Information Technology (IT)

Mainframe Engineer



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This course is part of our National Remote trainings and are open to candidates from any US city, preference given to targeted job locations.

This course prepares candidates with Mainframe skills for in-demand roles across Charlotte, Tempe, and Minneapolis. Offered online and open to candidates from any US city.

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Course level

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  • Remote 9AM-4PM CT
    Monday through Friday
    12 Weeks

Upcoming course dates

  • Fall 2021
  • Admissions have closed for this course. Complete an interest form to stay informed when future start dates are announced.

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Applicants with all levels of experience in tech are encouraged to apply.

While anyone may apply for this course, some technical background may be helpful.

While these courses may include either intermediate or advanced material, technical knowledge specified in these listings will be required as a prerequisite for applicants to be considered for admission.

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As a response to COVID-19, Per Scholas courses have moved to a remote learning environment. As we return to training sites, upcoming courses may be moved to in-person classrooms. We will be in-touch with applicants after you have applied to provide updates on any changes to future courses.

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Have questions?

We can help with course selection, and answer questions about eligibility requirements and special circumstances. Contact an admissions team member

Jumpstart Your Career

Learn the necessary skills to be prepared for in-demand roles in Mainframe engineering!

Mainframe Fundamentals

Gain practical knowledge of critical technologies necessary for successful performance across any mainframe specialization - equipping you with basic fundamentals for further career growth.

Hands-on Projects

Labs, exercises and projects will solidify your knowledge of project management, Mainframe programming, networking and other fundamentals.

Designed to Meet Specific Job Demand across the US

Designed in partnership with Wells Fargo, this technical and professional development curricula is customized for jobs Wells Fargo is committed to interviewing all eligible graduates for at the end of training.

Positions post-training are across four mainframe domains of Software Engineering, Tech Operations, Infrastructure Database, Infrastructure Engineering. To ensure optimum placement chances, candidates must reside in or be willing to relocate to:

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Tempe, AZ

We're Committed to your Success


Whether you are new to tech or a seasoned veteran looking to upskill, Per Scholas will help you get the skills necessary to take the next step in your career.

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If someone had told me that this was where I would be now, I would never have believed them. I have a completely different outlook on life. My future is something that I never thought it could be.

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Wells Fargo will participate in your professional development during regularly scheduled sessions throughout the course, including recruiting best practices, seminars, interview prep and more.

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Graduates will receive job placement support from the employer partner and identify career opportunities leveraging their new and existing skills.

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Within a few months, I changed from a person with the least-desired skills to one of the most sought-after employees. I have become someone my kids can look up to.

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What You'll Learn

Mainframe Fundamentals, Mainframe Programming and Core Systems

Learn the foundations of Linux, and Mainframe fundamentals such as connectivity, z/OS, CICS, TSO/ISPF, SDSF, JCL, COBOL, DB2, and Data Storage.

Skills Customized for the Job Market

Immerse yourselves in functions and uses of critical technologies needed for launching your career in Mainframe.

Capstone Project

Finish the course with a capstone project demonstrating your final understanding and comprehension of Mainframe skillsets to employers.


The technical training and professional development skills you need

Mainframe Fundamentals

Fundamentals of Connectivity 

Mainframe Overview

Intro to Linux

Linux Foundations

Introduction to z/OS Unix

Virtual Platform for z/OS

Introduction to Core Systems

Customer Information Control System (CICS)/JCL

SDSF Fundamentals

Mainframe Programming

Introduction and Basic Command Set

Introduction to DB2

IBM® Db2® for z/OS®

Storage Management

Data Storage


TSO/ISPF – Functions and Uses

Project Management and DevOps

Introduction to Project Management (Agile): Kanban


DevOps Fundamentals


The technical training and professional development skills you need


More Than a Technical Training

Learn How to Think Like An IT Professional

Prepare to handle real workplace demands by challenging your understanding of course material and scenario problem solving.

Alumni Advancement

Complimentary upskilling opportunities extended to alumni up to two years post graduation to help them match employer hiring candidate profiles.

A Community of Support

Partner with your classmates to form study groups and create a community dedicated to everyone’s personal and professional success. Learner support resources such as financial coaching, case management, and emergency financial support resources are offered to all learners as needed.

Meet Our Graduates

Per Scholas taught me the skills and discipline to build a true technology-focused career. Today I work at Google, which is the most amazing outcome I can imagine. And you can bet I’m teaching my two sons how to thrive!

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Application Details

Admissions Process

1. Submit an Eligibility Form

2. Admissions Overview: Once you submit an Eligibility Form, you’ll be directed to our Admissions Overview registration page. During this virtual webinar, you’ll learn more about our admissions process and next steps.

3. Assessments: Each training requires either an academic assessment, tech assessment or both. Information will be provided in detail at the Admissions Overview.

4. Interview: Individuals who meet the assessment score requirements will be invited to attend a behavioral interview.

5. Background Check: Per Scholas believes technology can create opportunities and is committed to ensuring applicants are set up to succeed beyond the training program. Using a fair and efficient platform through Checkr, applicants will receive a secure link, provide the necessary virtual consents and complete the required screening information. Background check results will be provided to both the applicant and Per Scholas.

6. Offer Letter and Onboarding: The Admissions team will review assessment scores and interview results and offer seats to eligible candidates. The learner onboarding process mirrors Employment Onboarding.


Please note, this application process is very competitive and not all applicants will be accepted for our limited slots.

Learner Profile

You may qualify to become a Per Scholas Learner if you:

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Have a High School diploma, equivalent, or higher
  • Are authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Live within commutable distance of the advertised Per Scholas Site
  • Can read, write and speak in English
  • Can attend classes full-time for the entire duration of the course
  • Are able to start a full-time job after course completion
  • Are ready to make an important commitment to building your future

*Women, unemployed, underemployed and U.S. Veterans strongly encouraged to apply

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of jobs can I get after completing this training?

Mainframe systems are designed to be used by large numbers of people, so a variety of roles are needed to operate and support the system. Since the ’60s, these roles have evolved and expanded to ensure smooth and effective operations. Mainframe roles can include engineers across any specialized domain or business unit, including Software Engineering, Infrastructure and Operations, and more.

How can the course be free? Are there hidden fees?

Most people who learn about us think: “Too good to be true.” We know it seems that way, but it’s true. Our services are provided at no cost to you, using funds we raise from foundations, corporations, government and generous individuals. We’ve never charged a learner in our 25+ years.

I meet other requirements, but I am not a U.S. citizen and haven't received my work authorization yet. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately, we cannot process your application until you have received clearance to work in the U.S. However, if you are experiencing problems, we can refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.

I have a disability. Can you accommodate me?

We comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws and regulations. Please contact us at [email protected] to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Does Per Scholas have a Non-Discrimination policy?

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. See our full EEO statement here.

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