Electronics Technician II: Communications

City of Portland
February 27, 2024
Portland, OR
Job Type


About the Positions:
The Electronics Technician II: Communications positions serve as technical experts in communication and related technologies. There are two specialties in this classification, please see below for more information.

Specialty 1: Public Safety Radio Electronics Technician
As a Public Safety Radio Electronics Technician, you will:

  • Maintain and repair the City’s 800 MHz public safety digital P25 trunked simulcast radio system including conventional repeaters, radio dispatch consoles, fire station alerting system (FAIS), digital microwave systems, SONET multiplexor equipment, telephony circuits and other electronic communications equipment.
  • Diagnose electronic equipment issues using various diagnostic tools and equipment such as communications test sets, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, multi-meters, and other specialized equipment.
  • Install and program radios.
  • Install and maintain Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) for in-building radio coverage and related components.
  • Complete documentation, assist other technicians, and complete other duties, as assigned.
  • Public Safety Radio Electronics Technicians must have a knowledge of electronic principles including analog and digital circuit concepts; must include knowledge of active and passive components and their functions and must be able to read and understand standard engineering drawings including circuit schematics.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability to work on communication towers up to a height of 435 feet tall.

Specialty 2: Low Voltage Installer Position
As a Low Voltage Installer, you will:

  • Install, maintain, and repair the City’s audiovisual and CCTV systems, structured cabling, and various other associated low voltage disciplines.
  • Diagnose issues with electronic equipment and structured cabling infrastructure, using industry standard test equipment such as network cabling testers, HDMI signal generators, communications test sets, multi-meters, and other specialized equipment.
  • Provide high-level updates on scheduled work requests and completed assignments.
  • Execute other tasks, as assigned.
  • Low Voltage installers require the following attributes: Technical capability, mechanical aptitude, professionalism, self-motivation, self-discipline, focus and attention to detail and punctuality.
  • Candidates must also have a Class A Oregon Limited Energy (LEA) license and the ability to be after hours on-call, on a rotational basis.
  • The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills; proven and recognized as a team leader with excellent coordination and communication abilities, and knowledge of construction trade practices and drawings to ensure installations are in compliance with all established codes, standards, laws, and policies
  • The successful candidates must pass a comprehensive police background investigation in order to have their employment retained and be able to work in a culturally and gender diverse workplace.

Jaclyn Snyder, Sr. Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

To Qualify

  • Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental questions and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Ability to perform, understand, and document layout and sketch designs for communications, electronic installations, and modifications; ensure installations comply with established codes, standards, laws and policies.
  • Knowledge of Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol network principles.
  • Ability to lead a team including scheduling, assigning work, providing technical direction and training, and reviewing the work of others.
  • Ability to provide customer service and communicate complex topics to technical and non-technical staff.
  • Experience operating specialized communication equipment such as network cabling testers, HDMI signal generators, radio service monitor, spectrum analyzer and T1 testers.
  • In addition to the minimum qualifications above (1-5), applicants must also meet the below position specific qualification(s): Public Safety Radio Technician must have knowledge of project planning for communications and electronic installations, such as Motorola analog and P25 trunked simulcast radio systems, conventional repeaters, channel banks, microwave, communications circuits including T1, 4-wire E&M and RS232.
  • Low Voltage installer must have experience of Low Voltage electrical installations, CCTV and Audiovisual systems and knowledge of structured cabling best practices.
  • Low Voltage Installer must have a Class A Limited Energy Technician (LEA) License.

Applicants must also possess:

  • Ability to successfully pass an in-depth background investigation.
  • A current/valid state driver's license and meet City "good driver" requirements.

The Recruitment Process
STEP 1: Apply online between Monday, February 12, 2024 – Sunday, June 30, 2024: Electronics Technician II: Communications - Open Continuous | Job Details tab | Career Pages (governmentjobs.com)

Required Application Materials:
Resume, Answer to the Supplemental Questions (found here: Electronics Technician II: Communications - Open Continuous | Job Details tab | Career Pages (governmentjobs.com)
Optional Application Materials:
Veteran documents to request for Veteran Preference (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.)

Application Tips:

Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.

Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.

Do not attach materials not requested.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.

All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of March 4, 2024 (monthly thereafter)
An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions, weighted 100%.

Your resume and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position.

Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you like to review and discuss your evaluation result.

Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.
Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Week of March 11, 2024 (monthly thereafter)

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.

Step 4: Selection (Interview): Late-March

Hiring bureau will review and select candidates to interview.
Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.

Step 5: Offer of Employment: To Be Determined

Step 6: Start Date: To Be Determined
A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change*

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