Recruitment #1805-2028-001


The City of Tucson Information Technology (IT) Department is seeking a motivated and talented Communications Engineer with data transport, physical network, and mission-critical technology design experience. This challenging and unique position involves working as part of a highly-specialized information technology team focused on design and construction management of technology-bases systems and infrastructure to support various City departments.

General Description

The Communications Engineer designs and manages the technical aspects of the City's communications network including installing, approving and providing assigned access to the network. Requires a high level of attention to detail and the ability to work and communicate with internal and external customers.

Essential Functions

Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit.

Assists with the implementation, evaluation and interpretation of department policies, projects and procedures.

Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of work load, monitoring levels of resources, establishing time lines, assigning work, monitoring progress, recommending changes and suggestions, writing, reviewing and editing reports prepared by staff, and approving completed projects and reports.

Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance.

Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing and causing others to implement the organization's values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities.

Provides customer service by responding to information requests, conducting research, providing solutions to problems, and correcting errors.

Ensures that unit work conforms to local, state, and federal governmental regulations, and other applicable rules and requirements.

Conducts communications network research studies to determine design criteria and develops of detailed systems and specifications for both public safety and public service.

Reviews detailed drawings and projects under construction and resolves field engineering design, construction and operating problems for microwave, telephone, fiber optics, voice radio, digital data, and wireless systems.

Develops contract scope of work and manages contract schedules for installation and repair.

Prepares the budget for communications networks by identifying needs and estimating costs.

Directs the work of consultants and contractors and approves payment of invoices.

Ensures project schedules are met, prepares reports and coordinates resources.

Ensures compliance with engineering standards under Federal, State and local communications regulatory requirements.

Oversees contract adherence and quality control by reviewing and evaluating consultant submittals, reviewing and approving plans, reports and other design materials, reviewing received bids and recommending award of bids, conducting meetings, reviewing plans and specifications, resolving issues, investigating on-site issues, preparing contract amendments, negotiating and preparing change orders.

Coordinates with other departments and agencies by providing technical knowledge, develops and maintains relevant policy, selects consultants and conducts site investigations.

Provides engineering consultation on the unique communications needs of particular sites or problems.

Advises and instructs operating and maintenance personnel in matters relating to communications and electronic systems and networks, including establishing City Wide Area Network guidelines.

Prepares documentation, technical instructions, maintenance plans and related materials.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years of experience designing, installing, and managing communications networks for microwave, telephone, fiber optics, voice radio, digital data, and wireless systems

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

At least five years outside plant (OSP) design and related engineering and construction experience. Thorough knowledge of aerial and underground copper and fiber optic placement practices.

Understanding of telecommunications industry standards, practices, and procedures (ANSI/TIA/EIA/BICSI).

Understanding of relevant city, state, and federal codes, regulations, and standards (NEC, NFPA,FCC).

Proficient with Autodesk AutoCAD.

Experience with ArcGIS desktop software (ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro).

Experience maintaining/inputting telecoms data through a GIS platform.

BICSI RCDD credential or RCDD with OSP designation.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.   

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held: the week of July 9, 2018.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the Oral Board interviews.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Sandra Fata at 520.837.4167 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communications throughout this process will be sent exclusively through email. Please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification. All inquires should be directed to Sandra Fata, 520.837.4167,

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.