Signal Mechanics

Signal mechanics, or signal and track switch repairers, are railroad employees who install, repair, and maintain the signals, signal equipment, and gate crossings that are part of the traffic control and communications systems along railroad tracks. They keep both electrical and mechanical components of signaling devices in good operating order by routinely inspecting and testing lights, circuits and wiring, crossing gates, and detection devices. There are approximately 6,800 signal and track switch repairers employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None