Railroad Signal Maintainer

Communications Maintainer, Gate Technician, Rail Signal Designer, Rail Signal Inspector, Signal Worker   More Names
Signalman, Switch Operator, Test Signal Technician, Track Signal Repairer

Railroad signal maintainers closely monitor the signals used within the public transportation's rail system. Using electrical skills and mechanical ability, signal maintainers install signals; diagnose problems; and repair, clean, and maintain all traffic and rail signals and electrical switches.

Signal maintainers should be detail-oriented and possess communication, problem solving, and record keeping skills.

Signal maintainers can be required to work long shifts in a variety of outdoor weather conditions. They are frequently exposed to distracting and uncomfortable noise contaminants, and hazardous equipment. They may work with inadequate light and in enclosed vehicles or equipment. They work with others, usually in a work group or team. They work under time pressure where the consequence of an error is the safety of others.

Employers generally require a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate, though they prefer some vocational training. A bachelor's degree is generally required for advancement. Employers prefer individuals with a driver's license, and usually look for someone with previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Many industry employers provide on-the-job training, but click on the "get qualified" tab above to see additional resources for job preparation and training, as well as available educational programs in your area.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
-0% - Little or no change
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $52,060 - $76,270    Hourly: $25 - $37

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

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to work long shifts
- Ability to work in a variety of outdoor weather conditions

Legal Requirements
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Typical Education:

Associate's Degree (High School + 2 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

-0% - Little or no change
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $52,060 - $76,270

Hourly: $25 - $37