Category Archives: enterprise systems

Hackathon and IT Career Connection Event This Saturday!

It’s not too late to register for the upcoming Hackathon event! The event will be held this Saturday, October, 19th. (for the contest registration) (for the lunch/Q&A session)

There will be 65 attending, along with unique clients/employers: Erie Insurance, Broadcom,  M&T Bank, PNC Bank, BNY Mellon and IBM.  Come hear about what employers are looking for when hiring mainframe talent.  Each company will have a table set up that you can visit with during the lunch hour networking event.  

Companies will be handing out free gifts, prizes, etc.

You can also get SET CREDIT.

Agenda is listed below along with an attachment for the Master the Mainframe contest!









2019 Master the Mainframe Registration

Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project accepting 8 student interns for Summer 2019

The Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project is accepting eight student interns during the summer of 2019 to work in the Linux and Open Source on Mainframe development community.

Each intern will work remotely from his/her location of choice (no physical work facility provided or required) and with an assigned mentor.  For more information, see:

Applications due February 16, 2019.

Legends of Z Hackathon

RMU CIS and CA Technologies 2018 Master the Mainframe (MTM) Hackathon

Saturday, October 27th
RMU Campus
Wheatley Center 120

8:30-9:30am – Meet and Greet (donuts, juice, and fruit)
9:30-11:30am – Hackathon Activities
11:30-12:20pm – Lunch and CA Technologies Presentation – “Why I Love my z System Career”
12:30 – 4:00pm – Hackathon Activities

You may start and end at any time between 9:00am and 4:00pm.  Come late or leave early.  You may continue working on the MTM contest at home, class, or school until December 31, 2018.

Who is invited?
Any major, level of education, student, teacher, parent, or friend of any age above 16 are invited.  ANYONE with a desire to learn or use a mainframe is invited.  No computer experience is necessary!

What is a z System Mainframe?
A mainframe is the most reliable, scalable, and secured hardware platform.  Mainframes are used to support and process major credit card transactions, bank transactions, and more.  The processing power of one z/14 mainframe is comparable to 8,000 Linux or Windows servers on an Intel or AMD platform.

Please RSVP to Dr. Packy Laverty (, 412-397-6477) or Monique Howze ( by Friday, October 26th.  It is recommended to pre-register for a Master the Mainframe Contest user ID at before October 25th.



Highmark Health Enterprise/Mainframe Openings

Highmark Health has openings in enterprise/mainframe areas for new graduates.  You may qualify if you will be graduating in May and have experience with any mainframe courses such as:
INFS2130 / INFS6130  COBOL
INFS3130 / INFS6320  Advanced COBOL
INFS3212 / INFS6212   Enterprise Operating Systems (zOS)
INFS4242 / INFS6242  Enterprise DBMS (DB2)
INFS3131 / INFS6231  Enterprise TPS (CICS)
Interested students should contact Ashley Wodarek, University Relations Program Manager,

RMU Grad Torrie McLaughlin is one of the New Faces of IBM Z

IBM is producing a set of videos that are quick conversations with a new generation of coders and creators on the mainframe.  Watch RMU alumna Torrie McLaughlin, who works on the mainframe at a large financial institution, describe how COBOL is a key asset to her professional toolkit.

Dollar Bank Currently Hiring Programmers

Do you graduate in December? Are you still looking for a job? Do you have an interest in programming, specifically Cobol? If you answered yes to these questions, Dollar Bank may be the right fit for you. Dollar Bank is currently hiring entry-level programmer analysts. This is a full-time position focused on “producing programs which contribute to the solution of business problems or needs of the Bank.”

Objectives of the position include:
•Codes Cobol programs and tests for accuracy.
•Prepares documentation for Systems and Programming
•Implements program changes.
•Tests programs for accuracy.
•Designs systems and performs associated tasks involved with the system’s design, including running tests and implementing new development and existing projects.
•Solves problems that tend to arise in the normal course of business, including off-hours calls.
•Communicates accurate task status to supervisor and peers.

Qualifications include:
•Graduate from an IT Technical school or college degree with concentration in Information Technology required. Will consider commensurate.
•Must have course work or knowledge of programming.
•Must possess excellent analytical skills as the candidate will be required to determine what changes are necessary to accomplish project requirements.
•Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•Candidate must be able to work under pressure and have proven ability to meet deadlines.
•Cobol classes or knowledge of Cobol is a plus.

Interested applicants can apply online at and by searching for the position by its title (Programmer Analyst) or job reference number (1412BR).