County of Alameda

Traffic Signal Technician (#9627)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$58.80-$58.80 Hourly / $4,704.00-$4,704.00 BiWeekly /
$10,192.00-$10,192.00 Monthly / $122,304.00-$122,304.00 Yearly

Under general supervision, to install, maintain, and repair all types of traffic signals and any other electronic or electric traffic control devices; and to do related work as required.


The Traffic Signal Technician is the journey-level position responsible for the installation, maintenance and repairs of traffic signals and other electronic or electrical traffic control devices. It is distinguished from the next higher level classification of Traffic Signal Supervisor in that the latter has overall supervision responsibility over Traffic Signal Technicians.

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. Installs, maintains, and repairs traffic signal systems including wiring, conduits, signal poles, controllers, electronic switching equipment, and vehicle detectors.
2. Makes continuous and detailed field checks to locate trouble or causes or failure; adjusts electronic and switch type detectors (i.e., sonar, radar, hard rubber, and magnetic), and time controllers (i.e., fixed time, and volume density); replaces signal lamps; checks fire preemptors and time clocks; cleans signal faces and reflectors; bypasses faulty parts.
3. Installs street lights and traffic signals including construction of concrete base, erection of signal poles, hanging of signal faces, building up control cabinets, laying of wiring and conduits, and testing the completed installation.
4. Operates and maintains various electronic and electric measuring devices such as voltmeters, ampmeters, multitesters, wave meters and master controller testers.
5. Inspects electrical and electronic portions of traffic signal installations done by private contractors.
6. Prepares and maintains simple reports and records such as a repair history on all traffic signal devices, requests for materials, daily work reports, and time sheets.
7. Performs the bench work including trouble shooting and repairs of signal relays, vehicle detectors, safety monitor, motor controllers, opticom detectors, and time clocks; replaces parts as necessary.

Either I

The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience as a Traffic Signal Technician Trainee in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Graduation from an accredited electrical or electronic trade school. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)


The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of electric and electronic traffic control devices.


Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.

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:

• Electrical and electronic theory.
• Tools and equipment used in the repair and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment.
• Traffic signal installation inspection techniques and procedures.
• Schematics, plans and specifications.
• Traffic Safety Regulations.
• Safe work practices.

Ability to:

• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Work alone with minimal supervision.
• Work at heights.
• Work on live electrical equipment.
• Distinguish colors.
• Lift 100 lbs. correctly.
• Operate lift vehicle.
• Repair and test electronic equipment.
• Read and interpret plans and specifications.
• Supervise the installation of traffic signal systems.
• Operate and maintain a variety of electric and electronic measuring devices.
• Inspect electrical and electronic portions of traffic signal systems installed by private contractors.

Special Working Condition:

• Subject to 24-hour call out.
• Work in all weather conditions.

Retyped 4/19/71
Retyped 1/12/77
Revised: 3/80
RE:pf Revised: 3/98
Old document: 9627H.doc
New document: Jobspecs/9627
CSC Date: 4/29/98
MH:cs Revised 2/3/15
CSC Date: 5/27/15


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

  • 12 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.