County of Alameda

Telecommunications Technician Trainee (#9279)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$35.74-$42.24 Hourly / $2,859.20-$3,379.20 BiWeekly /
$6,194.93-$7,321.60 Monthly / $74,339.20-$87,859.20 Yearly

Under close supervision, to install and repair mobile radios, base stations, and other electronic communications equipment; to receive on-the-job training; and to perform related work as required.

Telecommunications Technician Trainees work in the Communications Department of the General Services Agency.


This is a trainee class for the journey-level Telecommunications Technician. Incumbents receive on-the-job training in the repair and installation of high frequency fixed and mobile radio and electronic communications equipment. The Telecommunications Technician Trainee differs from the next higher-level class of Telecommunications Technician in that the latter is a full journey-level class responsible for maintaining, installing, and constructing a variety of communications and microwave equipment and systems throughout the County.

The Telecommunications Technician Trainee must obtain a General Radio Telephone Operator's License before the completion of six months on the job; and after one year is expected to advance to the journey-level class.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Assists skilled technicians in the installation and maintenance of base and mobile radio transmitters and receivers, microwave equipment, radio dispatch consoles, logging recorders and audio paging systems.
2. Installs and removes mobile radios, control stations, telephones and portable radios.
3. Repairs, maintains, and services less complex telecommunication equipment, such as mobile units and public address systems.
4. Replaces, repairs, and services remote amplifiers, remote control apparatus, speakers, intercoms, public address systems, alarm systems, video cameras and monitors and other electronic equipment.
5. Maintains logs and records of repairs and service performed.

Either I

Possession of a certificate of completion from an accredited electronic training program.


The equivalent of six months of recent, full-time experience in electronic maintenance, testing and repair work of Frequency Modulation (FM) radio.

Physical Characteristics:

Physical ability and willingness to climb poles and towers to maintain audio, transmission, antenna and power lines; ability to lift up to 60 pounds.

License Requirement

1. Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
2. General Radio Telephone Operator's License within six months of employment.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• The basic theory of radio communications and electronics.
• Techniques, methods and procedures in the maintenance of
electronic equipment.
• Test equipment and tools used in electronic repair;
• Safety rules and procedures applicable to the
electrical/electronic industry.

Skill in:

• Detecting and repairing defects in radio receivers, sirens,
intercoms, and related electronic equipment.
• Operating related test equipment.

Ability to:

• Read and interpret simple electronic drawings and schematics.
• Learn and develop within one year the knowledge and skills
required for the journey-level class.

BL - 5/79 Revised: 2/97
Old doc: 0852h.doc
New doc: 9279.doc
CSC Date: 2/19/97
JC:pf Rev. 10/21/02
CSC Date: 12/4/02
CH:cs Revised 1/11/10
CSC Date: 2/10/10


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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