Job Specifications

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Date Originated:


Date Revised:

 9/85, 3/87, 5/94, 8/16 



Under general supervision, diagnoses, analyzes, repairs, maintains, adjusts for optimum performance and installs complex two-way radio communications systems and related electronic equipment; and does other work as required.


Communications Technician I is the trainee level in the series. Incumbents independently perform the more routine maintenance and repair work. Initially, incumbents work under close supervision and receive on-the-job training in diagnosing problems and performing repairs on the more complex communications systems and equipment. Incumbents are expected to advance to the Communications Technician II level after two years of service at the Communications Technician I level.

Communications Technician II is the journey level in the series. Incumbents are expected to independently perform technical work on a wide variety of communications systems and equipment. When unusually complex situations are encountered, incumbents seek direction and assistance from the Senior Communications Technician or the Supervising Communications Technician.

Senior Communications Technician is the advanced journey level in the series, which serves as lead-worker and technical expert. In addition to performing the full range of communication equipment maintenance and repair, incumbents are expected to diagnose the most technical and complex problems, and to serve as lead-worker to Communications Technicians I, II.


Tasks performed by all levels, level I as trainee, level II as journey and Senior as advanced journey:

Additional tasks performed by Senior Communication Technician:


Knowledge of:

Communications Technician I

Working knowledge of:

Some knowledge of:

Communications Technician II

Working knowledge of the above, plus:

Senior Communications Technician

Thorough knowledge of:

Working knowledge of:

Some knowledge of:

Ability to:

Additional abilities required at the Senior level:

Training and Experience:

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:

Communications Technician I: One year of experience installing, maintaining or repairing two-way radio, microwave or electronic equipment (see educational substitution below).

Communications Technician II: 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 (see educational substitution below).

Senior Communications Technician: Three years of experience installing, adjusting, maintaining and repairing a variety of two-way radios and electronic and microwave communications systems equipment, including one year of experience at a level equivalent to Communications Technician II (see educational substitution below).

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. Communications Technician I/II and Senior Communication’s Technician 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.

Bargaining Unit: General Representation
EEOC Job Category: 07
Occupational Grouping: 42
Worker's Comp Code: 1160