State of Maryland

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN I (#004424)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $41,464.00-$65,790.00 Yearly


GRADE

14

NATURE OF WORK

An Emergency Medical Services Systems Technician I is the intermediate level of work installing, maintaining, testing, repairing and calibrating bio-medical telemetry equipment and various types of emergency medical communication systems including two way radio, pager, video, telephone and microwave systems. Employees in this classification do not supervise.

Employees in this classification receive moderate supervision from an Emergency Medical Services Systems Technician Supervisor or Emergency Medical Services Systems Engineer. Employees in this classification may be subject to 24 hour on-call duty and overnight travel throughout the State. Work is performed at a central electrical shop, hospitals, communication base stations, and outdoors under a variety of weather conditions. Employees are exposed to hazardous conditions and substances, such as high voltage, tall radio towers, radio and microwave radiation, lead solder, solvents, asbestos, high noise levels and animals including rats and snakes in wiring tunnels. The work may require the installation and moving of heavy communications equipment.

Emergency Medical Services Systems Technician I and II are differentiated on the basis of the degree of supervision exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Emergency Medical Services Systems Technician I performs duties under close supervision at times and with general supervision at other times, depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed. Emergency Medical Services Systems Technician II performs the full range of duties under general supervision.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Installs, maintains, tests, repairs and calibrates a wide range of emergency medical communication equipment in accordance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations and manufacturers’ specifications;

Installs, tests, repairs and calibrates electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor defibrillators to manufacturers’ specifications using patient simulators; Inspects radio equipment and ECG monitor defibrillator telemetry equipment in commercial ambulances for compliance with communications specifications;

Installs, repairs and maintains emergency medical pager system including pagers and pager base stations; Installs, wires, maintains and repairs the emergency medical telephone system including statewide microwave links;

Troubleshoots malfunctions in electronic components of the various emergency medical communication systems at county alarms or 911 centers and hospitals;

Performs preventive maintenance on emergency medical communication equipment and bio-medical equipment;

Designs modifications and modifies electronic equipment to meet the needs of emergency medical communications;

Maintains a geographical positioning satellite system for medical evacuation helicopters;

Installs, maintains, repairs and may program a computer network at the Emergency Medical Resources Center;

Contacts vendors to order parts, electronic components and batteries;

Installs generators and battery power systems to minimize the impact of commercial power failures on emergency medical communications;

Prepares system documentation including wiring lists, schematics, and drawings of equipment modifications;

Assists supervisors with the analysis and selection of sites for communication equipment;

May oversee contractors installing towers and antennas to ensure compliance with contract specifications, FCC regulations and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations;

May write computer programs for communication applications;

May instruct emergency medical personnel in the proper use of communications equipment and bio-medical equipment;

Performs other related duties.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of digital and analog electronics; Knowledge of two way, full duplex, very high frequency (VHF), ultra high frequency (UHF) and high band radio communication systems; Knowledge of telephone communications systems including microwave technology;

Knowledge of bio-medical telemetry equipment; Knowledge of video communications including optical fiber networks; Knowledge of electronic pager systems including pager base stations;

Knowledge of microcomputer hardware and software including operating systems and programming languages; Knowledge of Federal Communications Commission regulations;

Knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration regulations regarding tall radio towers;

Knowledge of electrical wiring codes for local jurisdictions;

Knowledge of safety procedures for working with high voltage electrical currents;

Skill in soldering and desoldering electrical components and circuit boards;

Skill in wire wrapping; Skill in the wiring of telephone circuits;

Skill in terminating and coupling radio frequency (RF) cables;

Ability to diagnose and repair malfunctions in a variety of electrical, bio-medical, and communication systems;

Ability to use test instruments such as oscilloscopes, patient simulators, selective level meters, transmission impairment test sets, deviation calibrators, frequency counters, RF millivolt meters, function generators, audio distortion analyzers, spectrum analyzers, watt meters, voltmeters, ampere and ohm meters;

Ability to use hand and power tools; Ability to understand manufacturers’ manuals and schematics;

Ability to understand handbooks and electronic standards published by various organizations;

Ability to understand MIEMSS specifications for emergency medical equipment;

Ability to modify electronic equipment;

Ability to prepare system documentation including wiring lists, schematics, and drawings of equipment modifications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Three years of experience installing, maintaining, testing, repairing and calibrating bio-medical telemetry, two way radio, video or microwave systems.

Notes: 

1. Applicants may substitute successful completion of a program of study in electronics at a recognized training school, trade school, or college on a year for year basis for up to two years of the required experience.

2. Applicants may substitute either a Federal Communications Commission General Radiotelephone license, or a certificate from the Association of Professional Communications Officers, Society of Broadcast Engineers, National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers, National Association of Business and Radio Engineers, or equivalent association for all of the required education and experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Emergency Communications Repair and Maintenance classifications or Emergency Communications Repair and Maintenance specialty codes in the Emergency Management  field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. 

 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a drivers license valid in the State of Maryland.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Employees may be subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, may be required to carry an electronic pager.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Established

Jul 1 1994 12:00AM

Date Revised

August 1, 2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 004424; EST: 7/1/1994; REV: 8/1/2014;

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