Communications Technician II Technical Systems Unit - (Radio Communications)

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Information Technology and Communication Services
  • Salary: $63,169.60 - $85,051.20 Annually USD

Job Description


This recruitment is open to the public and will remain open on a continuous basis for a minimum of five (5) business days, until the needs of the Department are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to a fill vacancy in this class until the next recruitment. The eligible list established may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.


The Sheriff-Coroner/Technology Division consists of approximately 150 personnel organized in six areas that specialize in specific operational and technical units, including Administration/Operations, Special Projects, Radio Communications, Applications, Infrastructure, and Security. Each section maintains a staff of Managers, Engineers, Technicians, and support staff to provide a high level of operational and technical expertise to various public safety functions including Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services, Lifeguard, Park Rangers, Public Works, Local Government, Courts, County and City jails, and Probation facilities. The Division provides centralized countywide coordinated communications systems for all local public safety agencies; installation and maintenance of communications and electronic equipment (microwave equipment, 9-1-1 dispatch equipment, mobile and portable radios, closed circuit television, surveillance, security electronic systems within the jail system, sound and video systems); operational and maintenance support to the coordinated communications systems; engineering and frequency management; and serves as the central coordinator/program manager for the operation and maintenance of the 800 MHz Countywide Coordinated Communications System (CCCS) and 900 MHz paging system. The Division is also responsible for all Information Technology operations across the entire Sheriff's Department. This includes application development and support, help desk support, desktop support, mobile and MDC support, storage and server support, network and CCTV support, and network security operations.


This is a journey level class in the Communications Technician series that is located at Sheriff's Technical Services Unit (Radio Communications). Incumbents in this class install, maintain and repair complex electronic equipment, and work with minimal supervision. Incumbents will be required to install, program and maintain surveillance, alarm, paging, intercom, sound reinforcement, video, and control systems .


With minimal supervision, install, program, troubleshoot, and complete preventative maintenance on radio communications equipment, patrol video systems, design/create radio templates / code plugs and continue technical skills training.

The ideal candidate will have three (3+) years hands-on experience in radio, IT maintenance (PC, servers, routers, switches), or console installation and maintenance working with vendors, and business partners.


Candidate will have experience installing and able to terminate CAT 5, coax and fiber optic cables; installing/repairing radios, emergency lights/sirens, antennas, speakers, cameras, equipment racks earthquake bracing; able to interpret instructions, pictorial drawings in installation manuals and written directives including circuitries, schematics, and symbols used; will have experience operating and using hand tools, small power tools; thorough knowledge and experience using a volt Ohmmeter and watt meter to test circuits; able to read and write English to record data on work orders and time / log sheets; skills using a computer, radio software and test equipment to complete radio programming, upgrades and preventative maintenance.


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.).

Thorough Knowledge of:
Principles, techniques, methods, test equipment and tools used in installation, maintenance, repair, modification and fabrication communications and other related electronic equipment and systems.

General Knowledge of:
Digital and logic circuitry used in computers and other equipment. Principles of electronic system design and operation. FCC regulations applicable to governmental communications (radio or microwave assignment).

Ability to:
Install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, modify a variety of communications and electronic equipment and Systems. Read and interpret instructions in technical manuals including circuitries, schematics and symbols; read blueprints. Use the proper test equipment related to electronics maintenance and repair. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County and city staff, electronic contractors, vendors and members of the general public. Record technical information on time sheets, logs, invoices, etc.

Completion of a training course in electronic theory and practice including Ohms Law, AC and DC theory, audio and radio frequency circuits, electronic measurements, semiconductor fundamentals and mathematics for electronic technology.


Two years of experience in the maintenance and repair of electronic communication equipment that developed the knowledges and abilities listed above.

Required Possession of a valid California Driver License, Class 3 or higher, by date of appointment.

Click here to learn more about the Minimum Qualifications as well as the physical, mental requirements and the environmental, working conditions.


Physical and Mental Requirements: Must be able to lift 50 lbs., with frequent lifting and/or carrying heavy equipment and components 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. Some work assignments may require climbing 100 foot towers.

Environmental and Working Conditions: M ay be required to work in remote areas and on mountaintops in any type of weather conditions. Must be willing and able to work 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.

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 questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

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.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

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, contact Mary Cortez-Valadez at (714) 834-5834 or email at .

Please see below for important information regarding COVID 19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with any State or County Public Health Orders which may apply as follows:
  • Workers who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, may be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, may be required to provide proof of vaccination . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted worker will be required to mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Order. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.


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 .

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

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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