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City of Reno, NV Traffic Signal Technician in Reno, Nevada

Traffic Signal Technician

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Class Title

Traffic Signal Technician

Class Code



$61,503.76 - $86,524.09 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under direction, provides technical support in the construction, installation, maintenance, and repair of traffic control signals, equipment, and systems; and monitors the correct operation and timing of traffic control devices.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Provide technical support in the construction, installation, maintenance, and repair of traffic control signals, equipment and systems.

Perform a variety of electrical and electronic repairs and maintenance on traffic control units and equipment including traffic controllers, vehicle detectors, traffic signal control computers, time clocks, and microwave detectors; set up controllers; set mast arm; span wire and pedestrian poles and other traffic signal equipment.

Install, repair and/or calibrate traffic signal controllers, vehicle detectors, safety monitors, load switches, flashers, controller cabinets, loop detectors, video detectors, controllers, conflict monitors, communication hubs and converters, and related signal equipment.

Observe signal operations, verify timing, monitor physical connections and verify communications; review correct setting of traffic signal timing and set and maintain all local timing patterns and closed loop operations.

Conduct bench testing to verify equipment compliance with plans and specifications; install new or replace old traffic signal equipment including existing signals, school flashers, pedestrian flashers, and street lights; install and verify appropriate signal criteria, timing, and settings.

Monitor and operate the traffic signal control computer; respond to equipment malfunctions as required; ensure proper communication between City-owned traffic signal systems.

Install and maintain video detection.

Provide assistance to engineers regarding technical problems; review plans or specifications; explain operation of certain equipment; provide technical information and solutions to problems.

Respond to regular and emergency calls for service as appropriate; direct and control the flow of traffic during repairs, installation, or modification of traffic signals.

Investigate traffic complaints related to public concerns or accidents; provide facts to appropriate authority.

Maintain an automated inventory of traffic signal equipment, parts and supplies; track changes to inventory or equipment through the maintenance management system; prepare and present reports as required.

Provide support to various City staff and the general public regarding traffic signal issues and safety concerns.

Drive and operate heavy equipment including aerial boom trucks, crane trucks and dump trucks.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Principles of electronics as applied to traffic control devices.

Operational characteristics of computerized traffic control systems.

Principles, practices, techniques, tools, and materials used in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical or electronic systems and equipment.

Principles of electrical theory as applied to electrical circuits and wiring systems.

Methods and techniques of maintaining, installing and repairing electrical systems and equipment.

Operating characteristics and application of electrical test equipment.

Methods and techniques of troubleshooting and calibrating electric and electronic systems and components.

Instrumentation equipment and precision tools.

Preventive and corrective maintenance techniques.

Precautions necessary for working with high voltage.

Electrical theory, electrical wiring, electrical control systems, and national electrical code.

The manual on uniform traffic control devices.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Fiber optic communication, spread spectrum communication, network protocol and/or microwave communication.

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Provide technical support in the maintenance and repair of traffic signals, devices, and equipment.

Observe signal operations, verify timing, monitor physical connections and verify communications.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Operate a variety of electrical testing, maintenance, repair, and installation equipment in a safe and effective manner.

Use electrical test equipment.

Maintain communication infrastructure including Fiber optic communication, spread spectrum communication, network protocol and/or microwave communication.

Operate hand and power tools competently and safely.

Read and interpret schematics, blueprints and diagrams.

Monitor and operate computerized traffic signal controls.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent, supplemented by college level course work in electronics, electrical, or a related field.


Three (3) years of full-time journey-level experience in the repair and maintenance of electrical or electronic equipment, which included at least two (2) years of traffic signal installation, repair, and maintenance.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Possession of a Level 1 International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) certification in traffic signals.

Ability to obtain a Level 2 International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) certification in traffic signals within twelve (12) months of hire.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed in both indoor and outdoor field environments; travel from site to site; work around traffic; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, electrical energy, radiant energy, high voltage, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; work at heights on scaffolding and ladders; work or inspect underground in confined spaces; incumbents may be required to respond to emergency and public calls after hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to climb unusual heights on ladders; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Non-Supervisory


Last Update: 11/2019

JD 11/2019

BENEFITS IN BRIEF No state income tax. Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years. No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required). City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage. City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance. Twelve paid holidays. Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available. Vacation leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Credit Union available.


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