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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 594E
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Performs skilled work in installing, maintaining, and repairing sophisticated electronic communications systems equipment in a central maintenance facility, or may assist a field technician.

Typical Work

Installs, maintains, modifies and repairs a VHF electronics communications system consisting of mobile radio units, portable receivers/transmitters, mobile repeater system, base stations, remote repeater stations, paging encoders, pagers, and communications center consoles; 

Installs, maintains, modifies and repairs sophisticated microwave carrier system equipment; 

Installs, maintains, modifies and repairs a data system consisting of computer terminals and high-speed electronic printers; 

Installs, maintains and repairs electronic digital telephone system equipment; 

Installs, maintains, modifies and repairs the State‑wide emergency broadcasting system equipment, State‑wide NOAA weather radio system equipment, microprocessor based doppler radar traffic speedmeters, electronic siren and P.A. system equipment, C.B. radios, two‑way hand‑held communications radios, radiological measuring devices, closed circuit TV systems, marine radios, specialized dignitary protection system equipment and other associated electronic and communications system equipment; 

Operates environmental test chambers and computer controlled test equipment; provides engineering assistance, fabricates printed circuit boards, and repairs and certifies test equipment to FCC standards; 

Appears as an expert witness for the State of Washington in district and superior courts in the adjudication of traffic cases involving the utilization of doppler radar; 

Instructs operational personnel in the proper utilization of the 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; 

Operates sedans, four‑wheel drive and snow vehicles on all types of terrain including extremely treacherous and remote mountaintop sites to gain access to the equipment to be maintained; 

Assists Law Enforcement Communications Systems Technician ‑ Field in their assigned geographic area as required; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: operating and technical principles of microwave carrier systems, two‑way mobile radio systems, data systems, digital techniques, computer operations, and all electronic test equipment associated with the communications industry. 

Ability to: read and comprehend technical manuals and drawings; apply the electronic industry standards and procedures in effectively maintaining communications systems in a professional manner.

Legal Requirement(s)

A valid General Radiotelephone Operator license issued by the Federal Communications Commission is required.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or a GED and education and/or training in electronics.  Experience in the maintenance and repair of at least two of the following: two-way radio frequency communications systems, microwave carrier systems, or data systems is preferred.

Class Specification History

New class adopted April 15, 1983
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Electronic Communications Systems Technician – Shop), minimum qualifications; adopted December 15, 1984.
Revise class. Revises title, definition and minimum qualifications; adopted May 9, 2001.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 72610), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.