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The ideal candidate in this position will perform a variety of electrical and electronic repairs and maintenance on traffic control units and equipment including traffic controllers, vehicle detectors, traffic signals, street lights, and related apparatus.

We have an expected vacancy in the Maintenance & Operations Department in which hiring will begin immediately following the close of this recruitment. This recruitment will also establish a list for future vacancies, which will be filled as they occur.


This is an open competitive opportunity for all other qualified applicants.


The City of Reno is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to everyone. This commitment is an integral part of our efforts to ensure that we have a diverse and representative workforce that serves the community of Reno.


Examples of Essential Functions


  • Perform a variety of electrical and electronic repairs and maintenance on traffic control units and equipment including traffic controllers, vehicle detectors, and traffic signal control computers; inspect and verify signal installations; respond to urgent signal malfunctions.
  • Install, maintain, inspect, and repair traffic signal equipment for proper operation; perform preventive maintenance on assigned systems.
  • Repair traffic signals and City street lights by replacing bulbs, photo cells, wiring, fuses, circuit breakers, ballasts, and signal head parts.
  • Install and maintain overhead and underground traffic signal communication cabling; perform U.S.A. locations; pull wires and make electrical connections required to tie in wiring, signals, vehicle detectors, and control cabinets.
  • Repair and install pedestrian fixtures, traffic signal fixtures, optically programmable fixtures, and inductive vehicle loop detectors at intersections.
  • Repair, program, and maintain electrically operated flashing school zone clocks and signs.
  • Install and repair vehicle loops using concrete saw, loop sealant machine, jackhammer and compressor.
  • Provide support to various City staff and the general public regarding traffic signal issues and safety concerns; respond to regular and emergency calls for service as appropriate.
  • Direct and control the flow of traffic during repairs, installation, or modification of traffic signals.
  • Review and interpret plans and specifications for various traffic engineering functions; review completed work to ensure compliance with established plans; advise higher level engineering staff of deficiencies as appropriate.
  • Operate a variety of electrical and electronic repair and heavy equipment including a volt meter, specialized test equipment, bucket truck, and crane truck.
  • Review signal construction plans and prepare comments; maintain accurate and detailed records of traffic signal plans, schematics, and signal timing specifications; update records as maintenance is performed.


Minimum Qualifications


The following minimum qualifications are required to be met at the time of application.


Combinations of relevant work experience and education that are equivalent to the following are acceptable.*


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • College level course work in electrical, electronics, or a related field

* An additional year of related work experience will substitute for the college level course work requirement.
Work Experience:

  • Two years of journey level electrical experience

License or Certificate:

  • Valid driver’s license
**Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.**


Supplemental Information


To Apply: 

Please submit your completed application and all additional information/documentation requested online at by November 26, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT. If a computer or mobile device is not available to you, suggested locations to complete an online application submittal include: the City of Reno City Hall 2nd floor computer kiosk or 5th floor Civil Service Offices, any locations of Nevada Job Connect or any local library or educational facility.

If you are having difficulty logging into your profile, please call the applicant support line at 855-524-5627.

Examination Process:
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and pass the examination for this position to be eligible for hire. The examination will consist of online assessments which include a Written Skills Test and an Employee Personality Profile; along with a Training and Experience evaluation (T&E) weighted as follows.
Online Written Skills Test = 70%
Training & Experience Evaluation (T&E) = 30%
Employee Personality Profile = Informational purposes only

Online Assessment Details:
Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the online assessments once the recruitment has closed. These tests will be self-administered with no proctor, which means candidates will be able to complete them online at their convenience during the designated testing window.

The instructions and guidelines will be emailed to qualified applicants after the recruitment closes on November 26, 2023. Please make sure to check for emails around this time, including your spam folder so that you do not miss this testing opportunity. All assessments must be completed within the designated testing window to move forward in the hiring process.
Subject areas that may be included on the online written skills test include:

Electrical /Electronics

Traffic Control/Equipment


Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) Details
The T&E examination consists of a Supplemental Questionnaire. The questions may be viewed online under the tab marked “QUESTIONS” on the job announcement page. The
T&E must be submitted online at the time of application.

  • Responses to your T&E questions should be consistent with the information given in your application details. Answers are subject to verification.
  • Failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score; therefore, it is advantageous for you to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question.
  • In order to receive credit for education or training, you must attach copies of your transcripts, diploma, or relevant certificates to your online application.
  • Resumes or questionnaires uploaded as attachments to the application will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question online.
  • “See Resume” or “See above,” etc., are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Changes or corrections to your responses cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • TIP: It may be more efficient to develop your responses in a word processing document and then paste them into the online questionnaire to be submitted.


Applicants are notified by email of their examination results. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will also be notified.

Testing Accommodation: 
If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability and will be requesting an accommodation, that request must be made to the Chief Examiner no later than the closing date of this announcement.

Employee/Veteran Preference (In the event of Tie Scores):

In the event of tie scores resulting from an open competitive examination, employees will be provided a rank preference in the following order: employees with established veteran status shall be given the first preference, non-veteran employees second preference and non-employee veterans third preference. This preference will only be administered in the event of tie scores. Documentation must be submitted at time of application.


On promotional examinations, in the event of tie scores resulting from final rating, including seniority points, an employee will be awarded veteran’s preference and provided a rank preference if one (1) of the eligibles has submitted proof of honorable discharge from the military service. This preference will only be administered in the event of tie scores. Documentation must be submitted at the time of application.


Seniority Points:

Employees of the City of Reno shall receive seniority credit computed by adding to a passing score as follows:


The final ranking will include the applicable seniority points added to the overall grade of the examination process. For each full year of continuous service completed, 0.2 points will be added up to a maximum of ten (10) years… 2 points will be the maximum.


Rule VIII – Promotion, Section 9. Seniority Credit.


Appointment and Certification: 
Appointments to positions in the City’s Civil Service system are made on the basis of examination. Scores resulting from a competitive examination are used in determining a person’s rank on an eligible register. The department may hire any of the persons referred. The names of those persons not hired may be considered when the next vacancy occurs, for as long as that register is viable.


Health & Safety Statement:

The health and well-being of our employees, our families, and the community we serve is of utmost importance to the City.  Please be aware that many roles at the City of Reno include interacting with members of the public, including close contact with vulnerable individuals. The City of Reno has implemented numerous strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and other contagious diseases. Vaccination is recognized as an effective method for reducing the likelihood of infection, and limiting the severity of disease. While we have lifted the vaccination requirement for new employees, the City of Reno encourages all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes boosters recommended by the CDC.


Questions about the information on this announcement and updates to application information should be directed to Civil Service at (775) 334-2223 or

The City of Reno is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, retention, and disciplinary decisions will be made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, political affiliation, membership in an employee association, or any other protected class status applicable under federal or state law or City Charter.

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