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Laramie, WY 82071-2000

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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Computer Operator

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 5204

UW Job Family: 51

SOC Code: 43-9011

Pay Grade: 16

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Operates, monitors, and maintains security of computer input/output equipment; troubleshoots routine problems; performs duties under general supervision with some independent judgment required.

Minimum Qualifications


High School Diploma or GED



Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Operation of computers and computer input/output equipment.
  • Operation of data communications system consoles.
  • Operation of peripheral equipment.  

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Follow oral and written instructions. 
  • Monitor and control job flow and processing sequence.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Move up to 50 pounds regularly, 100 pounds occasionally.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Operate computer and data communications system consoles and peripheral equipment; monitor and control job flow and processing sequence.
Check jobs for correct processing as instructed.
Respond to routine inquiries and problems; refer specific problems/questions to appropriate staff members.
Monitor and report equipment and job malfunctions to immediate supervisor.
Maintain inventory of consumable operational supplies.

Supplemental Functions:

May instruct and train new operators in methods and procedures of operating computer systems.
Attend in-house training sessions and meetings.
Oversee student employees to ensure timely and proper task performance.
Assist in cleaning equipment and maintaining organized work environment.

Working Conditions:

Environmentally controlled machine room; regularly exposed to confined spaces, noise, and video terminal displays; occasionally subject to mechanical and electrical hazards.

Distinguishing Features:

Computer Operator: Under general supervision, operates, monitors, and maintains security of computer input/output equipment and peripheral equipment. Troubleshoots routine problems and refers specific problems/questions to supervisor. 
Computer Operator, Senior: Under limited supervision, operates, monitors and maintains security of computer input/output equipment. Supervises, assigns and monitors work of Computer Operator. Maintains documentation, rebuilds job streams terminated by computer or program malfunctions and recreates computer files. Instruct and train in methods and procedures of operating computer systems.
Supervisor, Computer Operations: Supervises the operational, budgetary, and personnel functions of the Computer Operations area. Manages maintenance contracts for computers and peripheral equipment and makes recommendations software/hardware purchase options. Prepares budget and maintains expenditures, maintains equipment inventory and develop operations and backup procedures documentation. Responds to system failures. Directs installation, modification and testing of new systems software and hardware.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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