Sr. Communications Tech (Sound, Video Security Unit)

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $62,836.80 - $84,718.40 Annually USD

Job Description



This recruitment is open to the public, on a continuous basis, until the needs of the department have been met. Please be advised this recruitment may close at 11:59 p.m. any day of the week and it is recommended that interested candidates apply immediately.

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill vacancies in this class until the next recruitment.The establishedeligible list may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department is a large, multi-faceted law enforcement agency served by approximately 4,000 sworn and professional staff members and over 800 reserve personnel. The department consists of five organizational Commands comprised of 21 separate Divisions.

Collectively, these Commands and Divisions provide services including land and sea based patrol and investigative services to unincorporated county areas and to contract and task force partners at the city and county level. Additional services and responsibilities include but are not limited to; state and federal task force participation, operation and management of the Orange County jail system including contract services for I.C.E. detainees, emergency communications, forensic and coroner services, HR and personnel services, risk management and financial management.

Sheriff-Coroner Communications & Technology Division manages the operation of the 800 MHz Countywide Coordinated Communications System (CCCS) for all local public safety agencies (law enforcement, fire, paramedic, lifeguard) and for general government on a 24-hour basis. Other services include design, installation, maintenance and programming of communications and electronic equipment (microwave equipment; 9-1-1 dispatch equipment; mobile and portable radios; surveillance, alarm, sound, video, and control systems), engineering and frequency management.

Sheriff-Coroner Communications & Technology Division consists of 82 personnel organized in six areas that specialize in specific technical applications, including the Dispatch Systems Unit, Mobile Systems Unit, Sound/Video/Security Unit, Radio Microwave Unit, Emergency Communications Section and Program Support Section. These technical units are supported by the Financial Support Unit. Each section and unit maintains a staff of engineers, technicians and support personnel to provide a high level of technical expertise to various public safety functions, including city and county law enforcement, fire services, paramedics, emergency medical services, lifeguard operations, park rangers, public works agencies, local government, courts, jails and Probation facilities.

Under general supervision this position will install, program, maintain, repair, modify, evaluate, recommend, monitor, troubleshoot, and support variety of complex electronic systems and equipment, and to do other work as required. May assign work, train, and give lead supervision to communication technicians, specialists, installers, and others.

The ideal candidate will have a vast knowledge of analog and digital electronics, information technology, and video surveillance systems. Experience working in a secure facility is preferred but not required. The candidate should have the ability to install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain security electronic control systems, video systems, intercom systems and paging systems. Experience with live audio reinforcement systems will be considered.

Experience/Education: Completion of training courses in electronic theory and practice, including Ohms Law, AC and DC theory, audio and radio frequency circuits, electronic measurements, semiconductor fundamentals, and mathematics for electronic technology; AND three years of experience in the maintenance and repair of electronic communication equipment that developed the knowledge and abilities listed below.

Additional Training/Education Technical training in computer science or repair techniques, or three years of experience with computer hardware, TCP/IP networking, and software. Must also be able to provide technical support for networked control system computers and workstations, interact with technical support from manufacturers; diagnose and repair microprocessor-based hardware, work stations, and servers; install, backup, and restore operating systems and application software; diagnose and repair network problems.

Thorough Knowledge of: Principles, techniques, methods, test equipment and tools used in the installation, maintenance, repair, modification, and fabrication of communication, control system, video, network, and other related electronic equipment and systems.

General Knowledge of: Training and supervising technical staff; principles of sound reinforcement; principals of electronic systems design and operation; and FCC regulations applicable to assignments.

Ability to: Supervise, train, and evaluate the work of Communications' technical staff; instruct subordinates on work methods, departmental policies and procedures, and safe work practices; establish and maintain effective working relationships with client staff, electronic contractors, vendors, and member of the general public; install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, modify a variety of communications and electronic equipment and systems; estimate labor and material costs and make decisions relating to repair or replacement; read and interpret blueprints, instructions in technical manuals, and specifications, including schematics and symbols; initiate, plan, and complete work assignments with a minimum of direction and control; prepare records, logs, and reports on work performed.

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License Required: Possession of a valid General Radio Telephone Operator License issued by the FCC (for radio and microwave assignments); possession of a valid California Drivers License, Class C or higher is required by date of appointment.

Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony or be on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner.

Background screening includes completing of a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, fingerprinting and may include a polygraph test. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts). Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services (N.A.C.E.S).

The County of Orange is committed to providing a means for applicants who have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. The following is a list of the physical and mental abilities which are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of this position. Applicants are encouraged to contact the recruiter listed for any questions or to request an accommodation during the testing/selection process.

Environmental Conditions: Must be willing to work in remote areas and on high security areas such as jails, courthouses and dispatch centers in any type of weather conditions. Other assignments may require lifting and moving of heavy equipment and components and crawling through attics and confined spaces.

Physical Requirements: Some work assignments may require climbing 100 foot towers; other assignments may require the lifting, pushing, and pulling of heavy sound, video, and security equipment which can weigh over 50 pounds; ability to stand, sit, walk, stoop, bend, or twist your back, kneel, squat or crawl, and work with arms above shoulder level to repair or install sound, video, and security equipment. Incumbents must be able to utilize their hands, arms, or shoulders repetitively to operate power tools to install and repair equipment; and occasionally operate heavy construction equipment such as forklifts and aerial trucks. Vision must be sufficient to perform the necessary functions of the position, identify and distinguish colors for color coded wire and electronic components; operate power tools that are potentially hazardous.

Human Resources |Minimum Qualifications
Sheriff Human Resources screens all applications to identify the most qualified candidates for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the Department. After the initial screening, the qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Applications must emphasize all the areas in which the applicant has expertise and accomplishments in the specific competencies related to the position.

Oral Panel Interview (Weighted 100%): Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

After all procedures have been completed, the Sheriff Human Resources will establish an eligible list of qualified candidates.

Only on-line applications will be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of on-line applications. Application information must be current, succinct and related to the requirements in this job announcement. Your application should demonstrate your professional experience and education related to the specific qualifications/duties listed in this bulletin, including areas which you have developed expertise.

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contactMary Cortez-Valadez at (714) 834-5834 or email at .


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Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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