSMVS rules and Rexx's.
  • Maintained and administered multiple MVS LPARs.

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5. Mainframe

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Here's how Mainframe is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Provide performance and availability monitoring to determine status of mainframe.
  • Maintain the mainframe network communications environment.
  • Performed mainframe storage management support.
  • Subject Matter Expert / Team Leader/Mainframe Systems Programmer Provided Mainframe Expertise in support of both Hardware and Software Upgrades.
  • Provide support, maintenance and configuration for System Z based mainframes for various companies.
  • Evaluated, installed and monitored systems software on IBM mainframe and minicomputer systems.
  • Mentored multiple trainees and junior systems programmers in mainframe philosophies and practices.
  • Supported the relocation of Data Center mainframe systems to a new state.
  • Programmed Mainframe and Installed new hardware in a safe and secure environment.
  • Provide mainframe support services for legacy system and system applications.
  • Coordinate with sister mainframes at the Pentagon and in Utah.
  • Provided project leadership for Mainframe System hardware and software upgrades.
  • Tested, installed and maintained mainframe software components.
  • Led our team in first LPAR mainframe installation.
  • Experience with multiple mainframe ISV vendor products.
  • Implemented new IBM zBC12 mainframe.
  • Key roles: Mainframe & distributed system programmer, team lead, project manager.
  • Worked as Mainframe Systems Programmer for ITS Release and Corelink Projects.
  • Support thirty mainframe LPARs divided between two Data Center locations.
  • Provided System Programmer support for z/OS V1R11 on a z10 mainframe sysplex operating system running 5 LPARs.

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6. Esas

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7. Recovery Procedures

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8. DB2

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Here's how DB2 is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Major responsibilities included analysis of user requirements, and the design and coding of several complex programs using CICS & DB2.
  • Begin the Planning, and initial installation preparation of the TEST system/LPAR for the installation of DB2 V11.
  • Installed, upgraded, maintained and resolved issues withDB2 V5, V6 and V7.
  • Provided DB2 DBA, and Systems Services, and z/OS Systems Programming Services.
  • Coded several complex COBOL-2 programs in CICS & DB2 using temporary storage queues.
  • Balance distributed DB2 and TN3270 resources among others.

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9. Cobol

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Here's how Cobol is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Developed and maintained the Systems Programmer's & System Operation's COBOL & C program utilities and maintenance library.
  • Designed, developed and implemented COBOL2 programs in support of the Commission Payment System.
  • Worked in BAL, COBOL and PL/1 programming languages.
  • Code programs needed for institutions applications using Assembler, COBOL, Easytreive and REXX.

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10. Rexx

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Here's how Rexx is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Supply REXX coding to Security Services to update IBM Session Manager(ISM) with new hires.
  • Coded a full cloning system under REXX for new z/OS operating system installation.
  • Designed and coded (REXX) all conversion utilities.
  • Composed z/OS system shutdown with Rexx.

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11. Smp/E

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Here's how Smp/E is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Reviewed, recoded, and reinstalled usermods using SMP/E.

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12. Racf

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Here's how Racf is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Maintained and administered RACF security software.
  • Evaluate over 15000 Mainframe RACF users and implemented the required procedures to delete unused users and procedures to maintain the other users
  • Administered RACF for 1 year.
  • Access creation in RACF and ACF2 systems and trained the team.
  • Project Lead to convert from CA-ACF2 to RACF including training all of the agency security administrators.

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13. JCL

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Here's how JCL is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Contracted to update JCL and document procedures for Sprint's class training regions.
  • Used PL/I, Rexx, and JCL to maintain and improve EDS software to enhance team productivity.
  • Modify JCL and Procs to include parameters.

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14. Vsam

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Here's how Vsam is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Maintained, performance monitored & tuned ADI's CICS VSAM database.
  • Installed and maintained VSAM, CICS (1.6).

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15. Technical Support

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Here's how Technical Support is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Provided technical support and instruction to user community and application programming personnel on system and network related components
  • Tied SNA network to IBM Technical Support through SNI Gateway (WAN) using the previously established network.
  • Provided technical support to users, and coordinated efforts among vendors, end-users and computer operations staff.
  • Provided technical support of IBM and non-IBM software products including the SAS suite of products.
  • Provide 24/7 technical support for z/OS system.
  • Provided mainframe COBOL programming and technical support for multi-State branch teller network application.
  • Report to Technical Support Manager z/VM and zLinux.

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16. Unix

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Here's how Unix is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Supported IBM mainframes and Unix/Linux servers in support of various county agencies.
  • Managed systems support staff for mainframe, UNIX, and network.
  • Worked on various Mainframe, UNIX and Client Server applications.
  • Extended LAN throughout Steel Mill bridging Token Ring to 10Base2 Ethernets and tying PC's to SNA and UNIX over LAN.
  • Installed and customized the first Premera Unix platform from start to finish in four months.

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17. Data Centers

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Here's how Data Centers is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Coordinate hardware and software installations in the Data Centers.

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18. VM

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Here's how VM is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Assisted in testing and installing upgrades to the VM/CMS operating system, FORTRAN version upgrades and PL/1 version upgrades.
  • Installed initial IBM Credit Corp (ICC) mainframe VM system, application, and networking components.
  • Supported IBM/VM system and program product upgrades and maintenance.
  • Completed conversion from CA-VMAN to CA-TPX.
  • Act as System Administrator for z/VM and zLinux, working closely with IBM.
  • Deliver z/VM hypervisor training for IT team and functional business unit managers.

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19. Tcp/Ip

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Here's how Tcp/Ip is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Maintain TCP/IP Open System Adapter (OSA) definitions; verify and test OSA microcode upgrades.
  • Updated TCP/IP to support the implementation of the Network F5 Load Balancer.

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20. Backup

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Here's how Backup is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Developed, implemented, maintained, performed procedures for backup and recovery of z/OS and components.
  • Assisted with MQ Series integration to CICS and supplied backup support for MQ Series Projects.
  • Managed data and systems backups.

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21. System Software

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Here's how System Software is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Implement, update and install system software and reduce risk systems downtime to provide continuous services to users worldwide.
  • Job consisted of monitoring all ACS's client LPAR's for any/all Mainframe system software/hardware problems.

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22. SAS

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Here's how SAS is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Coordinated the implementation of an Internet email account for Disaster Recovery communications allowing continuous email capabilities should a disaster occur.
  • Provided hands-on z/OS administration, performance management, hardware configuration and implementation and disaster recovery solutions for the company.
  • Developed computer information resources, providing for data security and control, strategic computing, and disaster recovery.
  • Planned and participated in disaster recovery tests for the mainframe environment.
  • Recognized by Management as Mainframe Disaster Recovery Technology Subject Matter Expert.
  • Instigated, Performed and Maintained Disaster Recovery Procedures and Processes.
  • Accepted ownership of Capacity Planning, and Disaster Recovery.
  • Planned and participated in numerous disaster recovery plans.
  • Reviewed and implemented disaster testing assistance packages.
  • Established and performed disaster recovery procedures.
  • Participated in IBM's SHARE national users' conferences and SAS Users Group International (SUGI) conferences.
  • Implemented and tested disaster recovery to standby hot site and effect total operational recovery in under 60 minutes.
  • Implemented Disaster Recovery procedure to ensure systems were backed up in off-site vaults.
  • Installed, maintained and debugged SAS System mainframe software and device drivers.
  • Support mainframe disaster recovery (documentation and testing) plans.
  • Designed disaster recovery procedures to effect total software recovery in under six hours at the disaster recovery site outside Puerto Rico.
  • Supported the build of several applications, datacenter migrations and disaster recovery exercises while ensuring availability of mission critical applications !
  • Develop and test, annually, disaster recovery plans for 7 distribution centers nation wide.
  • Volunteer Opportunities Free Geek (Chicago, IL) Disassemble hardware components for scrap.

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23. Jes2

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Here's how Jes2 is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Validated IMS systems in Disaster Recovery operations in mirrored and non-mirrored JES2 and JES3 environments
  • Performed z/OS upgrade; z/OS 1.13 &z/OS 1.11. o Customization of Parmlib & Proclib members o Jes2 environment set up.

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24. IMS

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Here's how IMS is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Assisted in IMS builds in training environment, and changes to over 100 existing production and development IMS systems.
  • Performed team lead functions for the IMS/MQ DBMS team.

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25. SMF

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26. HCD

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Here's how HCD is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Assisted in generating IODFs using HCM and HCD.

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27. SNA

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Here's how SNA is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Experience supporting an IP/SNA/IPX multiple topology network with 2,500+ connections.

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28. Clist

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Here's how Clist is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Created nightly reports using SAS, CLIST Macros as a Health Checker mechanism.
  • Designed and implemented an automated batch scheduling system using ISPF dialogs and CLIST.

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29. Tso

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Here's how Tso is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Acquired an astute business acumen due to the involvement in CCFM's Outsourcing Business Processors and liaising with VP level management
  • Coded and tested using IBM Assembler, used IPCS, and also used JCL and TSO/ISPF under z/OS.
  • Worked with TSO/ISPF, JCL, and other system utilities.
  • Utilized ISPF/PDF, TSO, IDCAMS, DF/DSS, ICKDSF and other utilities.
  • Installed AT-TLS and customized RMF and CMF Performance Tuned z/OS, JES2, and TSO.
  • Provided expertise as Racf Security Administrator, Zos/Tso Systems Programmer, & Vsam/CicsApplications Tuner.

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30. Ispf

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Here's how Ispf is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Attended RACF class, then developed Rexx/Ispf system to supplement the supplied RACFutilities.
  • Developed Rexx/Ispf system to analyze and recommend Vsam cluster settings for programmers.Conducted advanced VSAM tuning classes for the entire IT department.

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32. ISV

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Here's how ISV is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Performed multiple platform technology upgrades, operating system upgrades and ISV upgrades.
  • Installed and customized OEM/ISV products.

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34. Vtam

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Here's how Vtam is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Installed and maintained support program products and subsystems including JES2, VTAM, CICS and numerous others.
  • Maintained and Supported Australian Defense Industries (ADI) VTAM / SNA Network and Systems environment.
  • Manage, diagnose and resolve VTAM, TCP/IP, NetView and relation communication software product problems.
  • Support IBM VM and VSE operating systems, CICS online system, VTAM networking environment
  • Experience with VTAM and TCP/IP definitions and problem diagnosis.
  • Managed a 100+ line VTAM SNA network and NCP
  • Installed and maintained VTAM, NCP.
  • Implemented TCPIP/VTAM with creation of new z/OS lpars.

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35. Ncp

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36. BMC

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Here's how BMC is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Managed the upgrade migration project for BMC Visualizer files and databases, from SQL 2008 to SQL 2012.
  • Provided prelimanary testing of BMC's suite of monitoring tools.

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37. Netview

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38. Vse

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Here's how Vse is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Installed and maintained VSE/SP (1.3.5).

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39. Setup

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Here's how Setup is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Perform physical and virtual network configuration and setup.
  • Provide subsystem exit customizations, assembler and COBOL programming, CA-7 scheduling support, JCL setup and IBM Utilities execution.

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40. Dasd

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Here's how Dasd is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Participated in the migration from EMC DASD to IBM DS8300 using TDMF and PPRC.

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41. Os/390

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42. Problem Resolution

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Here's how Problem Resolution is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Created / Designed Automation processes to enhance problem resolution and discovery.
  • Provide end-user computing support and problem resolution.

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43. Vendor Products

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Here's how Vendor Products is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Configured, installed, tested and implemented independent software vendor products required to support development and production application systems.
  • Performed installation, support, and deployment of various vendor products utilized in multiple z/OS environments.

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44. Problem Determination

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Here's how Problem Determination is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Designed and implemented Problem Determination Team Call Support Center.

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45. Tmon

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Here's how Tmon is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Completed software upgrades for products TMON and CA-TPX.
  • Completed software upgrades for products CA-7, CA-ASM2, FDR, TMON, CA-Solve.

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46. SQL

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Here's how SQL is used in Mainframe Systems Programmer jobs:
  • Established an MSSQL DBMS infrastructure for programming team to utilize in creation of client server based applications and systems.
  • Provided development and production support for all MSSQL database systems.

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48. USS

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49. VPS

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20 Most Common Skills For A Mainframe Systems Programmer

Cics

9.8%

Ts

9.8%

Program Products

9.7%

MVS

6.8%

Mainframe

6.6%

Esas

6.2%

Recovery Procedures

5.8%

DB2

5.2%

Cobol

4.9%

Rexx

4.0%

Smp/E

4.0%

Racf

3.8%

JCL

3.2%

Vsam

3.1%

Technical Support

3.1%

Unix

2.9%

Data Centers

2.8%

VM

2.8%

Tcp/Ip

2.8%

Backup

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Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Mainframe Systems Programmer

Rank Skill
1 Cics 6.4%
2 Ts 6.4%
3 Program Products 6.3%
4 MVS 4.4%
5 Mainframe 4.3%
6 Esas 4.0%
7 Recovery Procedures 3.8%
8 DB2 3.4%
9 Cobol 3.2%
10 Rexx 2.6%
11 Smp/E 2.6%
12 Racf 2.5%
13 JCL 2.1%
14 Vsam 2.0%
15 Technical Support 2.0%
16 Unix 1.9%
17 Data Centers 1.8%
18 VM 1.8%
19 Tcp/Ip 1.8%
20 Backup 1.7%
21 System Software 1.6%
22 SAS 1.6%
23 Jes2 1.6%
24 IMS 1.6%
25 SMF 1.5%
26 HCD 1.3%
27 SNA 1.3%
28 Clist 1.3%
29 Tso 1.3%
30 Ispf 1.3%
31 Ca-Acf2 1.3%
32 ISV 1.2%
33 Omegamon 1.2%
34 Vtam 1.2%
35 Ncp 1.2%
36 BMC 1.2%
37 Netview 1.2%
38 Vse 1.1%
39 Setup 1.1%
40 Dasd 1.1%
41 Os/390 1.1%
42 Problem Resolution 1.1%
43 Vendor Products 1.0%
44 Problem Determination 0.9%
45 Tmon 0.8%
46 SQL 0.8%
47 SMS 0.8%
48 USS 0.8%
49 VPS 0.8%
50 Party Products 0.8%
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