Posted 3 weeks ago


Salary: $53,252.00 – $96,553.60 Annually
Location: Arlington, VA
Job Type: Full-Time Permanent
Job Number: 2726-24D-DES-DB
Department: Department of Environmental Services
Division: DES Transportation Engineering and Operations
Opening Date: 04/26/2024
Closing Date: 5/23/2024 11:59 PM Eastern


Position Information

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) is hiring an Electrical/Traffic Signal Technician to perform skilled work for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) including traffic signal construction, installation, repair, and maintenance. Technicians primarily support the electrical and electronic maintenance repair work of over 300 intersections including streetlights at all times of day, and a multitude of ITS equipment and support devices.Specific duties for each level include:

ITS Technician Trainee: 

  • Performing entry-level work for the routine installation, repair, and maintenance of ITS equipment, traffic signal, and streetlight devices;
  • Troubleshooting device operational performance to determine and confirm correction procedure, including implementing operational correction procedures to maintain proper performance of field devices;
  • Adjusting field device settings to assist system operational diagnose work; and
  • Following Virginia Work Area Protection Manual to establish proper work zone, working near traffic, cramped spaces, and using aerial bucket trucks within established work zones.

ITS Technician I:

  • Performing journey-level work for the routine installation, repair, and maintenance of ITS equipment, traffic signal, and streetlight devices including using heavy equipment such as an aerial truck;
  • Conducting routine field inspections to determine functionality of equipment and investigating complaints regarding outages and brightness levels of streetlights;
  • Performing preventive maintenance to streetlight and traffic control equipment such as pulling cables and ensuring all safety requirements are met;
  • Reconstructing and refurbishing traffic signal equipment or defective electrical equipment; including advising management if continued inoperability of equipment could pose a safety hazard;
  • Consulting with traffic operations staff or vendor representatives to identify and resolve technical problems;
  • Setting and removing temporary traffic control signage, cones, and barricades to safely complete installations and repairs; and
  • Utilizing a work order system to generate reports and review performance data on traffic signals and streetlights.

ITS Technician II:

  • Performing highly skilled senior-level work for the installation, repair, and maintenance of signalized intersections and a wide variety of traffic signal devices including controllers, cabinets, signal heads, vehicle loops, detection systems, emergency pre-empt equipment, video equipment, and flashing beacons;
  • Investigating high-level complaints and troubleshooting, repairing, replacing, or modifying traffic signal and/or streetlight equipment based upon customer feedback;
  • Performing electrical system wiring and installations, such as handholes and junction boxes, pulling overhead and underground cables, and locating conduits, cables, and other underground devices;
  • Evaluating and participating in the design and construction tests of new equipment, including inspecting and testing equipment installed by contractors, and providing documented feedback to manager; and
  • Conducting preventive maintenance for overhead signals, cabinets, school flashers, and a variety of other ITS devices to ensure all safety requirements are met.

The ideal candidate for all levels will possess:

  • Technical expertise in the installation, maintenance, and repair of streetlight and traffic signal systems, and other electronic control devices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an operational environment where emergency response is a key component; and
  • A proven track record of successfully working within a team, superior customer interactions, and have effective communication skills.


Selection Criteria

Minimum Requirements for each level: High school diploma/equivalent;ITS Technician Trainee:

  • Some experience in the maintenance and repair of ITS equipment or other electronic and electrical equipment;
  • Must receive the following certifications within one year of hire:
    • VDOT Intermediate Work Zone Certification; and
    • IMSA Traffic Signal Technician Level I or IMSA Roadway Lighting certification(s).

ITS Technician Level I:

  • One (1) year of experience in the maintenance and repair of ITS equipment or other electronic and electrical equipment;
  • Must possess the following certifications:
    • VDOT Intermediate Work Zone certification; and
    • IMSA Traffic Signal Technician Level I certification.

ITS Technician Level II:

  • Two (2) years of experience in the maintenance and repair of ITS equipment; and
  • Must possess the following certifications:
    • VDOT Intermediate Work Zone certification;
    • ISMA Traffic Signal Technician Level II certification; and
    • ISMA Roadway Lighting certification.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Associate degree in Electronics or Electrical Science or Trades school in a related field;
  • Training or experience using the National Electrical Code (NEC) or Journeyman or Master Electrical license;
  • Experience using, asset management systems, PublicStuff/311-Report-A-AProblem, MS Office, or similar systems;
  • Experience using traffic management systems; and/or
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).


Special Requirements

The applicant must possess a valid driver’s license, and authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of official driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant’s driving record.A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted.  It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, reference check, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Candidates hired at the trainee level must receive the listed required licenses or certifications within one year of hire:

Additional Information

The pay ranges listed above are effective June 30, 2024.

Work Hours:  Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Occasional call-back hours and alternative schedules for emergency situations or repairs is required.

Note: The official job title is ITS Technician.  This position may be filled at the Trainee level, or full performance level as an ITS Technician I or II. These positions are part of a multi-grade pay band. Employees may earn increases and are eligible to progress through the band after acquiring additional skills, training, certifications, or licenses.

Salary Range Information:

  • ITS Technician Trainee: $53,352.00– $81,473.60
  • ITS Technician I: $58,448.00 – $89,211.20
  • ITS Technician II: $63,252.80 – $96,553.60

Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington’s family friendly benefits click here.

Completion of the Supplemental Questionnaire is required as part of the application process for this position. You may attach a resume. However, please do not give “see resume” as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

#LI-OnsiteApplicants who have questions or need assistance with the application may telephone (703) 228-3500 or visit the Human Resources Department. Our staff will be happy to work with you to enter your application into the system. Public access computers are available at all County Libraries, and in the Human Resources Department.

The examination process for this position may include: (1) training and experience evaluation; (2) written and oral examination; (3) personal interview; (4) performance test/work sample; and/or (5) physical examination.

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process. Please call the ADA Coordinator at 703-228-3559 (voice) or email


Job Features

Job CategoryITS, Traffic Signal