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Class Code: 532M
Category: Science & Engineering


In the Washington State Patrol, manages the electronics engineering unit and directs the professional research, designing, developing, and testing of complex electronic systems and associated circuits for communications networks.

Typical Work

Assigns engineering projects and areas of responsibility to groups and persons managed; plans and coordinates their activities statewide; reviews, inspects, and critiques completed assignments; 

Specifies job criteria, interviews job candidates, and selects employees to be hired for those positions managed; arranges training, evaluates, counsels and, when necessary, takes corrective action; 

Researches, compiles, and interprets data; develops design criteria and standards for all types of systems, including highly technical communication control, test, and data transmission; manages planning and design for and execution of assigned engineering projects;  

Reviews and approves final engineering on designs for printed circuits, mechanical designs, construction, and remodel projects submitted by the documentation and design group; performs actual work on special, unique printed circuitry;  

Writes technical specifications for the purchase of test equipment, mobile data systems, uninterruptible power systems, communications control systems, and other new equipment; 

Writes original instructions, test procedures, technical data, and maintenance data for Service Support Manuals; writes practices and procedures for the section manual; 

Interviews contractors, salespersons, vendors, and others regarding electronic, electrical, heating, lighting, air conditioning, construction, warehousing, and other multitudinous miscellaneous matters; 

Designs and creates initial documentation that may include schematics, assembly and printed circuit layout drawings, and parts lists for a variety of special circuits to serve needs unique to the Washington State Patrol; 

Supervises trades, warehouse, and other section operations; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  state-of-the-art technology in both voice and data telecommunications; theory, principles, and practices of management and engineering, particularly or related to electronics, drafting, building maintenance, and warehousing; semiconductor and tube theory; filters; the various types of modulation; two-way radio and microwave communication equipment and systems; integrated circuit applications; logic and data circuit design; telemetry; security and surveillance equipment; packet radio and mobile data equipment and systems. 

Ability to:  manage and motivate a professional staff of diverse skills; communicate effectively; prepare clear and concise oral and written material; interpret and apply departmental, State, and Federal policies, regulations, and laws; work effectively with executive management and governmental entities at all levels; design circuitry employing the spectrum of discrete components and integrated circuits; employ associated mathematics; manage documentation production and archivism; use a computer terminal to aid in design, data storage, and word processing.

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 electronic or electrical engineering.  


Six years of experience in solid-state circuit design involving audio and radio frequencies (VHF and UHF), control circuitry, logic and data surveillances, and display systems which must include two years of experience in engineering supervision.   

Additional experience and/or technical training in electronic or electrical engineering will substitute, year for year, for educational requirements.

Class Specification History

New class Effective July 15, 1988
New class code: (formerly 61000) effective July 1, 2007