Communications Technician

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JOB**This job posting has been extended, and will now close on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm**The current vacancy is in the Executive Office – Information Services, Ukiah. The list developed from this recruitment will be used for a limited period to fill open and promotional, regular full-time, and part-time positions throughout the County, should they occur. Under general supervision, performs specialized information technology work pertaining to the planning, coordinating, implementing, and oversight of assigned programs, projects, and initiatives dealing with the design, acquisition, installation, operation, maintenance, repair, and replacement of the coordinated, countywide radio, microwave, wireless, and data communications systems; and performs related duties as required.Bilingual English/Spanish encouraged to apply. Se buscan personas bilingües en inglés y español. Para recibir una solicitud en español, llame a Recursos Humanos al 234-6600.EXAMPLE OF DUTIESDuties may include but are not limited to the following: Assist with the operations of the Communications Unit of the Information Services Division of the Executive Office; provide feedback on goals, objectives, and long-range plans. Devise systems and methods to accomplish the work and monitor the results pertaining to the design, acquisition, assignment, usages, operation, installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement for all elements of the County communications program and systems.Confer with departments, contractors, consultants, engineers, and others to assist communication needs; evaluate the services and equipment needs of users; investigate buying, leasing, contractor, or other options, including the impact of technological developments, to meet user needs; develop specifications.Troubleshoot a variety of County-owned communications systems.Respond to emergency and non-emergency service/repair calls or maintenance alarms on the County’s communication systems that occur during and/or off work hours.Provide input on efficient and effective communication services.Determine appropriate course of action and coordinate communication during times of emergencies.Identify and capture the County’s costs of owning, operating, and maintaining communications equipment.Conduct utilization studies and evaluate the condition of the communication systems on an ongoing basis; make recommendations on the size and composition of radio and communications systems; research and make replacement recommendations.Assist with maintaining valid licensing for County communications facilities as required by regulatory agencies.Perform other related duties as assigned. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED Education and Experience: College or vocational coursework in electronic communications, radio technology, telecommunications, engineering, or related field; and, two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of radio-telephone and microwave communication systems; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience related to the installation, maintenance, and repair of radio, telephone, and microwave communication systems which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Licenses and Certifications: General Radiotelephone Operator License (preferred)Valid Driver’s LicenseMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSKnowledge Of: Principles, practices, and problems of public safety communication systems, and of current trends and development of field of public safety communication systems.Electronic theory as applicable to VHF/UHF communication and microwave equipment.Functions, characteristics, and capacity of common electronics communication and microwave equipment.Testing instrumentation used in maintenance and repair of communication systems.Principles, practices, laws, regulations, terminology, tariffs, and management of communications system and general telecommunications.Voice, data, radio, microwave, and wireless communications equipment and engineering practices.Laws and regulations relating to the operation of communication system and safety practices in the communication field.Rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission governing the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of communication systems.Communication equipment procedures.Modern principles of management and governmental practices.Shop and fieldwork required to install, maintain, and repair communication systems.Testing instrumentation and equipment used to locate and repair operating faults. Skill In: Effective project management.Using tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment within established guidelines.Researching, compiling, and summarizing information, including statistical data.Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.Applying analytical thinking to solve problems and accomplish tasks.Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of individuals within the County and from other agencies. Mental and Physical Abilities: Conduct technical communications studies and prepare comprehensive written reports.Evaluate departmental needs for communication services and recommend services.Develop effective working relationships with County managers, officials, employees, and the staff of other agencies.Maintain technical records.Prepare clear, concise reports and recommendations with realistic cost estimates and construction schedules.Understand interpret and apply regulations and federal, state, and local legislation.Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.Present recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and other groups.Perform data collection, interpretation, and evaluation pertaining to communication systems.Recognize and maintain confidentiality of information.Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective course of action.Develop long-range plans and programs, which are in conformance with County projects and polices.Perform shop and field work as required to install, maintain, and repair communication systems.Utilize test instrumentation and equipment to locate and repair operating faults.Travel to various locations in the county that house VHF/UHF and microwave equipment, including mountain-top locations and remote sites.While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to walk, sit, stand, bend, use hands to finger, grasp, handle, or feel objects, reach with hands and arms above the shoulder and below the waist; speak clearly and hear normal speech in person and on the telephone/radio; see up close and far away and identify colors; and lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing up to 40 pounds.While performing the essential functions of this job the incumbent may frequently be required to kneel, squat and/ or crawl under or around various structures or items to perform repair and installation work.While performing the essential functions of this job the incumbent may occasionally be required climb ladders, scaffolding and/or towers, to heights up to 30 feet to perform repair and installation work.SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATIONImportant Application Information: It is your responsibility to demonstrate through your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position/s for which you apply.You must complete all sections of the application. A résumé or other information you feel will help us evaluate your qualifications may be attached to your completed application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application. Blank applications that contain only a résumé or those that reference “see résumé” will be rejected as incomplete.Check your application before submitting to ensure it is complete and correct; no new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.Inquiry will be made of your former and current employers; please provide the names and telephone numbers of supervisors on your application.You must provide the names and contact information of at least three (3) references (not relatives) that have knowledge of your job skills, experience, ability and/or character.Application materials are the property of Mendocino County and will not be returned.It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number or address. Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.The exam process listed on this flyer is tentative. Mendocino County reserves the right to make necessary modifications to the examination plan. Such revisions will be in accordance with approved personnel standards. Should a change be made, applicants will be notified.The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Examination Process: All complete applications will be reviewed with those judged most qualified progressing further in the selection process. Based on the number of qualified candidates, an oral examination (weight 100) or an unassembled exam, consisting of an evaluation of education and experience as stated on the application form, will be administered. The examination process will test the knowledge and abilities described above. A minimum score of 70 must be attained for placement on the employment list. Special Testing: If you require special testing arrangements to accommodate a disability or religious conviction you must contact Human Resources at 707.234.6600 prior to the test date to make your requirements known. You must provide enough advance notice to allow Human Resources to properly review and evaluate your request. Special Requirements: Employment in some County departments or positions may require the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background, which may include fingerprinting, and/or a medical examination, which may include drug screening. This announcement is a synopsis of duties and requirements of this job. To review the complete classification specification and benefits, please see the HR website. Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department by the final filing date. The County of Mendocino is an Equal Opportunity EmployerShow more

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