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Class Code: 6354
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
One Salary
Annual / Hourly
Annual salaries are calculations based on approved hourly rates.

Summary Statement: Under general direction, plans, directs, and evaluates the work of personnel engaged in the research, design, planning and implementation of major telecommunications programs and systems including microwave, two-way radio, and data/telephone systems.

Conducts engineering studies involving equipment, applications, or theoretical analyses.

Provides input to section management for the development and implementation of operational policies and decision-making.

Performs related tasks as required. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: 1. Supervises subordinate staff by establishing performance measures, goals, objectives and priorities, providing direction and feedback, and reviewing work in progress and final products.

2. Coordinates the engineering of a statewide multi-agency telecommunications network including microwave, land mobile radio, telephone/data carrier and user terminals.

3. Participates in long-range and strategic planning for the section. Develops long and short-term programs to attain goals and objectives.

4. Develops projects to ensure user satisfaction, project continuity and consistency between engineering projects.

5. Coordinates and monitors programs and projects to track effectiveness, ensure efficient and timely completion, and maintain compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations and other applicable federal and state laws, and Department policies and procedures. Inspects facilities and equipment statewide.

6. Coordinates state and other user agency telecommunications plans and activities. Creates and administers intergovernmental and interagency service agreements.

7. Assists customers with determination of telecommunications needs and services, and provides technical advice.

8. Supervises and/or participates in engineering surveys and technical studies.

9. Evaluates current resources and forecasts future needs.

10. Recommends new systems and changes in existing telecommunications systems to improve efficiency and economy and eliminate obsolescence. Directs the definition and implementation of system upgrades and equipment replacement projects.

11. Directs/reviews the preparation of bid specifications for new equipment purchases.

12. Supervises the selection of new telecommunications sites. Establishes and maintains new and existing site leases. Plans and develops construction of new sites and telecommunications buildings.

13. Submits budgetary and grant requests, updates, reports, and justifications to obtain funding for enhancement and replacement of Department telecommunications systems and related equipment.

14. Develops and administers the annual budget for the work unit.

15. Investigates and responds to inquiries, concerns and requests from DPS management and client agencies.

16. Represents section and Department interests on committees and task forces, at conferences, and in professional organizations.

17. Remains current on job-specific procedures through training courses, seminars, conferences, professional memberships, and the review of technical research papers and reports, data trends, and professional journals.

18. Analyzes engineering methods, practices, and standards to apply to the section.

19. Prepares written documents (e.g., reports, correspondence, recommendations, budget requests, etc.).

20. Reviews and approves employee-submitted forms to provide documentation of time worked, personnel actions taken, outside work authorization, etc.

21. Trains personnel in various subjects related to work unit operations.

22. Interviews and selects candidates for vacant positions.

23. Serves in the absence of the section manager as requested.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. the principles and practices of supervision.

2. the theories, principles, practices, methods and techniques used in electronics engineering.

3. the theories, principles, practices, methods and techniques used in telecommunications engineering.

4. the principles and capacities of radio communications, radio frequency interference, and allowable radio frequency radiation levels.

5. the principles and concepts of team building.

6. the principles, practices, protocols and standards used by professional engineering organizations.

7. technical parameters relating to land mobile communications equipment.

8. troubleshooting techniques for electronic equipment and systems.

Skill in:

1. the use pf personal computer hardware and software.

2. human and material resource management.

3. written communications.

4. project/program management.

5. tracking, analyzing and projecting financial data.

6. oral communications in one-to-one and group settings.

Ability to:

1. analyze information and draw valid conclusions.

2. perform mathematical procedures including algebra, calculus, and logarithms.

3. read and understand written technical materials.

4. proofread written documents.

5. scrutinize details on complex projects.

6. develop and maintain interpersonal relations.


May be required to travel statewide and work irregular hours to perform the functions of the position.

Minimum Qualifications: Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in electrical or electronic engineering AND nine (9) years of electronics engineering experience, three (3) of which must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity in a statewide or large metropolitan telecommunications system; OR an equivalent combination of experience, training, and education.

Must possess a valid Arizona driver license and a Federal Communications Commission General Radiotelephone Operator's License or the equivalent (e.g., PCIA or APCO Technician Certificate, CET Journeyman Certificate with a Communications endorsement).

Must successfully complete the examination process.

Note: This classification is FLSA Exempt.

Current as of: 7/28/2014 11:26:27 AM