POSITION: COMPUTER OPERATOR
This is highly specialized technical and lead supervisory work in the operation of general-purpose digital computers
and peripheral equipment. An employee in this class serves as lead operator for the processing, management and storage of school files, grade input systems, and other information. Work involves preparing the computer system for operation and performing operations according to schedule and program instructions. The most important aspect of the work is maximizing results while minimizing processing time through operator intervention in resolving computer halts. Work may include training and assisting other employees. Employee is expected to use initiative and judgment in solving machine or production halts. Incumbent is further responsible for assisting in maintaining work schedules as established by a principal or activity center head.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (NOT ALL INCLUSIVE)
- Resolves operation halts by revising existing or devising new operating techniques;
- Prepares data for a computer run while other jobs are being run;
- Recommends improved service routines, production techniques and modifications or additions to equipment;
- Observes and controls the course of jobs being run on the computer system;
- Takes immediate action to correct any machine malfunction;
- Assists in the orientation of operators in a lower classification;
- Prepares job streams and job control cards;
- Acts as operations supervisor when required;
- Performs related work as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of command languages for multiple processing platform system software and related peripheral equipment;
- Knowledge of job control language;
- Knowledge of computer production control procedures;
- Knowledge of the operation and care of the digital computer and its peripheral equipment;
- Knowledge of computer operating systems and preparation and use of job control cards;
- Knowledge of peripheral operational methods and techniques;
- Knowledge of programming principles and techniques;
- Knowledge of the capabilities of the general-purpose digital computer and its peripheral equipment;
- Knowledge of the principles and methods used in obtaining maximum utilization of computer equipment;
- Ability to set up and operate a variety of computer equipment;
- Ability to make decisions regarding the operation of large and small scale computer and related equipment based on prescribed procedures;
- Ability to enter data or information into a terminal, PC, or other keyboard device;
- Ability to learn job related material primarily through oral instruction and observation to perform job duties;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships;
- Ability to accurately interpret computer-issued error messages and take appropriate action;
- Ability to operate computer center equipment;
- Ability to prepare and maintain logs and records;
- Ability to work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others:
- Ability to follow detailed program instructions;
- Ability to instruct subordinate employees in the methods of operations to be followed in preparing data;
- Ability to work effectively with programmers, subordinates, associates and others;
- Ability to reason and think logically;
- Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of subordinate employees.
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FACTOR II: SUPERVISORY CONTROLS
- Employee works under the supervision of a Principal or Activity Center Head, who describes scope of goals and objectives and furnishes guidance only on critical issues;
- Incumbent plans and schedules own work based on the understanding of broadly defined objectives and priorities, supervisor reviews work after completion;
- Instruction provided only in new situations, methods, procedures that are not clearly related to existing tasks and duties.
- Work is reviewed through conferences, reports and achievement of objectives;
FACTOR III: GUIDELINES
- Federal and Departmental policies and procedures must be followed in meeting objectives as outlined in principal or activity center head directives.
FACTOR IV: COMPLEXITY
- Work is of a demanding and confidential nature;
- Duties require a high degree of concentration to address an array of complicated tasks within adjustable timelines.
FACTOR V: SCOPE AND EFFECT
- Responsible for the proper and timely processing and daily management and storage of information in computer systems in order to aid the efficient functioning of the particular school or activity center.
FACTOR VI, VII: PERSONAL CONTACT AND PURPOSE OF CONTACTS
- Contact is made with co-workers, supervisors and other administrative officials to provide administrative staff support in the areas of computer technology and to function as a representative of the Department, explaining agency’s programs and procedures.
FACTOR VIII: PHYSICAL DEMANDS
This employee is required to:
- Sit, and talk or hear within normal range;
- Reach with hands and arms;
- Read fine print, and review information on a PC monitor, as well as, hard copy output;
- Manipulate objects with fingers. For example, use a keyboard and telephone receiver.
- Use the spoken word;
- Move about and exert some physical dexterity.
- Lift, push or pull up to 70lbs.
FACTOR IX: WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Work environment involves normal everyday hazards or discomforts typical of offices, meeting and training rooms;
- Comfortable levels of temperature, ventilation, lighting and sound are inherent in the work environment;
- Exposure to deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is only occasional;
- The likelihood of injury is remote.
- Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science or related field; or
- Completion of the twelfth grade and four years of experience in the operation of data processing machines.
“No person shall be discriminated against in employment or in any educational program or activity offered by the Virgin Islands Department of Education on account of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, handicap or age.”
Complainant may write to:
Division of Human Resources Division of Human Resources
2133 Hospital Street 44-46 Kongens Gade
Christiansted, VI 00820 St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802
FORM# CompOprtrIII-DOEHR 03-00 (Rev. 9/5/07)