Traffic Signal Technician Lead

Phoenix - Arizona (AZ),

Maricopa County, AZ

Job Description:

Position Overview

At the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, we provide connections that improve people's lives. By combining innovative technologies with the vast talent of our employees, we plan for future needs and operate a transportation system with the community in mind.

The Traffic Signal Lead Technician will manage, support and lead traffic signal technicians in their daily activities.

Position Qualifications

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications:


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Five (5) years of work experience in traffic signal maintenance, repair and/or intelligent transportation system and or signal system operation.
Combined education and experience qualifications:
  • Post-secondary education may substitute for the required experience on a year for year basis.
Other Requirements:
  • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license.
  • OSHA approved Ariel Lift Certification within one (1) year of hire.
  • Level II Electronic/Electrical IMSA Certification and Level I Roadway Lighting Certification within two (2) years of hire.

Our Preferred Candidate has:
  • Associates degree in Construction Management or Civil Engineering or closely related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience in a lead or supervisory role.

Essential Job Tasks

  • Coordinates assigned projects and repairs with traffic signal technicians, contractors, and other agencies as needed.
  • Assists the Traffic Signal Branch Manager with daily assigned staff activities.
  • Coordinate staff schedules and assign staff their vehicles and equipment.
  • Oversees the work quality of Traffic Signal Technicians.
  • Reviews plans for Transportation Information Projects (TIPS) for material quantities and monitor warehouse inventory.
  • Electronically locate (Blue Stake) underground wiring for contractors and Coordination of signal issues with the contractors and project inspectors.
  • Responds to constituent inquiries through the County's online tracking system and investigate and/or respond appropriately.
  • Attends project meetings, pre-construction meetings, and other related agency meetings and provide guidance when appropriate.
  • Analyzes daily maintenance tasks and trouble reports through asset management software for possible malfunction trends and/or data entry deficiencies.
  • Prepares required Risk Management paperwork for the Maricopa County Department of Transportation/Loss control.

Working conditions:
Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

The traffic signal technician primarily works alone and outdoors in temperature ranges of 20 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit including work in the rain and overnight. During the course of the workday, the technician is expected to climb ladders up to 12 feet, climb into and out of an aerial lift basket, capable of working with heights up to 35ft, -drive distances up to 50 miles, walk up to 500 feet at a time to inspect detection conduit and mark underground utilities, get up and down from ground level to access wiring in junction boxes, and stand for up to 30 minutes while observing signal cabinet operation and repairing traffic signal equipment. The position requires the ability to work under pressure in intersections with malfunctioning traffic signal equipment and with active accident scenes where vehicle traffic is heavy. During storms, the technician may be expected to address multiple signal calls to different locations requiring, in some cases, work throughout the night after working a normal daytime schedule. Additionally, the technician is expected to work in signal cabinets and heads in close proximity to voltages up to 120VAC. The technician is expected to be able to lift and move traffic signal heads of up to 50 pounds without assistance, to pull cabling in conduit runs up to 200 feet, to remove and install junction boxes of up to 45 pounds, and to assist other technicians in the lifting and installation of signal poles weighing up to 150 pounds.

Selection Procedure

The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.

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