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Date: Nov 15, 2021

Location: Everett, WA, US

Company: Snohomish PUD

Job ID  13281  Department  Telecommunications (10000037) 
Union Classification  Non Union  Type  Full Time - Salaried  
# of Openings  Job Location  Everett, Washington (US-WA) 
Closing Date  12/05/2021   Salary/Wage  $76,642.00 - $143,567.00 annually 


Job Definition

Provides telecommunications engineering and design support for assigned (one or more) technology areas.  Initiates engineering work (limited scope) requiring originality and independent judgment when performing analysis, evaluation, selection, and modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria.  Carries out engineering assignments with minimal supervision on standard projects.  Receives supervisory approval and limited technical guidance on proposed plans for projects.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the first level of three telecommunications engineering position descriptions.  Each level requires increased technical knowledge and experience.  The incumbent must have a technical expertise for one or more knowledge areas described below.

Essential Job Functions

Provides telecommunications engineering to internal and external customers.  Provides reliable and economic service by evaluating assigned system capabilities, analyzing and updating new and existing communications systems to provide for growth, preparing reports, documents, and recommendations for management.


Develops new site designs and site modifications including identify search areas, assisting site acquisition, determining antenna configurations, telecommunications capacity, frequency planning, and planning system integration.


Prepares accurate Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) applications for assigned projects.


Provides circuit design and lay out to support communications projects.


Develops and prepares engineering specifications for contract bids.  Analyzes and carries out technical evaluation of equipment for contract bids.  Serves as project coordinator.  Acts as Project Leader for Professional Services Contracts (PSCs).


Reviews and evaluates new products and procedures.  Assists in implementation or upgrades of new technologies and development of new work processes.


Provides second tier diagnostic support for production systems.  Directs and analyzes system and equipment tests, to include testing data gathered by or in conjunction with communications technicians.  Gathers data for use in troubleshooting complex operating problems and failures.


Directs testing activities for support of pre-production systems.  Conducts equipment/system acceptance testing and analysis.  Establishes test plans for the collection of system test data. Assists in system optimization efforts to include RF coverage studies.  Provides support using vendor specific software related to technology platforms.  Reviews testing and quality control practices and procedures. 


Provides technical assistance.


Plans District communication resources; designs new and recommends modifications to District communication systems upon request.


Prepares FCC license applications and correspondence for microwave, VHF and UHF transmitters.  This includes research; FCC rule interpretation; cable loss calculation, antenna gains, radio path studies, and propagation losses.


Develops and maintains communication system diagrams of equipment installations and project records.  Assists with development of maintenance procedures for communications equipment.


Designs communications equipment protective configurations (e.g. lightning protection, ground fault protection, radio frequency interference protection).


Conducts communication utilization and reliability studies upon request.


Develops project cost estimates and economic analysis, and technical alternatives cost‑benefit analysis.


Prepares technical data to support leased circuit orders, including circuit characteristics, data rate requirements, and special features.


Prepares and presents reports to staff on feasibility and status of communication systems.


Coordinates with District staff on regular basis to identify and analyzes communication needs and applications.


Assists with Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and Electro‑Magnetic Interference (EMI) problem resolution.


Maintains current knowledge of new and evolving technology and equipment for potential District applications.

Specialized Job Functions


Other Job Functions

Participates in department goals and objectives establishment.


Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:
• Electronic theory.
• Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), Pulse Code Modulation (PCM), and a variety of modulation/time domain technology.
• Operation of electronics test and diagnostic equipment.
• FCC rules and regulations on land mobile radio and microwave systems.
• Installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of all types of communications and electronic equipment, especially RF mobile and Digital transport equipment.
• Packet-switched (IP) networks and protocols.
• Safety and technical practices.
• Mobile, portable and base station radios, microwave and multiplex terminals and emergency power systems.
• Communications programs for remote diagnostic use and computer programs for technical solutions.
• Computer and peripheral hardware and their interfaces.
• Engineering principles and computer programming and scripting languages appropriate to various types of platforms and applications.
In addition to knowledge’s listed above, must have knowledge and proficiency is required in one of the nine technology areas listed below:
• RF systems specifically UHF, VHF, 800/900 MHz trunked communications system.
• Digital microwave.
• Antenna Design.
• SONET based network design and layout.
• Multiple communications protocols, ICCP, DNP3, TCP/IP, IEEE 802.1, etc.
• Switching system technologies.
• Digital WAN design.
• Equipment and site layouts.
• Fiber Optics and telecommunications cable plant.
Ability to:
• Communicate effectively with all levels in the organization.
• Work independently and use discretionary judgment in the initiation and follow-through of technical studies and engineering projects.
• Coordinate engineering and construction projects.
• Analyze engineering systems (electrical and mechanical systems).


Telecommunication Engineer I

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Electronics or Computer Science.
  • One (1) year communications engineering design.


  • Successful completion of vendor specific Engineering or Installation and Design courses, and associated vendor tests, FCC General Radiotelephone license, etc.
  • Six (6) years of telecommunications installation and maintenance experience including four (4) years at a senior level.

Telecommunication Engineer II

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Electronics or Computer Science
  • Three (3) years engineering design experience with demostrated abilities in five (5) technical areas


  • Successful completion of vendor specific Engineering or Installation and Design courses, and associated testing
  • Two (2) years as a District Telecommunications Engineer I
  • Eight (8) years of telecommunications installation and maintenance experience including four (4) years at a senior level

Telecommunication Engineer III

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Electronics or Computer Science
  • Six (6) years of communications engineering three of which have successfully performed the duties of Communications Engineer II


  • Successful completion of vendor specific Engineering or Installation and Design courses, and associated testing
  • Three (3) years as a District Telecommunications Engineer II
  • Ten (10) years of telecommunications installation and maintenance experience including four (4) years at a senior level


• Valid Washington State Driver License.

Preferred Qualifications


Working Conditions

• Duties performed primarily in an office environment and require the repetitive use of a computer, keyboard and mouse.
• Travel to business meetings and construction sites required.
• Construction sites may expose incumbent to energized equipment, hazardous materials, uneven terrain and varying weather conditions.



Snohomish County P.U.D. #1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Disabled and Veterans.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

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