Computer Operator apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Computer Operator apprenticeship

Computer Operator apprenticeship

DOT code: 213.362-010.

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Operates a computer, tape drives, printers, and plotters to process data according to operating instructions and procedure manual. Performs restoration of same upon request. Performs periodic system backups. Perform data archiving and restoration on request. maintains databases of information pertaining to archiving and restoration on request. Maintains databases of information pertaining to archives, backups, and vendor documentation. performs importation and exportation of data from/to entities outside the local site via modem and/or a variety of magnetic media.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Data management processes and procedures 9
B. Archiving and data flow 2
C. Hardware maintenance and operation 1
D. Troubleshooting and problem resolution 2
E. Text editors 1
F. Application software 1
G. Data translators (for engineering offices only) 2
H. Documentation 3
I. Operating system command reference 9
J. Modifying programs 3
K. Writing interpreted language processes 3
((Every 12 months = one year) total months 36

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. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409. A list of instruction topics for this trade is as follows:

1. Introduction to small computers
2. Introduction to information systems
3. Small computer operating systems
4. Introduction to computer networking
5. Introduction to telecommunications
6. Operating system commands
7. System administration
8. Programming
9. Local area networking
10. System analysis