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Traffic Signal Electrician #2202-108100-01

Date Opened
Thursday, February 10, 2022 4:00 PM
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Charlotte Department of Transportation
  • $37,888.00 - $47,360.00/year
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

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This position is responsible to carry out daily tasks in the Traffic Signals Section for Charlotte Department of Transportation Engineering and Operations Division.  Daily tasks include but are not limited to installation and routine maintenance of overhead traffic signals, signs, electrical wires, communication cables, pedestrian signals and other related duties. 
Position is responsible for operating specialized equipment and a variety of different hand tools in the electrical trade.  Position is also responsible to maintain safe work zones/traffic controls on all projects to ensure worker, pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist safety. The Traffic Signals Electrician is responsible to meet performance and production standards as assigned. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1.Install, maintain or repair traffic signal heads, pedestrians’ signals, connect loops detectors, video detectors, observation cameras and communication cables. 
2.Perform preventive maintenance tasks including changing LED traffic signal indications, cleaning signal heads and inspecting wires.
3.Operate specialized equipment and tools including but not limited to: bucket truck, hydraulic drills, chain jacks, strap jacks, lashing machines, air compressor, core drill, bucket buddy, volt meter, voltage tester, soldering irons, heat guns.
4.Participate in the Emergency On-Call program to meet response requirements pertaining to signal and sign emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
5.Maintain work records including maintenance forms, inventory forms, vehicle inspections forms, daily work logs and other documentation.
6.Set up temporary traffic control, safety cones and signs according to the CDOT WATCH handbook, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and specialized training. 
7.Maintain a safe work environment by following appropriate procedures, utilizing personal protective equipment and recognizing and reporting unsafe conditions and actions.
8.Load and unload materials, supplies, and equipment.
9.Work extended hours during special projects, emergency situations, inclement weather, or as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to read and write.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain City driving permit.
  • IMSA Signals Level I or higher Certification 
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems related to the installation and maintenance of traffic control devices with limited supervision from Field Operations Supervisor and Crew Chief. 
  • Skilled in electrical work involving the maintenance and installation of overhead traffic signals, wires, communication cables, and pedestrian signals.
  • Ability to read and interpret signal plans provided by traffic engineers.
  • Knowledge of methods, materials, tools and standard practices for the installation, operation and maintenance of traffic signal and supporting systems.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor for extended periods, sometimes under unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Ability to operate specialized equipment and hand tools including but not limited to:  bucket truck, hydraulic drills, chain jacks, strap jacks, lashing machines, air compressor, core drill, bucket buddy, volt meter, voltage tester, soldering irons, heat guns) and other hand tools as required.
  • Ability to work effectively on a team for various projects.
  • Knowledge of the MUTCD and Nationals Electrical Manufacture’s Association and National Electric Code standards for signal equipment
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions involved in electrical work. 
  • Knowledge of CDOT’s Safe Work Practices Handbook and CDOT WATCH Handbook. 
  • Technological & Computer Skills – computer and typing knowledge; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Outlook, Excel, and Word. (Or comparable programs, with the ability to learn Microsoft programs within the first year of hire).  Has capacity to learn and is familiar with computer programs such as PeopleSoft, Kronos, CityWorks, Munis, and SuccessFactors.
  • Organization - ability to maintain accurate and organized records in a way that can be effectively accessed and remain confidential if necessary, or to perform arithmetical calculations, and to maintain inventory control as related to Work Order and Asset Management; organize and reconcile data; prepare corresponding reports and analyze data; ability to follow through with self-audit of work to ensure accuracy. 
  • Customer and Personnel Service – Knowledge of the principles and processes for providing customer service, meeting quality standards, and evaluating customer satisfaction. Always exhibit professional behavior; interact regularly and professionally with departmental and divisional personnel, other City department staff, and citizens, as required.
  • Communication – Ability to convey information effectively through speaking and writing; understanding information received from others.  Knowledge of business English, spelling, punctuation and business mathematics.  Ability to work independently or in a team environment. 
  • Time Management – The ability to manage time effectively in order to meet varying deadlines of multiple tasks. Ability to task-shift with demanding workload and multiple priorities. 
  • Considerable knowledge of the City/Department of Transportation regulations, procedures or the ability to acquire within first year of hire.
  • Safety and Work Hazards - Knowledge of work hazards, safety precautions and OSHA regulations. Knowledge of OSHA regulations in ensuring proper storage of chemicals, solvents, paints, or other hazardous materials. Ability to follow established safety procedures including use of personal protective equipment.
  • Leadership - Ability to demonstrate integrity and accountability. Ability to analyze data for future needs and integrate short-term objectives with long-term strategies as directed by management. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. 
  • Teamwork & Working Relationships - Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, vendors, co-workers, contractors, and other internal or external customers. Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Graduate or Equivalent and one (1) year related work experience
  • An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, an abilities to successfully perform the essential job duties


  • $37,888.00 - $47,360.00 / Year; Commensurate with experience.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

As of October 1, 2021:

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for all new City of Charlotte employees.

The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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