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Systems Programmer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Analyzes, documents, installs, develops and maintains operating system software including utility software and job control languages. Provides technical support to users concerning system software and utilities.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of three classifications. This classification is distinguished from the Computer Programmers in that incumbents in this class have specialized knowledge of assigned software components and apply knowledge and skills in problem solving, implementing modifications and new systems designs, yet do not have the scope of technical expertise in assigned systems of the senior level.

Examples of Duties:

  • Revises, enhances, updates and installs vendor supplied systems software components to optimize performance of the computer systems.
  • Researches specific technical software and related questions and problems from users, management, programming, operating and systems personnel.
  • Coordinates between personnel using the computer systems and vendor support personnel.
  • Implements system backup procedures and participates in recovery operations in the event of destruction of all or part of the operating system or other system components.
  • Reviews, tests and evaluates new versions of operating systems and related software.
  • Converts software specification requirements into appropriate programming languages.
  • Participates in the planning, installation and implementation of equipment interfaces and peripheral devices.
  • Analyzes software specifications for completeness and compatibility with operating system capabilities.
  • Reviews and documents software failures and takes corrective action as directed.
  • Provides technical assistance to applications programming personnel and other appropriate user personnel relating to the operating system.
  • Ensures the security and integrity of all systems and data.
  • Recommends policies and procedures for the area.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of systems and applications programming.
  • Knowledge of the functions and capabilities of computer operating systems and software programming applications.
  • Knowledge of computer security procedures.
  • Skill in the use of the programming and job control language specific to the assignment.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field AND two years of systems and/or applications programming experience; OR, Associate's degree in Computer Science or related field AND three years of systems and/or applications programming experience; OR, Four years of systems and/or applications programming experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which compa


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