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Class Code: 6345
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
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Summary Statement: Under direction, provides hands-on supervision for the construction, installation, and maintenance of radio communications antenna systems, towers, and electric power generating equipment. Plans, organizes and schedules project and maintenance work for unit. Trains employees to ensure conformance to high standards of safety and quality. Performs related duties as assigned. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of subordinate personnel to provide direction and feedback and ensure assigned projects and tasks are completed accurately by the specified due date using Department of Public Safety (DPS) General Orders, and section policies and procedures.

2. Prioritizes incoming assignments to assure accurate and timely completion of work using section and/or unit practices.

3. Analyzes problems with remote communications sites to determine cause of problem and/or failure, and determine appropriate remedy using technical expertise.

4. Prepares various DPS forms (e.g. purchase requisition, purchase order, surplus property transfer, etc.) to procure, or dispose of, buildings, materials, supplies, and equipment in accordance with established State and DPS policies and procedures.

5. Evaluates bids to determine the best vendor/contractor to supply materials or best contractor to perform tower installations on remote communication sites using a personal computer, Department of Administration (DOA) and DPS procurement policies, and State bid policies.

6. Monitors purchase orders and evaluates needs for communication expenditures to coordinate unit budget using standard office equipment.

7. Establishes performance measures, goals, objectives and priorities for assigned work unit utilizing all section and Department policies and procedures, and General Orders.

8. Researches and evaluates new antenna system and radio rigging products to upgrade existing systems and make recommendations for future projects using technical expertise and vendor product information.

9. Installs, maintains, repairs, removes, and retrofits antenna systems equipment and power systems (e.g. antennas, dishes, feedlines, ice shields, microwaves, electric generators, etc.), sometimes under adverse conditions (e.g., high towers, inclement weather, remote sites, etc.), to maintain operational radio communications throughout the statewide network using safety equipment and hand, power, and specialty tools.

10. Acquires and modifies personal safety and tower safety equipment, and modifies tower safety features to comply with changes in OSHA requirements and regulations using federal and state statutes and section practices.

11. Analyzes remote communications sites to determine best location and proper placement for installation of new antenna systems equipment using section documentation, manufacturers' documents, and specialized equipment.

12. Communicates orally and in writing with DPS employees, other state and federal agencies and the general public to provide information and resolve issues using standard office equipment, and DPS policies, procedures and General Orders.

13. Evaluates the work performance of subordinate employees in order to advise employees of the requirements and expectations of their positions and provide feedback regarding work performance by using job performance documentation, evaluation forms, and personal observation.

14. Plans and carries out all necessary steps to install and/or build tower foundations, buildings, and towers to enhance the statewide communications system using architectural drawings and plans and technical expertise.

15. Travels to work locations including remote mountaintops to perform functions of the job, sometimes under adverse conditions, using appropriate vehicles (e.g. 4-wheel drive, snowcat, trailer, tractor, crane, fork lift, rotary wing aircraft, etc.).

16. Develops and conducts training of subordinate personnel to assure quality, safe and proper use of tools, equipment, and materials, and to demonstrate safety or technical job requirements using appropriate visual aids and materials.

17. Handles hazardous materials to assure proper use, storage and disposition using Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulations, mask, gloves, and hazardous materials placards.

18. Develops and maintains working relations with vendors and suppliers to ensure availability of supplies, services, parts, and lodging using standard office equipment.

19. Responds to 24-hour calls for assistance to provide emergency support to return antenna systems equipment to operational mode during off-duty hours using 4-wheel drive trucks, snowcats, rotary wing aircraft, and snowshoes.

20. Inspects the work of subcontractors to ensure the quality of work meets established standards using OSHA regulations, blueprints, diagrams, and technical expertise.

21. Plans, surveys, constructs, and installs communications towers and sites to expand DPS' communications coverage in the state using a personal computer, standard office equipment, blueprints, Pert and Gantt charts, hand tools, and heavy equipment (e.g. back hoe, front loader, crane, etc.).

22. Maintains work order logs to record and document work performed and associated costs using modern office equipment.

23. Remains current on job-specific and Departmental topics through training courses, workshops, seminars, professional organizations, professional publications, etc. to apply appropriate policies and technologies to assigned job functions.

24. Interprets a variety of documents (e.g. blueprints, diagrams, manufacturer specifications, etc.) to ensure proper installation of communication systems using technical expertise, and knowledge of blueprints and diagrams.

25. Makes preliminary line-of-sight surveys from communication towers using climbing and safety gear (e.g., climbing belt, harness, hard hat, steel toed boots, etc.).

26. Operates various construction equipment (e.g. truck cranes, backhoes, front loaders, hydraulic/electric winches, fork-lifts, concrete mixers, hand tools, etc.) to install building or tower foundations, load/unload communications equipment and supplies, and install/remove antenna systems equipment.

27. Initiates and/or recommends personnel actions to hire employees, and addresses current personnel issues using appropriate DPS forms, in accordance with DPS General Orders, and Law Enforcement Merit System Council (LEMSC) rules.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: KNOWLEDGE OF:

1. the design and fabrication of metal support structures (e.g. antenna brackets, ice shields, solar array supports, feedline support systems, mono pole towers, etc.).

2. the principles and methodology of propagation in predicting areas of radio coverage and related dead spots.

3. the proper use and care of shop equipment and hand and power tools.

4. standard safety practices and equipment (e.g. hard had, climbing belt, steel-toed boots, etc.).

5. laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines applicable to the job function.

6. the principles and practices of construction planning and installation.

7. the practices and procedures of preventive maintenance on physical structures and equipment.

8. the principles and methods of supervision and training.


1. oral communications in one-on-one and group settings.

2. diagnosing the source of problems and determining the most effective solutions.

3. operating welding equipment to fabricate communications hardware.

4. operating electronic diagnostic equipment (e.g. digital voltmeters, Time Domain Reflectometers [TDR's], Wattmeters, etc.).

5. the proper handling, use, and disposal of hazardous materials (e.g. explosives, contaminating liquids and gases, etc.).

6. maintaining and operating vehicular and heavy construction equipment (e.g. ditch witch, automobile, snowcat, pick-up truck, forklift, 4-wheel drive truck, trailer, crane, backhoe, front loader, etc.).


1. supervise others.

2. apply appropriate directives (federal, state, and local laws; Department policies and procedures; blueprints, diagrams, schematics, manuals, etc.) to daily work activities.

3. remain calm under stressful conditions.

4. work independently with minimal supervision.

5. perform basic mathematical calculations (e.g. addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc.).

6. analyze information and draw conclusions.

7. develop and conduct educational presentations.

8. establish and maintain effective interpersonal relations.

9. acquire additional skills to maintain technical and professional competencies.

10. use standard office equipment (e.g. telephone, FAX, photocopier, typewriter, personal computer, etc.).

11. work outdoors in inclement weather.


1. Ability to climb tall structures (100 feet or more) with 50 lb. load to perform work at altitudes of up to 12,000 feet.

2. Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 35 pounds).

3. Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.

4. Availability to work irregular hours and/or respond to emergency call-outs on a 24 hour basis.

5. Ability to travel extensively throughout the state.

6. Applicant/Employee's weight and tools combined may not exceed 280-pound weight limit as specified by the manufacturer of safety equipment.

7. Applicant/Employee's waist circumference must not exceed 60 inches measured at the navel as specified by the manufacturer of safety equipment.

Minimum Qualifications: Requires three (3) years of experience in radio communication tower construction, rigging, and maintenance. Must possess a valid Arizona driver license no later than effective starting date.

Progression to the next pay level/step requires an overall performance rating of at least "Standard" in the last 12 months.

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Current as of: 7/23/2014 1:08:35 PM