Occ. Code 7311100

 

HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN 1, GRADE 15

7311100

HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN 2, GRADE 19

7311200

HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR,

 GRADE 23

7306500

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

          Highway Safety Equipment Technicians diagnose, repair, calibrate and certify various computerized and electronic highway safety, law enforcement, and evidentiary instruments.  Highway Safety Equipment Technicians primarily are located in the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), Highway Safety Technology Unit (HSTU).  They also may be found in the Division of State Police.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

          HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHICIAN 1: non-competitive; performs the full range and scope of technical tasks associated with the Highway Safety Technology Unit at DCJS.  Incumbents inspect a variety of evidentiary and non-evidentiary instruments in speed detection and alcohol breath analysis and inspect and conduct performance tests on purchased instruments; may assemble instruments; conduct field tests on instruments; perform maintenance, calibration, adjustments, repairs; recommend new maintenance techniques and/or specifications based on tests performed; instruct municipal law enforcement staff, including staff from police agencies, in the operation, maintenance, calibration, and repair of highway safety instruments; perform the simpler and the more difficult repair work; provide recommendations for replacement instruments while repairs are performed; monitor the use, maintenance, and repair of field instruments and make recommendations regarding changes in these areas; and may provide expert courtroom testimony on the use of highway safety instruments.

 

          HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN 2: non-competitive, performs the same functions as Highway Safety Equipment Technician 1, and provides assistance to the Highway Safety Equipment Technical Supervisor in administrative issues arising from the work of the Unit, and functions as a lead worker and/or supervisor over the Highway Safety Equipment Technician 1.  In their capacity as assistant to the Highway Safety Equipment Technical Supervisor, incumbents in this title also may schedule repair and required testing of evidentiary instruments, provide technical assistance to the Office of Public Safety in evaluating new technologies used in highway safety instruments considered for purchase under state contracts; maintain an adequate supply of parts (inventory) used in the repair of defective new and/or used alcohol and speed measuring instruments; and may provide expert courtroom testimony in the use of highway safety instruments; perform various tasks as an assistant to and as assigned by the Highway Safety Equipment Technical Supervisor.

 

          HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR: non-competitive; under the general supervision of the Supervisor Public Safety Programs, the Highway Safety Technical Supervisor is responsible for managing the daily operation and supervision of the Highway Safety Technology Unit (HSTU) and Highway Safety Equipment Technicians; plans and implements changes in existing policy and procedure; performs duties as described for Highway Safety Equipment Technician 1 and 2; serves as an expert witness in court cases; and sets up and directs the Division maintenance and repair center.  May provide expert courtroom testimony regarding the use of highway safety instruments, the operations of the Unit, compliance with Federal and State Guidelines, Rules and Regulations, and anything related to the operations of the Unit.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

          HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN 1

 

·       Evaluates samples of microprocessor based highway safety instruments and maintains appropriate evaluation records.

·       Evaluates Doppler Radar and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) speed measuring devices, evidential infrared breath analysis devices, screening breath analysis devices and associated test equipment.

·       Determines specifications for highway safety instruments and makes recommendations as to such specifications.

·       Certifies new instruments for accuracy, durability, and compliance with state and federal rules, regulations, and standards, prior to its use by law enforcement.

·       Repairs microprocessor based highway safety instruments and maintains appropriate repair records.

·       Conducts acceptance testing of microprocessor based highway safety instruments and maintains appropriate status records and repairs units for distribution.  This includes testing of subassemblies, such as power supplies, integrated circuitry, motors, printer assemblies, etc.

·       Assists in the development and review of specifications for new and improved microprocessor and solid state highway safety hardware and software.

·       Maintains laboratory instruments and laboratory test instruments including microprocessors, oscilloscopes, multimeters, frequency counters, output power meters, and instrument specific test systems.

·       Maintains a variety of electronic, computerized simulation instruments used to diagnose, troubleshoot, repair, and calibrate highway safety instruments.

·       Calibrates and performs systems checks of infrared breath analysis instruments to comply with current software used by law enforcement personnel, statewide.

·       Evaluates highway safety instruments to insure proper operation and compliance with manufacturers specifications.

·       Performs remote troubleshooting of DataMaster instruments, or similar evidentiary instruments, located in municipal police agencies across New York State through the Office of Public Safetys host computer.

·       Conducts simulation tests of speed detection units for operating deficiencies under varied and adverse conditions.

·       Performs diagnostic evaluation on highway safety instruments software operating systems.

·       Tests alcohol screening and evidential devices to insure compliance with federal and state rules and regulations.

·       Diagnoses and repairs problems with Doppler radar and LIDAR speed units brought into the HSTU by law enforcement personnel.

·       Troubleshoots operational deficiencies of alcohol screening instruments and performs the necessary repairs to return instruments to their full operational capacity.

·       Provides technical assistance to the HSTU in evaluating new technology being considered for purchase under state contract.

·       Completes accuracy tests on all breath analysis instruments on a semi-annual basis.

·       Monitors chemical reagents used as reference standards in breath analysis units.

·       Provides software support and software analysis of speed and alcohol detection units for local and municipal police department personnel.

·       Provides data management and report generation functions for data derived from impaired driving evidential tests Statewide.

·       Instructs municipal police in the proper use and operation of highway safety instruments.

·       Conducts field visits to check use of instruments and make recommendations for improvements.

·       Keeps accurate records of any and all testing, repair, maintenance, and calibration work performed on highway safety instruments received.

·       Maintains adequate supply of parts (inventory) used in the repair of defective new and/or used alcohol and speed measuring instruments.

·       Communicates with manufacturers to stay abreast of any new changes in design, development, or service requirements of highway safety instruments.

·       Provides, when necessary, expert courtroom testimony on the use of highway safety instruments.

·       Performs technical work on the entire range of instruments worked on by the unit or office.

 

          HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN 2

 

          In addition to performing all of the duties of Highway Safety Equipment Technician 1, the Highway Safety Equipment Technician 2 performs the following duties.

·       Serves as the overall assistant to the Technical Supervisor or other program manager, particularly as relates to the performance of administrative tasks.

·       Assists in scheduling repair and required testing of evidentiary instruments.

·       Functions as a lead technician and/or supervisor as needed over the Highway Safety Equipment Technician 1.

·       Communicates with law enforcement organizations regarding the operation of highway safety instruments and advises police personnel of failures in instruments due to negligence or improper operation.

 

          HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR

 

          Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director Office of Public Safety, or similar official, the Highway Safety Instrument Technical Supervisor is head of the unit.  Incumbents perform the following tasks.

 

·       Manages the daily operations of the Highway Safety Technology Unit (HSTU) including the supervision of Highway Safety Equipment Technicians, at both levels, and technical support staff.

·       Directs and develops maintenance schedules for Highway Safety instruments and sets priorities for scheduled maintenance, repair, and required certification of evidentiary instruments.

·       Plans and implements changes in existing policy and procedure governing the work of the HSTU.

·       Insures procurement of repair and replacement parts for highway safety instruments.

·       Monitors use, maintenance, and repair of instruments in the field and makes recommendations regarding changes.

·       Establishes and evaluates performance measures of technical work performed by technicians and technical support staff.

·       Functions as the agencys lead expert on operation, maintenance, and certification of highway safety instruments and provides final approval on all work performed by technical staff.

·       Participates in establishing instrument specifications for purchase and makes formal recommendation to agency management including cost benefit analysis of new technology and instrument for agency.

·       Inspects and reviews specifications of highway safety instrumentation for approval prior to purchase under state contract.

·       Provides technical assistance to prosecutors regarding the use of alcohol measuring devices and other technical instruments to capture and record arrest data used as evidence in alcohol related court trials and other trials and other court matters arising from and related to instruments handled by the Unit.

·       Designs instrument evaluation programs to insure compliance to state and federal regulation of speed and alcohol measuring devices.


 

·       Participates in formulating policy regarding certification of highway safety instrument and represents agency at conferences, seminars, symposia, and other like events on alcohol and speed detection instrument operation, repair, and certification.

·       Facilitates work groups addressing issues and challenges to state DWI laws and other vehicle and traffic laws.

·       Functions as the agency liaison between New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee and New York States municipal police agencies.

·       Provides expert technical assistance to the New York State Municipal Police Training Council in formulating training programs on the operation and use of Highway Safety instrumentation.

·       Testifies in court proceedings as an expert witness regarding the various instrument handled by, procedures of, and matters and issues handled by the Unit.

·       Acts as agency liaison with highway safety instrument manufacturers providing technical support to their instrument design team, inspecting new instrument, and conducting performance tests to determine operational deficiencies.

·       Schedules and coordinates highway safety instrument manufacturer training for technical staff including classroom study and hands-on field operation.

·       Advises local municipal police department technicians (operators) in the care and use of Highway Safety instrumentation.

·       Researches funding, writes and administers state and/or federal grants to secure funding for the purchase of speed and alcohol measuring instruments.

·       Is licensed by the New York State Department of Health as the Technical Supervisor, as per 10 NYCRR Part 59.9.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

          HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN 1

 

Non-Competitive:  sixty credit hours in engineering, technology, chemistry, or physics, which include at least fifteen credit hours in electronics, and: two years of experience in electronic troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, or design of solid state electronic instruments, including at least one year of involvement with micro-computer instrumentation.

 

Promotion: four years of experience as an Electronic Equipment Mechanic.

 

          HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNIAN 2

 

Non-Competitive: Bachelors degree in technology, engineering, chemistry, or physics (with a minimum of eight hours of Chemistry)

 

AND:

 

one year of full-time experience in testing, designing, maintaining, and repairing solid state electronic instruments including micro-processor based devices

 

OR:

 

sixty college credit hours in the field of electronics and three years full-time experience in electronic troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, and design of solid state electronic instruments, including at least one year with micro-computer instruments (at least eight of those credit hours must be in Chemistry).

 

Promotion: two years of experience as a Highway Safety Equipment Technician 1, and eight college credit hours in chemistry.

 

          HIGHWAY SAFETY EQUIPMENT TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR

 

Non-Competitive: a bachelors degree in a Natural Science (a minimum of eight credit hours must be in Chemistry) and five years of progressively responsible experience in the research and evaluation of technology used in the speed enforcement and alcohol measuring field and in the maintenance and certification of highway safety instruments used, including one year of specialized experience in microcomputer instrument repair at the component level and one year of experience in supervision.  College level study in the field of electronics may be substituted for general experience on a year-for-year basis with 30 semester credit hours equaling one year of experience up to a maximum of four years.

 

Promotion: one year of experience as a Highway Safety Equipment Technician 2, and sixty college credit hours, with a minimum of eight college credit hours in chemistry.

 

 

Date:  3/15

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.