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Signal and Track Switch Repairers

Install, inspect, or maintain electric gate crossings and signal equipment.

Quick Facts

Wages:

National Data
$40.51 / hour    Read more about wages

Outlook:

National Data
Growth rate:  5.6%    Read more about outlook

Education:

High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • 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.
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Job Title Examples:

Electric Track Switch Maintainer
Light Rail Signal Technician
Signal and Communications Maintainer

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Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $40.51
Statewide median: $24.25

 


Wages for Signal and Track Switch Repairers *

Area Low Median High
U S
$34.06 $40.51 $43.24

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

Where do Signal and Track Switch Repairers most often work?

 

Current Demand

No data available.

 

Future Demand

No data available.

 

Employment Outlook for Signal and Track Switch Repairers
Area Employment Employment Change
-10 0 Number Percent
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 6,600 7,000 400 5.6%



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.


Physical Demands   

This career requires good eyesight.

 

Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:


Typical Working Conditions

 

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Education & Credentials

 

Educational Requirements

High School or less

 

Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma12.3
High school diploma or equivalent39.8
Some college, no degree26.3
Associate degree10
Bachelors degree9.8
Masters degree1.5
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.2

 

Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Moderate-term on-the-job training to become competent.

 

Current Training Opportunities


Related Programs

 

Majors

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Transfer Options

 

Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Accounting
  • Algebra I and II
  • Automobile and Diesel Mechanics
  • Business English
  • Chemistry
  • Industrial Technology
  • Manufacturing System
  • Metalworking
  • Physics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Transportation Technology
  • Trigonometry

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

 

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Skills & Knowledge

 

Most Important Skills for Signal and Track Switch Repairers


 

Most Important Knowledge Areas for Signal and Track Switch Repairers



Interests


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Describe Your Skills


People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Repairing and maintaining electronic equipment.
  • Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to find or fix problems.
  • Repairing and maintaining mechanical equipment.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Evaluating information to determine compliance with standards.
  • Making decisions or solving problems.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Handling and moving objects.

 

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Job Title Examples


Electric Track Switch Maintainer,  Light Rail Signal Technician,  Signal and Communications Maintainer,  Railroad Crossing Protection Maintainer,  Railway Signal Technician,  Signal Inspector,  Signal System Testing Maintainer,  Signal Technician,  Third Rail Installer,  Train Control Electronic Technician 

 

Where Do Signal and Track Switch Repairers Work?


Signal and Track Switch Repairers often work in the following industries.

 

Similar Careers


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