Career Details for Signal & Track Switch Repairers
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.
Engineering and Technology
- computers and electronics
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
- 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
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
- planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment
Hand and Finger Use
- hold or move items with your hands
- put together small parts with your fingers
- see hidden patterns
- quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
- imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
- Attention to Detail
- Analytical Thinking
You might use software like this on the job:
- Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
- Microsoft Outlook
Facilities management software
- Maintenance management software
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