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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Communications Technician 2 in Johnston, Iowa

Communications Technician 2



Communications Technician 2


$45,115.20 - $67,454.40 Annually


Johnston - 50131 - Polk County, IA

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582 Iowa Department of Public Defense

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4/5/2020 11:59 PM Central

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Job Description

The Iowa Department of Public Defense is looking to fill a Communications Technician 2 to assist the state. Must be knowledgeable and competent in the installation, maintenance and repair of complex communications equipment. Must have the background in construction techniques and building maintenance so as to learn those tasks that are unfamiliar by working with other maintenance repairers and trades personnel. Must be familiar with reading and understanding blue prints and specifications as related to buildings.

Must have knowledge of Federal Communications Commission

Rules and Regulations, electronic theory, digital circuits and components, state of the art improvements and developments in electronics and communications. Have the ability to respond quickly and accurately in an emergency situation related to regular assignments, establish and maintain effective working relations as necessitated by work assignments, lay out and construct specialized electronic circuits and perform locate services for underground communications and data lines.

Performs difficult/complex communications tasks to include, but not limited to:

  • Designing and performing highly technical communications electronic work

  • Installing and maintaining communication systems

  • Trouble shooting and repairing a wide variety of communications equipment owned by the Iowa Army National Guard and State supported agencies

  • Coordinates work and project needs with the office of the Director of Information Management as requested by supervisor.

  • Determines parts required, requests parts for purchase, and performs repair functions according to equipment manual specifications and standards, manufacturer recommendations, and accepted trade practices.

  • Assists in project programming that includes feasibility, design criteria, and cost estimates for new construction, renovation, maintenance, and system upgrades.

  • Conducts surveys of existing systems to evaluate for remedial action needs and recommendation for a scope of work.

  • Reviews communication work needs and prepares documentation so as to obtain authorization for work to be performed and to justify proper funding.

  • Assists customers to determine their needs, estimates costs and facilitates the development of communications designs and specifications.

  • Assists in coordination of program documentation that will follow accepted engineering format.

  • Reviews and coordinates contract documents for design and specification errors.

  • Conducts planning and follow-on meetings with supervisor and State work force to ensure that scope of work performance, work schedules, and change of work orders are according to plans and specifications.

  • Provide oversight and input on sequence of operations specifications furnished by contractor.

  • As assigned will inspect work performed by contractors and vendors to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.

  • Plans and provides recommendations, to immediate supervisor and staff as to current and future communications systems that will provide the most affordable, reliable, and expandable communications to support the Iowa Army National Guard and State supported agencies.

  • Prepares the supporting justifications for equipment, purchase order lists.

  • Prepares facilities requests for repairs or services and maintains supporting records files by calendar year by project / subject.

  • Plans and builds a variety of intercommunication systems, such as WIFI, Cat SE infrastructure, fiber and copper outside plant infrastructure, utilizing specialized tools and testing devices.

  • Attends construction meetings to provide input for communications standards and verify contractors understand and meet these specifications.

  • Provides feedback to immediate supervisor and staff.

  • Coordinates to keep buried cable line route maps current for Camp Dodge updated within 10 working days after installation of cable.

  • Copies of the maps will be maintained and provided to the Telecommunications Manager for placement at each site location folder and 2 copies provided to Facilities and Construction for posting Utilities corridors.

  • Buried cable not identified by an current line route maps but having someone with knowledge will be captured based upon best known estimate and attempted to be located by standard locate methods. Follow and comply with procedures, guidelines, work rules, directives, memorandums, and policies established for the Buildings and Grounds Sections.

  • Perform all various duties assigned.

Uses knowledge of construction industry skills such as:

  • Plumbing

  • Electrical

  • Carpentry, and masonry so as to be able to use knowledge and skills of related trades to perform and estimate time and material for a specified project.

  • Coordinate job site tasks between soldiers and civilians of various trades in logical construction sequence and priority.

  • Work closely with Construction Design Engineer on assigned special projects. Conducts self in a professional and business manner towards users, soldiers, contractors and employees.

  • Obtain quality results in work performed, meeting deadlines, and to specifications and standards established. Reports and other documentation submitted in a timely manner.

Must be able to pass a background check as required by the Army for access to the military computer network system; obtain and maintain a federal computer access card, CAC.

Work hours: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM Mon -Fri, hours may vary with work assignments.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  • Two years of full-time work experience in telecommunication/radio system design, installation, or service.

  • A total of two years of education and/or full-time experience (as described in number one), where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work in electronic technology equals one year of full-time experience.

  • Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes eighteen months of full-time work as a Communications Technician 1.

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582 Iowa Department of Public Defense


7105 NW 70th AveJohnston, Iowa, 50131