Communications Installation Technician

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Information Technology and Communication Services
  • Salary: $41,080.00 - $55,099.20 Annually USD

Job Description


This recruitment is open to the public, on a continuous basis, until the needs of the department have been met. Please be advised this recruitment may close at 11:59 p.m. any day of the week and it is recommended that interested candidates apply immediately.

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill current vacancies in this class, as well as lower-level classes in the Communications Installation Series, until the next recruitment. The current vacancy iswithin the Technical Services Unit.

Sheriff-Coroner Communications & Technology Division provides the centralized 800 MHz Countywide Coordinated Communications System for all local public safety agencies (law enforcement, fire, emergency medical) and for general government on a 24-hour basis. Other services include installation and maintenance of communications and electronic equipment (microwave and backbone equipment, 9-1-1 dispatch equipment, paging equipment, mobile and portable radios, surveillance, sound and video systems); operational and maintenance support to the coordinated communications systems; engineering and frequency management. Sheriff-Coroner Communications is the central coordinator/program manager for the operation and maintenance of the 800 MHz Countywide Coordinated Communications System (CCCS).

The Communications & Technology Division consists of approximately 80 personnel organized in several customer-focused areas that specialize in specific technical applications including the Technical Services Unit, Radio Microwave Unit, and the Security Electronics Unit. Each section maintains a staff of engineers, technicians and support staff to provide a high level of technical expertise to Orange County public service agencies, including Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Lifeguard, Park Rangers, Public Works, Courts, County and City jails, and Probation facilities.

Under supervision, installs and removes electronic equipment from a variety of locations and emergency vehicles including, but not limited to, police cars, police motorcycles, fire trucks, and command vehicles, and will also perform simple repair work on electronic equipment, assist in the installation and removal of communication equipment from fixed stations and offices, and learn to use basic test equipment and complete other work as required or assigned.

The ideal candidate will have experience installing cameras, two-way radio communication equipment, and public safety equipment; knowledge of basic elements of electronics, including Ohms law and AC and DC theory, and the ability to read and interpret instructions and pictorial drawings in installation manuals and written directives including schematics; operate and use hand tools and small power tools, use a volt-ohmmeter and watt meter to test circuits, and read and write in English to record data on work orders.

General Knowledge of: Basic electronic theory including Ohms Law and AC and DC theory, audio and radio frequency circuits, electronic measurements, semiconductor fundamentals and mathematics for electronic technology.

Ability to: Read electronic schematics, blueprints and instruction manuals and follow directions precisely; operate and maintain electronic test equipment; read and write numbers in English to record data on work orders, time sheets and log sheets; crawl under vehicles and work in cramped spaces such as under automobile dash or in automobile trunk. Mustbe able to lift radio equipment in and out of vehicle trunks and hold in place while attaching.

Experience/Education: Completion of a training course in basic electronic or electronic repair AND one year of experience involving the installation and/or repair of electronic equipment. Training beyond basic electronics may be substituted for the required experience on a month-for-month basis.

License Required: Possession of a valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher is required by date of appointment. A General Radiotelephone Operator's License issued by the Federal Communications Commission (or equivalent) may be required within one year after appointment for some assignments.

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For positions with the Sheriff's Department applicants must not have been convicted of a felony or be on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner.

Background screening includes completing of a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, fingerprinting and may include a polygraph test. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts. Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Services (N.A.C.E.S.).

The County of Orange is committed to providing a means for applicants who may have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. The following is a description of the physical and mental abilities that are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of this position. Applicants are encouraged to contact the recruiter listed for any questions or request an accommodation during the testing/selection process.

Physical Requirements: Applicants must be able to lift over 50 lbs., with frequent lifting and/or carrying objects weighing over 25 lbs.; climb ladders, scaffolding and poles, crawl in attics or under vehicles and work in cramped spaces such as under automobile dash or in automobile trunk, stoop, bend or twist your back, kneel, squat and work with arms above shoulder level; identify and distinguish colors; operate power tools or other like machinery that are potentially hazardous. May be required to climb and work from antennas which may exceed 100 feet in some assignments.

Environmental Conditions: Must be willing and able to work in remote areas and in high security areas such as jails, courthouses and dispatch centers.

Human Resources |Minimum Qualifications
Sheriff Human Resources screens all applications to identify the most qualified candidates for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the Department. After the initial screening, the qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Applications must emphasize all the areas in which the applicant has expertise and accomplishments in the specific competencies related to the position.

Oral PanelInterview (Weighted 100%) Applicants will be interviewed and rated by a panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job. (Please note: The panel of job knowledge experts is not granted access to the candidate's application prior to the panel interview; therefore, a candidate's responses to the structured questions should be thorough, detailed and complete.)

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

After all procedures have been completed, the Sheriff Human Resources will establish an eligible list of qualified candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview in their specialty area to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Only on-line applications will be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of on line applications. Application information must be current, succinct and related to the requirements in this job announcement. Your application should demonstrate your professional experience and education related to the specific qualifications/duties listed in this bulletin, including areas which you have developed expertise.


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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Paige West at 714-834-5859 or other recruitment information, please contact Sheriff Recruiting at 714-834-5811.


Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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