Nature of Work:

This class describes the entry level. Work is designed to train positions for a higher level in the class series. Although tasks are similar to those of the first working level, assignments are structured and performed with direction and assistance from others. Positions carry out established work processes and operations by learning to apply and follow procedures, techniques, rules, and regulations.

Description of Occupational Work:

This class series in the Professional Services Occupational Group describes applications programming work. Work of positions in this class series involves the designing, coding, testing, debugging, maintaining, and documenting programs from detailed specifications. Positions perform a variety of tasks such as, converting system specifications into programs by designing logic patterns; coding logic patterns into proper language and instructions which are fed into and stored in a computer and enable a computer to carry out specific tasks; testing programs by selecting and preparing proper test data which verifies a program's intent; debugging a program in the event of problems by locating and removing errors; ensuring programs operate effectively and as intended by interpreting computer stops, malfunctions, and other situations.

Other activities include:

preparing detailed documentation, operating instructions, and manuals for programs; maintaining and updating programs by making revisions and modifications as necessary; maintaining program files and records; communicating with other staff and users to resolve program intent issues, data requirements, and other programming matters; recommending standard terminology and symbology to ensure consistency in developing, maintaining, and/or interpreting programs; and reviewing programs for adherence to quality standards.

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