The County of San Luis Obispo is hiring motivated, enthusiastic, and service minded Civil Engineer Technicians (CET) to join our APWA accredited Public Works Department. The Traffic Signal Technician position assists the Traffic Operations team by maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading County traffic control devices such as traffic signals, street lights, lighted beacons, and driver feedback signs. Join our professional team of nearly 300 dedicated staff who serve the residents and visitors of the central coast. The Public Works engineering career series provides for professional development and personal growth working on a wide range of projects and programs that enhance our community.
Impact your Community & Build your Career This recruitment is specific to filling the Public Works' Traffic Signal Technician position. The Traffic Operations team is dedicated to transportation network operations and safety through maintaining, planning, and improving the County's nearly 1,400 miles of roads. Areas of focus include vehicle and pedestrian safety, signals and lighting, signs and markings, school and neighborhood traffic conditions and the future of the County road system.
Typical duties of the Traffic Signal Technician include:
Respond to emergency signal malfunctions and restore to proper working order
Maintains, and repairs County maintained traffic signal systems, including wiring, conduits, poles, heads, controllers, switches, vehicle detectors, and special illumination and painting in connection with these signals. Some of this work can and will be done in the shop.
Installs and repairs County maintained lighting systems (such as lamps and ballasts, poles, wiring) and other electrically or electronically controlled installations – this includes driver feedback signs, flashing beacons, in pavement traffic counting systems, and in-pavement flashers among others.
Inspects, tests and perform detailed checks of traffic signals and lighting systems to locate trouble or the causes of failure and adjusts detectors and timed controllers; replaces parts where failure or damage occurs. May be asked to provide construction inspection of signal systems during the construction period.
Set and maintain signal programming; adjust camera hardware as needed and required. Proposes and develops changes in timing sequences, phase timing and flash times.
Provide inspection for all new installations and inspects new signal installations to ensure compliance with appropriate codes and specifications.
Conduct scheduled preventative maintenance on all electrical and electrical systems – traffic signals, streetlights, driver feedback signs, in pavement flashers, in pavement volume counters, etc.
Orders replacement parts as needed for inventory.
Maintains records of performed activities on traffic signals (work logs).
Provides input to the Traffic Engineer with regards to the design of traffic signal phasing and sequencing, placement of induction loops, sizing cables, wiring, and locating junction boxes for signalized intersections.
Understand and review specifications for traffic signal equipment, as appropriate.
Performs field placement and retrieval of video cameras for unplanned traffic related assessments and observation.
The Ideal Candidate The ideal candidate must have practical knowledge and experience with maintaining common electrical traffic control devices. Familiarity and experience working on teams involved in transportation or roads engineering practice and principles, project and program management, and/or construction engineering. Familiarity with the MUTCD as applicable is a plus. In additional to technical experience, the following professional traits are also important.
The ability to work cooperatively within a multi-discipline team to meet goals and deadlines while producing a quality work product.
Good communication skills to express verbally and in writing the expectations or results of project deliverables.
Self-motivated and proactive approach to completing assigned work, problem solving and taking on new opportunities
Civil Engineering Technician II: Graduation from high school or possession of a GED certificate. Two years as a Civil Engineering Technician I or an equivalent class. (Possession of a valid Engineer-In-Training or Land Surveyor-In-Training Certificate issued by the California Board of Registration may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)
Civil Engineering Technician III: Graduation from high school or possession of a GED certificate. Three years as a Civil Engineering Technician II or an equivalent class. (Possession of a valid Engineer-In-Training or Land Surveyor-In-Training issued by the California Board of Registration may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)
Licenses and Certificates: A valid driver license is required at the time of application. A valid CALIFORNIA driver license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.
Other Specifications Factors Affecting Position Allocation: Relative level, variety and complexity of duties; independence of action; degree of supervision received and exercised; consequence of error are all factors used in differentiating between levels.
Preferred Qualifications: IMSA Traffic Signal Technician Level II is required to perform traffic signal work in the field.
About County of San Luis Obispo
Equal Employment Opportunity - The County is an equal opportunity employer. Objectives are directed toward assuring equal opportunity in selection / promotion, pay, and job assignments. Recruitment and selection procedures have been established to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of political or religious opinions or affiliations, age, sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. In addition, the County complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in hiring and retaining employees. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at (805)781-5959. Reasonable Accommodation Notice - Federal and State laws require employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. You may call 805-781-5959 for assistance.