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What is a Computer Operator, Roles, Skills and Salary?

If you’re interested in finding out more when it comes to becoming a Computer Operator then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. 

Here at Field Engineer, we pride ourselves on our knowledge when it comes to each of the roles we represent, so we want to share all we know about starting a role as a Computer Engineer. 

Computer Operator Job Description 

For those that don’t know, Computer Operators are responsible for the running of all computer operations, making sure that both computer systems and hardware are in good working order at all times. They work in a variety of different industries and in some cases, work in-house for a sole company. 

What does a Computer Operator do? 

A computer operator usually works in either a server room or a data centre, but in some cases, they could be asked to work remotely so that they can operate computer systems across various different sites of work. Although a little experience is required, most duties are taught on the job, especially as each system is usually a little different or each business. This also means that in most cases, the job description for a Computer Operator can vary depending on the type of industry you’re working in. Depending on the business, they may also be able to work from home.

What are the Roles and Responsibilities of these Specialists?

The roles and responsibilities of a computer operator include, but are not limited to: 

  • Providing data by operating a computer. 
  • Determining a sequence of operations by studying production schedules. 
  • Performing defined tasks as per company processes. 
  • Monitoring and manipulating daily jobs that are determined by a system. 
  • Maintaining incident logs for any issues that arise. 
  • Preparing any equipment that is needed for day-to-day operations by accessing various different forms of software. 
  • Making appropriate changes to any documentation, as and when needed. 
  • Resolving user issues by answering questions and requests when they arise. 
  • Generating reports from batch jobs and distributing to all those who are concerned. 
  • Troubleshooting any malfunctions. 
  • Ensuring operation of equipment used by completing maintenance following the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Maintaining operations by monitoring error messages and making adjustments.
  • Maintaining client confidence and protecting operations by keeping sensitive information confidential.
  • Contributing to team efforts.
  • Continuously monitoring and reacting to IT operations schedules. 
  • Responding to incoming telephone calls and mail inquiries from both internal and external customers regarding computer-related problems. 
  • Maintaining and supplying inventory by regularly checking stock levels to determine the overall inventory level.
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How much does a Computer Operator make?

The average salary for a Computer Operator in the USA is $30,000, however, this varies depending on the level you’re working at and the company you work for. 

How do you become a Computer Operator? 

Whether you’re working your way up from your current role or you’re searching for Computer Operator roles that match your skills, there are numerous different ways to land a job as a Computer Operator. If you think you may need a little bit of assistance, here at Field Engineer can offer you advice and help you find the perfect role to suit your skills. 

What skills and education are required? 

When it comes to finding a role as a computer operator, the following education and skills are either required or desirable in a candidate: 

  • Although it is not essential, a degree in Information Systems is strongly preferred. 
  • For most roles, you must have at least 1+ years of experience working with computer various different systems. 
  • You must be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of computer functions. 
  • You will have both analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to troubleshoot any computer problems that could arise. 
  • Time management skills are essential as you need to ensure all orders, tickets and queries are completed on time.
  • You must be capable of working efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • You should have strong communication skills and be able to follow directions clearly.
  • In some cases, you may be required to work irregular hours (including weekends).
  • You must be able to work with others and have a positive attitude when it comes to working.

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If you would like more information when it comes to becoming a Computer Operator or where to find Computer Operator jobs, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Field Engineer team. We will be able to give you expert advice and point you in the right direction when it comes to the current job market.

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