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Port Houston

Radio Systems Technician

Port Houston - Posted 2 months ago
$35-38/hour  + Equity
*high salary
*Based on 0 Electronic Technician salary records


Texas City, TX

no experience required
Company size
56k employees

Deadline:  February 27, 2023

Electronic Technician Job description

Port Houston is the advocate and a strategic leader of the Houston Ship Channel, one of the most powerful economic engines in the state and the country. Port Houston owns and operates the public wharves and terminals along the Houston Ship Channel, including the area’s largest breakbulk facility and two of the most efficient container terminals in the country.

Through our leadership and our work, we help ensure the nation’s busiest waterway stays running to benefit the customers of the public facilities we operate, our surrounding communities and industries, and our region. Port Houston exists to move the world and drive regional prosperity.

The work we do helps build up our local community, supports the economy, bolsters goodwill for the state of Texas, and influences the outlook of the entire region. And this is only the beginning! Our best accomplishments are ahead of us as we expand the Houston Ship Channel and widen its reach to become America’s distribution hub for the next generation.

Who you are:

You are more than the work you do. We want your work at Port Houston to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high-performance culture that values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

Sound like the place for you?

Position Summary:

Responsible for installing, maintaining, modifying and repairing Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communications systems including control base stations, mobiles, portables, dispatch consoles and related technology across the entire organization. Coordinate with Harris County to implement program changes, updates, corrections and other system fixes for equipment operating on the Texas Wide Area Radio Network (TxWARN).

Key Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Conducts maintenance and programming of LMR equipment to ensure functionality
  • Maintain the Port of Houston Authority radio inventory, to include radios and equipment procured using grant funds
  • Provide system database management for all departments that use the TxWARN 800MHz radio system equipment
  • Coordinate system administration and maintenance with the Harris County Regional Radio Center, TxWARN, equipment representatives, and other system partners and affiliates as necessary and required by contractual and interlocal agreement(s)
  • Provide technical support and end user subscriber training for all Port of Houston Authority divisions
  • Perform Preventative Maintenance on RF site locations and equipment
  • Install, prepare, run, terminate, and test coax and network cabling
  • Prepare reports, special studies, and other projects as may be assigned by the Director of Emergency Management
  • Work with Director of Emergency Management to develop annual budget for Land Mobile Radio (LMR), equipment procurement, maintenance and capital improvements
  • Assist in maintaining radio functionality during emergency situations and exercises including the deployment of communications equipment/platforms
  • Participate in various meetings, conferences, engagements to stay abreast of new technology and maintain and develop industry relationships
  • Act in accordance with Port Houston core values (respect, excellence, accountability, diligence, and you)
  • Perform other duties, as required


  • High School diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) equivalent required
  • Completion of technical training courses in modern electronic technology required
  • Bachelor or associate degree in modern electronics or related major in a public or accredited private academic institution is strongly preferred; military communications training may be considered
  • 5+ years full-time paid experience in electronics work with all types or two-way base and mobile radios required; military communications experience may be substituted
  • 2+ years of experience with a Digital Trunk Project 25 Radio System and APX Customer Programming Software (CPS) required
  • 2+ years of experience in 2 or more of the following: Motorola GTR8000 systems, Motorola SmartZone, MOTOTRBO, Harris Programmer, VHF/UHF analog and digital systems, BATS system, Motorola R56 Grounding, Amateur Radio, or Satellite communications required
  • Current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License preferred
  • Current Radio Dispatch Console Maintenace Certification required within one year of employment
  • ICS Communications Technician (COMT) certification required within one year of employment NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800 required

 Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Behaviors:

  • Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations as they pertain to radio services.
  • Knowledge radio propagation and interference investigation
  • Knowledge of the P25 radio standard
  • Knowledge of National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Knowledge of public safety theories and methods
  • Knowledge of the diagnosis and replacement of radio components
  • Knowledge of maritime industry
  • Ability to work with schematic diagrams, blueprints, and service manuals.
  • Ability to work with hand and small power tools
  • Ability to work with special testing and diagnostic equipment
  • Intermediate Computer and Networking skills.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Verbal, written and listening communication skills
  • Stress management skills
  • Critical thinking, judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Research and program development skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • A current, valid Texas driver’s license is required. Class B license required within one year of employment.
  • A transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) must be obtained within 30 days of employment and be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Safety sensitive position, requiring the successful candidate pass a pre-employment alcohol and drug test. In addition to the pre-employment test, the person hired will also be subject to random, post incident /accident, reasonable suspicion and rehabilitation monitoring drug and alcohol testing consistent with the PHA Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Standards
  • Considered essential employee and may be required to work on holidays, evenings, nights, weekends at any time for business related purposes. They must remain available and "on call" 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, dependent on emergency.

Key Competencies Required:

  • Technical Professional Knowledge
  • Effective Communication
  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Focus
  • Building Strategic Working Relationships
  • Ethics and Values

Physical Demands:

Light Work – Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly having to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for the Sedentary Work category and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Port Houston proudly embraces diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity. Our teams reflect our commitment to celebrating diversity and creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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