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Communications Systems Supervisor

Salary: $28.03-$34.22 hourly / $4,875-$5,951 monthly / Range: 6016

DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, supervises, and participates in the installation, maintenance, and repair of the County's microwave, 2-way radio, audio, video, and associated electronic systems; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position class in which the incumbent is responsible for directing and supervising a staff engaged in the maintenance, repair, and operation of electronic communications equipment.


1. Supervises radio, microwave, and communications technical staff and operations.
2. Repairs and services radio transmitters and receivers, including the adjustment and replacement of parts.
3. Installs, tests, and adjusts radio transmitters and receivers in the station and in mobile units.
4. Installs and repairs microwave equipment; makes frequency measurements; investigates causes of interference with County radio networks.
5. Studies present and future communications needs; assists in preparing specifications for radio equipment purchased by bid.
6. Attends meetings and staff conferences.
7. Prepares FCC license and frequency coordination applications, keeps records and prepares reports.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid Commercial Radio Operator license issued by the Federal Communications Commission, or equivalent certification; and,

1. Five years of experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of electronic communications equipment; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Communications Equipment Technician, Senior with Santa Barbara County; or,
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 Driver's License.

Knowledge of: operational principles of analog and digital microwave and 2-way radio, audio, and video systems; use of tools, test equipment, methods, and practices employed in the installation, operation, testing, and servicing of communications equipment; rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pertaining to the operation of radio-telephone equipment.

Ability to: skillfully use various test equipment and tools in testing, calibrating and maintaining microwave, 2-way radio, video and audio systems; prepare clear, concise reports and correspondence; instruct others in proper operation and maintenance of 2-way radio and microwave, video, and audio systems and equipment; effectively train, supervise, and evaluate the work of work of subordinate staff.

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