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Life at Critical Design Associates

Critical Design Associates (CDA) is a rapidly growing IT consulting firm with many new career opportunities. If you want to make a difference in your career by working in a client-focused environment, you won’t find a better place to learn and grow than CDA.

Our informal culture encourages innovation and efficiency, and our skilled team of professionals works together to get the job done. We set high standards for ourselves and measure success, not just by individual wins, but by the success of our team. We help each other succeed by offering encouragement and support as we work cross-functionally.

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Open Positions

The CDA team shares a determination to build a world-class professional services and solutions development organization. We hire team players with a passion for technology and problem-solving and a commitment to serve customers. We’re looking for top talent with the ability to work independently.

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What does a day in the life of a DevOps engineer mean at CDA?

In the words of our most recent recruits:

“Expect it to be dynamic! Some days, you’ll spend the entire day scripting, the next day requires Jira project administration or configuring workflows. Other days you have to integrate all of those tools together. The best part about the entry-level Dev Ops position is that you get to work with great people at both CDA and our customers and you get to do meaningful work that is interesting. You are always learning!”

Developing entry-level, DevOps professionals who can make an immediate impact with a customer takes some time. We hire 3-4 candidates in training positions twice a year so that you start in teams and have classmates you can leverage and work with to accomplish the training objectives.

The first position, the training position that you will hold is an hourly opportunity where we pay you to learn and prove your technical interest and ability to us. CompTIA Security+ training and certification is the first toll-gate and requirement for a full-time offer. Completion of the program leads to an offer for full-time employment at CDA as a DevOps resource.


The ideal candidate for this position would be:

  • A recent college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related major
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Less than one year of experience working for a technology company
  • Willing to travel at least 50% of the time and able to relocate if necessary

If you do not meet these criteria please do not apply for the position.

Training Position

At CDA, we believe in hands-on learning. We take a three-pronged approach to our training program:

1. Online Training
2. Application in Lab Environment
3. Presentation to CDA Team

Training materials will be provided via online training platforms, such as PluralSight, LinkedIn Learning, and vendor-direct curriculum. Access and training fees will be paid directly by CDA. Learning and understanding the topics/software platforms listed below are a necessity for anyone looking to enter the DevOps field.

  • Microsoft Windows Server Operating System and components
  • Virtualization technologies (VMware/XenServer)
  • DevOps concepts, development, and integrations
  • CompTIA Security+ training and certification
  • Splunk
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • Docker
  • Jenkins
  • Fastlane
  • Gradle
  • Maven
  • SonarQube
  • Nexus
  • Bitbucket (GIT)
  • Jira
  • Confluence

Lab builds will be required to apply the concepts learned. Lab builds will need to be demonstrated to the CDA Team. The cost of a certification exam will be reimbursed by CDA upon achieving a passing score, the fees for failed exams will not be reimbursed. Certification exam expenses will be reimbursed in the form of a monthly expense check.

Full-Time Dev Ops Position

After completion of our training program, candidates will be offered a full-time position with CDA. The full-time DevOps position is an entry-level role in our Managed Services team and is for people who have a passion for technology and want to apply it to help customers. The DevOps position requires an individual to demonstrate the ability to quickly learn technical concepts like security, Splunk, virtualization, and script development. Soft skills are also important; CDA has a strong focus on customer success requiring good communication skills, accountability, and responsiveness. The ideal candidate is a recent college graduate with a bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science or a related field.

Perks & Benefits

  • Partial remote work environment with minimal office days 
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Medical benefits and 401K available
  • PC laptop and lab equipment provided
  • Cell phone and home internet paid by company

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Company Perks

At Critical Design Associates, we value and invest in our staff. Below are some of the added benefits that we offer to our team members.

  • Remote workplace environment
  • Flexible time-off
  • Paid holidays and vacation
  • Generous medical, vision, and dental benefits
  • 401k plan and matching contributions
  • Skills development with company paid training and certifications

Equal Opportunity Employer

Critical Design Associates is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws prohibiting workplace discrimination throughout the entire employment process.

We recruit, select, promote, compensate, train and provide benefits without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws.

Our organization is a proponent of workplace diversity.