DOT Code: 030.162-010

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Converts data from project specifications and statements of problems and procedures to create or modify computer programs: Prepares, or receives detailed workflow chart and diagram to illustrate sequence of steps that program must follow and to describe input, output, and logical operations involved. Analyzes workflow chart and diagram, applying knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, and symbolic logic. Confers with supervisor and representatives of departments concerned with program to resolve questions of program intent, data input, output requirements, and inclusion of internal checks and controls. Converts detailed logical flow chart to language processable by computer. Enters program codes into computer system. Inputs test data into computer. Observes computer monitor screen to interpret program operating codes. Corrects program errors, using methods such as modifying program or altering sequence of program steps. Writes instructions to guide operating personnel during production runs. Analyzes, reviews, and rewrites programs to increase operating efficiency or to adapt program to new requirements. Compiles and writes documentation of program development and subsequent revisions. May train workers to use program. May assist COMPUTER OPERATOR to resolve problems in running computer program. May work with SYSTEMS ANALYST to obtain and analyze project specifications and flow charts. May direct and coordinate work of others to write, test, and modify computer programs.

Work Process Schedule

A.Data processing concepts
Working with vendor software
Making parameter cards for utilities
Job control language
Working with pieces of basic programs
B.Basic programs
Instruction to operator
Monitoring programs
C.Report programming generator
Fortran programming
Control of computer system to execute programs
Cobol programming
Multi-programming and multi-processing
Data base structure
D.Cobol programming
Applications of remote processing systems
Assembly language
System design
Report writing
Data processing supervision
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) Total Hours:4000

Related Technical Instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. Basic information regarding instruction for this trade is shown below. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Training at (617) 626-5409.

Basic orientation
Electronic data processing orientation
Fundamentals of computer programming
Fundamentals of computer programming workshop
Cobol programming
Cobol Phase 2
Fortran programming
Fortran programming Phase 2
Systems design analysis
Systems design analysis Phase 2
Data base design