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CPS Programmer

Recruitment #23-003280-0002


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MSP Electronic Services Division

18345 Col Henry K. Douglas Drive

Hagerstown, MD 21740

Main Purpose of Job

The CPS Radio Programmer Technician performs programming functions for an agency's two-way radio fleet, which includes portables, mobiles, fixed transmitters and other associated equipment. This classification deals with modifications existing subscriber codeplugs and radio firmware, changes to the subscriber radio's identification alias resulting from radio reassignments. Performs encryption key updates, supports other radio technicians during remote programming activities and radio programming for New Car Installation upfits. In addition, basic repairs, modifications, relocation and maintenance to related digital and analog communications equipment. These include mobile as well as stationary in along with the installation and removal of mobile data computers, mobile video systems and speed control equipment in accordance with FCC and manufacture specifications. This classification must also have knowledge of and ability to work with digital microwave, microwave multiplexing and design of transports systems. Other abilities are to include communication consoles, fiber optic systems, voice logging recorders and various interoperable communication systems.


Perform modifications and updates to existing radio codeplugs and firmware for Technician Remote Programming activities. Updates Provisioning Manager Server with new subscriber identification alias resulting from radio reassignments.

Installs, removes, repairs, modifies, aligns and tests digital and analog communication equipment along with the associated antenna systems in addition to other related equipment such as computer based and video systems.

Conducts annual preventive maintenance on all assigned equipment and systems including checking frequency deviation and calibration of transmitters.

Operates and maintains various electronic test equipment and devices for locating problems in digital and analog communication equipment and other related items. Replaces/repairs to allow defective system to become properly operational. Uses a variety of specialized tools, test equipment and diagnostic tools to test, install, remove, isolate, repair, modify and align communication systems and other related electronic equipment to the board level.

maintains daily records of maintenance work, requisitioned parts and related installation, removing and maintenance activities.

Other duties as assigned by Command/Management Staff.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Eight years of experience in the repair of electronic communications equipment, seven years must have included the repair of two-way FM radios.


1. Candidates may substitute the successful completion of a one year program of study in radio electronics at a recognized training school, trade school, or college for up to one year of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Electronics    Technician (Communications) classifications or Signal Corps, Aerospace Maintenance, or Data/Communications Maintenance specialty codes in the aviation communications field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

1. Five (5) years of experience working with Motorola Astro P-25 Phase 3 (TDMA) radio equipment, trouble shooting and communication systems (analog, digital and encrypted).

2. Three (3) years of experience with Motorola CPS programming, radio template development, flash upgrading and KMF, KVL and authentication.

3. Three (3) years of experience with Motorola CPS OTAP (over air programming), OTAR (over air rekeying) and Motorola Radio Management programming.


1. Applicants for this classification must possess either a Federal Communications Commission General Radiotelephone Operator license, a FCC Ship Radar Endorsement, a National Association of Business and Educational Radio certificate or an Associated Public Safety Communications Officers Incorporated certificate. All applicants must list their license or certificate number and expiration date on the application.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned dutieswhich require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Candidates for this classification may be given a medical examination to determine their ability to perform the duties of the job classification.

In accordance with Section 2-204(b)(6) of the Public Safety Article, Candidates for position in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening and a complete criminal background investigation to include a polygraph examination before permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction may be grounds for rejection of the candidate.


The selection process for this recruitment will involve a rating of the training and experience provided on the application. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an eligible list in the BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED, and QUALIFIED categories. The list will be used by the hiring manager to select the individual to fill this vacancy. The list will be valid for one year.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application. Report all experience and education that is related to this position.



NOTE: Currently, applicants are limited to uploading one file. As a result, it is strongly urged that those applying upload ALL required and additional documents (undergraduate and graduate transcripts, resumes, etc.) as one file. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit an application via mail. The Maryland State Application Form can be found online.

Completed applications, required documentation and any required addendums may be mailed to:

Maryland State Police

Human Resources Division

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

ATTN: William Boniarski

It is the policy of the Maryland State Police to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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