Communications Technician - Public Works
Company: City of San Jose, CA
Location: San Jose
Posted on: June 12, 2021
Please note that applications are currently not accepted through
CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To
apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San
Jose's website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.
The Public Works Department is currently recruiting for a
Communications Technician for the Radio Communications Shop.
The Radio Communications shop maintains the communication system
for the City of San Jos that is used by multiple departments, such
as: Police, Fire, Department of Transportation, Parks Recreation
Neighborhood Services (Park Rangers), and Public Works (Animal Care
& Services). The City of San Jos public safety and city services
depend upon the use of commercial radio communications equipment.
For police officers and firefighters, radio communications is the
primary means of communicating with the 9-1-1 dispatch center in
performing their duties. These vast stand-alone radio systems with
fault-tolerant designs are essential to providing the public with
reliable emergency response services 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year with demand for system survivability through any catastrophic
Installation, maintenance and repair of mobile and portable
radios, base and control stations, microwave systems, dispatch
consoles, central electronic banks (CEB), voting receivers and
comparators, digital Microwave system and P25 LMR systems.
Respond to trouble reports, perfom preventative maintenance and
May update technical documentation including wiring block
assignments, CEB programming and configurations, as-built drawings
of installed equipment at City radio sites, specialized vehicular
installations, and diagrams of the City's various communications
May provide recommendations for process improvement changes with
the input of technical staff.
- May construct and/or modify communications equipment and
perform research on new equipment.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this
or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in
employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you
are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the
applicants from this recruitment.
- Education: Successful completion of a two-year college
curriculum in electronics communications or electronics engineering
from an accredited college or university.
- Experience: At least one (1) year of experience in the
installation, maintenance and repair of land mobile communications
- License/Certificates: Possession of a valid drivers license
authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in the State of
Possession of a valid General Class Radiotelephone Operators
license, issued by the Federal Communications Commission, or an
equivalent Communications Technician Certification, issued after
examination by a recognized two-way radio professional organization
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to
provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country.
Please be informed that the City of San Jos will NOT sponsor,
represent or sign any documents related to visa
applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which
requires an employer application.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as
demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable
competencies for this position include:
- Job Expertise: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with
applicable professional/technical principles and practices;
Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state
rules and regulations. Experience in the area of public safety
communications is desired.
- Communication Skills: Communicates and listens effectively and
responds in an timely, effective, positive and respectful manner;
written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current,
well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical
- Computer Skills: Experience with common business computer
applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS
PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.
- Customer Service: Approaches problem-solving by focusing on
customers first; advocates for customer results point of view;
demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver
services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate,
respectful, and friendly manner.
- Leadership: Leads by example; serves as appropriate role model;
demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and
approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes
a cooperative work environment; and encourages and rewards
risk-taking, allowing others to learn from mistakes.
- Project Management: Ensures support for projects and implements
agency goals and strategic objectives.
Desirable certifications include:
- Possession of a Radiotelephone Technician Certificate issued by
the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials
- Possession of a Technician Certificate issued by National
Association of Business and Education Radio/Personal Communications
Industry Association (NABER/PCIA)
- Possession of a Technician Certificate issued by National
Association of Radio and Television Engineers (NARTE)
- Possession of a General Class Radio Telephone Operators License
issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
A first look of applications will occur on May 7, 2021.
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the
applicant's training and experience based on the application and
responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose
backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in
the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process
will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a
practical/writing exercise, reference check, and mandatory
background check. Please attach your resume as part of your
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific
questions during the online application process. Please note that
there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text
- In 500 words or less, describe your work experience in the
installation and repair of communications, particularly Land Mobile
Radios (LMRs) and other electronic equipment including one year of
experience in the area of public safety communications.
- Please select the type of certificate or licenses you currently
- Radiotelephone Technician Certificate issued by the Association
of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
- Technician Certificate issued by National Association of
Business and Education Radio/Personal Communications Industry
- Technician Certificate issued by National Association of Radio
and Television Engineers (NARTE)
- General Class Radio Telephone Operators License issued by the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- I possess another certification issued by a recognized two-way
radio professional organization.
- I do not possess any of the above.
- Describe your experience in operating and/or maintaining
complex radio/communication systems. In your response, include any
professional working experience you have with Land Mobile Radios,
what your role was, a description of the system(s) you maintained,
and your number of years of experience.
- Describe your experience in the installation of complex
radio/communications related equipment. In your response, include
any professional working experience you have with Land Mobile
Radios and describe the project(s) you installed, as well as your
specific role in making the project successful.
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be
considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed
incomplete and withheld from further consideration.
Candidate(s) who are selected for this position will be required
to complete and pass a Class C Background Investigation with the
San Jose Police Department.
If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the
selection or hiring processes, please contact Colin Braslin at
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