Communications Engineer 7610

City of Los Angeles

A Communications Engineer assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of professional engineers and technical employees engaged in the preparation of plans, designs, specifications, estimates, cost and service analyses, and reports associated with the planning, design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of municipal communications systems or Local Area Network (LAN) / Wide Area Network (WAN) communications systems; may also direct and coordinate the municipal communications systems or the LAN / WAN communications systems, construction, installation, operation and maintenance activities; applies sound supervisory principles and techniques in building and maintaining an effective workforce; and fulfills equal employment opportunity responsibilities.

  1. Two years of full-time paid communications engineering experience gained post-graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in engineering, or upon obtaining a valid Engineer-in-Training Certificate recognized by the California State Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists; and
  2. Two years of full-time paid communications engineering experience in a position at the level of Communications Engineering Associate II.

One year of graduate study from an accredited college or university with completion of 12 semesters or 18 quarter units may be substituted for up to one year of the required professional engineering experience.


  1. Applicants who lack six months or less of the required experience may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience requirement is met.
  2. Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license. Candidates may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
  3. For requirement #2, an Engineer-in-Training Certificate is required to be at the level of Communications Engineering Associate II.
  4. Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at (Download PDF reader).
  5. Applicants must include their degree and/or Engineer-in-Training Certificate information on the application or the application may not be processed.
  6. Applicants using City of Los Angeles experience to qualify must indicate the appropriate pay grade for each City engineering position listed on their application, or the application may not be processed.
  7. Candidates completing the examination process will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying degree or Engineer-in-Training Certificate. Applicants who wish to expedite this process may attach a copy of their qualifying degree or certificate to their on-line application at the time of filing in the Attachments section.
  8. For qualifying work experience gained outside of the City of Los Angeles, the term “professional experience” applies to positions that require possession of a degree from an accredited four-year college or university in order to obtain that position. Therefore, to be considered “professional,” non-City qualifying experience must be gained in positions after obtaining a four-year degree.

Applications will only be accepted on-line. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at


Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.


Applications must be received by THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process in the following order: 1) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles who meet the minimum requirements, or are on a reserve list; 2) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs in the order that applications were received. Applications submitted during the filing period may be kept on file in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.
Examination Weight: Essay -Advisory
Interview – 100%

The examination will consist entirely of an evaluation of professional and personal qualifications by interview. In the interview, emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s experience, training, and personal qualifications as they demonstrate the knowledge of: principles and practices of communications engineering as applied to the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of telecommunication and information technology systems; telecommunication and information technology systems and current developments in the field; telecommunication and information technology system equipment and components; operating policies and requirements of regulatory agencies pertinent to communication facilities and systems; safety principles and practices including CAL-OSHA provisions; budgetary and other administrative procedures specific to each department; pertinent City and Personnel Department rules, policies, and procedures, including Memoranda of Understanding and Equal Employment Opportunity; fundamental principles and practices of supervision including directing, assigning, motivating, training, counseling, disciplining, and evaluating the work of subordinates; and the ability to: read and understand construction plans, schematics and wiring diagrams; analyze reports, tests, and inspections of communications systems; design radio and microwave Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) systems, Communication Distribution systems, video surveillance, access control, wireless networks, and other communication systems using engineering principles; use computer softwaredevelop project plans, identify customer requirements, and document scope, schedules, and budgets for communications systems; prepare specifications and statements of work; manage communication systems projects; plan, direct, and coordinate the work of groups of employees engaged in the construction and maintenance of communication systems and equipment; communicate effectively orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner; deal tactfully and effectively with others; and other skills, knowledge and abilities.

Candidates will be notified later by e-mail of the date, time, and location of the interview, which will be held in Los Angeles. It is anticipated that interviews will begin during the period of MAY 11, 2020 to MAY 22, 2020.

Prior to the interview, applicants will be required to prepare some written material related to the duties and responsibilities of a Communications Engineer. This essay material will not be separately scored but will be presented to the interview board for discussion with the candidate and for consideration in the overall evaluation of the candidate. Those who do not complete the advisory essay will not be invited to the interview and will be considered to have failed the entire examination. To be considered complete, the advisory essay must include a substantive response for each question or problem included in the advisory essay for which an applicant is required to provide an answer. Please note that applicants must complete the advisory essay and meet the minimum qualifications as stated on this bulletin in order to be considered further in the examination process.

The advisory essay will be administered on-line. Applicants invited to participate in the examination will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the specific steps needed to complete the on-line advisory essay. Applicants will be required to complete the on-line advisory essay between MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020 and MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020. Applicants who fail to complete the advisory essay as instructed may be disqualified.


  1. This examination is based on a validation study.
  2. Applications accepted are subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
  3. As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at (Download PDF reader).
  4. The promotional list will ordinarily be used ahead of the open competitive list. However, if open competitive candidates receive a higher score, without military credits than the highest available promotional candidate, after adding 0.25 of a point seniority for each year of continuous classified City service, the Civil Service Commission, upon request of the appointing authority, may approve certification of such open competitive candidates ahead of the promotional candidates.
  5. A final average score of 70% on the interview portion of the examination is required to be placed on the eligible list.
  6. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to file on a promotional basis.
  7. In conjunction with Civil Service Rules, applicants who have received a regular appointment to a City position or are on a reserve list will be considered Promotional candidates while all other applicants will be considered Open candidates.
  8. In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22, 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.


If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All-City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.


The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

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