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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.

Systems Programmer

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3964

UW Job Family: 38

SOC Code: 15-1021

Pay Grade: 24

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Installs, maintains and modifies, under general to limited supervision, basic and routine system software for computer and data communications facilities; designs, writes and maintains basic and routine utility programs; responds to system failures.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field


4 years work-related systems programming experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Basic and routine Computer Science principles, theories, and concepts.
  • Basic and routine computer programming languages in use in the area.
  • Basic and routine computer systems and equipment operation.
  • Basic and routine utility software in use in the area.
  • Design technology and techniques used to create, enhance and maintain basic and routine utility programs. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Install, troubleshoot, analyze, and maintain basic and routine utility system programs.
  • Basic and routine program design skills.
  • Write basic and routine utility programs.
  • Diagnose and resolve basic and routine problems.
  • Manage project deadlines.
  • Translate technical information into user-friendly program documentation.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Assist user consultants regarding difficult problems relating to basic and routine system usage and programming techniques.

Design, write and maintain basic and routine utility programs; update documentation for operational procedures and utility programs; write basic and routine systems software to maintain and modify current systems.

Respond to and correct basic and routine problems with administrative and operating systems.

Act as resource person for 24-hour on-call shifts.

Supplemental Functions:

May install, modify and diagnose basic and routine system problems; repair basic and routine application software, operating systems, general-purpose software and data communications hardware and software.

Working Conditions:

Standard office environment. Regular exposure to video terminal displays and computer related mechanical and electrical hazards; some work performed in confined spaces.

Distinguishing Features:

Computer Programmer is the lowest entry level for computer programming under direct to general supervision; installs, runs tests, assists with updating, modifying, and maintaining basic computer programs.

Computer Programmer, Senior is the next higher level for computer programming working under general supervision performing the work of the Computer Programmer and expanding to include supervision over student workers and working on more difficult analyses and programming tasks.

Programmer Analyst is the computer programmer and network administrator on LAN systems working under general supervision installing, modifying, testing and maintaining basic computer/network programs.

Programmer Analyst, Senior, is the next higher level programmer working under limited supervision on basic and more complicated routine programming/system projects with project deadlines.

Programmer Analyst, Executive, works on basic, routine and advanced, large projects with critical impact under very limited supervision and under multiple and conflicting project deadlines.

Systems Programmer, Assistant, provides assistance under direct to general supervision with installing, maintaining, and modifying basic computer system software, assists with writing program documentation, runs basic tests to find problem areas, and assists with basic repairs to system programs.

Systems Programmer works under general supervision and runs basic and routine program testing, installs, modifies, maintains utility programs, and writes basic and routine programming documentation.

Systems Programmer, Senior, works under limited supervision, installing, testing, designing, modifying, and maintaining basic, routine and advanced computer programs and systems, works as a Project Leader, teaches other programmers computer technology, tests new technology, and makes repair/purchase recommendations.

Systems Specialist is the highest level used both within the Programmer Analyst series and within the Systems Programmer series; this is the expert level that can resolve basic, routine and advanced problems, develop new or enhance programs/systems, discover where program is impacted negatively and overcome related technical problems; teach others computer and programming skills, and work as a Project Leader and mentor.

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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