Traffic Signal Technician
Salary: $16.54-$20.19 hourly / $2,876-$3,511 monthly /
DEFINITION: Under supervision, assists the Traffic Signal
Technician II, and learns to install, modify, maintain, and repair
all types of traffic signal and highway lighting systems and all
electrically or electronically controlled traffic signal
installations; performs field work in the overhauling and adjusting
of traffic signal devices; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is the entry level in the
Traffic Signal Technician series. Incumbents learn to perform the
full range of traffic signal maintenance and repair functions and
are expected to advance to the higher level within a reasonable
period of time.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Installs, maintains, and repairs highway traffic signal systems,
including wiring, conduits, poles, heads, controllers, switches,
vehicle detectors, and does special illumination and painting in
connection with these signals.
2. Installs and repairs highway lighting systems and other
electrically or electronically controlled installations.
3. Makes detailed checks of traffic signals and highway lighting
systems to locate trouble or the causes of failure and adjusts
detectors and times controllers; replaces parts where failure or
4. Inspects and tests both signal and lighting systems for proper
functioning; and may act as inspector on traffic signal
installations under contract.
5. Prepares lists of materials needed; makes daily work reports and
keeps simple records.
1. Completion of technical, vocational, or college coursework in
electronics or electrical engineering; or,
2. experience in the installation and repair of electric or
electronic control devices; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that
provides the required knowledge and abilities.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid California Class B
Driver's License is required within 30 days of appointment.
Appointees to this class series will be subject to mandatory testing
for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the job, incumbents will
be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a
random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Completion of International Municipal Signal
Association (IMSA) certification within the probationary period.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Incumbents in these classifications may be
exposed to a variety of hazardous and/or unpleasant field
conditions, including: wet, rainy, cold, or hot weather; and
traffic. Work in these classifications requires various types of
physical exertion, such as: prolonged bending, stooping, and
lifting; and driving vehicles and/or equipment for long periods of
Knowledge of: electrical theory and practice, including minor power,
lighting, and control circuits; materials, methods and equipment
used in the installation, maintenance and repair of electric and
electronic control devices; methods, materials and equipment used in
minor electrical construction and repair; safe driving practices;
and safe work practices as related to working with electrical and
Ability to: install, maintain and repair basic electric or
electronic control devices; perform minor electrical construction
and repair; read and interpret electrical or electronic schematic
diagrams; troubleshoot basic electrical circuits; maintain simple
records; learn installation, maintenance, and repair of traffic
signal and highway lighting systems; and establish and maintain
cooperative working relationships with others.