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Radio Technician (Telecommunication Specialist I)

at Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

Posted: 6/30/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2777490
Keywords: automotive, repair

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

General Description

This is an "open until filled" job posting. Once a candidate has been selected, the job posting will close. 

Performs entry-level to routine radio communications technical work. Work involves coordinating the maintenance and repair of communications equipment, control, and audio associated equipment. Designing and constructing specialized radio, electronic and test equipment. Makes recommendations regarding fleet and radio systems to Enforcement and Business Services staff and Directors. Acts as agency radio and fleet specialist of 300 vehicles; 99 percent are undercover Law Enforcement vehicles.  Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Reports To:  Manager V, Captain

Essential Job Functions

  • Installs, operates and maintains Motorola Family of portable and mobile radios to include APX 7000, 7500, VHF, UHF, 800 MHz voice and data radio system infrastructures, mobile and portable units, electronic radio IDs and signaling systems, emergency lighting and siren systems and a variety of other electronic systems.  Maintains records of system performance and operations.
  • Tests equipment for factors such as power output, frequency, sensitivity, noise level, and audio quality using oscilloscopes, service monitors, watt meters, ammeters, voltmeters, and other radio test equipment (3920 Digital Radio Test Set).  Conducts system and equipment performance tests.
  • Designs, fabricates, installs wiring harnesses and mount brackets for systems as required.
  • Troubleshoots a wide variety of communication and electrical systems, diagnose maintenance and repair problems. 
  • Dismounts radio consoles, mobile radios, sirens, antennas and related electrical equipment in vehicles that are taken out of service in preparation for reallocation, retirement, and/decommissioning. Plans, researches, and implements the design of communication system components.
  • Provides technical assistance to TABC staff regarding use of statewide communications systems and  patrol vehicles through personal instruction and updating of procedures and manuals.
  • Researches and provides recommendations on purchasing communications equipment, emergency lighting and siren systems.
  • Checks on the adequacy and quality of installs and repairs made by outside vendors. Updates electronic databases, creates spreadsheets and uses other computer software (Motorola APX Customer Programming Software).
  • Communicates and interacts with employees as well as representatives of other state agencies, task force groups, committees, vendors and equipment manufacturers.  Works with contractors and vendors as appropriate to complete projects and assignments.  Coordinates with public safety entities and system owners on mutual use of radio frequencies.
  • Files initial applications, renewals and modifications of 50 Federal Communications Commission Licenses.  Documents scheduled installations, repairs and radios programmed. Prepares quarterly reviews of the operational capability, maintenance and existing upgrades to radio communication systems.    
  • Cleans shop, equipment and tools on scheduled maintenance.  Performs other duties as assigned and assists with general warehouse duties. 
  • Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in policy and all other policies and procedures.

MQs, KSA, License/Certifications

Option 1
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in radio communications vehicle maintenance, telecommunications, or related field.  An equivalent combination of experience and/or education will substitute for the above minimum qualifications on a year-for-year basis.
Two years' full-time experience specializing in fleet operations, radio communications and electronic installations.
Option 2
Graduation from a technical school with coursework in radio communications, vehicle maintenance, telecommunications or related field.
Two years' full-time work experience specializing in fleet operations, and radio communications.
Two years' full-time work experience in radio communications, electronic or telecommunications installation and/or maintenance.
Option 3
High School diploma or equivalent.
Two years' full-time work experience specializing in fleet operations, and radio communications.
Four years' full-time work experience in radio communications, electronic or telecommunications installation and/or maintenance.
Experience in radio communications of fleet vehicles.



  • Knowledge of the current and applicable Federal Communications (FCC) policies and
      licensing procedures.
  • Knowledge of computers, PCs, spreadsheet software and the Windows Operating System. Skill in the use of test equipment related to the installation and maintenance of mobile radio equipment and other electronics; such as a wattmeter, voltmeter, etc.
  • Knowledge of fundamental electricity, electronics and automotive electrical systems.
  • Skill in prioritizing work activities and assignments.
  • Ability to install and maintain mobile 2-way Radios, (Motorola, Ericsson EDACS Orion Mobile radio platforms; Whelen and SoundOff).
  • Ability to diagnose and repair complex communications equipment.
  • Ability to use emergency light equipment and other electronic components utilizing electric, pneumatic or manual hand tools safely and effectively.
  • Ability to understand and use new maintenance and repair techniques and technology. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to train others to repair, maintain and install radio communication systems, equipment and components.
  • Ability to read and understand schematic drawings and technical manuals. Works cooperatively and efficiently with co-workers and follow oral and written instructions.
Valid Texas Driver's License

Physical Requirements/Supplemental Information

Physical capacity to perform strenuous work in cramped positions installing mobile transceivers and emergency light equipment in vehicles. Strength and stamina to perform duties requiring lifting, carrying, and handling objects up to 100 pounds in weight.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) reserves the right to adjust compensation based upon legislative mandates in regards to TABC's and/or an employee's contribution to the Employees Retirement System. 

In compliance with House Bill 2559, agencies that hire a person who has retired from the Employees Retirement System (ERS) or the Law Enforcement and Custodial Officers Supplemental Fund (LECOS) on or after September 1, 2009 are required to remit a surcharge each month the return-to-work retiree is employed. Candidates meeting these requirements will be offered a lower base salary to cover the surcharge.

Males between the ages of 18 and 25 years, inclusive, must furnish proof of either selective service registration or exemption there from as a condition of state employment.

Veterans, Reservists or Guardsmen with a Military Occupational Specialty code or additional duties that matches the State  Auditor Office's MOS guide (http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_InformationTechnology.pdf) may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.