Signal and Track Switch Repairers
On the Job
Signal and Track Switch Repairers install, inspect, or maintain railroad signal equipment. This may include track switches, electric gate crossings, or intercommunication systems.
This career requires good eyesight.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
- Inspect equipment to locate or identify electrical problems.
- Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
- Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
- Maintain work equipment or machinery.
- Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Adjust the tension of nuts or bolts.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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