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Signal and Track Switch Repairers - 49-9097.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Railroad Signal Maintainer
  • Signal and Communications Maintainer
  • Signal Inspector
  • Signal Maintainer
  • Signal Maintenance Technician
  • Signal System Testing Maintainer
  • Signal Technician
  • Signalman
  • Train Control Electronic Technician
  • Train Control Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Clean lenses of lamps with cloths and solvents.
  • 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.
  • Inspect electrical units of railroad grade crossing gates and repair loose bolts and defective electrical connections and parts.
  • Inspect switch-controlling mechanisms on trolley wires and in track beds, using hand tools and test equipment.
  • Inspect, maintain, and replace batteries as needed.
  • Install, inspect, maintain, and repair various railroad service equipment on the road or in the shop, including railroad signal systems.
  • Lubricate moving parts on gate-crossing mechanisms and swinging signals.
  • Maintain high tension lines, de-energizing lines for power companies when repairs are requested.
  • Record and report information about mileage or track inspected, repairs performed, and equipment requiring replacement.
  • Replace defective wiring, broken lenses, or burned-out light bulbs.
  • Test air lines and air cylinders on pneumatically operated gates.
  • Test and repair track circuits.
  • Tighten loose bolts, using wrenches, and test circuits and connections by opening and closing gates.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust the tension of nuts or bolts.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Control power supply connections.
  • Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.
  • Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
  • Inspect equipment to locate or identify electrical problems.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Record information about parts, materials or repair procedures.
  • Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • AN/SIA-127/134 Announcing System Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/SSC-12 Shipboard Air Traffic Control Communications (SATCC) Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/SSC-13 Shipboard Air Traffic Control Communications (SATCC) Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/STC-3(V) Integrated Voice Communications System (IVCS) Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Communications Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Single Audio System (SAS) (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Electric-Track-Switch Main
  • Signal Maintainer (Rr Tran)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Electric-Track-Switch Maintainer
  • Signal Maintainer