Sr. Communications Technician - Radio Microwave Unit

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Information Technology and Communication Services
  • Salary: $69,825.60 - $94,140.80 Annually USD

Job Description



In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective June 28, 2024 - 4.25% increase
Effective June 27, 2025 - 4.00% increase


The Orange County sheriff's Department is accepting applications and required supplemental information starting Friday, May 12, 2023 for a minimum of five (5) business days and remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the needs of the department are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice.

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.


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

The Orange County Sheriff's Department - 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, mobile and MDC support, storage and server support, network and CCTV support, and network security operations.

Under general supervision this position will install, program, maintain, repair, modify, evaluate, recommend, monitor, troubleshoot, and support variety of complex electronic systems and equipment, and to do other work as required. May assign work, train, and give lead supervision to communication technicians, specialists, installers, and others.

The ideal candidate will have five (5) or more years hands-on experience in radio, installation, maintenance and repair of communications systems and other associated electronic equipment.

Candidate will have general knowledge of Federal Communications Commission regulations applicable to Orange County Public Safety Communications systems; principles of leadership; principles of organization and management including budgeting of equipment, materials and personnel; digital and logic circuitry used in computers.


Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications and example of duties for the Senior Communications Technician classification.

License Required:

Possession of a valid General Radio Telephone Operator License issued by the FCC (for radio and microwave assignments)

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, Class C or higher is required by date of appointment.

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, polygraph test and fingerprinting. 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 have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. The following is a list of the physical and mental abilities which are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of this position. Applicants are encouraged to contact the recruiter listed for any questions or to request an accommodation during the testing/selection process.

Environmental Conditions:

Must be willing to work in remote areas and on mountaintops in any type of weather conditions. Other assignments may require lifting and moving of heavy equipment and components and crawling through attics and confined spaces.

Physical Requirements:

Some work assignments may require climbing 100 foot towers; other assignments may require the lifting, pushing, and pulling of heavy sound, video, and security equipment which can weigh over 50 pounds; ability to stand, sit, walk, stoop, bend, or twist your back, kneel, squat or crawl, and work with arms above shoulder level to repair or install sound, video, and security equipment. Incumbents must be able to utilize their hands, arms, or shoulders repetitively to operate power tools to install and repair equipment; and occasionally operate heavy construction equipment such as forklifts and aerial trucks. Vision must be sufficient to perform the necessary functions of the position, identify and distinguish colors for color coded wire and electronic components; operate power tools that are potentially hazardous.

Human Resources |Minimum Qualifications
Orange County Sheriff Human Resources screens all application materials for minimum qualifications. After screening, candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process.

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

Structured Oral Interview | Oral Exam (Weighted 100%):
A panel of job knowledge experts will interview and evaluate each candidate's responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job. This is a competitive process; therefore, candidate responses to the structured questions should be thorough, detailed, and complete. 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 procedures.


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

Veterans Employment Preference Policy (VEPP)
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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EMAIL NOTIFICATION: 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 are 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 .

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Maria Cervantes at 714-834-5624 for 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.

Non-Management Benefits
In addition to the County's standard suite of benefits, such as a variety of health plan options, annual leave and paid holidays--we also offer an excellent array of benefits such as a Health Care Reimbursement Account, 457 Defined Contribution Plan and Annual Education and Professional Reimbursement. Employees are provided a Retirement Plan through the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).

Please go to the following link to find out more about Defined Benefit Pensions and OCERS Plan Types/Benefits.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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