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Signal & Track Switch Repairers

Also called: Signal Inspector, Signal Maintainer, Signalman, Train Control Electronic Technician

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.
On the job, you would:
  • Install, inspect, maintain, and repair various railroad service equipment on the road or in the shop, including railroad signal systems.
  • Inspect and test operation, mechanical parts, and circuitry of gate crossings, signals, and signal equipment such as interlocks and hotbox detectors.
  • Inspect switch-controlling mechanisms on trolley wires and in track beds, using hand tools and test equipment.


Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • mechanical
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Facilities management software
  • Maintenance management software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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