Telecommunications Specialist

Pitkin County - Aspen, CO (30+ days ago)4.0

Specialist title covers job classes engaged in providing technical support duties for a specialized program; the job requires detailed program knowledge, records management and computer skills, and the ability to understand and apply governing rules and regulations.

Under basic supervision, provides technical support for communications systems; oversees system upgrades and repairs; manages all aspects of the Translator and Radio Systems; and ensures compliance with FCC regulations. Duties may vary according to job assignment.

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Installs, maintains, tests, and repairs radio and translator systems and equipment; resolves problems within scope of authority; monitors systems, and performs trouble-shooting to diagnose and resolve system problems; monitors and inspects equipment, controls, and infrastructure; identifies damaged and weak components, and repairs or replaces components and parts; maintains maintenance records; responds to and resolves customer service issues.
Designs, develops and optimizes RF microwave equipment and ensures reliability of equipment and services through various monitoring and control systems; designs and ensures the proper and legal operation of RF systems and quality of RF signals; participates in the planning and design of Pitkin County’s radio systems, multiplex equipment, data, and voice circuits for control of radio repeaters, receivers, base stations, and controls stations.
Designs, inspects, installs, repairs, and/or upgrades remote tower-based equipment such as antennae, coaxial cable, and RF connectors; conducts operational checks of dispatch channels, solar communications site, paging sites, and wireless network links; provides overall support for communication facility’s maintenance; plans and supports facility and systems design, estimation, and construction; coordinates repair and renovation projects; coordinates activities and communications to include problem identification, interpersonal collaboration, and integrated completion of projects; assists in short range and long range planning for the transmission and radio network.
Designs, plans, and develops radio and microwave architectures in support of public safety, FM and TV translator systems.
Performs installation, setup, system alignment, calibration, testing, and fault diagnosis on dispatch console radio equipment, antennas, and feed lines.
Deploys and maintains remote monitoring systems to analyze network and equipment performance, troubleshoot problems and manager operations.
Supervises contracts; ensures compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations; procures goods and services in accordance with County policy; maintains fixed asset inventory for all tenants and broadcast sites.
Maintains and updates equipment history ensuring inventory is current; records and tracks time, materials and equipment orders for budgetary purposes; utilizes County asset and task management tools to improve problem reporting and resolution; develops reports and Translator outages and repairs activities.
Maintains availability after hours as scheduled for emergency response; participates in support systems during major scheduled and non-scheduled events; assists with technical communication issues at Incident Command Posts and Emergency Operations Centers.
Supports the relationship between Pitkin County government and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and County staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and County information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
Maintains regular and reliable attendance. Education and Experience:

Associate’s Degree in Electronics, or related field; AND three years’ experience in repair and maintenance of communications systems; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record.
Tower and fall protection certification.
Must acquire an FCC General Class Radiotelephone Operator license within one year of hire; may be required to obtain additional specific training and technical certifications.

Knowledge of:
Principles and procedures of two-way radio and TV/FM translators/encoders and communications.
Theory and operation of microwave systems.
A/C, D/C, and battery power characteristics and protocols.
Operating characteristics of photovoltaic cells and solar charge controllers.
Computer software related to Communications.
State and federal regulations and standards governing radio communications systems.
VHF and 800 MHz radios and electronic test/diagnostic equipment.

Knowledge of (Job Class Standard):
Safety policies, procedures, and practices for basic construction industry standards.
Inventory management methods and practices.
Personal protective equipment and proper use.
Equipment troubleshooting methods.
General maintenance practice and procedures.

Skill in:
Maintenance and repair of communications systems, components, and equipment.
Utilizing standard personal computer software programs and specialized monitoring and asset software.
Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction.
Using alternative modes of transportation such as 4x4 vehicles, snow cats, snowmobiles, show shoes and Nordic skis.

Skill in (Job Class Standard):
Organizing and prioritizing work to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks.
Handling multiple tasks simultaneously, under pressure, and in emergency and stressful situations.
Microsoft Office Products.
Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
Operating tools and equipment safely.

Work is performed in a standard office environment and repair shops; requires vision capacity to perform fine calibrations and differentiate between colored wires.
Some work is performed outside with exposure to adverse weather conditions. Work is occasionally performed at elevations up to 12,000 feet and/or on communication towers up to 120 feet in height.

$31.20 to $38.05 per hour dependent on qualifications.