Computer Operator I (#MADE01)
$32,910.00 Yearly Min / $41,138.00 Yearly Mid / $49,366.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

This class is responsible for operating a large scale teleprocessing computer at the entry level in the computer operator series.

Nature and Scope

Supervision is provided by a technical superior. Duties include operating computer peripheral equipment, learning large scale computer console operations, mounting tapes, monitoring security and detecting system malfunctions. Principal contacts are with higher level operators for instructional purposes.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Operates computer peripheral equipment such as tape drives, laser and impact printers, and computer cartridges.
  • Learns, under supervision, the various system operations and capabilities specific to a large scale teleprocessing computer.
  • Learns, under supervision, large-scale teleprocessing computer console commands.
  • Mounts and verifies correct tapes for the program to be run.
  • Cleans tape drives, changes ribbons and adds toner to equipment as needed.
  • Monitors security of the premises; screens persons requesting access to system.
  • Detects system malfunctions and reports problems to superior.
  • Under supervision, writes logs and reports on work processed.
  • Learns environmental control systems and procedures.
  • Learns, under supervision, to make back-up tapes to provide against data loss.
  • May prepare system for job start-up following prescribed steps.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of data processing concepts and equipment.
  • Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of large scale teleprocessing computers and computer information system technology.
  • Ability to learn the operation of a large scale teleprocessing computer.
  • Ability to operate computer console and peripheral equipment.
  • Ability to mount and verify proper tapes for the job.
  • Ability to detect computer malfunctions.
  • Ability to make back-up tapes.
  • Ability to clean tape drives properly.
  • Ability to monitor the security of the computer premises.
  • Ability to write clear, concise reports and logs.
  • Ability to learn the environmental control systems and procedures.
  • Ability to comprehend technical manuals, operating standards and documented procedures.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Computer Operator I
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of mainframe data processing.
  2. Knowledge of using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.