Traffic Signal Technician

City of Des Moines, Iowa
September 2, 2023
Des Moines, IA
Job Type


Distinguishing Features of the Class

Under general supervision, installs, programs, maintains and repairs traffic control and communication equipment.

Note: Starting Salary $35.63

Written Exam: This position requires that candidates pass a written exam which will be administered to all applicants meeting minimum qualifications on Tuesday, October 10th at 5:15pm. Details will be sent to qualifying candidates.

The City of Des Moines promotes a healthy work life balance and offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

Residency Incentive Program
Paid Volunteer Time-Off
Parental Leave
Vacation and Sick Leave
12 Paid Holidays
Health/Dental/Life/LTD Insurance
Wellness Programs and Activities
Tuition Reimbursement and Continuing Education Programs
Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Benefit
Defined Benefit Pension Plan through IPERS
Deferred Compensation Plan with City Match up to 2.5%
Voluntary Insurance Benefit Options
Employee Discount Program

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from a standard high school; and
  • Two years of responsible experience involving the technical aspects of traffic signal operations, such as the repair and maintenance of solid state electronics and electrical power systems; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Additional education may be substituted for experience at the rate of one year of experience for one year of education.

Note: Educational Transcripts or Certifications must be attached to your online application or submitted separately to and received by the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department by the application deadline date to receive credit. Transcripts may be submitted electronically to, by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317.

Required Special Qualifications

  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen;
  • Possession of a valid Class B CDL allowing the ability to operate vehicles with airbrakes within 6 months of appointment. If you have an Out of State license you a certified copy of your Driving Record is required by the application deadline.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Installs and maintains microprocessor based electronic and electromechanical traffic control devices, including controllers, receivers, detectors, communication devices, and other related equipment;
  • Installs, constructs, and maintains conduits; cables; ducts, poles; signal heads; vehicle detection; traffic observation equipment, such as cameras; and other signal related equipment;
  • Works with traffic engineers in programming traffic signal controllers.
  • Performs routine and emergency repair of traffic signals on site, including call-out work after hours;
  • Performs component level bench repair on microprocessor-based digital traffic control devices, including trouble shooting as required;
  • Installs, maintains, and trouble shoots the traffic signal communications system, including fiber-optic and twisted pair communication cable;
  • Inspects contractor's work related to the installation of traffic signals and systems;
  • Performs underground cable location services;
  • Installs and maintains underground cable, street lighting fixtures, and high voltage switching devices;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principals, practices and new developments in the assigned areas;
    Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.

Closing Date/Time: 9/29/2023 4:00 PM Central

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