ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGIST

8349N2

Pay Grade: 27

DEFINITION OF WORK

Summary

This is advanced technical and specialized electronics technology work in the selection, design, fabrication, construction, installation, calibration, maintenance and modification of electronic devices and systems.

Work involves designing and fabricating special purpose subsystems such as data acquisition modules, controllers and electronic interfaces. Work includes the diagnosis and analysis of problem areas; maintaining modern laboratory spectrum analyzers; and measuring and metering instruments, synthesizers, logical analyzers; and automatic test systems and display equipment.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL C: "Under direction…" Employees at this level usually receive a general outline of the work to be performed and are generally free to develop their own sequences and methods within the scope of established policies. New, unusual, or complex work situations are almost always referred to a superior for advice. Work is periodically checked for progress and conformance to established policies and requirements.

Difficulty - LEVEL C: Considerable… Duties which require a high degree of concentration because of the many factors which must be considered and weighed before a decision can be reached. Usually positions that require planning, developing, and coordinating programs and directing fairly large groups of people fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL D: Work is of a diversified nature that usually involves multiple unrelated steps. Analytical thought is necessary for dealing with complex data and situations. Work often involves a variety of unrelated processes and may require planning or carrying out a sequence of actions or both. Several alternatives usually exist at this level for approaching problems or situations. Workers at this level exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by occasional review and by reporting to or consultation with supervisors or superiors. When guidelines exist at this level, they are usually broadly defined or technical requiring careful analysis and interpretation.

Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL C: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are limited in scope and effect as the work is reviewed occasionally. Errors may cause moderate inefficiency. Costs due to errors may be significant.

Contacts - LEVEL B: The purpose of the contact is to plan, coordinate and advise on work efforts, interpret guidelines or instructions, elicit opinions or give guidance on the basis of facts to resolve common issues or problems when the information is not sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are working toward mutual goals and have basically cooperative attitudes. Well developed communication skills are required.

Physical Demands - LEVEL C: The work requires moderate physical exertion.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL B: The work environment involves moderate hazards, risks or discomforts. Exposure to minor deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is normal. Minor to serious injuries are possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL C: Typically involves limited supervisory responsibility which entails performing as a "first line supervisor" for a small number of employees. Supervision is not the primary responsibility of the job. Responsibility includes training, instructing, scheduling, and reviewing work and recommending hiring and disciplinary actions to a higher level of authority.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Electronics Technician II which involves the design and construction of digital and analog electronic devices and equipment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Designs and repairs instruments which make use of very large scale integrated circuit technology and single printed circuit board construction.

Repairs digital controlled frequency synthesizers.

Integrates a set of instruments into a working automatic test facility.

Trains and supervises technicians and other personnel in the periodic maintenance, repair, and calibration of electronic instruments.

Reviews new developments in electronic circuitry and components for use in agency. Develops appropriate testing methods and maintenance procedures.

Fabricates electronic subsystems from drawings. Designs, fabricates and constructs special or unique electronic devices and/or systems and modifies existing equipment for a new application or for better performance.

Selects and purchases electronic components and solid state devices.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

Knowledge

*Knowledge of the principles and techniques of applied electronics including analog and digital circuitry.

*Knowledge of the construction and operation of complex electronic equipment and devices including single board construction techniques and VLSI technology.

*Knowledge of available test and measurement equipment used in laboratories.

*Knowledge of testing and maintenance procedures for analog and digital electronic equipment.

Abilities

*Ability to understand theory-of-operation manuals and complex wiring diagrams for analog and digital electronic systems.

Ability to train, plan and supervise the work of lower level technicians.

*Ability to assemble a set of instruments as an automatic test facility under computer control.

*Ability to assemble computer controlled instrumentation systems involving a variety of analog and digital instruments.

*Ability to maintain and repair a broad range of electronic instruments which may use analog and digital integrated circuit technologies.

*Ability to design, construct, modify, maintain and repair electronic devices and equipment.

*Ability to use electronic test equipment including basic measuring instruments.

*Necessary at Entry

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Five years of experience in electronic repair. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

NC:   06/93
REV: 12/95
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