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Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Verify stability, interoperability, portability, security, or scalability of system architecture.
    • Develop system engineering, software engineering, system integration, or distributed system architectures.
    • Collaborate with engineers or software developers to select appropriate design solutions or ensure the compatibility of system components.
    • Communicate with staff or clients to understand specific system requirements.
    • Identify system data, hardware, or software components required to meet user needs.
    • Research, test, or verify proper functioning of software patches and fixes.
    • Provide advice on project costs, design concepts, or design changes.
    • Perform security analyses of developed or packaged software components.
    • Provide technical guidance or support for the development or troubleshooting of systems.
    • Document design specifications, installation instructions, and other system-related information.
    • Communicate project information through presentations, technical reports, or white papers.
    • Define and analyze objectives, scope, issues, or organizational impact of information systems.
    • Monitor system operation to detect potential problems.
    • Design and conduct hardware or software tests.
    • Evaluate current or emerging technologies to consider factors such as cost, portability, compatibility, or usability.
    • Provide customers or installation teams guidelines for implementing secure systems.
    • Establish functional or system standards to address operational requirements, quality requirements, and design constraints.
    • Investigate system component suitability for specified purposes, and make recommendations regarding component use.
    • Complete models and simulations, using manual or automated tools, to analyze or predict system performance under different operating conditions.
    • Develop or approve project plans, schedules, or budgets.
    • Develop efficient and effective system controllers.
    • Evaluate existing systems to determine effectiveness, and suggest changes to meet organizational requirements.
    • Configure servers to meet functional specifications.
    • Direct the analysis, development, and operation of complete computer systems.
    • Develop application-specific software.
    • Perform ongoing hardware and software maintenance operations, including installing or upgrading hardware or software.
    • Direct the installation of operating systems, network or application software, or computer or network hardware.
    • Train system users in system operation or maintenance.


    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.


    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Innovation
    • Persistence
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Dependability


    • High capacity removable media drives
    • Graphics or video accelerator cards
    • Desktop computers
    • Computer servers
    • Access servers


    • Web platform development software
    • Operating system software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base management system software
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