Inside the FSPD - Employment Opportunities - Radio Communications Technician

Radio Communications Technician           Hourly Rate: Entry: $18.32 / Maximum: $25.98
The incumbent is responsible for maintaining a reliable radio communication system for public safety and local government department within the City of Fort Smith.

For further details contact the Recruiting Coordinator for the Fort Smith Police Department.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Installation and maintenance of critical and non-critical radio communications equipment in the 911 Dispatch center.

  2. Maintenance of transmitter, receiver and microwave sites.

  3. Monitor and maintain emergency generator at transmitter sites.

  4. Installation, maintenance and monthly testing of tornado sirens.

  5. Installation and maintenance of remote controlled radio dispatch equipment for all city departments.

  6. Installation and maintenance of vehicular mounted two-way radio equipment for all city departments.

  7. Maintenance of mobile and portable radio equipment for all city departments.

  8. Installation and maintenance of public safety equipment in Police Department vehicles.

  9. Maintain records of all maintenance actions.

  10. Monitor radio traffic for FCC compliance and proper operation.

  11. Installation and maintenance dam warning sirens.

  12. Inventory and stocking of radios, parts, shop equipment, and consumables.

  13. Programming and changing programming in subscriber units and adding to UNC program.

  14. Regular attendance is required.


Qualification Requirements
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 abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The incumbent must be able to work after hours, nights, and weekends as needed.


Education / Experience
High School diploma or GED is required as well as electronics technical school education. It is desired the incumbent have a minimum of 5 years’ prior experience in a similar position and possess, or be able to obtain, an FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License or industry equivalent. The incumbent should be thoroughly familiar with wiring systems, components, and electrical circuits. Knowledge of P25 public radio communications systems is desirable.


Other Skills and Abilities
The incumbent must be able to perform all of the duties and functions as defined in the job description for Radio Technician for the City of Fort Smith. The incumbent should have an extensive background in electronics and radio communications systems. The incumbent should also have the ability to operate computers and be able to analyze and troubleshoot radio communication systems and effect speedy repairs based on that analysis. The incumbent must have excellent communications skills in both oral and written forms. Organizational skills and close attention to details are required to successfully perform this job.

The incumbent must possess a valid driver’s license.


Salary and Benefits
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the incumbent encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions provided that accommodations comply with the City of Fort Smith's Alternate Duty Policy.
  • Additional Benefits

    • 10 Days Paid Vacation after 1st Year
    • 96 Hours Sick Leave per year up to 960 hours
    • 11 Paid Holidays per year
    • Longevity Pay
    • Necessary Equipment Furnished
    • Tuition Assistance for Continuing Education
    • Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance Package
    • Employee’s Federal Credit Union
    • City provided Retirement Income Plan



The noise level in the work environment while within the Police Department is usually moderate.