Installs a variety of mobile radio communications equipment in various types of motor vehicles. Diagnoses minor communication system problems and repairs or replaces malfunctioning equipment. The Radio Installer actively supports the microwave/radio system, projects and related activities, including, but not limited to, the County Equipment Replacement Plan, and providing "hands on" assistance wherever necessary. The Radio Installer is responsible for keeping systems and communication hardware and software up-to-date, operational and on-line at all times. Performs related duties as assigned.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general supervision from the Microwave/Radio Administrator.
- Exercises no supervision.
- Install and/or remove various forms of electronic equipment (e.g., police radios, CB radios, scanners, cellular telephones, camcorders, radars, vascars, etc.) in Department vehicles using air, power and hand tools, technical information, and fleet service procedures.
- Build special components to accommodate the installation of necessary equipment in vehicles (e.g., car harnesses, brackets for radio equipment, etc.).
- Troubleshoot malfunctions of electronic equipment and installations in vehicles in order to identify and correct operational problems.
- Repair electronic equipment and installations in vehicles to restore equipment installations to optimal operating conditions.
- Operate installed equipment (e.g., mobile radios, MDTs, video systems, scanners, CBs, radar systems, mobile telephones, etc.) in order to test or demonstrate equipment.
- Perform regularly scheduled maintenance and repairs on vehicle communications equipment installations in order to ensure maximum reliability and performance using solvents, lubricants, tools, and technical manuals.
- Advise on communications equipment purchases ensuring interface compatibility with existing systems.
- Coordinate scheduling of work orders with other shop technicians and mechanics in order to ensure prompt completion of all work required in the installation or repair of vehicular equipment.
- Make minor repairs to shop equipment to maintain performance.
- Maintain records and logs in order to document all installations and repairs of installed equipment.
- Train fleet personnel in techniques and procedures used in the installation, removal, and operation of various types of communications equipment.
- Order and maintain inventory of hardware and electronic equipment in order to ensure the availability of necessary parts and supplies required for the routine installation and repair of electronic mobile communications and special equipment.
- Maintain an organized system of technical information pertaining to electronic equipment and tools in order to ensure the availability of information for maintenance and repairs.
- Train users in the operation of new equipment using appropriate training aids (e.g., training videos, classroom instruction, mock-ups, fixtures, etc.), tools, service bulletins, and other written documentation.
- Clean assigned work area in order to eliminate hazards.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
- Operate vehicles (e.g., automobiles, light and medium duty trucks, vans, motor homes, recreational vehicles, etc.) in order to transport vehicles to and from work sites and to perform work functions off-site.
- Communicate with off-site radio and maintenance/repair shops to answer questions and provide updated technical information.
- Develop, modify and/or recommend changes in shop operations or procedures in order to expedite repairs and installations of vehicle equipment.
- Assist build-up shop personnel when additional help is needed by installing special police equipment (e.g., wiring harness, deck lights, speakers, wig-wag lights, brake lights, decals, siren, strobe lights, etc.)
- Design and/or fabricate wiring harnesses to specifications for installation into vehicles.
- Assist radio shop personnel when additional help is needed in the installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of microwave and single channel radio systems, antennas, and infrastructure.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Operational characteristics of communications systems used by the County and by other State and Local Government Agencies.
- Working knowledge in the installation, repair, tuning, and servicing of two-way radio systems and equipment.
- Working knowledge of electronics and electronic mobile communications equipment such as two-way radios, mobile digital terminals (MDT's), video systems, scanners, CB's, radar systems, telephones, etc..
- Working knowledge of state and federal environmental laws concerning the handling of hazardous materials routinely used in fleet service operations.
- Policies and procedures of the County related to communications activities.
- Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations.
- Safe work practices.
- Motorola Radios and backroom equipment experience preferred.
- Follow detailed verbal and written instructions in the installation/removal and repair of electronic mobile communications equipment.
- Learn to use personal computer to monitor inventories, order parts and supplies, and write reports.
- Read and interpret dials, gauges, meters, graphs and electrical wiring diagrams pertaining to the installation, testing, operation, and repair of mobile communications equipment.
- Install, repair, or remove vehicle equipment by assembling or disassembling, repairing or replacing parts and components.
- Analyze and evaluate County communications needs and requirements.
- Modify a vehicle (vehicle build-up) by assisting in the design, fabrication, and installation of special parts and equipment.
- Make routine decisions without direct supervision pertaining to the installations and repair of mobile communications equipment.
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Work independently.
- Understand and apply pertinent laws, rules, and regulations.
- Explain technical information in layman's terms to service users and other personnel to answer questions and provide information about equipment and its operation.
- Acquire additional skills to maintain technical competencies.
- Read and comprehend technical shop manuals, troubleshooting guides, manufacturers' specifications, warranties, parts catalogs, and work orders used in the installation and repair of electronic mobile communications equipment.
- Prepare detailed written documents to order parts and maintain required records.
- Differentiate between colors to work with electrical wires.
- Operation of motorized vehicles (e.g., automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, motor homes) for transport.
- Identify and use proper hand and power tools, parts, and supplies in a safe manner.
- Strong and well developed analytical and problem solving skills
- Calculate mathematical problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division on a calculator to determine weights, measurements, time, quantities, metric conversion, repair costs, and parts and supplies expenditures.
- Safe use of fleet shop equipment (e.g., bench grinder, drill press, etc.).
- Proficient in use of personal computers and all software standards in use by Larimer County such as Pentium PC, MS Office Suite Resource Management system, MS Windows XP, MS Project, Visio Flowcharting, MS PowerPoint, Google E-mail, and Internet Explorer.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Three years experience in the installation, repair, and maintenance of mobile radios.
- Experience in the usage of shop tools and Fleet Management procedures.
- Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in the installation, repair and maintenance of two-way radio mobile radio systems.
- Acute vision is required to read and interpret screen and paper generated output.
- Work requires the lifting of equipment weighting 75 lbs.
- Work requires traveling to backcountry microwave sites.