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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 592U
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


In the State Patrol, supervises skilled communications personnel, both licensed and unlicensed, in installing, maintaining, and repairing complex law enforcement communications system equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

These positions can be distinguished from the Law Enforcement Communications Systems Area Manager in that they do not have responsibility for managing a state region or the Central Communications facility, do not assign projects, or establish project priority.

Typical Work

Supervises and instructs skilled communications personnel in the installation and maintenance of Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems equipment;

Supervises skilled communications personnel in the installation and maintenance of digital and analog microwave carrier systems equipment;

Supervises skilled communications personnel in the installation and maintenance of data system equipment used by the entire law enforcement community;

May perform emergency rescue procedures at heights greater than four feet up to 300 feet;

Supervises skilled communications personnel in the maintenance and installation of doppler radar traffic speedmeters, electronic sirens, C.8. radios, two way hand held communications radios, radiological measuring devices, closed circuit TV systems equipment, marine radios, and other associated electronic and communications equipment;

Instructs operational personnel in the proper utilization of the law enforcement communications and electronics equipment;

Compiles and prepares the necessary reports and forms that enable the department to compile a statistical analysis for the further development of an efficient communications system;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: operation and technical principles of microwave carrier systems, two way radio systems, data systems, and all electronic test equipment associated with the communications industry.

Ability to: supervise skilled communications personnel in the installation, maintenance, and repair of communications equipment, read and comprehend technical manuals and drawings; apply the electronics industry standards and procedures in effectively maintaining communications systems in a professional manner.

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

Two years' experience in the Washington State Patrol as a Communications Technician 1 or 2, or as an Electronics Communications Systems Technician.

Class Specification History

New class adopted April 15, 1983.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 72630), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Revise class. Revisions to definition, typical work, desired qualifications, and legal requirements; adopted June 22, 2023; effective July 1, 2023.