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Signal Mechanics

Overview

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 8,190 signal and track switch repairers employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

None

Outlook

Decline
Personality Traits

Conventional

Hands On

Technical

Career Ladder
Signal Shop Foreman, or Signal Inspector, or Gang Foreman

Signal Maintainer

Signal Mechanic

Assistant Signal Mechanic

Helper