Signal and Track Switch Repairers

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About the Job

Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.

It is also Called

  • Electrician
  • Electric Track Switch Maintainer
  • Electronic Train Control Technician
  • Light Rail Signal Technician
  • Railroad Crossing Protection Maintainer
  • Railroad Signal Technician
  • Rail Signal Mechanic
  • Railway Signal Technician
  • Register Repairer
  • Signal and Communications Maintainer

What They Do

  • Test air lines and air cylinders on pneumatically operated gates.
  • Maintain high tension lines, de-energizing lines for power companies when repairs are requested.
  • Clean lenses of lamps with cloths and solvents.
  • Lubricate moving parts on gate-crossing mechanisms and swinging signals.
  • Inspect, maintain, and replace batteries as needed.
  • Record and report information about mileage or track inspected, repairs performed, and equipment requiring replacement.
  • Replace defective wiring, broken lenses, or burned-out light bulbs.
  • Inspect electrical units of railroad grade crossing gates and repair loose bolts and defective electrical connections and parts.
  • Tighten loose bolts, using wrenches, and test circuits and connections by opening and closing gates.
  • Drive motor vehicles to job sites.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in Texas was $55,670 with most people making between $43,780 and $68,900

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately n/a people in Texas. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately - job openings annually.