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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 532K
Category: Science & Engineering


Performs professional research, designing, development and testing of highly complex and technical electronic systems and associated circuits to support the operations and maintenance of the Washington State Patrol Communications systems.

Typical Work

Researches, compiles and interprets data; develops design criteria and standards for all types of systems, including highly technical communications control, test and data transmission; 

Prepares printed circuit board layouts, assembly and parts list drawings; 

Directs and supervises assigned communications technicians and draftsmen; 

Reviews designs submitted by communications technicians; 

Writes and originates instructions, test procedures and technical and maintenance data for service support manuals for the guidance of technical and operational personnel; 

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

Submits performance and progress reports on assigned projects; 

Supervises maintenance of engineering specifications, drafting procedures, engineering reference and drafting files; 

Investigates and researches difficult problem areas relating to tests maintenance and product improvements; 

Prepares highly technical specifications for the purchase of complex new equipment; 

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; audio and feedback amplifier principles and design; micro electronic circuit module applications, both analog and digital; 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 using discrete components and integrated circuits, both linear and digital; work with LED's, varistors, photoelectric devices and other modern solid‑state developments; work with associated mathematics, i.e.: LaPlace Transformers, Boolean Algebra and Integral calculus; produce working drawings; use computer terminal 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 and 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. 

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 effective December 15, 1972.
Revised minimum qualifications, general revision effective February 26, 1976.
Revised class code (salary survey), formerly class code 7294, effective October 1, 1979.
New class code (formerly 60970) effective July 1, 2007.