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COMPUTER SYS ANLST/PRGMR SR PDC
OCCUPATION CODE: 0334-3057
JOB LEVEL: N-22
BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
0334d
(0334-3057) COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYST/PROGRAMMER, SENIOR (PDC)




DOCUMENT DATE:
December 31, 1990

FUNCTION:
Analyzes and evaluates complex existing and proposed systems and develops computer programs, systems, and procedures to process data requiring diverse types of data processing equipment.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
See the Standard Position Description for the Occupation Code given above.

REQUIREMENTS:
This section is composed of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) which are required to satisfactorily perform the tasks of the position. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess a sufficient level of each KSA, to include at least minimum competency for senior-qualified positions to enable them to perform these tasks satisfactorily. Applicants demonstrate these levels by describing examples of experience, education, or training, any of which may be non-postal. Ratings are based on the demonstration of the level of possession of each of the KSAs. Failure to demonstrate any KSA is disqualifying. Knowledge of data processing systems refers to the terminology, usage, and operating characteristics of hardware, software, and operating system components that load, execute, store, and retrieve application programs and files and perform a variety of functions related to computer business applications. Knowledge of structured data processing system design refers to the principles, techniques, and methods used to analyze and translate user requirements into plans for system input, output, files, data dictionaries, controls, and processing methods. Knowledge of computer programming refers to the principles, techniques, and terminology used to write a series of computer instructions using computer languages applicable to the installation/application from programming specifications to direct the computer to perform input, logic, output, storage, and security functions. Ability to write program specifications refers to understanding and preparing written words, statements, drawings, flow charts, etc., which explain the exact business application requirements for writing computer programming code. Ability to conduct systems testing refers to evaluating and ensuring proper execution of systems by establishing test plans, assembling test data information, conducting tests and verifying test results which involve parts or an entire system of programs as a whole. Ability to write program/system documentation refers to understanding and preparing words, statements, drawings, and process flow charts which explain the procedures used to develop, and instructions on installation, execution, security and user training for, programs/systems. Ability to analyze information refers to obtaining information from varied sources such as users, analyst/programmers, JCL specialists, reference materials, and written directives and evaluating its applicability to practical applications such as data processing production problems, determining procedural requirements, and determining technology, software, and equipment usability. Ability to coordinate the technical activities of others refers to planning work, advising others, and inspecting and evaluating products in order to produce finished projects/tasks in a timely manner. Ability to communicate technical information to others refers to expressing facts or ideas clearly, orally or in writing, when answering questions, giving directions, and providing information, individually or in groups. Ability to work without immediate supervision refers to performing the duties of the position, complying with operating guidelines/procedures and planning and executing work activities independently or without direct supervision.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must be physically able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. Vision of 20/40 (Snellen) in one eye and ability to read without strain printed materials the size of type written characters are required. Corrective lenses are permitted. Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades is desirable. Ability to hear the conversational voice is required; hearing aids are permitted.

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS:
Possession of the required KSAs will not in itself be accepted as final proof of qualification. The applicant's total record of experience, education, and training must show the ability to perform the tasks of the position.

  Occ Code: 0334-3057

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