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.
Signal and track switch repairers examine and test operation, mechanical parts, and circuitry of gate crossings, signals, and signal equipment. They survey electrical units of railroad grade crossing gates, mend loose bolts and defective electrical connections, test and rectify track circuits, install and renovate various railroad service equipment, tighten loose bolts and test circuits and connections.
Signal and track switch repairers inspect switch-controlling mechanisms on trolley wires and in track beds, replace defective wiring, broken lenses, or burned-out light bulbs, maintain and replace batteries, and report information about track inspected, repairs performed, and equipment requiring replacement. They also grease moving parts on gate-crossing mechanisms, clean lenses of lamps, and test air cylinders on pneumatically operated gates.
An associate’s degree or training in vocational school is required for trace jobs. Previous work-related skills, knowledge and experience are helpful, and they learn on-the-job from experienced workers. The skills required for signal careers include troubleshooting, equipment maintenance, repairing, quality control analysis, critical thinking, operations monitoring, equipment selection, problem-solving, judgement and decision making, time management and communications.
Signal and track switch repairers operators require knowledge of mechanical, transportation, public safety, engineering and technology, telecommunications and computers and electronics. They work in government and private rail corporations, and their pay is commensurate with the nature of the job.
Successful track switch operators are dependable, persistent, flexible, and can think analytically.
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