Communications Equipment Technician, Senior
Salary: $25.37-$30.97 hourly / $4,412-$5,387 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general direction, installs, maintains, tests,
calibrates, and repairs equipment used in the County's microwave and
2-way radio systems; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from
that of the Communications Equipment Technician II in that the
Communications Equipment Technician, Senior performs the most
specialized and complex duties pertaining to both microwave and
2-way radio systems, and performs with a greater degree of
independence. This class differs from Communications Systems
Supervisor in that the latter class acts in a supervisory capacity
over other technical staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Installs, maintains, and repairs 2, 6, and 10 GHZ microwave
systems, including associated multiplex, switching equipment, and
alarm systems. Diagnoses and isolates defects in microwave systems,
using schematic diagrams and electronic testing equipment such as:
microwave signal generators, frequency selective level meters,
frequency counters, microwave power meters, transmission test sets,
and voltmeters. Performs routine maintenance including checking
power output, reflective power, and performance degradation.
2. Interfaces microwave system to radio, telephone, data and
telemetry equipment using T-1 or DSO circuits.
3. Installs, maintains, and repairs FM 2-way radio systems including
base stations, mobile radios, portable radios, and paging receivers.
Diagnoses and isolates defects in radio equipment. using schematic
diagrams and electronic testing equipment such as: service monitors,
oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, tone generators, power meters,
and voltmeters. Adjusts and maintains radio systems to insure
efficient operation and compliance with FCC regulations.
4. Maintains accurate service records of work performed on microwave
and radio communications equipment.
5. Climbs poles and radio towers in order to install and maintain
antenna and cable systems and to inspect towers for safety and
1. Four years of experience in the maintenance and repair of
microwave communication systems and/or 2-way radio systems; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class
of Communications Equipment Technician II with Santa Barbara County;
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that
provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C
Knowledge of: 2-way radio and electronics theory; troubleshooting
techniques for electronic communications systems; the construction,
assembly, repair, and operation of modern solid state microwave and
2-way transmitting and receiving equipment, microwave systems; safe
climbing procedures; Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
regulations pertaining to microwave and radio communications.
Ability to: use specialized test and calibration equipment to
diagnose and repair defects and causes of interference in microwave
and 2-way radio systems; interpret schematic diagrams; use personal
computers to program and diagnose communications equipment; work
independently; perform complex system level diagnoses and
adjustments; climb poles and towers in excess of 100 feet in height;
maintain records; communicate effectively with other employees and
Supplemental Information: Performing the essential functions of this
job requires the incumbent to: lift objects weighing up to 75
pounds; work on towers at heights in excess of 100 feet; work in
confined spaces; perform full range of body motions involving
reaching, bending, grasping, and climbing; and possess color vision.