Computer Systems Engineers/Architect Career

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


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Computer Systems Engineers/Architect Career

What Computer Systems Engineers/Architects do:

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

What work activities are most important?

Importance Activities

Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Developing Objectives and Strategies - Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

Scheduling Work and Activities - Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information - Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Developing and Building Teams - Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates - Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment - Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Monitoring and Controlling Resources - Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.

Selling or Influencing Others - Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Performing Administrative Activities - Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment - Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

Holland Code Chart for a Computer Systems Engineers/Architect

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