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El Paso County Traffic Signal Technician in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Traffic Signal Technician



Traffic Signal Technician


$22.98 - $33.34 Hourly


Colorado Springs, CO

Job Type



Department of Public Works - Transportation

Job Number



2/2/2021 5:00 PM Mountain

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Essential Job Functions

Typical hiring rate of $23.10 - $24.74 hourly

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications

Maintains, installs, improves, inspects, replaces and repairs highway traffic signals and related hardware for El Paso County roads. Responds to traffic control device calls during and after scheduled work shifts. Performs preventative maintenance; operates specialized trucks and equipment; locates signals and cables for other agencies, directing the activities of contractors; builds and dismantles signal equipment. Assignments are received through work orders, work requests and verbal or written instructions, carrying out the assignments according to established procedures, rules and regulations. Work is performed in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), the Traffic Control Devices Handbook (TCDH) and Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinances, polices, procedures, specifications, standards and Engineering Directives. Work is reviewed daily while in progress, upon completion and through written reports, conferences and performance evaluations. May train and inspect the work of new employees.

  • Sorts and completes service requests and work orders received; establishes daily route. Maintains records of all work performed; properly codes completed daily projects for data entry.

  • Performs on-call emergency traffic control devices repair after normal work hours.

  • Stocks trucks with needed materials; operates a bucket and a platform truck to install overhead signals and signs; operates various equipment and hand tools including gas and electric generators, winches and powered tools and saws for installing, repairing or replacing traffic control signals; performs routine maintenance and minor repairs on all equipment.

  • Installs highway traffic signal equipment, including setting and pulling span wire and electrical conductor cable, hanging highway traffic signals and vehicle detection systems, making wire and communication connections for all signal related equipment and coordinating power service connection with utility provider.

  • Makes operational improvements; performs preventive maintenance; upgrades and makes electrical or electronic repairs at existing highway traffic signal locations.

  • Stocks traffic control devices in the appropriate storage facilities.

  • Interprets the MUTCD, TCDH, and Federal, State and Local procedures, specifications, standards and Engineering Directives for correct highway traffic signal operation and placement.

  • Surveys El Paso County roads for potential highway traffic signal replacement needs.

  • Responds to "trouble calls" of signal equipment malfunctions and independently locates, trouble shoots and repairs through component replacement, relays, timers, vehicle detection systems, signal load switches, control cabinets, conflict and current monitors, flashers, electromechanical, and micro processing controllers, and all other related signal equipment and hardware.

  • Locates signal aerial and buried cables for other agencies to prevent damage to devices; meets utility locators to determine the location of telephone and electric cables, water and gas lines and drainage and sanitary sewage pipes for traffic signal work activities.

  • Works with and directs the activities of private contractors during signal construction activities including pole foundation digging, trenching for conduit, signal equipment installation and vehicle detection system installations.

  • Assists with adjusting and establishing vehicle detection systems and locating bad conductors; assists with programming signal controllers and time switches.

  • Assembles new and current traffic control signal and flashing beacon controller systems, including installation of all necessary cabinet components. Builds signal heads and flashers; paints signal brackets and poles; maintains shop equipment; dismantles signal equipment for repair; assists in the repair of timers, load switches, electro-mechanical controllers, dial units, and vehicle detection systems; supports work zone traffic control including flagging.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent education required.

  • Familiarity with electrical or electronic signal devices.

  • Three (3) years experience in the maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic signal devices preferred.

  • Ability to install, repair and maintain traffic signals; ability to operate essential tools and equipment utilized in traffic installation, repair and maintenance in a safe efficient manner.

  • Knowledge of traffic signal installation, repair and maintenance techniques, procedures, and practices; knowledge of heavy equipment and its operation.

  • Knowledge of the basic principles of mechanics, electronics, electricity, and solid state electronics.

  • Ability to troubleshoot traffic signal problems. Ability to operate a lap top computer.

  • Knowledge of highway traffic signals as set forth in the MUTCD.

  • Knowledge of El Paso County roadway system and location information. Ability to interpret and utilize handbooks, plans, diagrams, drawings and written standards.

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions with minimal instructions; ability to work independently. Ability to communicate and work effectively with County staff, contractors and the general public.

  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.

  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, drug screen, and physical examination.


  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License with Tanker Endorsement.

  • Must possess a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Flagger Certification and a Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment.

  • Must possess IMSA Traffic Signal Level I Certification; ability to obtain IMSA Traffic Signal Level II Certification required within (1) year of employment.

  • IMSA Traffic Signal Troubleshooting Certification, IMSA Preventative Maintenance of Traffic Signals Certification, and IMSA Traffic Signal Inspection Certification preferred.

Work Conditions

Work is performed outside in adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes. Exposure to hazards associated with working in traffic, working around high voltage and working at heights near 40 feet. Work requires the physical ability to climb and walk on uneven terrain, lift heavy materials and equipment and stand for prolonged periods of time. It also requires the ability to operate a truck or machinery for extended periods of time in confined seating and perform work while stooping and bending for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Work also requires the physical ability to lift heavy traffic signals and messengers, climb in and out of bucket and platform trucks. Subject to emergency traffic control devices repair off hours call-out. Subject to drug and alcohol testing. Post conditional physical required.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE AT: For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.

Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).