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

Traffic Signal Mechanic


Class Title

Traffic Signal Mechanic

Class Code



$55,754.50 - $78,502.81 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under general supervision, performs a variety of electrical and electronic repairs and maintenance on traffic control units and equipment including traffic controllers, vehicle detectors and traffic signal control computers; and maintains, repairs, modifies, and installs traffic signals, street lights, electronic systems, and related apparatus.

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.

Perform a variety of electrical and electronic repairs and maintenance on traffic control units and equipment including traffic controllers, vehicle detectors, and traffic signal control computers; inspect and verify signal installations; respond to urgent signal malfunctions.

Install, maintain, inspect, and repair traffic signal equipment for proper operation; perform preventive maintenance on assigned systems.

Repair traffic signals and City street lights by replacing bulbs, photo cells, wiring, fuses, circuit breakers, ballasts, and signal head parts.

Install and maintain overhead and underground traffic signal communication cabling; perform U.S.A. locations; pull wires and make electrical connections required to tie in wiring, signals, vehicle detectors, and control cabinets.

Repair and install pedestrian fixtures, traffic signal fixtures, optically programmable fixtures, and inductive vehicle loop detectors at intersections.

Repair, program, and maintain electrically operated flashing school zone clocks and signs.

Install and repair vehicle loops using concrete saw, loop sealant machine, jackhammer and compressor.

Install and maintain video detection on poles.

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

Review and interpret plans and specifications for various traffic engineering functions; review completed work to ensure compliance with established plans; advise higher level engineering staff of deficiencies as appropriate.

Operate a variety of electrical and electronic repair and heavy equipment including a volt meter, specialized test equipment, bucket truck, and crane truck.

Review signal construction plans and prepare comments; maintain accurate and detailed records of traffic signal plans, schematics, and signal timing specifications; update records as maintenance is performed.

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:

Electrical and electronics principles and practices as applied to traffic control devices.

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.

Operational characteristics of computerized traffic control systems.

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

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

Ability to:

Perform a variety of installation, repair, and maintenance duties on electrical equipment and systems.

Diagnose defects and repair electrical traffic control devices and related equipment.

Install and maintain overhead and underground traffic signal communication cabling.

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

Use electrical test equipment.

Operate hand and power tools competently and safely.

Read and interpret schematics, blueprints, and diagrams.

Monitor and operate computerized traffic signal controls.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

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:


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in electrical, electronics, or a related field.


Two years of journey level electrical experience. Experience in the repair, maintenance, and installation of traffic control units and equipment.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid commercial driver's license (CDL) with appropriate endorsement.

Possession of International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) certifications are desirable.

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: Outdoor field environment;; 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: 8/2019

JD 11/2018


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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