County of Alameda

Telecommunications Technician (#9280)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$37.55-$45.08 Hourly / $3,004.00-$3,606.40 BiWeekly /
$6,508.67-$7,813.87 Monthly / $78,104.00-$93,766.40 Yearly

Under general supervision, to install, operate, maintain, test, and repair two-way radio and microwave equipment, as well as other communications and electronic equipment. Telecommunications Technicians work in the Communications Department of the General Services Agency.


Telecommunications Technicians repair, service and maintain a wide variety of electronic equipment both in the field and in a shop environment. Incumbents repair sophisticated equipment, resolve telecommunications problems, and may instruct others in related work. The Telecommunications Technician is a full journey-level class, which differs from the lower level class of Telecommunications Technician Trainee in that the latter is a training position; the higher level class of Senior Telecommunications Technician performs more complex tasks and may function as a supervisor.

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. Assembles, repairs, installs, and tests VHF, UHF, 800/900-MHz and microwave radio transmitters and receivers, antennas and remote control systems in stations, dispatch centers repeater sites and mobile units; maintains such equipment.

2. Fabricates communications equipment from diagrams and written and/or oral instructions.

3. Installs, removes and repairs telephones, switching equipment, intercoms, public address systems, video cameras and monitors, alarm systems and other related communications equipment.

4. Tests equipment; measures frequencies, modulation, and power output of radio and microwave transmitters as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission.

5. Climbs poles and microwave antenna support towers to affix brackets, mount antennas, attach waveguide and choke flanges; maintains audio, transmission, antenna and power lines.

6. Instructs others when performing tasks which require additional help.

7. Maintains logs and records on repairs and service performed.

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Successful completion of the equivalent of one year in the County of Alameda class of Telecommunications Technician Trainee.


The equivalent of two years of responsible and extensive experience in electronic maintenance and repair, which provides the below stated required knowledge and abilities.

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, skills and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and theories upon which VHF, UHF, and microwave radio receivers, transmitters and auxiliary communications equipment operate.
• Maintenance and repair of land mobiles, base stations, microwave, and other related communications equipment.
• Tools, materials, equipment and methods used in the communications industry.
• Laws and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission relating to radio and microwave in the public safety sector.
• Operation, maintenance and installation of telephones, switchboards and other related equipment.
• Personal computer software/applications, including word processing, spreadsheets and radio programming.

Skill in:

• Reading schematic diagrams.
• Diagnosing and performing repairs on a wide variety of electronic equipment.
• Using tools and related instruments necessary for testing communications/microwave equipment, such as frequency meters, signal generators, oscilloscopes, voltmeters and other measuring devices.
• Repair, maintenance, modification and installation of various types of telecommunications equipment.

Ability to:

• Carry out written and oral instructions.
• Read and interpret electronic drawings and schematics.
• Write clearly and speak concisely and effectively.
• Maintain logs and records of repairs and services performed.
• Deal courteously with those contacted in the course of the


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


1. Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's
2. General Radio Telephone Operator’s License.

Revised: 2/97
Old document: 0853h.doc
New document: 9280.doc
CSC Date: 2/19/97


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

  • 11 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.