Michael Tomkins

Wolli Creek, Sydney

NSW Australia 2205

0408 172 142

michft@gmail.com resume.docx


With over ten years of experience in the IT industry, I have worked closely with the latest technologies in both enterprise and devops environments. My last position was at Itis as a Linux Systems Administrator. The role primarily involved security, configuration and customisation of their CentOS Linux infrastructure.


I am looking for a role on AWS or Linux. I would like to work in a challenging environment that is learning centred or customer focused.


2006 Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Engineering,
University of Canberra

Employment Summary

Itis Pty Ltd Linux System Administrator Jul 2017 – Aug 2017

Travel Feb2016 – Mar 2017

Corrs, Chambers and Westgarth AWS System Administrator Apr 2015 – Dec 2015

Freelance Linux System Administrator Jan 2014 – Apr 2015

Yahoo! 7 Site Reliability Engineer Apr 2013 – Oct 2013

Freelance Linux System Administrator Feb 2012 – Apr 2013

Wait-staff Work Jul 2009 – Feb 2012

Fulton Technology Business Application Developer Apr 2007 – May 2009

Employment History

Itis Pty Ltd Jul 2017 – Aug 2017

Linux System Administrator

Itis is a SME Windows support company operating from Kingwood. I was employed to renew SSL certificate configuration on the Linux server which they run cPanel.


  • SSL certificate renewal and scripting to automate task.

  • BAU documentation of steps to be performed by Windows admins.

  • Disk reconfiguration using LVM and CentOS clustered virtual file system.

  • pfSense firewall rule creation and audit.

Corrs Chambers & Westgarth Apr 2015 - Dec 2015

AWS Systems Administrator

Corrs Chambers and Westgarth are a top ten national Legal Practice with offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.


  • Windows R2 2008/2012 application configuration and AWS AMI creation.

  • SQL Server 2008 maintenance plans and BAU.

  • Aconex Database server installation and maintenance.

  • Monitoring, New Relic installation and configuration.

  • Service uptime, incident response, outage scheduling and data migration.


  • I successfully completed my contract within the 9 month timeframe, including testing, user acceptance, user support and data-migration.

Self Employed Jan 2014 - Apr 2015

Freelance Developer and Systems Administrator


  • Pick and place of small business systems onto AWS framework. Reproducing current application frameworks in EC2, RDS with S3 logging.

  • Export SQL and upload to RDS, configuring CloudWatch to alert on site problems, logging sites to S3, configuring application access with IAM.

  • Automated AMI creation using Packer and Puppet.

  • Mostly single node EC2 with RDS and CloudWatch. Also static sites on S3 and some robust sites using AZ and resource duplication in Sydney region.


  • Improved my cold-calling, product specification, implementation, user acceptance and negotiation skills.

Yahoo! 7 Apr 2013 - Oct 2013

Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)

This is the Australian partnership between Yahoo! and Channel 7.


  • Log analysis and root cause determination. Use of CLI tools to create custom reports for management on incidents; tail, grep, netstat, sed, ssh, dig, host.

  • Responsible for 120 instance KVM setup, imaging, updating and monitoring. Run from a 15*1U onsite servers with internal SAN.

  • Legacy systems maintenance. Including managing change migration and testing of new features to ensure system uptime, on RHEL5 and FreeeBSD systems.

  • Apache monitoring, vhost editing and server config updates.

  • MySQL admin, setup, configuration, replication and backup.

  • Service problem solving including a C10M solution.

  • Incident response within the ITIL framework, on call every second week. With 1000 servers downtime is not acceptable, so preemptive trouble-shooting is required.


  • Wrote, packaged, tested and implemented various modules for Yahoo! standard library, with dependency resolution.

Self Employed Feb 2012 - Apr 2013

Freelance Developer and Systems Administrator

See above June 2014 - Apr 2015, same role.

Fulton Technology Apr 2007 - May 2009

Business Application Developer

Fulton Technology is a Business Process Application shop in Canberra.


  • Administering TASMIS system and ensuring that servers were available.

  • Entry of AGD66, WGS84 and GDA94 data onto ESRI framework. Manipulation and generation of reports based on that data.

  • Helpdesk phone support for the TASMIS system.

  • Writing User documentation on new features in the TASMIS system.


  • I produced a site boundary translation from ADG66 to GDA94 formatting that was gazetted with the ADF.

  • Created a new report over time sensitive data using VB/macro scripting to output in Microsoft Word format, the automation reduced a 1 day job to a 15 minute check of formatting.

  • Sped-up user data download using grep and ftp to transfer 150k lines of CSV data into 10k of targeted data that became database entries on Lotus Notes. Speedup was from 4 hours to 12 minutes.

  • Coded a geodetic data reduction set using convex hulls to preformat data. This took a set of unordered points and returned a hull-set of ordered points.

  • I produced an arc translation method and JavaScript library from SVG point relative to PDF arc relative original dataset. This moved 7 data-points in an ESU system into a 6 data-point ENU system.


Cycling, karaoke, crocodile wresting, observing if anyone is paying attention.

Skills Matrix

Skill Years Used Last Used Rating*
Applications / Tools
Ansible 4 Current 8
Apache / nGinx 8 Current 5
AWS 6 Current 8
Docker / Compose 2 2015 5
Git 9 Current 8
Jenkins / Garrett 2 Current 6
KVM / QEMU / libvirt 1 2013 4
New Relic 1 2015 4
Puppet 3 2015 5
Serverless Framework 1 Current 3
SSH / Screen / Tmux 14 Current 9
Terraform 2 Current 5
Vagrant / Virtual Box / Packer / Vault 5 Current 5-8
Vim 14 Current 9
MS SQL Server 1 2015 5
My SQL 5.1 2 2013 5
Postgres 9.1 1 2015 1
Operating systems
Debian / Ubuntu 14 Current 9
RHEL 5 2 2017 5
Solaris 6-9 5 2009 5
Window XP, Vista, 7, 8 7 2017 7
Windows Server 2008/2012 3 2017 7
Programming Languages
Bash / Ksh / Zsh / Shell 14 Current 8
C / C++ / Flex / Yacc 8 2012 5
HTML / CSS / JavaScript / JSON / XML 16 2015 7
LotusScript / VB script 2 2009 7
NodeJS 1 Current 3
Python 2/3 7 Current 5
RegEx 14 Current 8


10 - Considered expert in field
9 - Good knowledge of skill, able to train or mentor others
8 - Good level of confidence in skill (currently using)
7 - Good level of confidence in skill (not currently using)
6 - Above average level of knowledge of skill

5 - Medium level expertise (able to competently use key functionality)
4 - RTFM with bells on (commercial use)
3 - Experimenting / play (non-commercial use)
2 - Few months experience only (commercial use)
1 - Few months experience only (non-commercial use)

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