Telecommunications Engineer III

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jul 07, 2020
Full Time Engineering Information Technology and Communication Services
  • Salary: $80,184.00 - $107,785.60 Annually USD

Job Description

(Technology Radio and Microwave Unit)

This recruitment will be open to the public for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the Sheriff-Coroner Department's needs have been met. It is recommended that interested candidates apply immediately.

This recruitment is being conducted to establish an Open Eligible List to fill vacancies in this class until the next recruitment. This list may also be utilized to fill similar and/or lower level classifications.

The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Technology Division manages Department Information Technology systems and infrastructure, Department security electronics, and the operation of the 800 MHz Countywide Coordinated Communications System (CCCS) for all local public safety agencies (law enforcement, fire, paramedic, and lifeguard) and for general government on a 24-hour basis. Other services include installation, maintenance, and programming of communications and electronic equipment (microwave equipment, 9-1-1 dispatch equipment, mobile and portable radios, surveillance, alarm, sound, video and control systems); engineering and frequency management.

Sheriff-Coroner Technology Division consists of over 130 personnel organized in seven areas that specialize in specific technical services, including IT Applications, Infrastructure, and Security, the Emergency Communications Unit, Radio Microwave Unit, Security Electronics Unit, and the Technical Services Unit. These technical units are supported by the Operations and Financial Units. Each unit maintains a staff of engineers, technicians, and support personnel to provide a high level of technical expertise to various information technology functions within the Department, and public safety functions, including city and county law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, lifeguard operations, park rangers, public works agencies, local government, courts, jails and Probation facilities.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department is seeking qualified Telecommunications Engineer III applicants for its Radio Microwave Unit (RMU). The Telecommunications Engineer III is a journeyman level position that is responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of complex electronic components and systems. This position may act as a lead worker and may provide technical oversight on the work of contractors and County technical staff. Assistance with annual budget and other administrative duties may be required.

This recruitment is for the Radio and Microwave Unit Systems Watch with the Orange County Sheriff's Department/Technology Division. The Systems Watch Engineer must be capable of independently analyzing and assessing major system failures and taking immediate corrective action. The Radio Microwave Unit Systems Watch is the 24/7 network operation center (NOC) for the 800 MHz CCCS trunked radio system. Systems Watch manages the 800 MHz Radio System, microwave Multiple Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) backhaul network, and approximately 30 remote radio sites to ensure that essential radio communications are provided to emergency responders and other radio users in Orange County. Systems Watch is collocated with the Motorola Astro P25 Core at Loma Ridge to provide 24/7 real-time systems management to avoid and/or minimize loss of radio communications to critical radio users. Systems Watch also coordinates all corrective and preventative maintenance work for the 800 MHz systems and radio facilities to avoid/minimize disruption to radio communications.

This position may require working 12 hour shifts including nights, weekends and holidays as it is for the 24/7 System Watch team within the Radio Microwave Unit.


Registration as a professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California by date of appointment.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in electronic or electrical engineering, or a closely related field and two years of experience which would have applied or developed the knowledge and abilities.


A combination of education and experience in electronic engineering, design or systems troubleshooting which would have applied or developed the knowledge and abilities listed.

Foreign degrees require an evaluation for U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services (NACES). Education information provided is subject to verification.

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Licenses and Certification Required:
A valid California Class C Driver License is required. Possession of a General Radiotelephone Operator License issued by the Federal Communications Commission may be required. When required, license must be obtained within six months of date of appointment.

An ideal candidate will have at least one year of experience with Motorola ASTRO 25 or SmartZone systems; will demonstrate knowledge of network operations pertaining to a large public safety simulcast trunked system and the associated microwave backhaul. The candidate should have at least three years actual hands-on operations and maintenance experience with complex radio and microwave systems, preferably with a government agency.

Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Microsoft Project and Structured Query Language (SQL) database.

Physical Requirements : Applicant must be willing to perform duties commensurate with the position. Long periods of computer operation and office-type work are required. Must be able to lift heavy equipment weighing up to 100 pounds. Some assignments may require the ability to climb and work at heights that may exceed 100 feet. Incumbents must be able to utilize their hands, arms, or shoulders repetitively to operate power tools and occasionally operate heavy construction equipment such as forklifts. Assignments may include crawling in attics, confined spaces and under consoles. Vision must be sufficient to perform the necessary functions of the position.

Environmental Conditions: Must be willing to work in jails and in remote areas in any type of weather conditions.

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

Application Appraisal Panel |Application Rating (Refer/Non-Refer): An Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen all application materials and rate for job knowledge, competencies and related experience described above. The more qualified candidates will be referred to the next step. (The information you provide will be used as a scoring device, so please be descriptive in your response. "See Resume" is not a qualifying response and will not be scored in lieu of the required information.)

Structured Oral Panel Interview (Weighted 100%): Candidates 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 candidates' qualifications for the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Eligible List
After all procedures have been completed, the Sheriff Human Resources will establish an eligible list of qualified candidates.

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.

Applicant must have no felony convictions or be on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department. 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).

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.
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process.Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person.Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and ""If your email address should change, please update your profile at specific information pertainingto this recruitment,contact Mary Felix at (714) 834-5857 or email

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

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