Traffic Signal Technician

at City of Concord
Published September 23, 2022
Location Concord, CA
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


Job Characteristics


Traffic Signal Technician

The Transportation Division in the Public Works Department is seeking a Traffic Signal Technician.

What you will be doing:

Under general supervision, the Traffic Signal Technician will perform skilled work on traffic signal controllers; will install and repair traffic signal conduit, traffic signal safety lighting, video detection systems, traffic calming devices, traffic signal poles, pedestrian and vehicle indicators, street lighting, and other related equipment.

We are looking for someone who:

* Can identify and solve practical work problems without technical supervision
* Can effectively inspect, test, repair, maintain and modify traffic signal systems
* Can provide responsive, cost-effective and innovative government services
* Embraces, promotes and is guided by the City's Mission, Vision and Values


1. Submit a completed City of Concord application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2022. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.

2. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be competitively evaluated, and those candidates demonstrating the strongest qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in a panel interview. If you are selected to participate in the panel interview and are unavailable, we regret that we will not be able to reschedule you.

3. Candidates that pass the panel interview will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 months.

IMPORTANT: Contact with candidates will primarily be via email. Make sure you list a current email that you check regularly on your application.

Traffic Signal Technician


Performs journey-level field and bench work involving maintenance, repair, modification, inspection, and testing of electronic and electrical equipment, including traffic signal and street lighting systems and their components so that malfunctions and unnecessary delays to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are minimized and safety standards are maintained; performs related work as required all within the context of the City's Mission, Vision, Values Statement and a strong and progressive customer service orientation.

Equipment, Methods & Guidelines

Uses volt meters, ohmmeters, ammeters, time delay reflectometers (TDR), NTSC signal generator, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, logic probes, master controller testers, frequency counters, modulation meters, hydraulic tower trucks, soldering irons, hacksaws, wrenches, and other standard tools of the electrical and electronic trades; reads, interprets and applies blueprints, schematics, maintenance or traffic signal manuals, equipment specifications and test equipment and instrumentation procedures in working on traffic signals, controllers, solid state components, switching equipment, vehicle detectors, preempt devices, time clocks, wiring, conduit, signal poles, mechanical components, and other similar equipment.

Working Conditions

A significant portion of the work is performed in the field where exposure to electrical shock, traffic hazards, and variable weather conditions are common. As required, may be assigned to work overtime, weekends, and holidays. Work includes periodic standby duty assignments.

Physical Demands

Must be able to climb ladders, reach, stoop, and kneel, all while lifting, carrying, pulling or pushing moderately heavy loads. Hand motions include grasping and turning. Requires the senses of touch, seeing, hearing, and speaking, all of which may be performed under difficult physical conditions.

Supervisory Guidance Received/Given

Supervision is generally administrative rather than technical in nature and the incumbent must be able to use independent judgment when faced with difficult technical choices while working in the field. Usually works alone but may be directed by the Senior Traffic Signal

Technician and may also be required to provide lead direction and training to others.

Allocation Factors/Distinctions

Work distinguished from that performed by Maintenance Electricians by factors such as the kind of equipment maintained and repaired, the kinds of tools used to identify problems and perform necessary repairs, the required knowledge of electronic theory and solid state circuitry, and by the responsibility for occasional lead direction and training.

Examples of duties include, but are not limited to

* Performs skilled work on analog and digital solid state controllers, computers, and other solid state traffic control equipment.
* Adapts, assembles, installs, maintains, wires, modifies, and updates traffic signals or monitoring equipment, microwave and cable telemetering systems and control equipment.
* Installs and repairs traffic signal conduit, traffic signal safety lighting, illuminated street name signs, and street lighting; removes wires and cables.
* Operates environmental chamber to test equipment to state and NEMA specifications.
* Tests and calibrates traffic control equipment to state and NEMA specifications.
* Reconstructs and refurbishes traffic signal equipment; installs traffic signal and controller cabinets; installs traffic signal poles, pedestrian and vehicle indictors and other related equipment
* Assists in designing and fabricating special electronic apparatus and systems.
* Responds to emergencies or reported malfunctions such as pole knockdowns or traffic signal timing problems.
* Consults with factory representatives and Traffic Engineering staff to identify and resolve technical problems.
* Maintains and completes records and forms such as maintenance logs, material requests, and PBB budget items.
* May provide lead direction and training to others involved in traffic signal maintenance.
* Uses a line tracer to locate existing traffic signal and street lighting utilities in according to the USA system.
* May interact with residents on the operation of traffic signals.
* Performs other work as assigned.
* Promotes the City's Mission to make Concord a city of the highest quality by providing responsive, cost-effective, and innovative government services; understands and subscribes to the Vision and Values Statement adopted by the City.


Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of the application of electronic and electrical theory to the field of traffic signal system maintenance and repair; of solid state traffic signal systems and related equipment, tools and test instruments; of common equipment malfunctions and defects and effective trouble shooting and corrective actions; of related work hazards and safe work procedures; and of typical problem-solving aids, references and resources.

Ability to identify and solve practical work problems without technical supervision; effectively inspect, test, repair, maintain and modify traffic signal systems and equipment; to read and interpret blue prints, schematics, instruction manuals and specifications; to interpret displays on test equipment; to lead and train others; to communicate effectively orally and in writing; to maintain neat, accurate records; to work safely and efficiently; and to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education: Satisfactory completion of high school or equivalent.

Experience: Two years of journey-level experience working with electrical and electronic devices; repair and maintenance of traffic signal systems and related equipment is preferred.


A Class C or B California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment. A California Class B license is required within six months of date of appointment as a condition of continued employment.

International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) Level I Certification is required within six-month probationary period as a condition of permanent appointment and continued employment.

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