City of Ann Arbor
  • Public Works
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 24.04
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Traffic Signal Technician

(Internal Title: Public Works Technician III - Communication Systems) 

Pay Rate Information

This position is represented by the AFSCME union and starting pay is $24.04/hour. This position is eligible for step pay increases and potential progression increases. Please reference AFSCME's collective bargaining agreement located at

Job progressions serve as a way for union employees to demonstrate additional technical competencies, knowledge and skills to enhance their benefit to the City.  The progression allows employees to enhance their job responsibilities and pay through demonstration of increased competencies.

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match
  • Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement $2500, must be employed 1 year to be eligible
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Role Summary

To install, inspect, maintain and repair traffic signs, signals, street lights and communication systems.

Essential Duties

  • Install, maintain and repair traffic control and signal devices, underground cabling and conduit infrastructure, street lights (pole/mast and light) and mobile radio communication, alarms and electronic systems, including top lights
  • Design, fabricate and install traffic signs and decals
  • Inspect traffic signal and street lighting installation to ensure meeting applicable city, state and federal standards and specifications
  • Calibrate, test, maintain and repair base, mobile and portable radio transmitters, receivers, and monitors
  • Identify source of power failure and install temporary power source for power restoration
  • Perform preventive maintenance on traffic signal, sign and radio equipment, including sign computer hardware

Related Work

  • Install cable fiber; locate and stake buried City equipment (MISS DIG)
  • Document street light location and maintain other field inventory records
  • Construct traffic control barricades and monitor traffic control
  • Perform related work as assigned

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry)

  • General construction methods
  • Basic work safety and traffic laws
  • Basic mechanics and electricity principles
  • General mechanic practices, procedures, tools, and equipment
  • General preventive maintenance practices of electronic and mechanical equipment
  • General computer hardware and software applications
  • General methods, materials and equipment in electronic signal operations
  • General methods, materials and equipment in sign production
  • General methods, materials and equipment in electronic equipment repair

Skills and Ability to: (position requirements at entry)

  • Communicate through oral and written instruction
  • Safely operating required electronic and mechanical tools and equipment
  • Read, interpret, and follow technical manuals, rough layouts and technical drawings
  • Repairing machines, equipment and systems using necessary tools
  • Identifying problems and finding solutions


Must be able to operate equipment that is regularly used within this line of work.

Training and Experience Requirements

  • High School Diploma/G.E.D.
  • Must obtain CDL A license within 3 months of hire date.
  • Knowledge of traffic laws and general construction
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to safely operate:  power tools, sleeve drive
  • Demonstrated ability to meet performance standards for: 
    • Documentation of street light location
    • Installation of fiber
    • Post hole drilling
  • Knowledge of:  electricity; fiber optic safety; LED replacement; MMUTCD standards; MSDS requirements; unit operations; working inventory; sign fabricating materials; traffic flow theory, signal operations
  • Ability to: Read and understand technical manuals and schematics; articulate technical problems to non-technical people
  • Troubleshooting and data entry skills
  • Ability to safely operate:  Commonly used equipment and instruments
  • Demonstrated ability to meet performance standards for: 
    • intersection PM
    • field inventory records maintenance
    • sign replacement
    • building a barricade
    • traffic diversion
    • unloading and storing materials
    • assessing and referring customer complaints
  • Knowledge of:  electronics and related equipment; vehicle electrical systems; computer traffic control; controller program design; traffic theory; methods, materials, tools and equipment used to repair electronic equipment; graphic design and design computer
  • Intermediate knowledge of:  traffic theory; signals operations; safety requirements for high risk work zones
  • Advanced knowledge of:  street light construction; where city equipment is located
  • Ability to:  read blueprints; use test equipment
  • Knowledge of soldering and welding
  • Ability to safely operate:  soldering station, welder, audio/tone generator, butt-end phone, auger truck, hoist truck, backhoe/trencher, concrete saw, air compressor, sign cutter

Preferred Licensing:

  • IMSA Traffic Signal Technician Certification

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

The physical ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel, talk, hear see and perform repetitive motions. 

The physical ability to safely operate light to heavy equipment and tools as listed in the Public Works Communication Systems Job Progression outline. The physical ability to safely utilize hand tools, foot controls on machinery or equipment and/or mechanical or manual equipment.

The incumbent may be exposed to hazardous physical conditions (i.e., confined spaces, heights, mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibration, etc.), poor atmospheric conditions (i.e., fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation), inadequate lighting, and intense noise.  In addition, the work will require seasonal exposure to extreme (both hot and cold) weather conditions, including snow and ice.  The incumbent may be required to work with various chemicals. The incumbent may be exposed to domestic and wild animals.

The work may involve working in or near road work or construction zones.

The physical ability to ascend and descend ladders to access work areas, and enter into and exit from confined spaces.  The work may involve the ability to perform routine heavy lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. and occasional heavy lifting of up to 100 lbs.  The incumbent may be expected to walk on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces.  The work requires the ability to distinguish colors and hear audible alarms.

The incumbent will be required to wear various level of personal protection equipment that may include a hard hat, safety glasses, safety boots, harness, etc. 

The incumbent may be required to participate in necessary audiometric testing.

Heavy Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. The City of Ann Arbor has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

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