Signal and Track Switch Repairers

OCCUPATION DESCRIPTION

Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Troubleshooting: 4
  • Repairing: 4
  • Equipment Maintenance: 3.88
  • Quality Control Analysis: 3.75
  • Operation Monitoring: 3.62
  • Installation: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Critical Thinking: 3.12
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 3.12
  • Operation and Control: 3.12
  • Coordination: 3
  • Active Learning: 2.88
  • Monitoring: 2.88
  • Time Management: 2.88
  • Writing: 2.88
  • Complex Problem Solving: 2.88
  • Equipment Selection: 2.88
  • Reading Comprehension: 2.88
  • Instructing: 2.75
  • Learning Strategies: 2.62
  • Active Listening: 2.62
  • Mathematics: 2.5
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 2.38
  • Speaking: 2.38
  • Social Perceptiveness: 2.25
  • Service Orientation: 2.12
  • Persuasion: 2.12
  • Systems Analysis: 2.12
  • Systems Evaluation: 2.12
  • Negotiation: 1.75
  • Management of Material Resources: 1.38
  • Technology Design: 1.12
  • Science: 1.12
  • Management of Financial Resources: 1.12
  • Programming: 0.75
  • Operations Analysis: 0.38
CORE TASKS
  • 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.
  • Drive motor vehicles to job sites.
  • Tighten loose bolts, using wrenches, and test circuits and connections by opening and closing gates.
  • Inspect electrical units of railroad grade crossing gates and repair loose bolts and defective electrical connections and parts.
  • Replace defective wiring, broken lenses, or burned-out light bulbs.
  • Record and report information about mileage or track inspected, repairs performed, and equipment requiring replacement.
  • Inspect, maintain, and replace batteries as needed.
  • Lubricate moving parts on gate-crossing mechanisms and swinging signals.
  • Clean lenses of lamps with cloths and solvents.

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