Job Details

Communications Technician

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Aloha, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/29/2020


Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is Oregon’s largest fire district and provides fire protection and emergency medical services to more than 530,000 people. Located in one of the fastest growing regions in the state, our service area includes most of Washington County and unincorporated portions of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Yamhill counties.

The Communications Technician is responsible for the installation, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting of communications and data systems in our first response vehicles and apparatus, and fixed facilities.

As a member of the Communications Technician team, you can expect to participate in the mobile radio installation project; station alert system installation; and the installation of lighting and radios on new District apparatus’. This work will requires close collaboration with other District departments and station personnel, quality decision making, and a high level of customer service. Challenges the Communications Technician will need to navigate include how to do complete the above projects with minimal disruption to our station operations while still meeting deadlines. The incumbent will have an understanding in the design of installation and vehicular voltage as well as a knowledge and skill in the use of various test equipment, tools, materials and troubleshooting techniques to diagnose and maintain communication equipment and systems.

TVF&R evaluates each applicant's work history and responses to supplemental questions. Please be sure to thoroughly answer the application's supplemental  questions to ensure our subject matter experts can appropriately evaluate your experience and qualifications. To reduce barriers to entry, TVF&R evaluates an  applicant's work history and responses to these supplemental questions rather than requiring cover letters and resumes.

Appointments on the salary range are made based upon a pay equity analysis of bona fide factors per Oregon's Equal Pay Act.

Example of Duties:

EQUIPMENT SUPPORT: Analyzes, plans, installs, and performs maintenance and troubleshooting functions of communications and electronic equipment in mobile environments and fixed facilities. Supported equipment includes but is not limited to mobile radios, base station radios, radio interface systems, fire station notification systems, Code 3 light and warning systems, cellular data service, WiFi connectivity, Mobile Data Computer (MDC), and GPS and antenna systems.

RESEARCH/RECOMMENDATIONS: Researches and develops options and makes recommendations on communications systems for fixed facilities and mobile application environment.

PARTS/MATERIALS: Orders parts and installs materials as necessary. Maintains accurate inventory of parts and installation materials.

CUSTOM SOLUTIONS: Designs, implements, and documents unique systems, wiring, and/or circuits in response to custom needs of the District.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS: Performs regularly scheduled preventative maintenance inspections (PMI) and maintains records and system documentation on all work performed.

Secondary functions:

Assists the Communications Supervisor in the development of department goals and objectives.

Represents the District on committees as needed or assigned.

Must be prepared to report/remain at work during major emergencies, disasters, and some large emergency exercises with little or no notice. Must be able to meet this requirement without substantial delay by taking appropriate steps for individual and family preparedness.

May receive assignments well outside of job description or normal chain of command during major emergencies, disasters and some emergency exercises.

Performs other duties as assigned.

The education and experience minimum requirements below are those typically required for performing the job functions (unless specifically noted to be preferred). Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Associate of Applied Science degree in electronics or associated field.

Three years of experience installing, maintaining and troubleshooting analog and digital two-way radio equipment, mobile data systems, Code 3 lighting and warning systems and equipment relating to public safety applications. Experience in installing, maintaining and troubleshooting comparably complex systems will be considered.


Proven skills in repairing, troubleshooting, maintaining, modifying and installing communications and electronic equipment and related electronics and communications devices.

Ability to install two-way radios, antennas, and P.A. systems; read and use schematic plans and diagrams; and program two-way radios, base stations and Mobile Data Computer.

Knowledge of heavy equipment and vehicle electrical systems including a multiplex electronic environment as used in complex fire apparatus.

Ability to organize multiple tasks and schedules simultaneously with limited supervision.
Knowledge of the Motorola R-56 Grounding Standard for the installation of communications equipment in fixed facilities.

Knowledge and skill in the use of various test equipment, tools, materials and troubleshooting techniques to diagnose and maintain communication components and systems.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners to analyze problems and identify solutions.

Supplemental Information


It is the District's policy to provide eligible veterans with preference as required by law. Applicants must provide certification of eligibility for entitlement to the preference (e.g. DD-214 long-form clearly showing discharge status).

TVF&R is an equal employment opportunity employer and seeks to attract a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve in order to deliver safe and professional service to our citizens.

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