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Abolished Date: 2015-08-14


Within the Department of Information Services (DIS), serves as an assistant manager responsible for managing the electrical and mechanical systems, as well as the hardware installation/de-installation needed to effectively operate a large multi-mainframe computer data center.  Reports to the Computer Installation Manager, and serves as a technical advisor to senior management on the installation and support systems.

Typical Work

Manages the electrical systems needed to maintain computer operations; assures sufficient power is available and that all equipment is adequately maintained according to manufacturer requirements and maintenance agreements;  

Manages the mechanical systems required to maintain approved temperatures and humidity within the computer centers; maintains an environmental monitoring system complete with appropriate alarms; corrects air flow as needed to adjust temperature and humidity; maintains preventative maintenance programs on air conditioners, chillers, cooling towers, etc.;  

Assists in the installation and removal of all computer equipment from the data centers; assures the availability of needed cabling, power, etc, required to add new equipment; supervises the removal of unused cables from computer raised floor; coordinates the positioning of computer equipment on the raised floor space to assure vendor required clearances are maintained and that temperatures and humidities in the centers are maintained; maintains inventories of cabling and equipment within the data centers;  

Maintains processes and schedules to periodically check the emergency systems within the data centers; tests the adequacy of uninterruptible power supply systems, fire control systems, battery backup systems, alternate power systems, alarms, etc.;  

Supervises and evaluates the work of staff for adherence to and accomplishment of agency and program policies;  

Prepares project schedules, manpower requirements and cost estimates for system installation and maintenance;  

Arranges and coordinates implementation of approved space plans of data center planning projects; schedules, coordinates and directs the work of project personnel; schedules and coordinates the incorporation of material resources into projects;  

Performs necessary research and investigation to assure the most current techniques in space planning, programming, engineering, construction, etc., are utilized and considered in planning projects;  

Completes special assignments and planning projects as requested by management;  

Performs other work as required. 

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  computer center operations; theory, principles and practices of electrical and mechanical engineering particularly as related to electrical, mechanical, and computer emergency and backup systems; inventory systems; computer hardware requirements; cabling schema. 

Ability to:  plan, organize and coordinate complex installation and maintenance activities within the data center without adversely affecting computer availability; communicate complex issues to agency management; establish and maintain effective working relationships with state and department officials, the public and contractors/lessors.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree


Three years of experience managing installation support systems for a large multi-mainframe data center complex, two years of which must have been as a supervisor. 

A Master's degree will substitute for one year of experience. 

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

Class Specification History

New class: 2-14-92
New class code: (formerly 03242) effective July 1, 2007

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