State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $44,106.00-$70,201.00 Yearly




A Data Communications Technician Supervisor is the supervisory level of work planning, laying out, installing and maintaining data communications network lines and devices. Employees in this class supervise lower-level Data Communications Technicians.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Computer Operations Manager or other designated administrator. The work is performed in normal office settings and at users' work throughout the State. The work performed at users' sites involves running cable in basements, through ceilings and floors, exposure to dust, dirt and insulation which may include asbestos and fiberglass, and requires moving computer terminals and printers weighing up to eighty pounds. Employees at users’ work sites are required to use specialized safety equipment such as hard hats, goggles and masks and follow strict safety procedures.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the Classification Job Evaluation Methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.

The Data Communications Technician Supervisor is differentiated from the Data Communications Technician II in that the Data Communications Technician Supervisor has full supervisory responsibility for the work of lower-level Data Communications Technicians while the Data Communications Technician II performs the full range of duties under general supervision.


Plans, schedules, supervises and evaluates the work of lower-level Data Communications Technicians;

Trains lower-level Data Communication Technicians;

Develops and implements training programs for data communications staff and users;

Attends meetings with data processing staff and user representatives to discuss data communications needs and services;

Reviews users' proposals for data communications lines and devices and recommends modifications for efficiency, compatibility with existing lines and devices, reliability and cost effectiveness;

Plans data communications networks determining the type and location of lines and devices;

Writes technical specifications for data communications lines and devices such as modems, routers, digital service units, multiplexors, gateways, multi-station access units, controllers, computer terminals, printers, disk drives, tape drives, network cards and emulators and evaluates vendor bids;

Surveys users' sites to determine where and how to install data communications lines and devices and recommends modifications to floor plans and wiring for network installation;

Develops and implements a maintenance program for data communications lines and devices;

Maintains a database of the structure of data communications networks;

Places service calls to vendors and the computer center to report communications problems and coordinate resolutions;

Prepares statistical and narrative reports of network activities;

May oversee the installation of data communications lines and devices;

May develop Help Desk policies and procedures and oversee the operation of the Help Desk;

May supervise Computer User Support Specialists;

May plan and oversee the installation of computer lines and devices;

Performs other related duties.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


A Class Description provides information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work and General Requirements for a classification in the Management Service or a classification in the Skilled or Professional Service in which all positions have been designated Special Appointments. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.

Class descriptions broadly define 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 Revised

Jul 30 2010 12:00AM

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 006429; EST: ; REV: 7/30/2010;

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