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Signal and Track Switch Repairers

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Inspect and test operation, mechanical parts, and circuitry of gate crossings, signals, and signal equipment such as interlocks and hotbox detectors.
    • Inspect electrical units of railroad grade crossing gates and repair loose bolts and defective electrical connections and parts.
    • Test and repair track circuits.
    • Drive motor vehicles to job sites.
    • Install, inspect, maintain, and repair various railroad service equipment on the road or in the shop, including railroad signal systems.
    • Tighten loose bolts, using wrenches, and test circuits and connections by opening and closing gates.
    • Replace defective wiring, broken lenses, or burned-out light bulbs.
    • Inspect switch-controlling mechanisms on trolley wires and in track beds, using hand tools and test equipment.
    • Inspect, maintain, and replace batteries as needed.
    • Record and report information about mileage or track inspected, repairs performed, and equipment requiring replacement.
    • Lubricate moving parts on gate-crossing mechanisms and swinging signals.
    • Clean lenses of lamps with cloths and solvents.
    • Test air lines and air cylinders on pneumatically operated gates.
    • Maintain high tension lines, de-energizing lines for power companies when repairs are requested.

    Skills

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 76210/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 36.64/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 30
    • Yearly Projected Openings 0

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Integrity
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Voltage or current meters
    • Audio spectrum analyzer
    • Articulating boom lift
    • Ammeters
    • Adjustable wrenches

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