Public Safety/RF Technician

Maricopa County, AZ - Phoenix, AZ3.6

Position Overview The Public Safety/RF Technician installs, diagnoses, repairs and maintains two-way mobile radio technology within various types of vehicles. The Public Safety/RF Technician will also assist other technicians and system engineers in field-related projects and maintenance issues.

Position Qualifications Minimum Education and/or Experience:
High School diploma or GED and three (3) years of experience in electronics which includes diagnosis, repair or hands-on experience installing mobile radios or other electronic systems in vehicles. An equivalent combination of post-secondary education in Electronics Wireless Communications Technologies may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Specialized Training, Certifications, and/or Other Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid Arizona driver's license, or the ability to obtain one by time of hire, is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of:
  • Telecommunications technologies.
  • Vehicular wiring and physical installation procedures of mobile radios within various types of vehicles.
  • Tools, test equipment, cabling and antennas of two-way radios and mobile data terminals.

Skill in:
  • Using electronic test and repair equipment to test and repair telecommunications equipment and systems.
  • Methods and practices used in installing mobile radio technology.
  • Performance of routine maintenance, modifications, as well as skill in troubleshooting and repairing equipment installed on public safety vehicles, including lights, sirens, and two way radios.

Ability to:
  • Analyze and recognize problems and draw logical conclusions.
  • Keep current on modern technology in areas of interest to the County.
  • Document work and maintain in departmental database.
  • Communicate information and ideas, both spoken and written, appropriate to the needs of the internal and external customers so that they will understand.
  • Establish and maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships with individuals from the public, as well as all levels of the organization.
Preferred Education and/or Experience:
Associate's degree in Telecommunications Technology, or a closely related field.

Preferred Training, Certifications and/or Other Special Requirements:
Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) or FCC General Radio Telephone Operator's license or equivalent.

Working Conditions:
Ability to lift 50 pounds, floor to waist; ability to lift 25 pounds, waist to shoulder; ability to lift 25 pounds, shoulder to overhead; ability to carry 25 pounds, a distance of 100 feet; ability to push/pull 25 pounds, a distance of 100 feet. Work is constantly performed in a garage equipped with swamp coolers, fans and heaters.

Essential Job Tasks
  • Performs new installation and change-outs of mobile two-way radios and mobile data terminals within various types of vehicles, including but not limited to mounting required antennas outside the vehicle, running required wiring within the vehicle, mounting radios within the vehicle and testing all radios and data terminals for continuity prior to finishing the task.
  • Requests approval of changes to standard installation process and record documentation.
  • Troubleshoots completed vehicular radio installations that have been returned as a repair order.
  • Uses volt meters and other measuring devices to find and fix the radio installation problem.
  • Responds appropriately to on-site customers with repair requests requiring immediate attention.
  • Performs routine maintenance; modifies, troubleshoots, aligns and repairs equipment installed on public safety vehicles including lights, sirens and two way radios.
  • Works with telecommunications engineers, other team members, or alone to complete the installation of base station radios and associated equipment and cabling at remote communication sites throughout the County.
  • Documents work in the departmental database.
  • Provides ground-level assistance to senior technicians, field engineers, and other team members to assist with the installation and repair of communications-related equipment.
  • As part of a team, update all inventory used in installation effort within department-maintained electronic database.

Selection Procedure The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.