County of Alameda

Street Light Technician (#9630)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$42.80-$42.80 Hourly / $3,424.00-$3,424.00 BiWeekly /
$7,418.67-$7,418.67 Monthly / $89,024.00-$89,024.00 Yearly

Under general supervision, repairs street lights, changes bulbs, photo cells, lenses, ballasts, and street light units. Incumbents may also assist with the installation and repair of some traffic signal systems; and performs other related duties.


Positions in the class of Street Light Technician are located in the Traffic Signal Section of the Maintenance and Operations Department of the Public Works Agency. Incumbents receive direction from a Traffic Signal Supervisor. This class is distinguished from the class of Traffic Signal Technician in that the latter class is responsible for traffic signal repair whereas the former class is primarily responsible for street light repair.

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. Repairs street lights, changes bulbs, photo cells, lenses, ballasts, and street light units; installs street light and traffic signal units; changes bulbs on traffic signal units; replaces street light poles.

2. Prepares simple reports and records such as repair history on street lights and traffic signal lights, daily work reports and records of materials used on vehicle; maintains inventory of street light materials on vehicle.

3. Drive set route at night as required to locate outages.

4. May assist Traffic Signal Technician in performance of duties; conducts lane closures safely and correctly; operates lift vehicle, crane vehicle.

Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience 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 full-time experience in the trouble shooting, repair and maintenance of street light systems and equipment.


A candidate possessing a valid Class A Permit with endorsement classifications of Hazardous (H) and Tanks (N) or X (combination of H & N) issued by the State of California and a valid Medical Certificate may be allowed to participate in the examination. Within six months of appointment, an employee must obtain possession of a valid Class A Driver’s license with required endorsement classifications of Hazardous (H) and Tanks (N) or X (combination of H & N) without restrictions and a valid Medical Certificate in order to continue employment.

Special Requirements:

Federal law and County policy requires that positions in the class of Street Light Technician performing safety sensitive functions are subject to post-offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.

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:

• Basic electrical and electronic theory.
• Record-keeping methods and practices.
• Safe work practices.
• Traffic Safety Regulations.
• Schematics, plans and specifications.
• Tools and equipment used to repair street lights.

Ability to:

• Repair and test street lights and circuits.
• Read and interpret plans and specifications.
• Follow general and detailed oral and written instructions.
• Work alone with minimal supervision.
• Work at heights.
• Work on live electrical equipment.
• Distinguish colors accurately.
• Lift 100 pounds correctly.
• Work in areas of high noise levels.

Working Conditions:

• Street Light Technicians are subject to 24-hour call out.
• Street Light Technicians are subject to work in high traffic areas.
• Street Light Technicians are subject to work in all weather conditions

TT:cla Typed: 7/97
Old doc: 9630h.doc
New doc: Jobspecs/9630.doc
CSC Date: 3/29/00
RC:pf Rev. 2/26/03
CSC Date: 4/16/03


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.