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Signal and Track Switch Repairers

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

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Drive motor vehicles to job sites.
    • Tighten loose bolts, using wrenches, and test circuits and connections by opening and closing gates.
    • Inspect electrical units of railroad grade crossing gates and repair loose bolts and defective electrical connections and parts.
    • Maintain high tension lines, de-energizing lines for power companies when repairs are requested.
    • Replace defective wiring, broken lenses, or burned-out light bulbs.
    • Record and report information about mileage or track inspected, repairs performed, and equipment requiring replacement.
    • Inspect, maintain, and replace batteries as needed.
    • Lubricate moving parts on gate-crossing mechanisms and swinging signals.
    • Test air lines and air cylinders on pneumatically operated gates.
    • Clean lenses of lamps with cloths and solvents.
    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.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Mechanical

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

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay
    • US Annual Salary $70,490/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage $33.89/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    Typical Education
    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
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    • Independence
    Tools
    • Voltage or current meters
    • Rail switching systems
    • Lifts
    • Forklifts
    • Articulating boom lift
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Presentation software
    • Internet browser software
    • Facilities management software
    Tags
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