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Valley Metro: Signal Systems Technician


Candidates may be hired above the minimum depending upon qualifications.

This position is safety sensitive and subject to Valley Metro RPTA’s Drug & Alcohol Program. The Signal Systems Technician performs complex and varied duties in the maintenance and repair of signaling and rail safety systems, track switching equipment, signal systems circuits, and other electrical equipment; and performs related work as assigned. Troubleshooting, analyzing and isolating malfunctions, conducting inspections, testing, modifying, maintaining and repairing signaling equipment.

The Signal Systems Technician shall contribute to team efforts and represents Agency core values in the performance of duties.


Physical Demands:
Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Incumbent must perform heavy manual labor, frequently lifting up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds with the assistance of applicable equipment or other employees.

Work Environment:
Work extended shifts or be called back in emergency situations.
May work from lift trucks, ladders, and other elevating devices.

Work outdoors in all weather conditions. Incumbents may be subjected to risk of electrical shock, toxic or caustic chemicals, moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, and intense noise levels.

Primary Duties

  • The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.
  • This position supports a 24 hour/7 day week rail operation; works rotating shifts, on continuous seven-day work cycle; may work overtime or be called back into work due to an emergency.
  • Repairs electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems of LRT wayside signaling and fare collection systems equipment.
  • Tests and troubleshoots electronic components and systems, repairs or orders and replaces components, rewires systems, and tests equipment prior to placing back into service.
  • Responds to service emergencies providing online troubleshooting and repair of all electronic, electro-mechanical equipment including located in wayside facilities, and passenger stations and fare collection equipment.
  • Maintains parts inventory and computer inventory records.
  • Compiles reports of inspections, repairs made, and equipment requiring replacement.
  • Performs preventative maintenance on all signaling, and fare collection apparatus.
  • Investigates and locates problems or failures and take the proper corrective action.
  • Ensures that proper safety precautions are followed, particularly around energized circuits.
  • Attends safety and training meetings; participates in emergency preparedness systems.
  • Maintenance and repair of LRT wayside signaling, system equipment.
  • This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Desired Education & Experience

  • High School Diploma, or G.E.D. equivalent, AND two (2) years of experience with electromechanical or electronic systems including Ohms Law; OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties as those listed below.
  • PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Associate's Degree in electrical/electronic engineering technology from a two (2) year Technical College or institute Railroad signaling school or transit experience
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays, overtime and irregular hours; may be called back in emergency situations.
  • Shift Differential Pay (2nd, 3rd, and Swing shifts)
  • Position requires the incumbent to successfully pass the safety and track worker protection certification and to maintain ongoing education and training requirements of the position.
  • Medical Examination: Employment for safety sensitive positions is contingent on passing a physical examination.
  • Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.
  • Licenses and Certifications: Valid Arizona Driver's License Position requires the ability to maintain insurability under Valley Metro's Vehicle Insurance Policy.
  • Incumbent is required to have a CDL permit (CDL Class B) permit upon hire and license within 90 days of hire, and maintain a current valid Arizona Commercial Driver's License (CDL Class B) with Air Brakes endorsement. Position requires the ability to maintain insurability under Valley Metro's Vehicle Insurance Policy.

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • Safety practices as they pertain to electronic systems. AC/DC electrical systems, principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry and associated mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic systems, testing and inspection methods/tools. Analog and digital electronics, and electronic control circuits.
  • Skills in: Safely using and maintaining hand and power tools and test equipment related to the work. Maintaining accurate records of work performed. Ability to read schematics and blueprints for electrical and electronic control. Analyzing malfunction in electrical, electronic and electromechanical system and repair. Ability to perform maintenance repair, troubleshooting, rebuild and overhaul of rail wayside equipment and subsystems; Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.

Salary Range

$22.67 (Hourly) to $36.27 Hourly
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