County of Alameda

Traffic Signal Technician, Trainee (#9629)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$48.59-$51.10 Hourly / $3,887.20-$4,088.00 BiWeekly /
$8,422.27-$8,857.33 Monthly / $101,067.20-$106,288.00 Yearly

Under close supervision, to train in the installation, maintenance, and repair of all types of traffic signals and any other electronic or electric traffic control devices; and to do related work as required.


The purpose of this class is to provide training in the repair and maintenance of the traffic signals and other traffic control devices used in the Alameda County system.

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. Assists in installing, maintaining, and repairing traffic signal systems including wiring, conduits, signal poles, controllers, electronic switching equipment, and vehicle detectors.
2. Assists in making continuous and detailed field checks to locate trouble or causes of failure; adjusts electronic detectors (i.e. video and magnetic), and solid state controllers; replaces signal lamps; checks fire preemptors and time clocks; cleans signal faces and reflectors; bypasses faulty parts.
3. Assists in operating and maintaining various electronic and electric measuring devices such as, voltmeters, ampmeters, multitesters, wave meters and oscilloscopes.
4. 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.
5. May assist with the bench work including reconditioning and repairing of micro computer signal controllers, vehicle detectors (inductive, microwave and video), load switches (AC to DC converters), motor controllers, streetlights and time clocks; replacing components and parts as necessary.


Completion of an approved electrical or electronic trade school curriculum. (One-year experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of electric and/or electronic devices may be substituted for the required education).


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

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 to repair electronic equipment.
• Schematics and plans and specifications.

Ability to:

• Read and interpret plans and specifications.
• Learn to repair and test electronic equipment
• Learn to operate and maintain a variety of electrical and
electronic portions of traffic signal systems installed by private
• Learn traffic installation inspection techniques.
• Follow general and detailed verbal and written instructions.

FW:mso 7/7/81
PR:lfm 7/15/81
CSC date: 8/3/81
HC:pf – Rev. 5/9/01
CSC date: 6/6/01


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.