Traffic Signal Technician

  • City of Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica, California
  • May 11, 2021
Full Time Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $68,016.00 - $83,976.00 Annually USD

Job Description

Job Summary
Maintains, programs, repairs, inspects, and replaces traffic control devices, including traffic signal controllers and pedestrian and vehicle indications. Inspects, monitors and repairs vehicle detector loops, fiber optic communications equipment, closed circuit television cameras and video detection equipment, in-roadway warning light systems, battery backup systems and traffic signal controller cabinets, and other equipment as necessary.

Major Duties

Maintains, repairs, inspects, replaces, and monitors a wide variety of traffic control devices.

Responds to emergency calls during off hours to repair and inspect malfunctioning traffic signals, lights, and other traffic control-related devices.

Checks for alignment, damage, and corrosion to signals and other equipment. Cleans traffic signal heads and associated equipment.

Installs and replaces field wires. Checks all terminals to ensure proper connections and tightness.

Checks wiring, connections, vehicle detectors, pedestrian pushbuttons, and associated traffic control equipment for proper operation. Inspects and tests conflict monitoring devices, load switches, relays, fiber optic communications equipment, battery backup systems, video detection equipment, and controllers in traffic control cabinets.

Programs necessary data and configurations into computerized traffic signal controllers for timing and coordination of signals.

Inspects, maintains, and monitors vehicle detector loops placed in asphalt and concrete for wear and damage. Inspects work in progress of contractors who install and/or replace traffic signal equipment, including controllers, detectors, traffic signal indications, poles, foundations, service pedestals and communication equipment.

Installs, maintains, and monitors video detection systems, including setting detection zones.

Maintains and repairs in-roadway warning light systems.

Maintains, installs, and repairs vehicle speed feedback signs and other City sign systems.

Responds to a variety of emergency calls to repair and inspect malfunctioning traffic signals and other related traffic control devices.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Basic and advanced electronics, including microprocessors and solid-state components such as transistors, resistors, and capacitors
Principles of traffic signal operations and maintenance
Principles of electrical theory and practice
Traffic signal controller electronics, wiring, and interface
Principles of wireless communication and design
Internet protocol standards
Closed-circuit television and video detection systems operation and maintenance
Modern traffic signal controller software, programming, and operations
Principles of fiber optic communication and design
State of California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Standard Plans and Standard Specifications
National Electrical Code
Safe work practices
Principles of basic mathematics
Principles of customer service

Ability to:

Troubleshoot problems related to electrical systems and electronic traffic control devices
Read and interpret complex diagrams, charts, and blueprints
Use electrical and electronic equipment and tools, including meters and testing devices
Use hand and power tools
Operate hydraulic bucket truck over traffic and from various heights
Learn to program computerized traffic signal controllers for proper timing, offsets, coordination, and operation
Perform tasks requiring manual dexterity
Diagnose problems and provide solutions
Follow written and oral instructions
Provide effective customer service
Respond to inquiries from the public in a tactful manner
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with other City employees and the general public
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Use a personal computer and applicable software applications

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Graduation from high school or the equivalent. Coursework in computers, electronics, and electrical installation, maintenance, and repair is desirable.

Experience: Three years of recent, paid work experience performing traffic signal maintenance, repair and installation duties. Experience in electronics and traffic signal maintenance is desirable. Municipal experience is desirable.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License. Possession of a valid International Municipal Signal Association (I.M.S.A.) level I certification. Possession of a valid International Municipal Signal Association (I.M.S.A.) level II certification is desirable.

Diversity and Inclusion

Applicants must submit a clear, concise, completed on-line City Application along with any required supplemental application materials with the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline. If you do not submit your on-line application by the filing deadline, you will not be considered for this position. Please note, applications may be rejected if incomplete. Resumes, CVs and cover letters are not reviewed as part of the application screening process.

NOTE: You must submit a copy of your I.M.S.A certification(s). All materials must be received in the Human Resources Department no later than close of business on the application closing date. You may attach a scanned copy of your certification(s) to your on-line application or e-mail a scanned copy to Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified.

NOTE: If three or more qualified City employees apply and pass the examination, a promotional list will be established in addition to an open-competitive list. If fewer than three qualified City employees pass the examination, the appointing authority, in accordance with the City's civil service rules and regulations, can decline to use a promotional list, in which case a promotional list will not be established for this position.

SELECTION PROCESS: All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Testing may consist of the following:

Training and Experience Screening and/or Oral Interview

Background Investigation:
Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.

Diversity and Inclusion

The City of Santa Monica is a progressive, inclusive and culturally-rich community. As leaders in public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a highly-talented workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where our staff are empowered to perform at their highest level and where their differences make a positive impact.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our employees. Join us!

Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Call (310) 458-8246, TDD (310) 458-8696 (Hearing Impaired Only).

Please note the request for reasonable accommodations must be made to Human Resources at least three work days prior to the examination.

Closing Date/Time:

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Job Address

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