Traffic Control Technician II
City of Montgomery, AL - Montgomery, AL

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The fundamental reason this classification exists is to provide advanced journey level work in the installation and maintenance of electronic traffic control devices, street lighting, telecommunications cables and wiring. Work involves the application of electronic and electrical skills in the field and in the shop. Work includes emergency standby duty on a scheduled rotating basis. Work is performed independently or as crew leader of a small crew, according to standard trade practices and entails some exposure to traffic, electrical, mechanical and height hazards. General written or oral instructions are received, which are detailed for the installation of new signals or other non-standard tasks. Work is performed under general supervision and may be reviewed by technical supervisor upon completion, for the effectiveness of repairs and operations.

Essential Functions

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs skilled electrical/electronic duties in the installation, maintenance, and repairs of electrical traffic control cabinets, traffic controllers, conduits, cables, ducts, and traffic signal units at all street intersections in the city using hand tools, power tools, and equipment, following blue prints, instruction manuals in control boxes, IMSA (International Municipal Signal Association) guidelines and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices in order to ensure electronic equipment and devices are in good working conditions.

Replaces old mechanical traffic control cabinets with new computerized traffic control cabinets to reduce delay time and to maintain a safe and even flow of traffic.
Tests circuits and electric components to locate grounded wires, broken connections or defective current-control mechanisms using electrical testing instruments.
Uses a two-way radio to communicate in the shop or in the field while repairing or maintaining traffic signals and electronic traffic control devices.
Reads blueprints, specifications, and diagrams to locate problem areas and to connect field wiring into the traffic control cabinet.
Cuts openings into the asphalt and installs wiring in the street for traffic signal detection (loops) to detect motorized vehicles.
Troubleshoots traffic signal equipment in the field and in the shop in order to eliminate any problems with the electronic devices or equipment.
Installs and removes wooden utility poles using hand tools, aerial bucket truck and a hydraulic chain saw.
Repairs traffic control cabinets, replaces defective parts; cleans relays and contacts, sets time switches; changes sequence and time of traffic signals.
Instructs or assists lower level technicians in the repair/replacement of parts and equipment requiring a higher level of skill or knowledge such as, identifying a failed module or recurring failures of traffic control devices.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs preventive maintenance checks on traffic signals and electronic traffic control devices using a volt meter, a measuring stick, cleaning solutions and hand tools, following the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, departmental policies and procedures, and safety guidelines in order to ensure traffic signals, control cabinets and equipment are in good working condition and to reduce repair frequency.

Checks the time clocks for operation to ensure that the traffic signals are changing properly.
Checks all yellow and red lights with a stop watch to ensure that the delay time coincides with the minimum time required by the uniform code.
Ensures that all detectors (loops) are working at the intersections by checking the lights in the control cabinet.
Tightens all terminals in the cabinet and ensures there are no loose connections.
Checks the ground rod and connection in the control cabinet to prevent electrical shock while working in the cabinet.
Vacuums the control cabinet using a blow vacuum to eliminate any dust and foreign objects.
Places pesticide and insecticide around and in the control cabinet to prevent wiring from being destroyed by pests and insects.
Cleans signal lens using a cleaning solution and tightens screws to ensure connections in the signal heads are tight.
Checks the heights of signals lights using a measuring stick and adjusts as needed to maintain the minimum height required by the uniform code.
Looks (visually) for holes and unusual brush, trees, and grass growing around or in the control cabinet.
Checks the A.C. and D. C. voltages using a volt meter for proper voltage coming into the cabinet and going out of the controller.
Checks the fan in the control cabinets for circulation of cool air that is needed to keep the temperature constant and to prevent the thermostat from locking up.
Cleans or replaces the air filters to eliminate any dust build up.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Installs, maintains and repairs wiring and cable for street light circuits, telecommunications, overhead and underground cable and wiring for traffic control devices using hand tools such as cable lashers, and equipment such as the aerial bucket truck, following the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices in order to provide adequate lighting, weather warning, and communications to the City of Montgomery.

Operates an aerial bucket truck and other necessary equipment to install and repair all wiring for street light circuits, telecommunication cables and sirens.
Installs and maintain overhead and underground fiber optic and hard wire communication cables.
Installs connectors, fusion splicers and fiber optic equipment.
Testing fiber optic cables to determine proper operation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs manual work as required using a shovel, sling blade, and equipment such as an aerial bucket truck, a backhoe, a ditch digger, loop saw, hand tools such as a post hole digger, and hand power tools (pipe threader, hammer drill and jack hammer), following the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the work zone traffic control handbook in order to set up work zones and prepare the working area for repair, maintenance or installation of electronic control devices and equipment.

Sets up work zones for working areas according to guidelines established in the work zone traffic control handbook by setting out barricades, safety cones and arrow channels around the work areas.
Digs ditches to install pipes and wires needed to operate traffic signals and street lights.
Digs holes with equipment or by hand to reach pipes, gas lines, fiber optic cable, and underground water lines.
Marks area for digging by placing red stakes in the ground or painting orange marks to indicate the areas to dig.
Installs and removes steel poles and concert bases using a jack hammer, hand tools and an aerial bucket truck.
Cuts grass with a sling blade to clear working area and to maintain areas around cabinets and street light equipment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Contributes to the department=s objective by assisting other departments and schools in doing related tasks, following department=s rules, regulations and guidelines in order to meet the overall objective of the Traffic Engineering Department.

Maintains the overhead lighting in the school tunnels in order to provide adequate lighting for the students.
Maintains the schools flashers (warning devices) for school zones to indicate traffic to slow.
Installs and maintains lighting at parking lots, buildings, ballfields and schools.
Assists other City departments with problems in areas of lighting and cabling.
Maintains records of daily work completed to include time call received, time arrived at the job site, time completed job, and travel time back to the office.
Responds to problems with traffic signals after normal working hours as required to repair or replace damaged traffic control equipment.
Performs other duties as assigned or directed by supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools and equipment in the installation, maintenance and repair of electronic control devices to include installation and wiring of cabinets, pole foundation, cutting loops, bending pipes and installing street light arms and fixtures as needed to install and maintain traffic control devices and equipment.

Knowledge of the principles of basic electricity and electrical circuits to include AC and DC voltage, secondary and primary voltage, and how to distinguish between high and low voltage as needed to complete circuits, determine size of wire to use for different amperages and to install and maintain the street lights and traffic signals.

Knowledge of the National Electrical Code, Manual on the Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and State and Local Electrical Code applicable to installation, maintenance and repair to include wiring, traffic signals, street lighting and Emergency Management Sirens as needed to install, maintain and repair electronic control devices and equipment.

Knowledge of the principles of basic electronics to include load switches, amplifiers and flash relays as needed to troubleshoot problems in traffic control cabinets.

Knowledge of basic principles of fiber optic installation and maintenance as needed to install and maintain traffic control communication systems.

Knowledge of methods, procedures, and control devices used in setting up work zone areas to include applicable safety precautions and occupational hazards and the use of barricades, cones, and arrow panels as needed to reroute and direct traffic in order to ensure the safety of the public and the technician.

Skill in writing to include clarity and the use of proper grammar and spelling as needed to maintain accurate daily work report and emergency duty report, to label lighting panels, signal cables and to complete accidents reports involving traffic signals as needed to document records for daily and future reference.

Skill in the use of basic hand tools and equipment to include pliers, screw driver, adjustable wrench, channel lock and bolt cutter as needed to install, maintain and repair electronic control devices and equipment.

Skill in performing basic mathematical computations manually and using a computer to include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as needed to calculate amperage, voltage, resistance, circuit and wire size and load size on different equipment.

Skill in the operation of an aerial bucket truck around high electrical lines at heights of 55 feet to include operating levers, controls, safety measurers, capabilities and limitations as needed to maneuver the bucket truck in traffic and to heights to install, maintain and/or repair traffic signals and street lights.

Skill in the use of electronic testing equipment for electronic mechanical and solid state devices such as a volt ohm meter, lap top computer and amp probe as needed to test AC and DC voltages, check resistance and amperage in the wires and to troubleshoot the controller.

Skill in using equipment to include finished concrete tools, loop saw, ditch digger, pipe threader, saw zaw, PVC heater and a cable lashing machine as needed to install, maintain or repair electronic devices and equipment.

Ability to communicate verbally to include being clear and concise as needed to provide and exchange information with the public, supervisors, and co-workers.

Ability to maintain accurate records of work performed on a daily work report to include time received call, time arrived, time completed job and time to get back to the office as needed to document records of daily work activities.

Ability to establish and maintain a good working relationship with supervisors, co-workers and the public as needed to perform job duties and to provide a positive image of the department.

Ability to use a two-way radio to include codes and frequencies as needed to give and receive instructions while in the shop and in the field and to communicate with the Traffic Engineering and the Police Department's personnel.

Ability to read at a level to comprehend text such as technical manuals, blue prints and specification and electrical diagrams as needed to troubleshoot and locate problem areas, connect wires into cabinets when wiring and to repair and install electronic control devices and equipment.

Ability to troubleshoot electrical and electronic problems to include recognizing problems through the use of the lap top computer as needed to isolate and repair problems with electric devices and equipment.

Ability to work without supervision and make independent decisions as needed to install and maintain lighting and traffic control devices.

Ability to lead crews in the installation, modification, repair and maintenance of traffic signal devices.

Ability to direct and complete major and complex projects with little or no supervision.

Ability to work with schematics, pencil layouts, plans and specifications as needed to perform installation, maintenance and repair of traffic control devices.

Ability to recognize fiber optic lines or cable as needed to conduct installation or maintenance tasks of traffic control devices.

Physical ability to bend, stoop, crouch, squat, kneel and work in restricted and/or confined spaces for extended periods of time (up to ten hours).

Physical ability to lift or carry heavy objects of at least 30 lbs. and up to 50- 60 lbs. for a short duration, unassisted, as needed to install, maintain and repair traffic control devices.

Physical ability to work at heights up to 55 feet as needed to repair, maintain and install electronic devices and equipment.

Physical ability to distinguish between colors as needed to differentiate between color coded wires and signal lights in order to make repairs.

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or GED equivalency. A minimum of two years' experience in the installation and maintenance of traffic control devices; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements

Must have and maintain a valid Alabama driver's license. Must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays and be on call as needed. Must be willing to work in harsh weather conditions such as cold, lightning and rain as needed to repair, maintain or install electronic equipment and devices. Must live in the City limits of Montgomery. Must have a Commercial Driver's License (Class B) or the ability to obtain one within the six-month probationary period.