Communications Technician II
Prince William County Government - Manassas, VA

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Prince William County Information Technology Department is looking for a qualified Communications Technician II to work in our Radio Shop. Don't sit in traffic, if you are qualified, apply now. We need your senior level expertise to work on Public Safety-Two way Radio and Microwave Systems.

ENTRY SALARY RANGE: $52,023.14 - $69,307.42

General Definition of Work, Typical tasks, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Performs complex technical work in the installation, maintenance and repair of communications and electronic equipment, particularly Public Safety two-way, conventional and 800 MHz Trunked, radio digital microwave and fiber optic systems; work involves 24-hour on-call duty on a rotating basis in support of Public Safety communications; when on duty acts as primary repair contact for Public Safety two-way, conventional and 800 MHz Trunked radio and digital microwave and fiber transmission infrastructure.
Work is performed under the general supervision of the Communications Technician Supervisor; employees in this class have considerable latitude to exercise independent judgment and initiative on a daily basis. May serve as a Lead Technician in County’s microwave and two-way Radio Services Group. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate Radio Services staff.

Assists the Communications Technician Supervisor as Service Manager in the day-to-day and emergency operation of the Radio Service Center;
Performs Customer Service duties, determination and prioritization of projects and repair scheduling;
Assists the Communications Technician Supervisor in the development of subordinate staff through In-Service and On-the-Job Training sessions, and evaluation of staff progress;
Provides repair and engineering service in the development, installation and maintenance of the County’s digital transmission network infrastructure;
Performs T-1 routing engineering, installation and testing; installs, compiles configures and troubleshoots fault alarm subsystem software and hardware;
Conducts system malfunction troubleshooting and repair to the board/assembly level and FCC compliance testing of the Microwave RF equipment;
Performs repair and engineering service in the development, installation and maintenance of the County’s two-way radio network infrastructure and peripheral equipment;
Performs system design and modification to meet the County’s special needs;
Performs bench repair and installation of two-way land mobile base, mobile and hand-held radio, pager, remote control equipment and traffic speed radar to the component level;
Installs, configures and troubleshoots Radio Service software and hardware;
Performs power, frequency and modulation inspections, tests, and adjusts and repairs designated communications equipment in conjunction with preventative maintenance schedules;
Certifies and records same in accordance with FCC rules;
Prepares written reports on work performed, materials used, and difficulties encountered;
Maintains pertinent FCC records;
Serves as System Administrator for the Radio Services Group’s database systems that includes user level configuration, system administration and data entry on the mainframe based applications software; assists in the system design and administration of the group’s applications work order, parts and system information database;
Maintains parts room and establishes vendors parts accounts; prepares annual evaluation of part accounts with competitive awards in compliance with County purchasing regulations; prepares and confirms annual parts inventory report for submission to Finance;
Tests and operates emergency power generators.
May serve as a Lead Technician in County’s microwave and two-way Radio Services Group.
May exercise supervision over subordinate staff.

General knowledge of electrical, electronic and digital theory and its application to communications systems; general knowledge of Microsoft operating systems; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of microwave and digital multiplexing; thorough knowledge of the practices, methods, materials and equipment used in the installation, maintenance and testing of two-way radio equipment; general knowledge of Ethernet Local Area Networks; general knowledge of applicable rules and regulations of the FCC; general knowledge of WAN/LAN technologies, including Ethernet, TCPIP, subnetting, synchronous and asynchronous communication protocols; some knowledge of UNIX and ability to manage a UNIX-based fault alarmed microwave/lightwave Command, and Control IP Network, including network management tasks, creating scripts, graphics and light programming, communications preventative maintenance programs, service and repair programs for radio communications systems; skill in the use of Communication Service Monitors, digital transmission (DS0, DS1, DS3, OC3, AMI, B8ZS) test sets, frequency meters, RF and optical power meters, digital millimeters, signal generators, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, logic probes, dc power supplies and hand tools; ability to administer the Motorola Astro SmartZone Radio System; ability to read and understand plans, blueprints, and schematic diagrams of radio and electronic equipment; ability to independently troubleshoot, diagnose and correct difficult technical problems in communications and electronic equipment; ability to configure, diagnose and correct system network components; ability to plan, configure and write radio Code Plugs effectively; ability to operate Encryption Key Keyloader effectively; ability use monitor system components and determining microwave system conditions; ability to operate personal computers; ability to install and configure software in a Microsoft environment; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to work effectively with others.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school, supplemented by training in electronics, and 2-3 years experience in the installation and maintenance of two-way radio and digital microwave and/or fiber equipment.

Special Requirements:

Must possess a valid FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License; or equivalent technical certification from APCO, NABER, PCIA, NARTE, or ISCET;
Must possess valid driver’s license;
Requires a Police Background Investigation, Polygraph, Criminal Record Check and a DMV Record Check.

Motorola Certifications:
Astro SmartZone Architecture (v4.1 or later) including Astro 25 IV&D Core Training;
Centracom Gold Elite Console or successor platform – e.g. MCC7500;
Astro 25 IV&D IP Based Digital Simulcast or Trunked Simulcast with TeNsr/Premisys; and
Networking Essentials in Motorola Communication Equipment.
Microwave Certifications:
Aviat Networks “Constellation” or “Megastar” (or successor platform) microwave radio maintenance certificate, or other similar microwave maintenance training certificate.