Computer Operator

Grade 10

New York State has approximately 166 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Computer Operator Trainee

    Similar to Grade 08

  2. Computer Operator

    Grade 10

  3. Senr Computer Operator

    Grade 14

  4. Supvg Computer Operator

    Grade 18

  5. Chief Computer Operator

    Grade 23

Summary of Job Description

As a Computer Operator, you would monitor and control the operation of data center equipment, monitor mission-critical customer systems, and operate print equipment to provide 24/7 service to customer agencies in conformance with documented procedures. You would monitor all system consoles and hardware diagnostic displays for mainframe and open systems to ensure that systems are operating efficiently and customer on-line transactions, batch programs and data transfers are properly executing. In many installations, off-shift operators act as Help Desk consultants for users of remote systems and may consult with programmers/analysts on procedural matters and problems. You may be required to move or lift equipment and supplies. Some positions require employees to work nights, weekends, holidays and/or compressed work shifts.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination to be considered for appointment to this position.

On or before the date of the exam candidates must have graduated from high school or have earned a high school equivalency diploma AND at least one of the following:

Either 1. Six or more college semester credit hours in a computer-related field such as Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Management Information Systems, or Computer Information Systems (see Note #1, below);

Or 2. Successful completion of high school vocational studies related to large scale Computer Information Systems (see Note #2, below);

Or 3. Six months full-time experience in the operation of a mainframe or medium to-large server or complex, multi-variable print production (see Note #3, below). Use or operation of personal computers or personal printers will NOT be considered qualifying.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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