Rail Electronic Communications Inspector

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Rail electronic communications inspectors ensure that that all of the equipment used to transmit and deliver messages between transportation workers, as well as between workers and customers, is in good working order. They inspect, test, install, maintain, and repair electronic equipment on right-of-way, public, and other transit system locations. They Install, maintain, and repair fiber optic networks, as well as radio, advanced communication, audio, video, telephone, public address, and alarm systems in support of operations. They may inspect fire and life safety systems as well.

The inspectors install, maintain, diagnose problems, repair, and replace radio equipment parts, including voice and data, and multi-line, station, and telecommunications system equipment. They make connections, splice, and terminate communication cables and wiring, including insulated leaded, copper and fiber optic cables above and below ground. The inspectors also install, maintain and repair all telephone-related parts and accessories, distribution frames and boxes, public address systems, CCTV systems, inter-communication systems, and circuits.

Rail electronic communications inspectors generally report to supervisors, and may work in a variety of conditions (both indoors and outdoors). This sometimes requires working within confined spaces, on ladders, or on poles.

Rail electronic communications inspectors must have the ability to review and interpret blueprints, schematics, and drawings, as well as have knowledge of fiber optic and microwave networks, radio networks, and advanced communication, audio, video, telephone, public address, and alarm systems. They also should be able to communicate effectively with others, follow oral and written instructions, and be able to read, write, speak, and understand English.

Rail electronic communications inspectors must have a high school diploma or pass the general educational development (GED) exam. They also must have a technical school degree or the equivalent in electronics. Experience or apprenticeship may substitute for education requirements. Some companies may require them to pass the International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians (ISCET) exam.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
6% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $39,290 - $67,890    Hourly: $19 - $33

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to climb heights up to 125 feet
- Ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds

Legal Requirements

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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

6% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $39,290 - $67,890

Hourly: $19 - $33