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Traffic Signal Technician II

City of Papillion Papillion, NE Hourly Wage, starting at $26.20

POSITION TITLE: Traffic Signal Technician II

REPORTS TO: Street Superintendent

SUPERVISES: May occasionally lead a crew when necessary

SALARY: Grade 19, Step One, Starts at $26.20 per hour

PURPOSE OF POSITION: Installs, maintains, repairs, and tests electrical, electronic, and mechanical traffic control equipment and related infrastructure.  Responds to after-hour service calls as needed. 


Installs, repairs, and maintains traffic lighting systems by performing preventive maintenance on signal control cabinets, lights, and other technical equipment, performing emergency troubleshooting, installing various equipment such as lights, detection equipment, and control cabinets, repairing, assembling, and disassembling equipment, installing and maintaining signal heads, poles, cables, and conduits, installing and maintaining system communication cables and equipment.

Performs other duties by programming microprocessor and microcomputer equipment and generating and maintaining daily logs, reports, and work orders.

Uses computers and mobile devices to facilitate setup, programming, and troubleshooting of traffic signal controllers and associated components, e.g. cross walk light systems, speed indicator boxes, speed study boxes, and traffic counting equipment.

Responds to service calls by diagnosing the problem and replacing damaged components.

Locates and marks the location of underground cables.

Maintains and repairs assigned tools and equipment.

Completes work orders and updates asset information utilizing work order/asset management software.

Ensures equipment meets given codes and guidelines.

Maintains parts inventory list; recommends and participates in the purchase of all traffic signal, street lighting and sign related parts and equipment.

Programs traffic signal controllers to perform defined operations and signal timing functions.

Conducts inspections of work performed by independent contractors.

Maintain records of all maintenance activities, scheduled routine inspections, and equipment calibrations.  Works with GIS staff to document assets and other data.

Checks and makes pre-determined adjustments to traffic controller timing programs as indicated.

Schedule and perform routine traffic counts.

Maintains, repairs, and collects data on the City’s civil defense siren system.  Documents all processes.

Responds to inquiries, complaints, or concerns about traffic signaling.


Participates in snow removal operations.

Assists in other City activities such as Cleanup Days, Papillion Days, etc.   

Assists all divisions and departments as required to accomplish the goals of the Public Works Department and the City of Papillion.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned.


Substantial knowledge of the principles and practices of electronics, traffic control, and state and federal traffic control device standards.

Considerable knowledge of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and the National Electrical Code (NEC).

Knowledge of and ability to use a desktop computer, Microsoft Office and other specialized applications, email, and standard office equipment.

Knowledge of the standard tools, materials, and practices used in electronic, electro-mechanical, and solid state equipment repair work.

Knowledge of the principles and applications of electrical theory.

Knowledge of the theories, principles, and applications of serial and IP communications via twisted pair copper wire, fiber optic cable, wireless, and other transmission media.

Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions necessary in working with and around electricity.  

Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions necessary in working within and around active traffic in the field.

Skill in the maintenance and use of assigned tools, equipment, and testing instruments. 

Skill in the logical analysis of complex electrical and electronic systems and determining causes of malfunctions.

Skill in the installation and repair of under and above ground vehicle detection devices.

Skill in managing and maintaining fiber infrastructure, including experience with fiber splicing techniques and testing.    

Ability to learn and adapt to advances in computer and electronics device technology and software.

Ability to use the standard tools used in the construction trades and to operate equipment used in the repair and installation of traffic signals.

Ability to effectively troubleshoot electrical systems and equipment including medium and low voltage.

Ability to use testing equipment to locate, identify, and analyze faults in traffic signal equipment.

Ability to modify, maintain, repair, or replace faulty traffic signal equipment.

Ability to discern colors, especially wiring color codes.

Ability to adhere to safety policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Ability to accept positive and constructive feedback with a growth-oriented mindset.

Ability to understand and follow both verbal and written instructions.

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in English.

Ability to accurately read and interpret sketches, schematics, technical drawings, wiring and circuit diagrams, blueprints, site plans, and instruction manuals.

Ability to address the public, other employees, and municipal officials in a courteous and tactful manner and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Ability to maintain regular and dependable job attendance, including attendance and job performance for possibly prolonged periods of time when called out on short notice due to weather conditions, emergencies, and similar situations of public necessity.


1. Minimum education requirement:  Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in electronics, mechanical, computers, or digital electronic theory and repair, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience as determined by the City of Papillion. 

2. Must have four (4) years of experience in electronic, mechanical, computers, or digital electronic maintenance and repair work, including two (2) years of experience with traffic signal and communication infrastructure, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience as determined by the City of Papillion.

3. Must possess or be able to obtain within two (2) years of employment certification through the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) in Work Zone Safety and Traffic Signal Level I and II.

4. Must acquire and maintain a 2nd Grade Hoisting and Portable Engineering Certificate by the end of the probationary period. 

5. Must possess a valid driver’s license. 

6. Must possess or be able to obtain within one (1) year of employment a State of Nebraska Class A commercial driver’s license with Tanker Endorsement.

7. Must be bondable.


Work is primarily performed indoors and requires sitting for long periods of time. Outdoor work requires a considerable amount of physical activity including walking, standing, kneeling, bending, crouching, reaching, stooping, and climbing.  The applicant must have the ability to transport themselves to and from various locations throughout the city.  Duties require the ability to tolerate an indoor and outdoor work environment, which includes exposure to dirt, dust, chemicals/solvents, fumes, bacteria, noise, vibrations, equipment movement/traffic hazards, and inclement weather conditions.

An incumbent must have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and must possess the coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate hand and power tools and equipment utilized in repair and maintenance tasks.  Must also possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull heavy equipment and tools.  Work hours may occasionally be required in times of darkness.  Vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work requires extensive interaction with the public and may be stressful when dealing with irate citizens.

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Full-time Employee
Date Posted September 30, 2022
Date Closes October 30, 2022
Located In Papillion, NE
Department Public Works
Function Streets
Job Type Full-time Employee
Compensation Hourly Wage, starting at $26.20
Shift Custom
SOC Category 53-6041.00 Traffic Technicians
Zipcode 68046

This job offers the following benefits

  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Dental
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance
  • Medical
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Bereavement Pay
  • Casual Dress
  • Free Parking
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
  • Sick Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Workout Facilities
  • Merit Increases

This job requires the following skills

  • Roadway Safety Specialist
  • Excellent Logic and Reasoning
  • Positive Attitude
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Strong Time Management
  • Electronics Repair
  • Transportation - Coordination
  • Transportation - Customer Service
  • Transportation - Worker
  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Dependent-Care Spending Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Dental
  • And More ...