Communications Technician

Carson City, NV - Carson City, NV (30+ days ago)

This is a full-time, non-exempt position with the Department of Public Works, located in Carson City, Nevada. Under general supervision, the position performs journey level installation and maintenance of communications and related electronic equipment.

This recruitment will remain open until recruitment needs are satisfied. Individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.


Communications Technician:
EMPLOYER-PAID PERS: $19.7823 - $29.6733 Hourly
$41,147.18 - $61,720.46 Annually

EMPLOYEE/EMPLOYER-PAID PERS: $22.8369 - $34.2551 Hourly
$47,500.75 - $71,250.61 Annually

Examples of Duties:
This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

Participates in the design, layout and installation of City-wide communications and related electronic systems; assists in preparing project and equipment specifications.
Tests, maintains and services communications and related electronic equipment.
Installs and maintains complex networking equipment including security appliances, switches, routers, and fiber optics.
Estimates materials, parts, tools and equipment needed for work assignments; orders and picks up materials and supplies from outside vendors as appropriate; prepares cost estimates for job.
Ensures users have needed communications systems and features.
Inspects and performs preventive maintenance on systems and equipment.
Tests and calibrates components and systems; repairs or orders and replaces components, recalibrates systems, and tests equipment prior to placing back into service.
Reads diagrams, blueprints, specifications and manuals for installation and repair projects.
Maintains and services instrumentation test and repair equipment and hand and power tools; keeps small inventory of frequently used supplies and parts.
Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit's service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.
Performs technical tasks relative to the City's radio communications infrastructure including licensed VHF/UHF radios, communications sites and FCC licensing.
Ensures that proper safety precautions are followed.
Maintains records of work performed and materials used.
Drives vehicles to work sites and transports materials as required.
Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with the public and City staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

Typical Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience:
Equivalent to a High School education or GED; AND three (3) years of journey-level experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of communications and related electronic equipment; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

A valid Class C driver's license
OSHA 10 certificate.
Required Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of:
Mainframe environment and procedures relating to communications.
Principles, methods and materials used in the installation, repair and maintenance of a variety of electronic communications and equipment and systems.
Design and maintenance of communications systems.
Operation of test equipment. FCC guidelines.
Practices and techniques related to telecommunications operations.
Communication and computer technology.
Methods of installation, configuration and repair of mobile radio communications systems and equipment.
Operation and maintenance of a variety of hand, power and shop tools and test equipment used in the trade.
Safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work.
Shop mathematics.
Basic record keeping practices.
Basic job estimation.
Troubleshooting and diagnosing problems in electronic equipment.

Skill in:
Operating and maintaining communications equipment.
Designing, laying out and preparing sketches for communications and related electronic systems and related installation and maintenance jobs.
Estimating necessary materials, parts and equipment to complete assignments.
Safely using and maintaining hand and power tools and test equipment related to the work.
Directing and instructing others on a project basis.
Maintaining accurate records of work performed.
Reading and interpreting manuals, specifications, drawings and blueprints.
Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.

Under General Supervision - Incumbents at this level are given assignments and objectives that are governed by specifically outlined work methods and a sequence of steps, which are explained in general terms. The responsibility for achieving the work objectives, however, rests with a superior. Immediate supervision is not consistent, but checks are integrated into work processes and/or reviews are frequent enough to ensure compliance with instructions.

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Strength and mobility to work in a typical field setting, including operating hand and power tools; stamina to perform sustained physical labor, including standing, walking, climbing and working in confined or awkward spaces; strength to lift and maneuver materials and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds with proper equipment; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over a radio or telephone. Work outdoors, sometimes in adverse weather conditions and extreme temperatures. Work involves exposure to potentially hazardous electrical current and possibility of injury.

Supplemental Information:CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
1. All new employees will serve a probationary period of twelve (12) months. Such employees are not subject to the collective bargaining agreement and may be laid off or discharged during this period for any reason.

2. Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.

3. Any City employee may be required to stay at or return to work during emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency.

4. Employees may be required to complete Incident Command System training as a condition of continuing employment.

5. New employees are required to submit to a fingerprint based background investigation which cost the new employee $52.25 and a drug/alcohol screen which costs $36.50. Employment is contingent upon passing the background and the drug/alcohol screen.

6. Carson City participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered employment with Carson City must complete Section 1 of the Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documentation as soon as possible after the job offer is made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 775.887.2103 or go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at

7. Carson City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.