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ABOLISHED 07/06/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-25 - Senior Photo-Electronics Specialist, Department of Justice (6921)

ABOLISHED 07/06/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-25 - Senior Photo-Electronics Specialist, Department of Justice

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: QQ35
  • Class Code: 6921
  • Established: 05/09/1973
  • Revised: 02/23/2000
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to plan, organize, and direct the work of a group of Photo-Electronics Specialists in providing assistance to State and local law enforcement agencies in the application and use of a wide variety of electronic, photographic, video, RF, low-power microwave, electro-optical, and optical surveillance equipment; to advise, assist, and train members of State and local law enforcement agencies in the evaluation and selection of surveillance equipment; to conduct suitability and effectiveness tests of equipment to determine procurement desirability; to supervise the operation of the audio and video enhancement laboratories; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Supervises the work of a group of Photo-Electronics Specialists and directs the operation of the centralized resource pool engaged in the loan and installation of specialized surveillance equipment and providing technical assistance in its application and use to State and local law enforcement agencies; supervises the installation of wire intercept equipment; testifies in court as an expert witness; manages the procurement and maintenance program for the surveillance equipment assigned to the centralized pool and to the several field offices of the Department of Justice; acts as technical aide and consultant to State and local law enforcement agencies on matters pertinent to specialized surveillance equipment and the training of personnel in its applications and use; handles questions of legality of proposed surveillance operations; makes decisions relating to the safety of staff members in any proposed surveillance operation; maintains liaison with industry and law enforcement agencies to determine the types and nature of existing or new devices which are suited for or may be adapted to surveillance use; participates in the determination of specialized surveillance equipment training needs and courses for law enforcement personnel and gives such instruction in formal and informal courses; speaks before groups of law enforcement personnel on matters relating to surveillance equipment and its applications; prepares planning and budgetary data for procurement of new or additional equipment and material required to support operation of the central resource pool; and prepares reports and correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the Department of Justice performing the duties of the class of Photo-Electronics Specialist, Department of Justice.



Broad and extensive experience (more than five years) of increasing technical difficulty in the repair, maintenance, modification, and design of electronic equipment, including:


1. One year of experience with a wide variety of complex communication equipment. and


2. Significant experience in training nontechnical personnel in the use of a variety of electronic or other sophisticated equipment.


(Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include at least one year performing the duties of a class at a level of responsibility at least equivalent to a Photo- Electronics Specialist, Department of Justice.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Electronic theory; construction and repair of complex electronic equipment and associated devices, including computers, low-signal amplification circuitry, electronic principles such as feedback stabilization, power supply, linear amplification, gain, dynamic range, attenuation, switching, relay, sensing, and discriminating; the characteristics of various electronic components including tubes, transistors, integrated circuits, linear devices, diodes, cathode-ray tubes, switching devices, and meters; basic electronic physics, lens theory, digital photography, and 35mm photography using a wide variety of cameras and special purpose lenses; principles of effective training and supervision.


Ability to: Prepare working drawings and specifications; operate, maintain, modify, and repair precision electronic equipment; use necessary test equipment including oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analyzers, service monitors, and computers; do complicated electronic fabrication and precision mechanical work; train nontechnical personnel in the use of surveillance equipment in an informal environment as well as in a formal classroom setting; keep accurate records and prepare reports; work independently and effectively in a liaison-consultant capacity; communicate effectively with State and local law enforcement agencies on matters pertinent to specialized surveillance equipment.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to travel extensively; work long and irregular hours; and the ability to work under extreme stress in potentially hazardous and life-threatening situations.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of a two-year Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree in Electronics from an accredited institution.

  Updated: 10/4/2017
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