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Recruitment #21-MY5-01



THE JOB: Under general supervision, diagnose, analyze, repair, maintain, adjust for optimum performance and install complex two-way radio communications systems and related electronic equipment; and do other work as required.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of experience, which has included installation, maintenance and repair of two-way radio communications equipment and related electronic equipment, at a level equivalent to the classification of Communications Technician I. Educational Substitution: Technical school or college level courses in electronics or radio theory may be substituted for up to six months of the required experience, on the basis of three semester units for two months of experience.

Special Requirements, Conditions: License, Certificate Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License. Must obtain a FCC General Radio Telephone Operator's License or a Technician Certificate issued by a Federal Communications Commission approved certification organization within one year of appointment.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; heights, such as radio communication towers; high levels of noise; unpleasant odors; electrical hazards; silica dust; and non-ionizing radiation; and the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury and contact with toxic substances or chemical irritants. Other Special Requirements: Availability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays on an emergency, as-needed basis.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of electrical and electronic theory and principles; the tools, methods and equipment used in the routine installation, maintenance and repair of two-way radio and related electronic equipment; the operational principles of radio and electronic communications equipment; automotive electrical and ignition systems; safety practices to be observed when repairing electrical and electronic equipment and the tools, methods, practices, materials and equipment used in the installation, testing, adjustment, maintenance and repair of communication systems and related electronic equipment.

Ability to: Install, test and service fixed and mobile radio equipment; test, diagnose problems, adjust and make repairs to a variety of less complex radio and other communication equipment such as mobile and base transmitters and receivers, public address systems, antennas, pagers and tape recorders; install, test, adjust, modify, repair and maintain a variety of complex communication systems and equipment, such as fixed and mobile radio systems, microwave systems, comparator systems, radio paging systems, dispatch consoles, portable transmitters, sirens and similar equipment; diagnose complex system and equipment problems; read and interpret complex schematics, diagrams, instruction manuals and written instructions; keep accurate records of work performed; work cooperatively, as part of a team, on assigned projects; follow oral and written directions; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with others; learn to operate a computer terminal to input, access and analyze data; lift items weighing up to 74 pounds, such as when assisting a co-worker to lift a 148-pound battery; perform tasks requiring strength, such as ascending and descending 100-foot communication towers and carrying equipment, such as a mobile service monitor, to remote work sites; drive vehicles, such as cars, vans and emergency vehicles, including patrol cars and ambulances; drive fire trucks within the parking lot in order to test mobile communications systems and related equipment; operate hand and small power tools; distinguish colors, such as color-coded electrical wires; perform repair work on micro parts; assess the condition of tower mounted equipment from ground level and hear and distinguish various sounds, such as voices of co-workers in noisy environments and sounds of operating equipment.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

County of Santa Cruz

 An Equal Opportunity Employer

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