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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 452F
Category: Regulatory Services


Provides staff support to the Communications Systems Director, by planning, researching, developing, and maintaining statewide electronics communications systems for the Department of Transportation.

Typical Work

Oversees the planning, engineering, research, design, installation, and maintenance for statewide electronic communications systems;  

Prepares project schedules, manpower requirements and cost estimates, and bid requests;  

Submits performance and progress reports on assigned projects;  

Conducts staff studies, performs financial analysis, and develops long-range plans for communications systems;  

Develops communications equipment specifications and makes recommendations on equipment purchases;  

Develops and manages statewide preventative maintenance program for communications systems;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  semi-conductor and vacuum tub theory; filter design (both passive and active); A.M., F.M., FSK, SSB and pulse code modulation theory and principles; two-way radio and microwave communication equipment and systems; wireless principles and applications; geo-positioning devices and applications; multiplex technology; logic circuit design and principles; control engineering; remote control telemetering systems; security and alarm surveillance equipment and systems; data processing storage and retrieval.   

Ability to:  design and manage large scale complex communications systems, both analog and digital; work with associated mathematics; produce working drawings; use computer terminal and personal computer to aid in design and data storage.

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 in engineering, mathematics or physics.


Four years of experience in highly technical, solid-state circuit design within the past six years involving audio frequencies, radio frequencies (VHF and UHF), control circuits, logic design and display systems.

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

Additional experience and/or technical training in electronics or electrical engineering may be substituted for educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Class Specification History

New class: 9-9-94
Revised minimum qualifications: 6-14-96
Revised new class code: (formerly 72601) effective July 1, 2007