County of Alameda

Traffic Sign Worker (#9110)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$36.62-$36.62 Hourly / $2,929.60-$2,929.60 BiWeekly /
$6,347.47-$6,347.47 Monthly / $76,169.60-$76,169.60 Yearly

Under general supervision, to fabricate, install, and repair, guide, warning and regulatory traffic signs and devices; and to do related work as required.


Traffic Sign Worker works under the supervision of the Traffic Safety Supervisor, or equivalent of the Traffic Safety section in the Maintenance and Operations Department of the Public Works Agency. Incumbents are each assigned a truck outfitted with the appropriate power equipment to allow them to work alone. Traffic Sign Workers are distinguished from the supervisor class in that the latter has full supervisory responsibility of the Traffic Safety section, whereas incumbents in the class perform duties as assigned, usually with minimal supervision.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Digs holes with clay spade, jackhammer, shovel or post hole digger and installs signs at the proper designated location, angle, and height according to the standards promulgated by the State of California, Department of Transportation.

2. Assembles signs on the job site.

3. Picks up or removes damaged signs and returns them to the shop for repair or replacement.

4. Maintains and stocks signs to be current according to standards as issued; requisitions new signs as necessary and discards or recycles non-standard signs.

5. Maintains paper or electronic records of signs installed and inventory records related to sign shop operation.

6. Observes roads, to ensure that all signs comply with State and Federal standards or repair/replace as needed.

7. Operates computerized layout and graphics design sign making equipment.


Either I

The equivalent of one year as a Laborer in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of two years of experience in traffic sign fabrication, installation, maintenance and repair work, in accordance with the current State of California Standards or the equivalent.


Possession of a valid California Class C Motor Vehicle Operator's license, with no moving violations for the past eighteen (18) months.

Working Conditions:

Subject to 24-hour call out and must actively participate in the program.
Work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Subject to loud noises.
Work in high traffic areas.
Subject to climbing ladders, working from heights, bending, stooping, lifting heavy objects, working overhead, etc.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• The State of California Uniform Sign Chart; State and Federal manuals concerning traffic signs.
• The materials and tools used in the erection, removal, repair and emergency fabrication of signs.
• Safety procedures and practices. 

Ability to:

• Follow oral and written instructions.
• Prepare reports and keep records.
• Read and interpret maintenance, traffic and construction manuals, plans, drawings and specifications.
• Operate light power equipment such as clay spades, jackhammers, drills and impact wrenches used in digging holes and assembling signs.
• Use computer software applications to layout and cut signs.
• Lift and carry objects up to 65 pounds.
• Work efficiently and responsibility under minimal supervision.
• Work, establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the public and other staff.

REVISED: 3/2/8l
Retyped: 6/9/86
Revised 1/99
Old document: 0833h
New document: Jobspecs/9110
CSC Date: 3/3/99
MAH:cs Revised 6/18/12
CSC Date: 7/11/12


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.