COMMUNICATION TECHNICIAN Job – Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry




The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitation is dedicated to developing, encouraging, recognizing, and rewarding job performance and employee growth at all levels. The state is proudly served by more than 9,000 well-trained corrections professionals who are dedicated to the safety of the public, staff and inmates by effectively employing sound correctional practices, effective operating procedures and proven programming opportunities to the inmates. Join our team and help proudly serve our community!



Prison Operations/Emergency Preparedness

Radio Services Unit

801 S 16th Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Release details:

Salary: $49,000.00

Grade: 19

Closing Date: Open until full

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Job summary:

The Arizona Department of Correction, Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitation (ADCRR) is seeking to hire a Communications Technician to join our Emergency Preparedness Radio Services Unit. This position supports acquisition, installation, testing, inventory, repair and maintenance tracking services for two-way radio communication devices and systems.

Job duties:

  • Tests and repairs communication devices using complex troubleshooting equipment

  • Isolates communication gaps

  • Installs basic radio, mobile and remote control equipment using hand and power tools

  • Documents work-related activities using a database system

  • Researches and submits parts purchase requests

  • Constructs or modifies interconnected electronic communications circuits

  • Tests various circuits and components using specialized analysis equipment

  • Measures frequency, modulations, and output power of transmitters to ensure compliance with federal regulations

  • Responds to communications emergencies when necessary

  • Troubleshoots and repairs antennas and antenna cables at various locations

  • Travel throughout the state with possible overnight stays

  • Drive on business of state

  • Performs other duties appropriate to the mission

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA):

Knowledge of:

  • Electronics and radio theory and federal regulations applicable to land mobile radio systems

  • Methods and use of tools, equipment and materials used in the testing and repair of radios

  • Procedures, techniques and practices for the installation and maintenance of two-way and mobile/basic radio equipment, the use of calibration and the maintenance of electronic test equipment

Competence in:

  • Installation, modification, troubleshooting and repair of electronic communications equipment

  • Interpretation of drawings, sketches and electronic diagrams

  • Use of sophisticated radio communication test equipment

  • How the Surface Mount Technology Soldering Station Works

  • How a plastic engraving machine works

  • Performing a radio service using personal computer equipment and software and radio interface devices

  • Use hand and power tools

  • Maintain records and prepare reports

  • Use of web programs and Microsoft software applications

Ability to:

  • Lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds

  • Climb ladders and work at heights of up to 100 feet

  • Distinguish the colors used in multipair communication cables

  • Detect traffic noise and emergency warning devices when working around traffic and moving equipment

  • Work in a small confined area and in various weather conditions

  • Respond to emergencies as they arise

Selective preference(s):

  • At least two (2) years of experience installing, repairing and maintaining two-way communication equipment

  • Experience with Motorola and Harris technologies

  • Demonstrate proficiency in training other personnel in radio troubleshooting and installation techniques

  • Familiar with a web-based service order tracking system

  • Understanding of the functioning of the prison

  • Parts inventory management experience

  • Have a combination of education, training, or experience equivalent to a two-year course in electronics or electronics technology

  • High school diploma or equivalent and successful completion of a formal electronic technology educational program from a recognized public or private school or armed forces service school

  • Two (2) years of paid work experience in electronics technology, of which one (1) year must have been within the last five (5) years in component-level repair of two-way or multi-channel (FCC) FM radio equipment Part 90, Part 101 or military equivalent

Pre-employment requirements:

Requires possession and ability to maintain a valid, state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive for the state are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10 -207.12).

Employment is dependent on the selected candidate passing a background investigation and medical/physical examination.


We offer a comprehensive package of excellent and affordable benefits to meet the needs of our employees:

  • Leave and sick days with 10 paid holidays per year

  • Robust and affordable insurance plan including medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance options

  • Exceptional retirement program

  • Optional benefits such as deferred compensation plans, credit union membership and wellness program

  • An incentive commuter club and public transport subsidy program

For a complete list of benefits offered by the State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Current ADCRR Employees: Consult your respective Human Resources Liaison if you have a pension plan different from the one listed above.

Contact us:

People with disabilities can request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternate format by contacting 602-255-2430.

Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange accommodation. The Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


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