Communications Technician (Senior)

Applications will be reviewed weekly until position is filled

Recruitment #22-484040-01

Introduction

Solano County Department of Information Technology (DoIT) provides customer-oriented and convenient access to information and services through the use of technology; anytime - anywhere. The County strives for cost-effective use of technology, with interactive exchange and sharing of data within departments, with constituents, with other governments and business partners. The guiding principles of DoIT are:

  • Support and facilitate access to County information for the public and its employees and to help the County conduct its business in a fast and easy manner
  • Support the business goals of the County in an efficient, cost-effective manner
  • Provide safe and secure systems and an integration mechanism to streamline business practices
  • Provide ongoing technology training for staff
  • Provide opportunities for constituents to utilize technology in their interaction with the County
  • Share and exchange information using multiple channels
To learn more about the Department of Information Technology please visit:

The Position

Provides lead supervision and participates in the assembly, installation, maintenance, and repair of a variety of communications, telephony, and/or telecommunications systems and related equipment and materials depending on assigned specialty area(s); assigns, schedules, and oversees the day to day tasks of technicians; assists and participates in a variety of operational support and administrative tasks.

This is the advanced journey level within the Communications Technician job series that performs the full range of journey level duties, possesses technical or functional expertise and performs specialized duties in a highly independent manner.  Incumbents in this classification provide strong lead supervisory functions and act as a resource to subordinate staff as well as possessing advanced journey level knowledge and skills in either radio/microwave transmitting and receiving or telephony and data communications systems.  Incumbents in this job class are expected to have a basic familiarity with all types of communications equipment and systems utilized within the County’s operations and supported by the Communications work unit.  This job class is distinguished from the Communications Supervisor in that the latter is responsible for the planning, design, and implementation of all County communications systems and has over-all responsibility for all divisional operations.

The current vacancy will be assigned to support Solano County's public safety radio communications systems, including dispatch center, radio site infrastructure, microwave backhaul, and customer subscriber units.

The eligible list created as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill full-time and part-time regular, limited-term or extra-help positions as vacancies occur throughout the County.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS      

Experience:   Three years of progressively responsible work experience in a variety of functions that would demonstrate possession of and competency in requisite knowledge and abilities for either radio/microwave transmission/receiving or telephony/data communications systems.        

 AND     

Education/Training:   Associate’s degree, or equivalent college units, in telecommunications, electronics, telephony, or related field, OR a certificate from an equivalent education/training program.  

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, AND REGISTRATIONS                                                                  Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Class C driver’s license is required.

Possession of a valid FCC General Radio Operator License or equivalent may be required.  

Tower Climbing Safety & Rescue Training Certificate may be required.

To view the job description for this position, please visit: http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/hr/classifications.asp

BENEFITS


  • Solano County offers a cafeteria-style medical package with health benefits, offered through CalPERS. The County contribution for family coverage is $1,671.27 per month for 2022. The County offers a cash back provision for those who choose employee-only or who waive medical insurance coverage.  The County may offer a supplemental contribution for employees enrolled in Employee plus Two or More coverage.
  • Dental and vision insurances for the employee and eligible dependents are paid 100% by the County.
  • Solano County participates in CalPERS retirement and contributes to Social Security. 
  • The County observes twelve (12) full day fixed and two (2) half day fixed paid holidays per year. Additionally, employees in this bargaining unit receive two (2) floating paid holiday(s) per year.  
  • Vacation is accrued at approximately ten (10) days per year for the first three (3) years (or full time equivalent). Sick leave accrues at approximately 12 days per year.  
  • Employees are eligible to receive an additional 2.5% longevity pay, per level, after the completion of continuous service at 10, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years. 

To view the benefits for a regular position, please visit: 

Extra-help employees who work less than 29 hours per week do not typically receive or accrue benefits of regular employees during their period of employment. All extra-help employees accrue .034 hours of Paid Time Off.

To view the benefits for this extra-help position, please visit:

CULTURE OF LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Solano County is committed to “Invest In and For the Future” by providing training resources to encourage employee professional development and growth within our organization. While employed with Solano County, employees have the opportunity to pursue their career goals, interests, and develop the competencies on the Solano County Leadership Development Model by participating in the following programs: 

  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • Annual Education Fair 
  • County Mentoring Program 
  • Leadership Academy 
  • Supervisory Trainings 
  • Skill Development Trainings 
  • Self-paced learning opportunities

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed weekly until the vacancy has been filled.

Based on the information provided in the application documents, the qualified applicants may be invited for further examination and will either be pre-scheduled by the Department of Human Resources or be invited to self-schedule. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of an initial application screening, a mandatory information meeting, a supplemental questionnaire assessment, a written and/or practical exam, an oral board exam, or any combination listed. Responses to supplemental questions may be used as screening and testing mechanisms and will be used to assess an applicant’s ability to advance in the process; as such, responses to supplemental questions should be treated as test examination responses. Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

 

All potential new hires and employees considered for promotion to management, confidential positions or unrepresented positions will be subject to a background and reference check after contingent job offer is accepted.  These provisions are subject to change.


RETIREES - Solano County invites all qualified candidates to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221(h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.


How to Apply

Please visit the County of Solano website, www.jobsatsolanocounty.com, to apply. Applications must be submitted through the JobAps system. Paper copies of applications are not accepted. All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement (degree/transcripts, certificates, DD-214 if applicable, ADA Accommodation Request) must be submitted by the final filing date. Be sure to include the recruitment title (Communications Technician (Senior)) and the recruitment number (22-484040-01) in your email or fax.

Previously submitted application materials (e.g., copies of diploma and/or transcripts, etc.) for prior recruitments will not be applied for this recruitment but must be re-submitted for this recruitment. 

Any further questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources at (707) 784-6170, business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EOE/AA.

Please note that all dates/times listed in the job announcement are Pacific Time. 

Document Submittal Requirements

Education documents are required for this recruitment. 

Diploma, or official/unofficial college transcripts, or copy of certification of completion for technical training program are required for this position. All candidates must submit these documents (verifying the degree, date earned and area of specialization) by the application deadline. Candidates who fail to submit their diploma or transcripts by the application deadline will be disqualified from the recruitment.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Candidates who attended a college or university that is accredited by a foreign or non-U.S. accrediting agency must have their educational units evaluated by an educational evaluation service. The result must be submitted to the Human Resources Department no later than the close of the recruitment. Please contact the local college or university to learn where this service can be obtained.

How to Submit Your Documents

In addition to uploading attachments when applying online, candidates may submit documents by fax to (707) 784-3424, or by email to recruitment@solanocounty.com.  Be sure to include the recruitment title (Communications Technician (Senior)) and the recruitment number (22-484040-01) in your email or fax. 

Supplemental Questionnaire



 

This Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to determine applicants’ qualifications for this position and whether they will continue in the recruitment process; therefore, applicants are encouraged to answer all questions thoroughly and completely.  Omitted information will not be considered or assumed.  Applicants who have no experience in a specific area are recommended to state "no experience in this area" instead of leaving the space blank.

Please note that the experience in your answers must be reflected in your employment history.


1.

Describe a major radio communications installation project where you have taken a lead role installing and configuring equipment.  What specific tasks did you perform? What was your role?

2.

Briefly describe your experience installing, configuring, maintaining and repairing radio communications equipment including:

  • Mobile and portable radios and codeplugs
  • Dispatch consoles and interfacing
  • Microwave backhaul systems
  • Fixed station receivers, transmitters and amplifiers
  • Communications towers and antenna management
3.

Describe your experience with simulcast radio including Simulcast Overlap Distortion and how distortion can be mitigated.  If you do not have experience, please indicate N/A.

Veterans Preference Points

To be eligible, applicant must have served at least 181 consecutive days of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.  A COPY OF THE DD 214, SHOWING DISCHARGE TYPE (GENERALLY COPY 4), MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT BY THE FINAL FILING DATE. Applicants who have a service connected disability must also submit a recent award letter from the VA stating they are receiving disability benefits for service connected reasons. 

Veteran applicants for initial County employment with an honorable or general under conditions discharge shall receive five (5) points added to their combined score.  Disabled veterans rated at not less than 30% disability shall have ten (10) points added to their combined score.  Veteran’s preference points will only be added to passing scores in competitive open examinations.

Americans With Disabilities Act

It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.

APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need an accommodation during any phase of the recruitment/testing/examination process (as detailed in the “Selection Process”), must complete the following Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form: http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=23215.

This form must be received in the Human Resources Department by the final filing date of the recruitment. Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.

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OUR COMMUNITY

Solano County is the ideal place to live, learn, work and play…  The America's Promise Alliance has named Solano County as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People for six straight yearsthe only California community with that distinction.

· Live – Solano County as well as cities within the County have ranked in the top 15 hottest markets across the country and within the Bay Area due to prime location and affordability.

· Learn  Higher education abounds! Within the County, education choices include: Solano Community College, CSU Maritime Academy, Brandman University, and Touro University. Bordering our County is the renowned University of California Davis.

· Work – The blend of agriculture, corporate business and pleasant lifestyle enhance the attraction of Solano County. Blessed with a thriving agricultural economy, the county is also home to biotechnology and other growth industries.

· Play - Situated midway between San Francisco and Sacramento—the State capitol, Solano County is home to rolling hillsides, waterfronts and fertile farmland. County residents can enjoy day trips to the San Francisco Bay area, Lake Tahoe region and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

County Population (2019): 447,643

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.  

SOLANO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER



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