Electronics-Communications Technician

Howard County Public School System
Columbia, MD
Jun 20, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
Specialty Trades
Full Time
The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is the fastest growing and among the highest achieving school system's in Maryland. HCPSS serves 55,000 students, 8,100 staff and 76 schools within a diverse community located nearly equal distance between the Baltimore and Washington DC metropolitan areas. This is skilled manual and technical work at the experienced level. An employee in this class, with general supervision from an assigned supervisor, installs, maintains, repairs, programs and performs upgrades of a variety of intercommunication (public address) equipment, including synchronized clocks, bell schedules, cafeteria and gym sound systems, athletic scoreboards/sound systems, and door access control systems. Performance is evaluated periodically. Benefits include: * Medical, dental, vision (employer pays 85% of premium) * Pension * Life Insurance * Uniforms * Tuition Reimbursement * Annual, sick and personal leave as well as 15 paid holidays TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION AT: www.applitrack.com/hcpss/onlineapp/ Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, this position is not exempt from overtime. Salary: Up to $29/hr. dependent upon experience Benefits include: * Medical, dental, vision (employer pays 85% of premium) * Pension * Life Insurance * Uniforms * Tuition Reimbursement * Annual, sick and personal leave as well as 15 paid holidays ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS * Requires standing, walking, sitting, bending, squatting, arm and hand movements, and climbing * Ability to carry tools and lift and handle materials of 80 to 100 pounds * Ability to climb up and down stairs with heavy loads, to load and unload materials * Requires working at heights on aerial lifts, scaffolding, stepladders and/or extension ladders; or to crawl in, under, over, or through equipment * Requires working in confined spaces * Knowledge of safety practices * Ability to work from plans, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, and work orders. * Drives a vehicle to and from work sites, suppliers and contractors * Required to respond, on a rotating basis, to 24-hour emergency calls after regular working hours and on weekends and holidays, in accordance with the needs of The Howard County Public School System Building Services. This job description is a summary of the functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties. EXAMPLES OF WORK * Installs, services, repairs, programs, provides interfaces to and tests electronic systems and equipment, including commercial security, door access, closed circuit television, fire alarm, telephone, public address communications, synchronized clocks, bells, cafeteria gym sound systems and athletic/scoreboard systems * Troubleshoots electronic equipment and components as well as field wiring and system programming with internal and/or computer terminal and system software required by each system * Provides accurate written reports on system parameters and configurations, equipment and materials used * Troubleshoot, repair, adjust, program, and assist end users with set-up operation and configuration changes as necessary * Gives technical advice to school staff on proper operation of these systems * Works with contractors to identify and resolve system discrepancies * Replace components in a variety of systems as needed; estimate time and materials for needed repairs, upgrades or equipment replacement * Schedule routine preventive maintenance work and maintain accurate records and logs of such activity; requisition parts, components and supplies as required. * Installs electronic equipment and cables in accordance with NEC standards and all other applicable codes REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES * Knowledgeable in the following manufacturers' specific equipment: Rauland Telecenter V and 21, Bogen, CareHawk, Datronics, AiPhone, Viking and Meridian * Extensive knowledge of sound and public address systems, including microphones and amplifiers, including mechanical and electronically stored program DOS- and Window-based technologies * Ability to diagnose problems with intercommunication systems, clock and bell systems * Ability to create, interpret, annotate, and read drawings, sketches, wiring diagrams, schematics, program worksheets, manuals, and other documentation and specifications * Proficiency in preparing and maintaining simple and concise reports of work assignments and materials used; maintain inventories of equipment or warranties * Familiar with linear (resistor and capacitor); non-linear (transistor, logic and diode) theory, parallel and series circuits, the application of Ohms law and other electronic theory, and DOS/Windows modem/serial communications protocol * Ability to climb and work from scaffolds, ladders, catwalks, and aerial lifts, and to pass the physical examination for this classification, including a color vision test * Knowledgeable in the proper use and care of electronic test equipment and tools associated with the trade * Ability to meet schedules and timelines; work independently with limited direct supervision * Ability to work safely and productively around students. * Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with staff, vendors and other professionals when needed * Ability to communicate effectively with others and get along well with fellow workers, administrators and pupils * Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. EMPLOYEE SAFETY The employee is responsible for using safety devices and protective equipment in order to minimize the frequency and severity of work-related accidents. The employee is also responsible for using safe practices and methods in the operation of equipment and supplies related to his particular job. The employee is further responsible for correcting and/or reporting any conditions within the building or grounds that may be hazardous to employees, students or staff members assigned to the building. MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE High school diploma or equivalent, including or supplemented by formal training in basic electronics and electrical theory and computer technology, plus five years of paid experience in testing, maintaining, repairing, and improving building electronic and electromechanical systems. OR High school diploma or equivalent with completion of recognized course in electronic technology and five years of paid experience in trouble-shooting, maintaining, repairing, improving and programming building electronic and electromechanical systems. REQUIRED LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES Valid driver's license and a good driving record. PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL The person selected for this position must meet all requirements of the physical examination administered by a medical service selected by the Howard County Public School System. OTHER DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Working knowledge of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 72, skill in the set-up and use of DOS/Windows-based computer usage, terminal emulation and modem communications. Familiarity with stored-program systems such as those by GE/Ademco (Vista); DuKane (StarCall); Edwards (IRC3, EST2, ESA2000, LSS4); Notifier, GE/Interlogix, Pyrotronics (MLX); Radionics 5200, 9112, 7212, RAM II; Rauland (TCIV, TCV, TC21, 2490, 2524); Simplex 4020 and the use of programmers, terminal programs such as ProComm, personal computers and associated proprietary and generic software required to maintain, install, configure, interface, expand, test, backup, and restore system settings. Equal opportunity employer