Township of Lower Merion

Posted 1 month ago

POSITION:                           Traffic Signal and Lighting Technician 2

Electrical Division, Public Works Department

37.5 hours per week

RANGE & RATE:                Schedule WA00 Range 09   

$33.889/hour – $66,084/year


This is very skilled electrical work involving the installation and maintenance of Township street lighting and traffic signals.

Work involves responsibility for the installation, maintenance and repair of traffic control equipment and overhead street lighting.  Duties include working with 240 volt/amps secondary electrical lines, installing overhead lighting from a bucket truck, re-lamping traffic signals and related maintenance work.  This position also has the responsibility for making day-to-day journey level decisions.  This work requires that the employee have considerable knowledge, skill and ability in electrical work including working with and around high voltage wires and the maintenance and installation of complex electronic and mechanical traffic signals.


Works under the general supervision of the Electric Shop Crew Leader.


Operates and works from a bucket truck from considerable heights while installing, maintaining and inspecting street lighting and traffic signals. 

Replaces fixtures, rewires arms and taps into 240 volt/amps secondary electrical lines.

Replaces streetlight poles, direct burial and bolt down style.

Re-lamps traffic signals, straightens heads and repairs visors.  Programs and makes timing changes in traffic signal controllers.  Maintains school signals and timing devices.

Assembles new traffic signals, runs conduit across highways and installs concrete bases for mast arms and pedestal poles.  Wires control cabinets, installs signals and initiates the operation of the signals at intersections according to required specifications.

Maintains stock of parts, tools and equipment in truck and provides routine maintenance on truck.

Performs PennDOT Traffic Signal Inspection on all Township maintained traffic signal equipment.

Operates tools, equipment and vehicles in a safe and efficient manner.

Completes routine forms relating to work completed and materials used.

Performs work of lower classifications as necessary.

Acts as lead worker when working with employees of a lower classification.

Is on call for emergencies involving street light and traffic signal trouble work to repair hazardous highway conditions.

May be assigned to other Public Works divisions to perform required duties.

Performs related work as required.


A high school diploma, or the equivalent, preferably from a trade school, supplemented by specialized training in street lighting maintenance involving high voltage and some training in electronic equipment maintenance, plus three years of increasingly responsible commercial electrical experience.

Valid class B driver’s license free of air brake restriction.

Must be Traffic Signal Level II Certified Technician by the International Municipal Signal Association.

Must be PennDOT Work Zone/Flagger certified.

Considerable knowledge of the tools, equipment and methods used in installing and maintaining traffic signals.

Considerable knowledge of the tools, equipment and methods used in installing and maintaining street lighting, including working with and around high voltage lines.

Considerable knowledge of the work standards and safety procedures in highway lighting and traffic signal work.

Considerable knowledge of solid-state controllers and devices used in traffic signal operations. Must be able to program an NEMA Solid State electronic controller.

Considerable knowledge of Video Traffic Detection equipment, installation and programming.

Considerable skill in the operation of a bucket truck and the hand tools and power equipment used in traffic signal and lighting work.

Considerable ability to perform operations in the roadway in a safe manner.

Considerable ability to follow oral and written instructions and to learn Township procedures.

Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the general public.

Good ability to read blueprints and traffic control schematics.

Some ability to complete forms and to write routine reports.

Some ability to act as a lead worker when employees of lower classifications assist in operations.

Good working knowledge of a closed loop traffic signal system.

Must be available for after hours emergency call out and carry a Township issued phone on a rotating weekly basis.


Ability to sit for a minimum of 4 to 8 hours, stand for a minimum of 4 to 8 hours, walk for a minimum of 4 to 8 hours, and drive for a minimum of 4 to 8 hours in a workday.

Ability to climb and reach above shoulder level continuously.

Ability to bend, stoop, kneel, lift and push/pull up to 75% of the workday.

Ability to squat, crawl and crouch for up to 35% of the workday.

Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds of tools, equipment and materials for up to 68% of the workday and lift and carry up to 100 pounds of tools, equipment and materials for up to 35% of the workday.

Ability to use both feet for operation of foot controls of machinery.

Ability to use both hands for simple grasping, firm grasping and fine manipulation of tools, equipment and objects.

Ability to work using safety precautions on unprotected heights including bucket truck and extension ladder.

Ability to work using safety precautions on a ladder.

Ability to perform job functions using safety precautions around moving machinery including traffic.

Ability to work using safety precautions where environmental conditions may be challenging.

Ability to work in all types of weather and temperatures.

Ability to perform job functions using safety precautions where loud noises may be present.

Ability to work using safety precautions with and near or on energized electrical lines and equipment.

SELECTION:                        Based on merit, work experience, training, education, testing,

                                                employee record and interview.

HOW TO APPLY: External Applicants: Employment applications can be downloaded from

                                                Send application to:    Department of Human Resources

                                                                                    75 E. Lancaster Avenue

                                                                                    Ardmore, PA 19003


Job Features

Job CategoryElectrician, Roadway Lighting, Traffic Signal