State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $32,176.00-$50,377.00 Yearly




A Computer Operator I is the intermediate level of work operating multipurpose, multi-tasking computer systems. Employees in this classification do not supervise.

Employees in this classification receive moderate supervision from a Computer Operator Supervisor. Employees in this classification may be required to work on evenings, weekends and holidays. Work is normally performed in a computer room and involves exposure to moderate levels of noise and to a climate controlled environment necessary to keep the computer from overheating. The work requires careful observance of safety procedures related to fire extinguishing systems for computers. The work requires moving boxes of paper weighing up to forty pounds.

The Computer Operator Trainee, Computer Operator I and Computer Operator II are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Computer Operator Trainee learns to perform duties under close supervision, the Computer Operator I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed and Computer Operator II performs the full range of duties under general supervision.


Powers the computer system up or down by following operating procedures and entering commands on the control console,

Reads production schedules, job request forms and job documentation to determine what jobs to run, what procedures to follow and what input data to obtain;

Adjusts the production schedule and manipulates job streams to make the most efficient use of the computer and peripheral equipment and allow for the processing of special and emergency jobs;

Enters commands on the control console to open and close files as required to process specific jobs and to activate batch, backup and test jobs;

Loads paper and forms in printers, activates printers in response to computer messages and removes printouts from printers;

Hangs and loads tapes and activates tape drives and disk drives in response to computer messages;

Monitors the processing of jobs by observing the control console and correcting processing errors according to operating policies, procedures and job documentation;

Verifies that complete and correct output has been produced for each job and maintains control counts of numbered forms, checks and other negotiable documents;

Enters commands on the control console to bring up and take down on-line systems;

Observes the control console and responds to on-line system messages to keep the system up;

Responds to calls from on-line system users regarding system problems and follows procedures in systems and device manuals to restore system access;

Monitors on-line systems by entering simulated data, determining if valid responses are received and maintaining a record of response times;

Notifies programmers, technical support staff and users of program and system problems;

Maintains records of computer and system downtime;

Cleans, adjusts and makes minor repairs to computer equipment;

May place service calls to vendors to explain the nature of equipment and line malfunctions;

May perform production control duties such as scheduling, input and output control and tape library management;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of the functions and capabilities of multipurpose, multi-tasking computers and peripheral equipment;

Knowledge of computer operating systems and the commands necessary to operate multipurpose, multi-tasking computers;

Knowledge of job streaming and multi-tasking concepts;

Ability to follow directions in technical documents such as computer operating manuals, equipment manuals and job documentation;

Ability to follow emergency, disaster recovery and security procedures related to computer operations;

Ability to interpret computer messages to identify the cause of computer malfunctions;

Ability to adjust production schedules and manipulate job streams to make the most efficient use of computer systems;

Ability to calculate mathematical totals and percentages and maintain logs of computer downtime, computer output and similar records;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with and communicate technical information to users, vendors, programmers and technical support staff.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: One year of experience operating multipurpose, multi-tasking computer systems.

Notes: 1. Experience operating computer equipment for the purpose of data entry, word processing or maintaining information may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Fifteen credit hours in computer operation at an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Computer System Operations classifications or Computer System Operations specialty codes in the Information Technology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.




Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Established

Jan 1 2001 12:00AM

Date Revised


Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 001041; EST: 1/1/2001; REV: 8/1/2014;

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