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Title: Assistant Signal Maintainer
Company: North County Transit District
Location: Oceanside, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 149533
The Assistant Signal Maintainer is responsible for performing FRA and NCTD required signal system testing. They lead in the installation, repair, troubleshooting, and maintenance of various railroad signals and grade crossing warning devices and infrastructure to support the high-quality delivery of commuter, freight, and hybrid rail services along NCTD’s San Diego and Escondido Subdivisions. The Assistant Signal Maintainer ensures the railroad signal communication facilities and systems function to support safe and efficient rail operations and comply with the specifications and regulations of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and other regulatory and governing agencies. This is a bargained position represented by the Southwest Mountain States Regional Council of Carpenters (Carpenters) Union.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This position will be responsible for the inspection, testing and diagnostic analysis of NCTD’s grade crossing warning devices, wayside signal systems, and rail safety communication systems under the direction of other members of the Signal and Communications Department. This position will perform maintenance on railway signal and communications equipment such as track signals. Individuals hired into this position are expected to complete all requirements to support a promotion to Signal Maintainer, typically within 12 to 24 months of employment. This position is designated as Safety-Sensitive in accordance with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and will participate in a random testing pool under those guidelines.


Essential Functions
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Inspects, tests, modifies, maintains, and repairs all signal and communication related equipment including electronic, mechanical, and hydraulic equipment including grade crossings mechanisms, switch machines, power supplies, battery systems, CCTV, surveillance cameras, display systems, and other complex machinery and equipment.

  • Conducts fault diagnosis.

  • Troubleshoot malfunctions through download review and schematic interpretation.

  • Build and dismantle signal crossing warning device equipment.

  • Maintain, repair, and replace signal communication circuitry, systems, and components.

  • Locates and repairs cables.

  • Records and documents maintenance and diagnostic data.

  • Responds to emergency calls as necessary and per operating guidelines.

  • Determines work priorities for emergency maintenance tasks in the absence of on-site supervision.

  • Operates switch machines manually and by local control panels under revenue and non-revenue conditions.

  • Flag trackway to provide safe rail work zones and set up work zone traffic control areas.

  • Operates assigned vehicles including hi-rail.

  • Works in assigned areas such as utility support structures and poles under a variety of weather conditions.

  • Works closely with NCTD Operations Control Center and follows instructions while working on or near the right-of-way.

  • Assists other workers and divisions in routine and emergency situations affecting the safe movement of trains.

  • Assists Maintenance of Way personnel as needed.

  • Enters data into NCTD’s Maintenance Management Information System.

  • Knows and adheres to NCTD, FRA and CPUC standards and regulations.

  • References parts catalogues and other sources to determine correct parts for specific applications.

  • References manufacturer schematics (manual and online) to resolve maintenance issues.

  • Maintains work area in a clean and orderly fashion.

  • Safely operates equipment.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or GED required.

  • Knowledge of electrical, electronic and microprocessor-based control systems as well as analog and digital communication systems preferred.
A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position may be considered.

  • Ability to successfully complete a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approved apprentice program resulting in certification of expertise in signal and train control inspection by the FRA.

  • Possession of and the ability to maintain a California driver’s license, Class C, with less than 6 points in the preceding 36-month period, and no DUI’s in the prior seven (7) years.

  • Must be able to become and maintain GCOR Qualified on NCTD-owned railroad properties.

  • Maintain compliance with the District’s policy regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics policies.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain annual access to Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton.

  • Must be able to become RWP Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties.

General Requirements
  • Able to successfully complete NCTD Training program and post-training qualification period.

  • Experience reading and understanding instructions (examples may include operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents)

  • Ability to complete written forms and reports.

  • Ability to effectively and accurately understand, interpret, reference, evaluate, organize, and record non-technical and technical information.

  • Become qualified on territory and pass physical characteristics examinations.

  • Must be capable of performing physically strenuous work on a continuous basis.

  • Must be able to read and comprehend regulations and instructions as well as possess good verbal communication skills.

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations.

  • Ability to maintain alertness, awareness, and vigilance.

  • Good oral and written communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions).

  • Successfully complete, maintain and pass any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.

How to Apply
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