- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $44,106.00-$70,201.00 Yearly
A Computer Network Specialist Trainee is the entry level of work planning, integrating, and maintaining software and hardware for local or wide area computer networks to include operating systems software and network communications software. Employees in this classification do not supervise.
Employees in this classification receive close supervision from a Computer Network Specialist Supervisor or other data processing administrator. The work is performed in normal office settings and at users' work sites in offices. When at users' sites, the work may involve running cables through ceilings and floors resulting in exposure to moderate amounts of dust, dirt and insulation. When performing these duties, employees in this classification wear specialized safety equipment including hard hats, goggles and masks. When at users' sites, the work may involve exposure to electrical wires and outlets, and safety procedures must be strictly followed. The work may require moving computers and printers weighing up to 80 pounds.
The Computer Network Specialist Trainee, Computer Network Specialist I and Computer Network Specialist II are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Computer Network Specialist Trainee learns to perform duties under close supervision, the Computer Network Specialist 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 the Computer Network Specialist II performs the full range of duties under general supervision.
Learns to consult with users to discuss local or wide area computer network software and hardware needs, to assess existing software and hardware and to survey the sites where networks will be located;
Learns to design the structure of local or wide area computer networks and prepare plans, reports and diagrams documenting the type and location of software and hardware;
Learns to install operating system software and network communications software for computer networks;
Learns to install applications software and customize as required;
Learns to configure network software and hardware to provide for efficient and effective network performance and data security;
Learns to prepare and assemble technical documentation and user documentation for network software and hardware;
Learns to monitor the performance of the network software and hardware through network management and diagnostic programs and utilities, adjust the network for maximum efficiency, maintain and analyze records of network activity, and recommend and implement network software and hardware upgrades;
Learns to diagnose network software and hardware problems and make repairs and adjustments or obtain service from software and hardware vendors and maintenance vendors;
Learns to run backups of network data, archive data as required and develop and maintain disaster recovery plans;
Learns to enter users and their network privileges onto the network and provide ongoing user support;
Learns to oversee the installation of network hardware;
Reviews technical manuals and other technical literature and attends workshops, seminars and training classes to learn various network systems used by the agency and to keep abreast of the latest developments in computer network technology;
May learn to train users in computer network software and hardware;
May learn to develop and program applications software;
May learn to install and maintain network hardware such as printers, scanners or other networked devices;
May learn to install and maintain communications links to mainframe computers;
May learn to direct support staff responsible for user support, hardware installation, data entry and other support functions;
Performs other related duties.
Knowledge of the concepts of data communications;
Knowledge of the functions and capabilities of computer software and hardware;
Ability to learn the structure of local or wide area computer networks;
Ability to learn computer operating systems software, network communications software and applications software;
Ability to learn the functions and capabilities of local or wide area computer network hardware, such as cables and other transmission media, connectors, communications devices, multi-station access units, file servers, printers, disk drives, network cards and emulators;
Ability to learn the principles and practices of data communications;
Ability to learn generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools;
Ability to learn to plan, integrate and maintain local or wide area computer network software and hardware;
Ability to learn to configure local or wide area computer network software and hardware for efficient and effective network performance;
Ability to learn to adjust local or wide area computer network components and diagnose and correct network software and hardware problems;
Ability to communicate and establish and maintain effective working relationships with network users, vendor representatives and customer engineers.
Education: Bachelor's degree in computer information technology, management information systems or other information technology related field, to include course work in local or wide area computer networks, from an accredited college or university.
Notes: 1. Candidates may substitute completion of high school or high school equivalency certificate and eighteen months of experience converting data from project specifications by preparing program code using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools; planning, installing and maintaining data communications network lines and devices; or evaluating, implementing and maintaining computer hardware and software for the required education.
2. Candidates may substitute completion of high school or high school equivalency certificate and fifteen credit hours from an accredited college or university in systems analysis and applications programming using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools for the required education.
3. Candidates may substitute completion of high school or high school equivalency certificate and completion of a certification program in Network Administration, such as Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), Microsoft Certified Product Specialist NT 4.0 Administrator or equivalent certification program for the required education.
4. Candidates may substitute experience in one of the following areas on a year-for-year basis for a high school education: operating computer systems, scheduling, controlling input and output or maintaining backups or data storage, processing data on computer systems, evaluating, implementing and maintaining computer hardware and software or converting data from project specifications by developing programs using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools.
5. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Network Analyst classifications or Network Integration and Management specialty codes in the Information Technology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.