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System Administration

Platform engineers need to be proficient in system administration, including managing, configuring, and troubleshooting various operating systems (like Linux or Windows). They should also understand system performance metrics and be able to optimize them for scalability and reliability.

DevOps/CI/CD

Experience with CI/CD tools and practices is key. Platform engineers should be able to design and implement pipelines using tools like Jenkins, GitLab CI, CircleCI, or GitHub Actions to automate the testing and deployment of code

Infrastructure as Code

Knowledge of IaC tools such as Terraform, CloudFormation, or Pulumi is essential. Additionally, familiarity with configuration management tools like Ansible, Puppet, or Chef is crucial for automating the setup, deployment, and management of infrastructure

Cloud Computing

Familiarity with cloud service providers like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform is essential. Platform engineers need to understand how to leverage cloud resources and services effectively to build and maintain scalable and resilient platforms

Kubernetes

Skills in containerization technologies such as Docker are important. Additionally, knowledge of container orchestration tools like Kubernetes or Docker Swarm is crucial for managing large-scale, distributed applications and services.

Networking and Security

Understanding of network architecture, protocols, and security practices is important. This includes skills in configuring firewalls, VPNs, load balancers, and having an awareness of cybersecurity best practices to ensure the platform is secure from threats.

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