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PROGRAMMER I
03430
(Competitive)


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS

The work involves responsibility for developing and preparing computer programs of moderate difficulty for the solution of problems through the use of electronic data processing equipment. Under supervision, an employee in this class is responsible for developing and preparing computer programs for the solution of problems through the use of electronic data processing equipment. Work involves the design, verification and test runs for programs whose raw data has been ascertained by the Systems Analyst and/or a higher level Programmer in the planning and implementation of an assigned program. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate Programmer Trainees. Assignments are received from higher level Programmers, Systems Analysts and/or Application Program Manager. Work is reviewed through the operation of the assigned program. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

Analyzes problems outlined by superiors in terms of detailed equipment requirements and capabilities.

Designs detailed machine logic flow charts.

Verifies program logic by preparing test data for trial runs; tests and debugs programs, analyzes performance of programs during testing.

Prepares instruction sheets to guide operation section during production runs; may work with operations staff during testing.

Evaluates and modifies existing programs to take into account changes in systems requirements or equipment configuration.

May translate detailed machine logic flow charts into coded machine instructions.

May confer with technical personnel in systems analysis.

Prepares and has responsibility for completion of all elements of program documentation.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

As Applied to Onondaga County Department of Information Technology:

Good knowledge of electronic data processing equipment involving the use and capabilities of the IBM current computer system with tape and magnetic disk drives using full operating systems.

Good knowledge of PL/1 computer language or other comparable high level languages.

As Applied to Board of Cooperative Educational Services:

Good knowledge of electronic data processing equipment involving the use and capabilities of a mainframe computer system with tape and magnetic disk drives using MUS 390/OS.

Good knowledge of personal computers, MS office products and programming language.

In Common:

Ability to translate flow charts to detailed block diagrams and the actual computer program.

Ability to learn new computer language.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A. One (1) year of work experience, or its part time equivalent, in programming; or,

B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or business school with an *Associates Degree in Data Processing, Computer Science or a closely related field (*or Certificate from a two-year program or successful completion of a B.O.C.E.S. Computer Programming Technician STEP program); or,

C. Successful completion of 15 semester credit hours (or 20 quarter credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college, business school or trades school) in data processing, programming, computer science or a closely related field; or,

D. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B) and (C).

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