Computer Operations Series - CalHR

Computer Operations Series

California State Personnel Board Specification

Series established August 6, 1969

Scope

This series specification describes five information technology systems operations classes used in State service. Classes in this series operate the main information technology systems console, multiple on-line teleprocessing systems, auxiliary consoles, and peripheral equipment on information technology systems, perform technical analysis, and may supervise or act as a leadperson for others in the performance of information technology systems operating duties. The factors affecting position allocation include: the complexity, scope, and variety of work; independence of action and decision; size, operating mode, and sophistication of the information processing system; consequence of decision; and supervision exercised and received. The degree and amount of responsibility for the operations of the main console on those systems characterized by multiprocessing, variable tasks operations or responsibility for coordination of multiple on-line teleprocessing systems, and technical analysis are the basic factors.

 

Entry into this series is typically from outside State service or from other State classes performing duties in support of information technology systems activities.

 

Computer Operations Series Specification - Class Titles and Codes
Schem Code Class Code Class
LN40 1353 Computer Operator
LN25 1560 Computer Operations Specialist I
LN20 1351 Computer Operations Supervisor I
LN15 1561 Computer Operations Specialist II
LN1O 1350 Computer Operations Supervisor II

Definition of Levels*

Computer Operator

This deep class includes ranges comprising the entry, trainee, and journeyperson/working leadperson levels in this series. Incumbents in lower ranges of the class, under close supervision, learn to operate the less sophisticated information technology systems consoles or machine control panels; assist in the operation of the more complex information technology systems consoles or machine control panels; and in response to messages from information technology systems consoles, operate peripheral equipment such as tape units.

 

As training progresses, incumbents under general supervision may work with and provide general direction to a small group of computer operators engaged in the operation of an information technology processing system. Incumbents have primary responsibility for the operation of the main console on small-to medium-sized information processing systems, and/or may perform technical duties in specialized areas.

Computer Operations Specialist I

Under general supervision, operates the main information technology systems console on more complex multiprocessing variable task information processing systems; coordinates complex, multiterminal teleprocessing systems; performs complex technical duties in other related areas as assigned, such as use of utility programs, vendor coordination, scheduling functions, performing monitoring equipment maintenance tracking and procedure development, and assisting with planning and implementing new or modified telecommunications networks/systems; the installation and maintenance of computer/network hardware; developing and providing information technology systems operations training. Incumbents may act in a lead capacity over a small technical staff.

Computer Operations Supervisor I

Under direction, supervises a small-to medium-sized group of information technology systems operations staff in the operations phase of an information systems installation.

Computer Operations Specialist II

Under direction, in a large information systems installation, has primary responsibility for operating the main information systems console on the most complex multiprocessing variable task information technology systems or coordinating complex, multiterminal teleprocessing systems, and/or performing complex technical duties in other related areas as assigned, such as assisting with planning and implementing new or modified telecommunications networks/systems; developing and providing information technology systems operations training; the installation and maintenance of computer/networks hardware; and solving unusually complex problems requiring high vendor/user contact.

 

Incumbents may act in a lead capacity over a small technical staff.

Computer Operations Supervisor II

Under general direction, plans, organizes, and directs the activities of a major phase of the operations or administrative section of a large information technology systems installation or performs equivalent supervisory duties.

Minimum Qualifications

All Levels:

Unless otherwise stated, experience applicable to one of the following patterns may be combined on a proportional basis with experience applicable to the other to meet the total experience requirement.

Computer Operator

Either I

 

Two years of work experience performing duties comparable to those of an Office Assistant (Range B) in the California state service and at least three semester units or four quarter units from a recognized college or university in information technology-related coursework.

Or II

 

One year of experience performing technician duties in operation, quality control, or scheduling on an information technology system.

Or III

 

Twelve semester units or eighteen quarter units from a recognized college or university in information technology-related coursework or equivalent academic training provided from an accredited institution recognized by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) or the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). The ACICS or ACCSCT must cite the institution as being accredited for the relevant program being considered for qualification. (Partial completion of the requirement may not be combined with the other patterns to meet minimum qualifications.)

Computer Operations Specialist I

Computer Operations Supervisor I

Either I

 

One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties comparable to those of a Computer Operator (Range C).

Or II

 

Eighteen months of experience performing the full range of duties in operating an information technology system or operating a main console in a multiprocessing, variable task information technology system. At least one year of this experience must include primary responsibility for the operation of the main console on information processing systems.

Or III

 

1. Completion of at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units at a recognized college or university, of which 12 semester or 18 quarter units are comprised of information technology related coursework. or

 

2. Equivalent academic training provided from an accredited institution recognized by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) or the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). The ACICS or ACCSCT must cite the institution as being accredited for the relevant program being considered for qualification. (Partial completion of the requirement may not be combined with the other patterns to meet minimum qualifications.)

Computer Operations Specialist II

Computer Operations Supervisor II

Either I

 

One year of experience in the California state service performing duties comparable to those of a Computer Operations Specialist I or Computer Operations Supervisor I.

Or II

 

Two years of experience performing the full range of duties in operating an information technology system or operating a main console in a multiprocessing, variable task information technology system. At least one year of this experience must include operation of the main information technology systems console on more complex multiprocessing variable task information processing systems; coordination of complex, multiterminal teleprocessing systems; performing monitoring equipment maintenance tracking and procedure development; assisting with planning and implementing new or modified telecommunications networks/systems; the installation and maintenance of computer/network hardware; and developing and providing information technology systems operations training.

Knowledge and Abilities

All Levels:

Knowledge of: Principles, capabilities, and operation of information technology systems and related peripheral equipment.

 

Ability to: Recognize and work out solutions for operational problems; communicate effectively; analyze data; work cooperatively with others and gain their respect and confidence; perform arithmetical computations.

Computer Operations Specialist I

Computer Operations Specialist II

Knowledge of: In addition to the above, information technology systems hardware and operating techniques; basic concepts of operating systems; modern office procedures and equipment; methods of devising standard machine and operator production rates.

 

Ability to: In addition to the above, react promptly and appropriately to unique situations; maximize information technology system operating efficiency; develop forms and procedures.

Computer Operations Supervisor I

Knowledge of: All of the above, and information technology systems operations procedures and equipment; methods of devising operator production rates; principles of effective supervision and training; the department's Equal Employment Opportunity objectives; a manager's role in the Equal Employment Opportunity and the processes available to meet equal employment objectives.

 

Ability to: All of the above, and plan, organize, and direct the operation of an information technology system; supervise the work of technical and clerical assistants; effectively contribute to the department's equal employment objectives.

Computer Operations Supervisor II

Knowledge of: All of the above, and principles of organization and personnel management.

 

Ability to: All of the above, and supervise the work of technical and clerical assistants in a complex information technology system.

Special Personal Characteristics

All Levels:

Frequently assignments require work on rotation shifts, holidays, odd shifts, and overtime including evenings, nights, and weekends.

Class History

Computer Operations Series History - Dates Established, Revised, and Title Changed
Class Date Established Date Revised Title Changed
Computer Operator 06/03/1965 05/02/2001 --
Computer Operations Specialist I 03/20/1984 05/02/2001 --
Computer Operations Supervisor I 06/03/1965 05/02/2001 --
Computer Operations Specialist II 03/20/1984 05/02/2001 --
Computer Operations Supervisor II 06/03/1965 05/02/2001 --

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* Additional information regarding functions performed, complexity factors, and scope of responsibility is contained in a separate document titled "Allocation Guidelines."


Updated 6/3/2012