Concept of Class:

This class describes the fourth-level technician. Although positions follow established work processes, they have the authority to determine the procedures required to accomplish the work. Positions use judgment on an ongoing basis to select the most appropriate technical guidelines and adapt them to develop work procedures that accomplish the tasks. This class differs from the Technician III on Decision Making and possibly Purpose of Contact and Line/Staff Authority. Some assignments will not move beyond this level.


Allocation must be based on meeting all of the four factors as described below.

Decision Making-
The decisions regularly made are at the operational level, as described here. Within limits set by the specific process, choices involve deciding what operation is required to carry out the process. This includes determining how the operation will be completed. By nature, data needed to make decisions are numerous and variable so reasoning is needed to develop the practical course of action within the established process. Choices are within range of specified, acceptable standards, alternatives, and technical practices.

The nature of, and need for, analysis and judgment is patterned, as described here. Positions study technical information to determine what it means and how it fits together in order to get practical solutions to problems and tasks. Guidelines in the form of specified processes, techniques, and methods exist for most situations. Judgment is needed in locating and selecting the most appropriate of these guidelines which may change for varying circumstances as the task is repeated. This selection and interpretation of guidelines involves choosing from alternatives where all are correct but one is better than another depending on the given circumstances of the situation.

Purpose of Contact-
Regular work contacts with others outside the supervisory chain, regardless of the method of communication, are for the purpose of any of the following:

Exchanging or collecting information with contacts. This involves giving learned information that is readily understandable by the recipient or collecting factual information in order to solve factual problems, errors, or complaints.

Detecting, discovering, exposing information, problems, violations or failures by interviewing or investigating where the issues or results of the contact are not known ahead of time.

Advising, counseling, or guiding the direction taken to resolve complaints or problems and influence or correct actions or behaviors.

Clarifying underlying rationale, intent, and motive by educating others on unfamiliar concepts and theories or marketing a product or service. This goes beyond what has been learned in training or repeating information that is available in another format.

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