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Electronic Repair Technician

at Metropolitan Council

Pay: $27.57 to $32.43/hour
$27.57 - $32.43
Posted: 9/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2475705
Keywords: repair

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

WHO WE ARE

We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website. 

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:

We are currently recruiting for an Electronic Repair Technician to repair and maintain Metro Transit's radio system and various bus electronic systems and performs other duties as assigned.

Metro Transit, a division of the Metropolitan Council, is the largest provider of public transit service in the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metropolitan area and one of the country's largest public transit systems.  Metro Transit operates bus, light rail and commuter rail service essential to the region's mobility, and provides resources for carpooling, vanpooling and bike commuting.  Metro Transit helps people get where they're going, helps reduce the region's motor vehicle congestion problem and promotes a cleaner environment.

What you would do in this job

Performs preventative maintenance and maintains and repairs all radio communication listed below: 

  • Control Center Consoles/Central Electronic Banks
  • Base Stations/Antennas/Multiplexers
  • Mobile Radios, 800 Trunking
  • Portable Radios, 800 Trunking/Fiber Optics, AVL/GPS systems, WLAN systems
  • Licensed and Unlicensed Microwave Links  
  • Public Address Systems

Performs preventative maintenance and maintains and repairs all bus electronic equipment listed below:

  • Electronic Destination Signs
  • Automatic People Counters
  • Public Address Systems
  • VCR/DVR/Multiplexer Systems
  • Squad Car & District Supervisor Ancillary Electronic Systems
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Various Other Electronic Bus Controllers
  • Lift Controllers and Remotes  
  • BDAs (bi-directional amplifiers)  

Performs Data Entry and compiles Crystal Reports for supervisor to review activity, perform performance using:

  • Maintenance Work Order Entry
  • AVL Data Base Entry 
  • Radio Maintenance Software  
  • Microsoft Windows/DOS & Applications
Maintains and repairs equipment for Bus Safety and Data Info Systems.
Maintains and repairs non-revenue equipment.
Refurbishes electronic components for maintenance department.
Installs and removes radio and related equipment.
Performs other related duties as assigned

What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

Education/Experience:

  • Two (2) year Associate's degree or equivalent educational or military training program in Electronic Technology. 
  • Two (2) years experience with two-way radio repair.
  • Experience with UHF, VHF, 800 trunking, electronic test equipment, analog, digital techniques, Microsoft Windows/DOS.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds.
License Requirement: 
  • Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record.
Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with data communications techniques and digital electronics, computer aided dispatch systems and microwave systems
  • Accredited Radio Communications course
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations related to two-way communications
  • Knowledge of component level repair 
  • Good troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge of radio programming software
  • Good computer skills
  • Mechanical ability
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Good work record
What you can expect from us:
  • We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
  • We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
  • We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance.
More about why you should join us!

Additional information

Union/Grade:  ATU Grade 65
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Safety Sensitive:  Yes, subject to random DOT drug tests.

What your work environment would be:  This position may require working near moving parts or equipment; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; and in outdoor weather conditions.  This position has a risk of electric shock and radiation two-thirds (2/3) or more of the time. The position may also require working in extreme hot (non-weather) conditions and around vibration up to two-thirds (2/3) of the time. This position may require tasting or smelling; working with explosives and in extreme cold (non-weather) conditions up to one-third (1/3) of the time; and working around loud noise.  Position may require reading, writing, reasoning/analysis and social interaction two-thirds (2/3) or more of the time. 

What steps the recruitment process involves:
You must qualify at each of the numbered steps below to be considered a final candidate for the job.

1.  We review your minimum qualifications.
2.  We request a work record evaluation (ATU employees only).
3.  We rate your education and experience.
4.  We conduct a structured panel interview.
5.  We conduct a selection interview.


Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:

If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test and a background check, which verifies education and employment, covers driving record and any criminal record.  If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.

If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards.

IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.  If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please call Human Resources at (612) 349-7071.