Signal and Track Switch Repairers

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Signal and Track Switch Repairers include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 44.39% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 31.57% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Drive motor vehicles to job sites.

    Inspect and test operation, mechanical parts, and circuitry of gate crossings, signals, and signal equipment such as interlocks and hotbox detectors.

    Install, inspect, maintain, and repair various railroad service equipment on the road or in the shop, including railroad signal systems.

    Record and report information about mileage or track inspected, repairs performed, and equipment requiring replacement.

    Maintain high tension lines, de-energizing lines for power companies when repairs are requested.

    Replace defective wiring, broken lenses, or burned-out light bulbs.

    Inspect electrical units of railroad grade crossing gates and repair loose bolts and defective electrical connections and parts.

    Tighten loose bolts, using wrenches, and test circuits and connections by opening and closing gates.

    Inspect switch-controlling mechanisms on trolley wires and in track beds, using hand tools and test equipment.

    Test air lines and air cylinders on pneumatically operated gates.

    Clean lenses of lamps with cloths and solvents.

    Lubricate moving parts on gate-crossing mechanisms and swinging signals.

    Inspect, maintain, and replace batteries as needed.


Wire crimpers

Wheel forklifts

Terminal post wrenches

Switch obstruction gauges

Switch machines

Spectrum analyzers

Slip joint pliers

All Tools


Relay testers

Power grinders

Power drills

Personal computers

Multipurpose hammers

Multi-tip screwdrivers


Mechanical lifts

Laptop computers

Inkjet fax machines

Inkjet computer printers

Hotbox detectors

Frequency specific volt meters

Digital voltage meters

Digital timers

Digital still cameras

Digital oscilloscopes

Closed circuit television CCTV systems

Clamp-on ammeters

Brush cutting equipment

Audio spectrum analyzers

Articulating aerial lift equipment

Adjustable hand wrenches


Computer aided design and drafting CADD software

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Maintenance management software



Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


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