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Engineer Specialist II

Department of Management Services
February 12, 2018
Tallahassee, United States
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Salary:  $46,000 - $54,000

Posting Closing Date: 02/26/2018

Engineering Specialist II


State of Florida Department of Management Services

This position is located in Tallahassee

The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) is a customer-oriented agency responsible for managing various business-related functions throughout state government. Under the direction of Governor Rick Scott and DMS’ Executive Leadership Team, the agency oversees the real estate, procurement, human resources, group insurance, retirement, telecommunications, private prisons, and fleet and federal property assistance programs utilized throughout Florida’s state government. The Department of Management Services is relied upon to establish, maintain and improve the business processes used by state employees to create a better, not bigger government.  The Department of Management Services facilitates the delivery of these programs and services and provides tools and training to bolster the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s workforce. It is against this backdrop that DMS strives to demonstrate its motto, “We serve those who serve Florida.” Under the leadership of DMS Secretary Erin Rock, DMS’ employees embody four pillars on a daily basis: establishing a process-oriented mindset; challenging the status quo; creating efficiencies; and respecting state employees.

Position responsibilities:

This is a professional engineering and technical position responsible for providing systems engineering analysis and design required to establish optimum RF and communications systems and networks within the State of Florida. Additionally, this position will assist with communication plan revisions, spectrum management, project management, special projects including tehcnical writing, oversight of state contracts, propagation modeling and communications studies for the purpose of improving the cost-effectiveness of state and local radio communications systems. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with: 1) support and oversight of both the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) and the Florida Interoperability Network and Mutual Aid Build-out (FIN-MAB); 2) approving communications equipment and systems; 3) technical review of Region 9 and other FCC license applications; 4) submit Communications Service Authorizations; 5) FirstNet; and, 6) establishing and maintaining Network Control Centers.
  • Assist with updating the Law Enforcement Communications Plan, Emergency Medical Services Communications Plan, Florida-Region 9 Plan for Public Safety Radio Communications, 700 MHz Interoperability Channel Plan, 700 MHz State Channel Plan, and Intergovernmental Radio Communications Program Policy.
  • Participate in rulemaking proceedings of the Federal Communications Commission, and establish and maintain interfaces and working relationships with local, state and national agencies and committees, including commitment (with budget and legislative intent) of Bureau resources (manpower and analytical) in carrying out communication projects.
  • Acquire and improve knowledge of communications technologies as related to public safety needs, FCC rules and regulations, Florida Admnistrative Code and Florida Statutues.
  • Provide support as needed to the Emergency Operations Center during any declared disaster or emergency.
  • This position requires travel up to 15% of the time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Engineering Design and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying land mobile radio (LMR) principles, techniques, and equipment to system and product design and frequency planning and licensing methods.
  • Customer Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Investigation of complex radio-system performance and licensing issues, designing evaluating tests, test data assessment and developing and evaluating options through successful solution implementation.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when there is a problem in the radio system that requires correction or immediate addressing.
  • Knowledge of public safety FCC rules and regulations.
  • Understanding of radio tower site equipment and components including network topography and interfaces.
  • Knowledge of MS Excel, MS Word, MS SharePoint, and MS Outlook.
  • Knowledge of land-mobile, two-way radio (conventional and Project 25 trunking).
  • Knowledge of radio site testing methods.
  • Standing, Sitting, Walking, Balancing, Lifting/Carrying, Pushing/Pulling, Bending/Stooping/Twisting, Crouching/Squatting, Kneeling/Crawling, Reaching.  Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, electronics, telecommunications or similar field is required OR equivalent experience in land mobile radio (LMR), IP networks, telecommunications technologies or public safety operations may be substituted for the degree requirement.
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze documents, processes, and information for compliance with contractual language and laws, rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Ability to conduct fact-finding research and utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to organize data into logical format for monitoring reports, document, and other written materials.
  • Ability to demonstrate good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • In possession of a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Telecommunications technologies, Public Safety Operations/Law Enforcement, Process Development and Improvement, Information and Data Analysis. Government Administration, Contract Management and Project Management.

DMS is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce.  We recognize the extensive training, experience and transferrable skills that veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce.  Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions through the following provided email addresses.

An individual with a disability is qualified if he or she satisfies the skills, experience, and other job related requirements for a position and can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact the DMS Human Resources (HR) Office at (850) 488-2707. DMS requests applicants notify HR in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

Successful completion of background screening will be required for this position.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee

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