Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Signal Technician
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$5,536.00 - $6,733.00 Monthly
$66,432.00 - $80,796.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location:220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

Do you possess experience as a Traffic Signal Technician?  The City of Kent has an exciting job opportunity for someone whose background is in electrical/electronic systems.  If you enjoy performing technical work in a fast-paced environment, you may be interested in applying for our Signal Technician position.

**Please note that you must attach your cover letter and resume to your application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not substitute for attaching it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  If you experience technical difficulties, please contact our office Monday-Friday, between 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

This is a full-time, non-represented position.

The selection process for this position will consist of a technical knowledge test and an interview.  The position is open continuously at this time, but a first review of applications will take place at the end of June.  A tentative interview date of July 10 has been scheduled, but may change depending on the number of applications submitted prior to July 1. 

Under the direction of the Traffic Signal System Supervisor or designee, program, inspect, install, test, repair and maintain all types of traffic signals, video cameras and related equipment for traffic studies and street lighting equipment; maintain files and records; direct or perform emergency repairs as needed.
Work is characterized by a substantial amount of technical work involved in the repair and maintenance of traffic signals, video cameras and related equipment, and street lighting equipment hardware. Incumbent works primarily in an outdoors environment, subject to climbing and lifting; exposed to various weather conditions and moving traffic; also subject to 24 hour call back for emergency repairs. 
Work is performed under general supervision.  Supervisor defines objectives, priorities, and deadlines; and assists incumbent with unusual situations, which do not have clear objectives or precedents.  Incumbent plans and carries out assignments and handles problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, procedures and/or accepted practices.  Work is evaluated for technical soundness and conformity to practice and policy.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Analyze and evaluate the performance of traffic signal and street lighting equipment according to established procedures; troubleshoot, repair or replace damaged equipment as needed.
Repair, replace or install signal heads, preemption detectors, luminaires, and related equipment on mast arms and poles using lift truck.
Perform periodic observations of City traffic signals to assure effective and efficient operation and appearance; locate street lighting malfunctions; troubleshoot and repair as necessary; report major malfunctions to proper authority.
Perform preventive maintenance program, annual conflict monitor testing, and modifications of signals and related equipment; provide input to traffic engineering personnel regarding design of systems.
Install video cameras and related equipment at various locations for video surveillance used for traffic studies such as traffic movements and violations, traffic counts, and hearing mitigation; perform a variety of signal-related traffic studies; and compile and analyze data to determine traffic movement.
Prepare and maintain legible and accurate records, reports and logs including signal work logs, timing and inventory sheets, work orders and repairs.
Operate a variety of equipment, machinery and tools including, but not limited to, lift truck, multi-meter, amp probe, meg ohm meter, oscilloscope, inductive locater, loop analyzer, automated test equipment, fiber optic tester, soldering gun, and assorted power and hand tools.
Attend various meetings as assigned regarding signal or traffic responsibilities.
Assist in the inspection of traffic signal and street lighting systems.
Respond to public inquiries related to traffic signals and street lights. 
Actively support the vision, mission, values and goals of the department and the City.
Perform related duties as assigned.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Electrical safety practices
  • Basic research and analytical methods, practices and procedures
  • Methods, techniques, operations and procedures used in traffic signal, video surveillance and street lighting
  • Traffic engineering fundamentals
  • Municipal government policies, procedures, and structures
  • Video cameras and related equipment
  • Operation of a personal computer
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, procedures and ordinances
  • Recordkeeping techniques
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy

  • Maintaining records and preparing written reports
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Program, modify, repair and maintain traffic signals, video cameras, street lighting and other electrical circuits and equipment
  • Read and interpret blueprints, plans, schematics, diagrams and charts
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Prepare and maintain legible and accurate records and reports
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employee, supervisors, managers and the general public
  • Meet schedules and time lines
  • Plan and organize work

 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Education:  Graduation from high school supplemented by two (2) years of college level course work or vocational training involving electronics technology; and
Experience:  Two (2) years of experience installing, diagnosing and repairing traffic signals, video cameras and related equipment used for traffic studies, and street lighting equipment; or experience with electronic control systems and lighting equipment; or one (1) year of experience as a Signal Technician in Training with the City of Kent;
Or:  In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
  •  Valid Washington State Driver's License
  • International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) Certification at least at a level two signal technician, or the ability to obtain this certification within two years of employment in this position
  • Flagger certification or ability to obtain within 6-months of employment
  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check; successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course; and maintain an excellent driving record
  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry


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