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Traffic Signal/Street Light Technician job in Tumwater

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Organization:  City of Tumwater Public Works Operations
Job Category:  Transportation
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Washington (WA)
City:  Tumwater
Post Code:  98501
Salary and Benefits:  $22.78 - $28.08 Hourly

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until it is filled.Installs and removes, repairs and rebuilds, tests and maintains traffic control devices (electro-mechanical and electronic). Work involves fabricating, programming and calibrating test equipment and testing devices used in the shop as well as performing heavy construction in the field. Installs secondary service for street lighting and signal systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics of the Class: This is journey-level, technical work performed under general supervision with special project work spot checked and routine work subject only to applicable rules, standards and regulations. Positions in the class perform all aspects of in-shop and on-site installation and maintenance of the City’s traffic control devices.

Essential Job Duties:
  • Installs, maintains, tests and repairs mechanical, electrical, and electronic traffic control equipment including loop systems, video detection, signal coordination, traffic preemption systems and other signal devices.
  • Uses lift truck to clean, inspect, maintain and repair all pole and mast mounted equipment and traffic signal heads in the streets and around traffic.
  • Installs signal spans, cables, street lighting and signal mounted signs.
  • Installs electrical fixtures on utility poles and light standards, installs conduit, measures and rigs and/or pulls cable, splices and solders cable ends, tags, and lays underground cable.
  • Replaces light standards, installs and rebuilds traffic control signals including digging trenches, jacking conduit through ground, digging holes for signal standard bases, installing standards and heads, pulling in wires, and splicing in pull boxes.
  • Programs and upgrades controllers and emergency vehicle preemptions as directed.
  • Tests, diagnoses, and repairs traffic signals and other traffic control equipment damaged in accidents, installing new equipment, cables and rewiring as necessary.
  • Disassembles, cleans, inspects, repairs, reassembles, tests, diagnoses and adjusts traffic controllers and related traffic equipment and related facilities.
  • Prepares and maintains work orders/records pertaining to traffic signals and city owned streetlights.
  • Reviews engineering plans and schematics for traffic signal and streetlight installations or modifications.
  • May perform lead worker duties when other employees are assigned to assist.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Working Conditions: Frequently works in the field in all weather; under adverse conditions including noise, fumes, moving vehicles; in confined spaces and at heights around energized and high voltage equipment. Must stand, walk, bend, and kneel for extended periods of time. Requires lifting in excess of 50 pounds. Pole and signal installation and repair involve aerial work and many cable, wire and communications service installations require working underground in confined spaces.

Selection Criteria:
Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of electrical theory as applied to traffic signal circuits and wiring systems. Considerable knowledge of the methods, procedures, materials, tools and equipment used in coordinating, installing, maintaining and repairing traffic control and signal equipment and related facilities; of safety practices and procedures; of telemetry, lighting, computer controls, fiber optics and network technology; of electronic schematics and symbols; of applicable electrical codes including NEC, state and local codes; and of Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Abilities: Ability to troubleshoot and repair complex traffic control equipment; to read and interpret blueprints, diagrams and charts; to use electronic and microprocessor testing and recording devices; and to use and operate hand and power tools; to operate lifts vehicles and trucks with power attachments; to make appropriate judgments in troubleshooting, assessing and prioritizing emergency situations and determining the appropriate method of repair; to design retrofitting for old traffic signals; to work at heights of 30 feet or more; to complete confined space training and adhere to related safety standards.
Minimum Qualifications: Three consecutive years IMSA Level II Traffic Signal  Technician experience installing, maintaining and calibrating control or measuring devices comprised of solid state electronic or computer systems used in the signal trade, or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class.
Special Requirements: Must be able to possess or have the ability to obtain and retain a Washington State Commercial Driver's License with appropriate endorsements. The required license must be obtained within 60 days of employment. Certification as a Level II Traffic Signal Technician by the International Municipal Signal Association is required.
Other information (if any) specific to this position:
$200 boot allowance. Necessary tools and equipment provided.  Alternative work schedule available (4-10 hour days, Tuesday through Friday).

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