When I first came to work in the IT field, programmed maintenance is a term that I only knew in broad terms. The “systems engineer” used to refer to a particular employee who is responsible for writing an automated software system, but no one I knew used that term.
As a graduate student, I took a computer science program that was taught by Professor Jeff Kingston. We would periodically test the mainframe computers and a few of us learned about what we were responsible for – Programmed Maintenance.
Computer repair consists of the maintenance of computer hardware systems. A network management system, or NMS, could not be put into place without programming. Computers are not robots, they require programming, which is what Professor Kingston taught us.
The system administrator would have to determine what tasks need to be performed. The person designated as the Programmer would then perform the task that was outlined but in a highly automatable manner.
Since I did not know anything about programmed maintenance, I asked a colleague to show me, but she was assigned to be a systems administrator, so there was no way she could provide me with the information I was looking for. After going through some of the theoretical information about maintenance, she decided that she wanted to help out, so she began to help.
Once this person made it clear that they did not want to work in a human capacity, a series of very qualified maintenance engineers began to be trained. When I started in the industry, I remember there being very few programs being offered. I was surprised to learn that there were thousands of different programs that had been designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of organizations.
Maintenance engineers are great at repairing computer systems. They are excellent at reading the original requirements, creating a plan for how to do the job, and the basics of installing the tools. A small business can often make use of some of the many programs that are offered.
Maintenance engineers are responsible for learning the specific codes that are necessary to repair a given system. However, they must also learn the ways to design these programs so that they will fit the computer’s specifications.
In today’s world, maintenance engineers are needed by small businesses. They usually work as the system administrator, so they are responsible for all of the computer requirements of the small business. They monitor the network as well as update its configurations.
These professionals, as well as those who are able to enter into this line of work, can be hired to do the work that will keep a business running properly. This is an important aspect of the computer repair field because businesses always expect to be able to get the job done without having to do it themselves.
If you have never considered computer repair, or if you have been in the industry for any length of time, you might want to consider the possibility of changing careers. In today’s world, a system technician is needed to get many things done, so the need for this type of person is becoming even more imperative.
Computer repair and maintenance is something that I am very familiar with. I have worked with IT organizations and other corporations, and I have also worked in various fields of the medical-equipment industries. Now, as a computer repair technician, I enjoy the ability to interact with both customers and computer technicians, something that is very important for me.