Radio Shop Technician 3-28-2013
City of Hickory, NC - Hickory, NC

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Performs various technical tasks related to the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of various electronic equipment, including two-way radios, portable radios, pagers, and traffic signal equipment. Performs work in the field, in traffic situations, to include assisting with signal equipment, stringing wire, or other necessary tasks. Requisitions, orders, distributes and catalogs radio equipment and related parts and materials. Maintains inventory and departmental cost accounting for radio equipment and related parts and materials. Responds to system related failures. Troubleshoots and repairs problems with radios, traffic signal controller units and other electronic devices. Reads and interprets schematic and wiring diagrams. Determines circuit configuration and function in the absence of wiring diagrams. Determines troubleshooting procedures and repair techniques. Other duties as assigned. The preferred applicant will have two (2) years experience in radio system operations and maintenance and familiarity with the National Electrical Code and the National Electrical Safety Code. Minimum age of 18. Must possess a high school diploma or GED and must possess a minimum of a valid Class "C" driver's license from NC.

Major Duties:

Installs and repairs communications and related electronic equipment.

Assists with the repair and maintenance of traffic controllers and related equipment.

Field work to include (but not limited to) signal equipment, wiring schemes, traffic control, and other needed tasks.

Makes purchasing decisions in regards to radio equipment; determines repair and replacement costs.

Calibrates and maintains equipment to comply with FCC standards; maintains records.

Maintains spare parts inventory.

Builds required devices from component level; repairs electrical and electronic devices.

Trains city personnel in the use of communications equipment.

Repairs and calibrates test equipment and tools used in the radio and signal shop.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Qualifications:

Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.

Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.

Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Knowledge of the electronic installation, repair and maintenance.

Knowledge of the operation and repair of electronic communication equipment.

Knowledge of the techniques employed in the installation, maintenance, and repair of electronic traffic control devices.

Knowledge of mathematics.

Knowledge of Federal Communications Commission guidelines and protocols.

Knowledge of city and department policies and procedures.

Knowledge of electrical theory and low-voltage applications, principles and practices.

Skill in compiling data and preparing reports.

Skill in electrical maintenance and repair.

Skill in performing mathematical calculations.

Skill in oral and written communication.

Supplemental Information:

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools and equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity and must distinguish between shades of color.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is typically performed in an office or outdoors, where the employee is exposed to traffic, noise, dust, dirt, grease, occasional cold or inclement weather and machinery with moving parts. The work requires the use of protective devices.