County of Alameda

Data Processing Technician I (#1809)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$23.01-$27.92 Hourly / $1,725.75-$2,094.00 BiWeekly /
$3,739.13-$4,537.00 Monthly / $44,869.50-$54,444.00 Yearly


Under supervision and in the capacity of a trainee, to work on any shift initially learning to process all computer output, microfiche, printed reports using decollating and detaching machines, and to prepare all reports for distribution.


This is the trainee class for a specialized four class series. Direction may be received from a Computer Operator I or II or higher classification. Positions in this class differ from those in the next higher class of Data Processing Technician II in that incumbents of the lower level class are trainees and learning the duties of a Data Processing Technician II, whereas the latter have at least six months’ training and are fully competent in the set up, operation and monitoring of data processing distribution room equipment.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Learns the operation and maintenance of equipment used.

2. If in the Data Processing Department, completes required in-house computer technical courses as defined by the department.

3. Checks all reports for quality.

4. Processes reports using decollating, imprinting, and detaching machines.

5. Prepares all reports for distribution by sorting and fastening.

6. In a training capacity operates distribution room equipment; notifies lead person of equipment trouble and works with equipment maintenance personnel in locating the source of the problem; learns the concepts of operating complex computers and their auxiliary equipment.

7. May drive a motor vehicle to deliver late output.

Either I

The equivalent of six months of full-time paid experience operating computer equipment.


Successful completion of three units in data processing from an accredited college, university or technical institution, such as an Introduction to Data Processing Course or other comparable course or training.

Special Requirement:

The Computer Services Division in some departments operates on a 24 hour-per-day, 7 day-per-week, 365 day-per-year basis. In order to provide these services, all Computer Services Division employees may be required to work grave, swing and day shifts, as well as weekends and holidays as necessary.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Modern data processing methods and procedures.
• Operating methods and uses of on-line and off-line data processing equipment, the components and materials necessary for processing batch jobs and real-time jobs through large-scale computer systems.

Ability to:

• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Learn to operate large scale computers and their auxiliary equipment.
• Speak clearly and concisely so as to be understood on the telephone and in person.
• Communicate technical details verbally and in writing to programmers, vendors, users and others in an effective and understandable manner in order to achieve timely problem resolution.
• Exercise independent judgment and initiative in identifying and resolving complex technical problems.

Physical Characteristics:

Ability to lift 50-pound boxes, to stand for long periods of time and to climb ladders.

License Requirement:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License is an ongoing requirement.

Old document: PB:sw
BG:tc Revised 1/92
New document: Jobspecs/1809


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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