WSDOT: Wireless Systems Technician (STS, In-Training) - Wenatchee, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project.

The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking a Senior Telecommunications Specialist to serve as a Wireless Systems Technician in Wenatchee, WA. This position provides wireless system networking connectivity for North Central Region Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Intelligent Transportation Systems devices and offices regionwide. The top candidate will be responsible for the inspection, maintenance, repair, and preventative maintenance of the North Central Region wireless telecommunications equipment and supporting networks for Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Grant counties.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Wireless Systems Technician will:

Install, configure, manage, maintain, and repair digital IP Based microwave systems and support equipment.
Create and maintain virtual local area networks (VLAN) within the wireless ITS system.
Perform emergency repairs outside the shop and assists other technicians in repairs.
Provide service for conventional radio control stations, base stations for other government entities,
Schedule daily workload considering emergencies, priorities provided by the Communications System Manger, and travel distance.
Work independently or as team in the engineering, design, development, operation, maintenance, installation, and repair of remote radio sites.

To be considered for this opportunity at the Electronic Communications Systems Technician, Field Technician level, the following are required:
Education and/or training in electronics
Four (4) years of experience in the maintenance and repair of at least two of the following:
Two-way radio frequency communications systems
Microwave carrier systems
Networking systems
Obtain General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) issued by the FCC within 18 months of employment.
To be considered for this opportunity at the Senior Telecommunications Specialist level, the following are required:
One (1) year of formal education in electronics
Five (5) years' experience in maintenance and repair of at least two of the following:
Two-way radio frequency communications systems
Microwave carrier systems
IP Networking
Obtain General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) issued by the FCC within 6 months of employment.

The following is required at either level:
High School diploma or GED
Valid driver’s license.
Color perception to be able to identify polarity, resister size, wire types, etc.
Ability to pass and maintain a Washington State Patrol Criminal Justice background check.
Ability to safely install, maintain and operate antennas, transmission lines and wave guide associated with communications and microwave equipment on towers up to 300 feet in height.
Ability to work in extreme weather conditions.
Ability to respond to emergency call outs at all hours.
Ability to obtain and maintain a tower climbing safety and rescue certificate.
Ability to twist torso to access tight, small, or awkward locations in vehicles or equipment and to balance body when on equipment, vehicles, and step stools/short ladders.
Ability to stand for periods up to 30 minutes at a time and alternate between standing and walking up to 10 hours per work shift, or possibly up to 15 hours on overtime or a contingency schedule.
Ability to physically lift and move objects weighing up to 50-pounds in a safe manner.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Formal education, training, or experience in the principles of ethernet, networking, and radio propagation.
Commercial Driver’s License.

Important Notes
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position is not eligible for remote work.
In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.
This position has been approved for in-training. The hiring manager is looking to hire at the Senior Telecommunications Specialist (STS) level; however, the in-training plan will allow candidates to be considered as an Electronic Communications Systems Technician, Field Technician (ECST-FT), if not qualified at the highest level. The salaries for each are:
ECST-FT annual salary range: $72,552 - $88,416
STS annual salary range: $78,120 - $95,184
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system; therefore, we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit

Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees may earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.
Optional: An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.

Please click the "APPLY" button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in, or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/ or gender identity, are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system; therefore, we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, O. Dietrich, at [email protected]. Please be sure to reference 23DOT-HQ-05277 in the subject line.

Contact Person: Jill Dexter
Email: [email protected]
Location: • Wenatchee, WA
Application Method: Apply Online
Base Pay: $72,552 -$95,184 /YR

Posted on November 06, 2023

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