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DevOps engineer (level 4)

Enabling organisations to get valuable working software out in front of active users and improving the quality of digital services.

Level
4
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC)
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Digital
Maximum funding
£17,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Automation Engineer
  • Build and Release Engineer
  • Deployment Engineer
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Full Stack Developer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Platform Engineer
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Communicate credibly with technical and non-technical people at all levels, using a range of methods; e.g. ‘Show and Tell’ and ‘Demonstrations’.
  • Work within different organisational cultures with both internal and external parties
  • Translate user needs into deliverable tasks, writing clear, concise and unambiguous user stories that the whole team can understand.
  • Initiate and facilitate knowledge sharing and technical collaboration
  • Deploy immutable infrastructure
  • Install, manage and troubleshoot monitoring tools
  • Navigate and troubleshoot stateful distributed systems, in order to locate issues across the end-to-end service.
  • Work in agile, multi-disciplinary delivery teams, taking a flexible, collaborative and pragmatic approach to delivering tasks.
  • Application of a range of cloud security tools and techniques - e.g. threat modelling, vulnerability scanning, dependency checking, reducing attack surface area - incorporating these tools and techniques into the automated pipeline wherever possible.
  • Assess identified and potential security threats and take appropriate action based on likelihood v impact.
  • Employ a systematic approach to solving problems, using logic and hypotheses / experimentation to identify the source of issues.
  • Automate tasks where it introduces improvements to the efficiency of business processes and reduces waste, considering the effort and cost of automation.
  • Engage in productive pair/mob programming.
  • Write tests and follow Test Driven Development discipline in various different contexts.
  • Release automation and orchestration as part of a Continuous Integration workflow and Continuous Delivery pipeline, automating the delivery of code from source control to the end users.
  • Invest in continuous learning, both your own development and others, ensuring learning activities dovetail with changing job requirements. Keep up with cutting edge.
  • Code in a general purpose programming language.
  • Specify cloud infrastructure in an infrastructure-as-code domain-specific language.
  • Interpret logs and metrics data within the appropriate context to identify issues and make informed decisions.
  • Writing code in such a way that makes merging easier and facilitates branching by abstraction - i.e. feature toggling.
  • Application of lightweight modelling techniques, such as whiteboarding, in order to gain consensus as a team on evolving architecture.
  • Incremental refactoring by applying small behaviour-preserving code changes to evolve the architecture.

Full information on DevOps engineer (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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