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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 592L
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Under general direction, independently perform complex electronics work as a senior-level electronics technician such as constructing computer-interfaced prototypes; designing computer interfaces with existing apparatus; modifying and installing commercially-built electronic and mechanical apparatus.

Typical Work

Troubleshoot, repair, maintain, calibrate, and test mechanical, electro-mechanical, analog and/or digital equipment or apparatus such as monitoring devices, programming and timing devices, signal generators, meters, gauges, test chambers, power supplies, relay controls, meteorological or seismological measuring equipment, microprocessor-controlled operant chambers; 

Isolate problem(s) including using and/or creating diagnostic software as needed to locate malfunction(s); perform mechanical, electro-mechanical, or electronic repair(s); perform electronic repairs to system, board, or component level; calibrate and/or test for proper operation; 

Assist and/or oversee vendor warranty repairs; 

Following general description of functions and schematics from professional and technical personnel, construct electronic equipment such as computer-interfaced prototypes, microprocessor controlled devices, or test instruments; generate block diagram(s), design relevant circuits and circuit board layout, write software to drive microprocessor(s), and select components; build using hand and power tools such as soldering guns, drill presses, torches, band saws, grinders, etc.; test, debug, and modify as necessary to ensure proper operation; prepare appropriate documentation such as parts layout, schematic(s), and calibration procedure; 

Consult with professional and technical personnel on design concept, equipment requirement(s), feasibility of fabrication and safety features and design computer interfaces with existing apparatus such as AC-DC power supplies, photo-relay circuits, timing devices, shock apparatus, visual and audio stimulus circuits, operant boxes, or recorder interfaces;  

Modify and install commercially-built electronic and mechanical apparatus for use in experimental or research applications; 

Perform preventive maintenance on electronic and electronic test equipment; test, diagnose, adjust and calibrate to appropriate standards;  

Develop inventory lists; order, stock, catalog and store electronic components such as transistors, resistors, circuit boards, capacitors, inductors, tubes, connectors, etc;  

Confer with faculty, staff, clients, vendors, and/or supervisors in determining equipment problems or fulfilling service requests; 

May direct the work of others; 

May maintain technical reference library and maintain database files for equipment inventory; 

May perform incidental maintenance or repair on computers; 

Perform related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: equipment, methods and tools used in operation, installation, maintenance, repair and modification of monitoring and measuring instruments; operating principles of electronic monitoring and optical instrumentation, principles and practices of electronics; elementary principles of physics, mathematics and chemistry as related to ambient monitoring equipment; methods, tools and test instruments used in operation, calibration and repair of electronic ambient monitoring instruments; safety precautions; record keeping and report preparation. 

Ability to: recognize and repair defects in electronic systems and equipment; read and understand instructional manuals, drawings, schematic diagrams, plans and sketches using electronic symbols; fabricate and design equipment and electronic circuitry and flow systems.

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

One year of experience as an Electronics Technician 2 in either general government or higher education 


Four years of experience as an electronics technician 


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted March 7, 1973.
Revise class; adopted June 15, 1973.
Revise class; adopted October 6, 1989.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Electronics Technician III), general revision, deletes basic function, changes distinguishing characteristics to definition, adopted; May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.