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Radio and Electronic Maintenance Technician


Oneida County

Job Description

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SUMMARY:

This full-time position performs responsible, complex, technical and non-technical maintenance of electronic equipment.  Person may be called in to work after normal shift if problems arise.  Work involves installation, troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of communications systems used by governmental public safety agencies within the County, e.g., radio base stations, mobile radios, antennas, towers, transmitters, radar equipment, pagers, and miscellaneous electrical equipment with the base work stations located in public safety facilities. Independent judgment is exercised with decisions guided by established procedures and federal guidelines.  Position is supervised by the Support Services Division Administrator who reviews work through periodic inspections and observations.  Work involves contact with Sheriff’s Office personnel who use radio and related electronic equipment plus some interaction with assistance to other County departments and public safety agencies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Trouble-shoot, repair, maintain and install various radio and electronic equipment within the scope of the Sheriff’s Office and Buildings & Grounds Department.  To include, but not limited to CCTV applications, alarm systems and associated hardware, assist with the maintenance of telephone hardware/software applications, pull and terminate low voltage wire applications e.g., phone, data and alarm systems.

Remove and install two-way radios, mobile data computers (MDC), laptop computers, and related electronic equipment in mobile units.

Maintain and repair complex microprocessor and computer based equipment, e.g., digital and analog microwave and two-way radio systems, and keeps necessary records to document maintenance requirements.

Repair and maintain County-owned communication systems and equipment including squad car and ambulance emergency equipment.  Maintain County-owned radio tower site equipment including but not limited to scheduled tower inspections and general maintenance on back-up generator and related equipment.  Order and maintain an inventory of standby and replacement equipment for the County-owned communication system.

Work with contractors and vendors by setting up meetings, explain problems, provide on-site inspections, request bids, and provide information.  Assist, as directed, other County Departments with radio related trouble-shooting, occasional installation, repair of communication equipment and snow removal from County facilities.

Perform routine frequency checks on County-owned radio transmitters in accordance with FCC (Federal Communication Commission) regulations.  Prepare radio frequency license applications and assist with renewals for all County Public Safety Communications Systems.

Perform any other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Advanced knowledge of radio and electronics/low voltage applications.

Ability to maintain accurate and complete records and prepare reports.

Ability to work with and understand computer programs and languages (e.g., Windows, DOS, Word, Excel, Access, M.S. Explorer) and other radio programming software.

Knowledge of and willingness to follow all safety rules and procedures.

Knowledge of Sheriff’s Office equipment and procedures.

Ability to work a flexible schedule, maintain contact with the Sheriff’s Office by carrying a pager and complete tasks as required.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Associate Degree in Electronics or a minimum of three years experience with radio communication system maintenance is required.  

Knowledge of Doppler radar, Doppler radar technician certificate is preferred.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Ability to analyze data and information using established criteria, in order to determine consequences and to identify and select alternatives.  Ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure, copy, record and transcribe data and information.  Ability to classify, compute, tabulate, and categorize data.

Ability to utilize a variety of advisory data and information such as billing statements, invoices, budget statements, communication systems license applications and renewals, FCC rules, activity reports, equipment specifications, purchase requisitions, time cards, computer software operating manuals, equipment repair manuals, maps, non-routine correspondence and computer languages.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing with emergency personnel, government officials, radio technicians and product vendors.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Knowledge of general math.

REASONING ABILITY:

Must have the ability to evaluate situations, based on training/experience and policy/procedures, and make good decisions.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Possess and maintain a valid Wisconsin driver's license with no restrictions.

City of Rhinelander Electrical Maintenance License.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to operate equipment and machinery requiring monitoring multiple conditions and making multiple, complex and rapid adjustments and if necessary, repairs, such as computer terminals and ancillary equipment, service monitors, fax machine, a variety of hand tools, mechanic’s tools, soldering equipment, electronic diagnostic equipment, hydrometer emergency generators and motor vehicle.

Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing skilled movements such as rapid keyboard use and electronic equipment repair.

Ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, sounds, odors and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks. 

Ability to exert moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.