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Telecommunications Technician Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Installs and maintains all aspects of communication systems including wire and cable, facilities and equipment, centralized and distributed telecommunications systems and all peripheral equipment. Provides technical system support and capabilities including, but not limited to, installation, maintenance, modification and repair of telecommunications equipment, products and/or systems. Technical systems may be electro-mechanical or computerized and are typically integrated with or interconnected to larger systems. Incumbents typically perform work on-site, off-site, or at remote locations and can be expected to apply troubleshooting and diagnostic techniques to determine appropriate restoration or repair actions.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of four classifications. It differs from the previous Telecommunications Systems Technician titles in that the major duties performed are of considerable difficulty, often of a non-routine nature, and may require extended periods at off-site and remote locations under little supervision. It differs from the Telecommunications Systems Technician Principal in that duties and projects are typically assigned by others and do not involve formal supervision of other personnel. Incumbents may also serve as team leaders for moderately complex, limited duration projects.

Examples of Duties:

  • Determines routing and placement of cabling, wiring, and fiber optics.
  • Performs physical installation of equipment and components (e.g. wiring, cabling, telephone instruments, microwave/satellite communication modules, necessary interface cards, modems, hubs, routers, multiplexors, equipment racks, etc.).
  • Moves or relocates and reinstalls equipment.
  • Responds to trouble reports, performs trouble shooting activities and repairs/replaces malfunctioning equipment and/or facilities.
  • Ensures compliance with building and electrical codes.
  • Implements system and equipment upgrades and modifications.
  • Plans and implements departmental telecommunications and/or facility layout changes.
  • Plans, estimates, and orders equipment and material in accordance with established stock levels; reconfigures and tests newly acquired or newly designed systems.
  • Performs diagnostics, troubleshooting, and maintenance of complex, software-controlled telecommunications switching systems.
  • Installs distributed communications equipment and configures hardware and software for proper operation.
  • Develops and maintains facility records.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of communications wiring standards and installation practices.
  • Knowledge of telecommunications switching and common control systems.
  • Knowledge of local area networks and data network equipment installation requirements.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and software.
  • Skill in the use and operation of test equipment and diagnostic software.
  • Ability to physically install and configure equipment, connections, wiring, and cable working from layouts or plans.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to read and understand technical manuals, schematic diagrams, and related documentation.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of two year technical training program in electronics, communications, telephony, or industrial technology AND four years of directly related telecommunications installation or modification experience; OR, Five years of directly related telecommunications installation or modification experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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