State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $44,989.00-$71,606.00 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 other Computer Network Specialists.

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.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

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.  The Computer Network Specialist II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities 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 locations of new network sites;

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;

Learns to 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.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


Class Descriptions 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.

Class Descriptions provide information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work, General Requirements and Acknowledgements.  The Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit, as indicated by the designation of S (Supervisor), M (Manager), T (Agency Head), U (Board or Commission Member), W (Student), X (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), or Z (Confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance level in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series, an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class, as defined by the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.

Date Revised

April 23, 2021

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 006679; EST: ; REV: 4/23/2021;

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