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Traffic Signal Technician Apprentice - City of Sammamish ( Job # 19-0033)

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Minimum Salary: $57,973.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $79,340.00
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Sammamish is a young but growing city with more than 63,000 residents. It is located on the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish, approximately 12 miles east of Seattle. Public Works is seeking a motivated, team oriented, customer focused Traffic Signal Technician Apprentice who wholly embraces safety as paramount and wants to join a fun and growing department. The City’s traffic control device inventory includes approximately 26 traffic signals, 70 school zone and crosswalk flashers, and 30 speed radar signs as well as an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). We currently contract with King County to provide signal maintenance and construction services since incorporating in 1999. The City is preparing to bring most of that work in-house and this position will play a critical part in ensuring the success of this new program, which includes construction and operation of the City’s first Traffic Management Center.

Under the supervision of the City’s Traffic Engineering Manager and guidance of the Senior Traffic Signal Technician, this position is an apprenticeship to learn how to perform technical work relate to the installation, construction, maintenance, repair, and inspection of traffic signals, video, and street lighting systems; and various other electrical and electronic systems and equipment.  Work may be performed under the City’s Senior Traffic Signal Technician’s direction; and work may be required during inclement weather, nights, holidays or weekends. 

  • Assist in diagnosing malfunctioning traffic signal equipment, make electrical repairs, and/or replace modular electronic equipment as required.
  • Assist in inspecting traffic signal and street light installations made by contractors for conformance to city specifications and codes.
  • Assist diagnosing and repairing malfunctioning street lighting.
  • Locate and mark traffic signal, street lighting, and underground communication equipment.
  • Assist in investigating and responding to complaints and requests related to traffic signal or street light maintenance and repair.
  • Assist in planning and scheduling routine and preventive maintenance tasks.
  • Assist in reviewing plans, specifications and systems designed by consultants for technical adequacy.
  • Assist in maintaining various types of traffic video systems throughout the city.
  • Assist in installing, maintaining and repairing new and existing traffic signal equipment, including but not limited to controllers, cabinets and associated wiring, signal heads, vehicle loops, vehicle detection amplifiers, emergency pre-empt equipment, video equipment, and microwave detection devices.
  • Assist in installing underground conduit, wire, junction boxes, cabinets, switchboards, controllers, and electrical power for controllers.
  • Assist in installing and repairing traffic loop, clean, paint, repairs and relamp traffic signal heads and cabinets as required.
  • Remove or install overhead street signs.
  • Interpret engineering drawings, sketches and other specifications.
  • Assist in repairing and maintaining energized overhead and underground cable, conduit and wiring system.
  • Respond to emergencies involving traffic and pedestrian signals, street lighting, and traffic signs.
  • Drive a bucket truck, may operate city owned equipment such as compressors, jackhammers, and man-lifts.
  • Perform routine labor functions such as stocking of inventory and basic preventative maintenance of vehicles.
  • Keep accurate work records; order supplies, parts and materials.
  • Develop and maintain records showing locations and types of existing underground street lighting and traffic signal systems.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education and Training:

High School Diploma or GED and one year of electrical trade work or equivalent technical training in electrical circuitry and use of test equipment and tools; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.

Required Qualifications

Valid Washington State Driver's License with a driving record free of serious or frequent violations.  Must be able to obtain State of Washington Flagging Card within 6 months of hire; Possession of the International Municipal Signal Association (I.M.S.A.) Level I Certification for Traffic Signal Technician, or the ability to obtain within 1 year of hire. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Principles, theories and practices in the electrical and/or electronics field as applied to installation and repair of signal circuits and systems
  • Industrial practice and standards in data communication maintenance
  • Techniques for troubleshooting and repairing of data communication equipment and cables
  • Safe working procedures
  • Effectively manage workload and responsibilities
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Facilitating cooperation, trust and integrity with all customers and staff
  • Perform troubleshooting and repair work on malfunctioning traffic equipment both in the field and on bench
  • Install and test fiber optic cable
  • Operate and perform work in a man-lift or bucket truck at a height of up to 50 feet.
  • Exercise sound judgment and effectively problem solve
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and be an effective team player
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative, effort and commitment
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical plans and knowledge of electrical circuitry including three-phase wiring.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment and associated peripherals and software.
  • Must be able to respond in emergency response situations.

Required Physical Traits

  • Manual dexterity to utilize a computer and standard office equipment.
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, stoop, bend, reach overhead, walk and move over rough and uneven surfaces, balance in high or narrow places.
  • Ability to perform work at heights up to 50 feet.
  • Visual acuity to read written and numerical materials.
  • Ability to distinguish color coding on electrical wiring.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively both orally and in writing.

Work is performed in an office and an outdoor environment in all types of weather.  Equipment used includes personal computers, standard office equipment and complex test equipment including Multi-meter, Oscilloscope, and specialized electronic equipment, and various construction equipment including bucket truck, forklift, backhoe and various other support equipment. Hazards include working at heights, exposure to traffic, fumes and electricity.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 




Sammamish City Hall
801 - 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075