What does a Signal Maintainer do?

Signal maintainers are responsible for installing, maintaining, repairing, and inspecting signals related to subways, trains, and rail systems. They perform routine maintenance and inspections, and also manage urgent repairs and service in response to reported issues. They install and replace wiring, replace defective or outdated parts, and update old technology. They test electrical circuits to verify a proper connection and identify any power-related issues. They ensure compliance with all safety regulations and industry standards. They are responsible for maintaining organized inspection and maintenance records and documentation.

Signal maintainers typically have an associate degree in electronics or a similar discipline. These positions often involve a variety of clearances and background checks. Experience performing electrical wiring tasks is an advantage. Familiarity with railroad operating policies and procedures is helpful.

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How much does a Signal Maintainer make?

$53,352 /yr
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Signal Maintainer Career Path

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US ArmyUS Army
Signal Maintainer
Dec 3, 2021

“No autonomy and there will be many duties outside of you job description.”

Norfolk SouthernNorfolk Southern
Signal Maintainer
May 27, 2021

“Good pay and benifits.”

BNSF RailwayBNSF Railway
Signal Maintainer
Jun 13, 2021

“Good Pay but have the same pay for every state”

Pacific NationalPacific National
Terminal Operator
Sep 21, 2021

“Good pay for what you do”

BNSF RailwayBNSF Railway
Signal Maintainer
Dec 28, 2020

“Good pay for no education”

Ceres GlobalCeres Global
Terminal Operator
Oct 8, 2020

“The pay is terrible but better than nothing”

Kinder MorganKinder Morgan
Terminal Operator
May 28, 2022

“Pretty good pay”

Norfolk SouthernNorfolk Southern
Signal Maintainer
Oct 6, 2020

“good groups of co”

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