Anyone familiar with the Computer Operator role?

it.nv_lait.nv_la Member Posts: 22 ■□□□□□□□□□
Is anyone familiar with a role as a Computer Operator? If so what is it like to be a Computer Operator?


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    BurnsieBurnsie Member Posts: 84 ■■□□□□□□□□
    That job title is a lot like "IT Specialist", it could be anything.

    If you saw this role in a job description, I would suggest posting the job description or a link to it. The board won't be able to help much without more information.

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    cyberguyprcyberguypr Mod Posts: 6,928 Mod
    ^ that. Titles mean nothing. It's all about the duties. Having said that, in my experience with people who had similar titles this is usually a job a monkey could do and doesn't involve too much technical knowledge. Guys I've known used to switch backup tapes, monitor stuff, call people when something alerted, and handle high volume printer output.
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    NetworkNewbNetworkNewb Member Posts: 3,298 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I like to think I can operate a computer alright... Maybe even good enough to make a career out of it.
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    AnonymouseAnonymouse Member Posts: 509 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Do you have a job ad to reference? I was a computer operator a few years ago and it was boring. That job entailed...operating computers on graveyard shift. I was just running and monitoring backup and restore processes. Since I was one of the few technically inclined people there I ended up being called in for simple break/fix issues on the servers too. I was in a data center mostly working alone. It was a boring job so I had a lot of time to goof off or study. Most of the guys in dayshift who were also technically inclined were able to crosstrain with the engineers and network people. Sadly I couldn't 'cause all of those guys were at home sleeping while I was at work.
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    it.nv_lait.nv_la Member Posts: 22 ■□□□□□□□□□
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    it.nv_lait.nv_la Member Posts: 22 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the response. I just wanted to know if anyone had been one before or knew anyone who was a Computer Operator. Just to get a fill of the position. I just wanted to know how technical it was or if it would be hard to catch on etc. But if a monkey could do it, lol. Feel free to apply if anyone is interested.
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    beadsbeads Member Posts: 1,531 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Equivalent of saying an IT clerk. Many or most with an IT infrastructure have done similar or the same work. Heck! Some of us senior people still some of this same work! LOL.

    - b/eads
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    majestic_pecanmajestic_pecan Member Posts: 38 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I've worked as a Computer Operator for about 6 weeks in the graveyard shift. My job consists of a lot of little things. Monitoring overnight jobs, alerting responsible groups in case of failures, some network and server monitoring, changing backup tapes, making sure the server room isn't too hot, and taking overnight help desk calls (we get 1-2 per night) all generally fall within our purview but this could vary drastically at another organization.
    Like Anonymouse there is some downtime which I've used to study for IT exams. I'm the only person here at night so self-learning is my only chance to do any learning at all. It's not bad if you're a self-starter and don't mind calling people in the middle of the night but if you're a social butterfly a job like this might drive you crazy.
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