Electronic Communications Technician I

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time
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King County Department of Information Technology (KCIT) is hiring Electronic Communications Technician I's who will perform highly skilled technical work as an expert in land mobile radio systems and subscriber equipment.
As a part of the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN) the Electronic Communications Technician I's will participate in, and represent PSERN during the Project’s coverage testing phase as well as overseeing and provide quality assurance for the programming, installation of mobile, control stations and portable two-way radios. For more information on PSERN, please visit www.psern.org.

You will need to relate well to all kinds of people while representing the, building solid customer relationships with internal and external stakeholders, partners and governmental agencies.The ideal candidate will thrive in a setting where you will demonstrate your self-initiative as well as working as part of a high performing team. The ability to understand technical information is a must as well as the ability to keep track of vast amounts of data will help ensure success in this role. A commitment to team work, dedication to public service, initiative, drive, and strong communication skills (to both business and technical partners) are absolute requirements.

King County Department of Information Technology (KCIT) 
KCIT uses the power of technology to digitally transform King County. Building vibrant communities through digital equity and social justice, KCIT offers innovative solutions that engage, empower, and serve our residents, businesses, communities and interested stakeholders. As the first-place recipient of the 15th annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Digital Counties Survey, KCIT is recognized for its vision, strategy, innovation, and collaboration. KCIT has a focus of delivering smart technology solutions that support customers, building stronger communities through innovation.

KCIT is providing the building blocks for many of the region's most critical services.  As the business solutions partner, we collaborate with the 18 County departments to develop products and services that better serve the needs of our customers and our community. To learn more about KCIT, please visit: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/it.aspx 

Working Conditions
This position will be approximately 85% in the field and 15% in the office.

Teleworking Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of field work complemented with teleworking. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.   
This position is estimated for a duration of 2 years.

King County offers a robust benefits package to support you and your family in a variety of ways. To learn more about the benefits offered here, please click on the Benefits tab or click here: http://www.kingcounty.gov/employees/.
Work Schedule 
The normal workweek for this position is Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Alternative work schedules may be considered, after probation. This position is eligible for overtime pay. 
If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Shannon Hoeper, shoeper@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-6957.  

Job Duties

  • Participate and represent the PSERN project during the BER and DAQ coverage testing process
  • Oversee the installation and provisioning of PSERN mobile radios, portable radios, control    station radios
  • Assist Electronic Communications Specialist as needed
  • Provide Tier 1 troubleshooting and maintenance of HVAC, Generator, Fire Suppression, and power systems, and tower lighting at radio sites.  

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of installation and basic 2-way mobile radio maintenance practices
  • Knowledge of basic electronics, communications equipment and auxiliary equipment
  • Capable of using basic electronic test equipment (DVM, watt-meter, service monitor) to determine failure location
  • Excellent customer service skills, including maintaining focus on the customer
  • Proficient in using computers and computer software to perform diagnostics, interpret results, program equipment, and maintain equipment and system databases
  •  Able to work independently and in a team environment
  • Demonstrated skills in creating, cultivating, and collaborating with management, peers, cross functionally, and customers
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; including the ability to communicate complex technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities and adapting to changes in workload; including writing and editing technical documentation and staying current with assigned work
  • Positive attitude towards peers and leadership, ability to learn from mistakes, and proactively seeks feedback
  • Ability to focus on the details and approach problems logically and rationally
  • Demonstrated ownership of tasks to resolve challenging customer issues, escalating when necessary
  • Effective problem solving skills including decision making, time management & immediate prioritization of tasks as assigned
  • Candidates must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license (or obtain one within 30 days of hire), have a good driving record and the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner in a variety of County vehicles 
  • Candidates must be able to lift up to 75 lbs as needed with reasonable accommodations
  • 2+ years of experience installing and maintaining land mobile radio equipment and related auxiliary systems
  • Successful completion of an AA degree, vocational training program in electronics, and/or equivalent military electronics training involving communications equipment, analog and digital circuitry, and test equipment usage.
  • Experience in the use of Office 365 products
  • Prior experience with HVAC, Generator, Fire Suppression, and power systems, and tower lighting at radio sites

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application Requirements
A completed King County Application and Resume are required. A Cover Letter is strongly encouraged.

The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.  
Union Status: This position is represented - IBEW L77
(For internal use only: Classification: Electronic Communications Technician I - 8303100)

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you authorized to work in the United States?
  • Yes
  • No
The person hired for this position must successfully pass a background investigation. Are you willing to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to an offer of employment? This may include reference checks with previous employers and a criminal background check.
  • Yes
  • No
Does your authorization require sponsorship now or in the future from an employer or other source? (This does not preclude you from being considered for this position.)
  • Yes
  • No
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
King County requires that all Executive Branch employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To meet this requirement, all employees must provide proof of vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • I understand this requirement. If selected, I will provide proof of CDC approved vaccination or I will request an exemption (that would be considered but may not be granted) based on my medical disability or my sincerely held religious belief.
  • I cannot comply with this requirement.

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Auburn, WA