Traffic Signal Technician III

  • Full Time
  • Southeast
  • Applications have closed

Website City of Gainesville

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Job Description:


This is highly skilled technical work performing complex and specialized work installing, maintaining, operating, programming and troubleshooting a diverse range of traffic control devices, communication and telecommunication equipment, and advanced Traffic Management Systems.  This position provides training and instruction to equal or lower-level classifications.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and/or Lead Worker and work under limited supervision.  Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its emphasis on work related to traffic control devices, video detection communication and telecommunication equipment, advanced Traffic Management Systems, and Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Devices and by its providing of training and instruction to equal or lower-level classifications.


This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower-level duties may be required.


Plans and coordinates the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of signal system equipment including, but not limited to, micro-processor based signal controllers and conflict monitors priority pre-emption devices, inductive loops, infrared, microwave and video detection equipment, communication equipment ranging from data lines, cellular modems to fiber-optic interface devices and Ethernet switches to wireless broadband, audio and countdown Light Emitting Diode (L.E.D.) pedestrian signals, traffic monitoring cameras, fiber-optic and illuminated overhead signs, School Zone programmable clocks and all hard-wired or solar powered flashing beacons.

Assists with hands on training and instruction to personnel of equal or lesser classification on the proper methods and procedures of performing job duties.

Performs all levels of programming of traffic signal controllers, Malfunction Management Units, and Advanced Traffic Management Systems, under direction of a registered Professional Engineer.

Dispatches or responds to all traffic signal complaints and trouble calls received. Assesses situation, troubleshoots, and takes appropriate corrective action. Changes Signal and System Sequence of Operation, and times to accommodate special functions and events, as well as emergency related incidents.

Constructs, maintains, and repairs overhead and underground utilities associated with signal equipment using bucket trucks, aerial platform trucks and trenching equipment.

Maintains and updates multiple computer databases and traffic signal systems, as well as engineering blueprints, shop drawings, schematics, and operation and maintenance manuals.

Enters work orders into the City Works System.

Performs locates of all underground traffic signal facilities.

Assists in maintaining signal shop; keeping materials, supplies and equipment in good order. Requests and purchases materials and parts for traffic control repairs.

Oversees contractors and inspects their work for compliance with the manual on uniform traffic signal devices and approved construction documents.  Assures that appropriate safety procedures are followed on work sites.

Researches, implements, and tests new and evolving microprocessor-based technologies to use in electronic traffic signal operation, maintenance, repair and installation activities.

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.


Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma, supplemented by appropriate technical courses; two (2) years of experience as a Traffic Signal Technician II (or Senior Traffic Signal Technician in some agencies) and with four (4) years of experience in traffic signal maintenance and installation. Associated traffic signals for toll roads, turnpikes, railroads, bridges and tunnels may count as experience. Computer experience and basic computer programming skills are required.

Experience in electrical construction, power line or commercial electrical work is preferred.

Training in analog and digital computer theory is preferred.



Valid driver license required.  Valid Florida driver license required within 30 days of appointment and at all times while employed in this classification.

Commercial Driver’s License, Class B or higher (CDL) with air brake endorsement, is required upn appointment


International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) or Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Advance Work Zone Safety certification is required within one (1) year from the date of appointment.

IMSA Level I, II, and III Traffic Signal Technician certification is required within one (1) year from the date of appointment.


At least one additional higher lever IMSA certification within 1 year from date of appointment. Higher level certification can be either Microprocessors in Traffic Signals Technician, Traffic Signal Inspector (Advanced Technologies or Florida Edition), Traffic Signal Senior Bench Technician Level III, Traffic Singal Technician Senior Field Technician Level III.