Career Details for Signal & Track Switch Repairers

Signal & Track Switch Repairers

Also called:

Signal Inspector, Signal Maintainer, Signalman, Train Control Electronic Technician

What they do:

Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.

On the job, you would:

  • Install, inspect, maintain, and repair various railroad service equipment on the road or in the shop, including railroad signal systems.
  • Inspect and test operation, mechanical parts, and circuitry of gate crossings, signals, and signal equipment such as interlocks and hotbox detectors.
  • Inspect switch-controlling mechanisms on trolley wires and in track beds, using hand tools and test equipment.

lightbulb KNOWLEDGE

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • mechanical

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Transportation

  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Technical

  • figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment

trophy ABILITIES

Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Spatial

  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Independence

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook

Facilities management software

  • Maintenance management software

book EDUCATION

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associate's degree or
certificate after high school usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

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BELOW AVERAGE

New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

SALARY
$65,350


per year, on average
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