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City of Des Moines Traffic Signal Technician in Des Moines, Iowa

Traffic Signal Technician

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Traffic Signal Technician


$35.63 - $42.73 Hourly


Des Moines, IA

Job Type

Regular Full-Time

Job Number





EG062079 - EG T&T Signal Install & Maint

Opening Date


Closing Date

9/29/2023 4:00 PM Central



Bargaining Unit


Occupational Group

Civil Service

Location of Vacancy




Selection Method

WRITTEN EXAMINATION: A written exam will be administered to all applicants meeting minimum qualifications on Tuesday, October 10th at 5:15pm. Arrangements for testing will be communicated to those applicants meeting minimum qualifications. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE RATING: An education and experience rating will be completed on all qualified applicants who successfully complete the written examination. Civil Service Scoring will be 50% Written Exam + 50% Education & Experience Score = Final Score. Qualified applicants who need a reasonable accommodation in order to interview must inform this office at (515) 283-4213 or TTY Iowa Relay at 711 or 1-800-735-2942, by the application date.

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Distinguishing Features of the Class

Under general supervision, installs, programs, maintains and repairs traffic control and communication equipment.

Note: Starting Salary $35.63

Written Exam: This position requires that candidates pass a written exam which will be administered to all applicants meeting minimum qualifications on Tuesday, October 10th at 5:15pm. Details will be sent to qualifying candidates.

The City of Des Moines promotes a healthy work life balance and offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

Residency Incentive Program

Paid Volunteer Time-Off

Parental Leave

Vacation and Sick Leave

12 Paid Holidays

Health/Dental/Life/LTD Insurance

Wellness Programs and Activities

Tuition Reimbursement and Continuing Education Programs

Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Benefit

Defined Benefit Pension Plan through IPERS

Deferred Compensation Plan with City Match up to 2.5%

Voluntary Insurance Benefit Options

Employee Discount Program

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from a standard high school; and

  • Two years of responsible experience involving the technical aspects of traffic signal operations, such as the repair and maintenance of solid state electronics and electrical power systems; or

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Additional education may be substituted for experience at the rate of one year of experience for one year of education.

Note: Educational Transcripts or Certifications must be attached to your online application or submitted separately to and received by the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department by the application deadline date to receive credit. Transcripts may be submitted electronically to, by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317.

Required Special Qualifications

  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen;

  • Possession of a valid Class B CDL allowing the ability to operate vehicles with airbrakes within 6 months of appointment. If you have an Out of State license you a certified copy of your Driving Record is required by the application deadline.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Installs and maintains microprocessor based electronic and electromechanical traffic control devices, including controllers, receivers, detectors, communication devices, and other related equipment;

  • Installs, constructs, and maintains conduits; cables; ducts, poles; signal heads; vehicle detection; traffic observation equipment, such as cameras; and other signal related equipment;

  • Works with traffic engineers in programming traffic signal controllers.

  • Performs routine and emergency repair of traffic signals on site, including call-out work after hours;

  • Performs component level bench repair on microprocessor-based digital traffic control devices, including trouble shooting as required;

  • Installs, maintains, and trouble shoots the traffic signal communications system, including fiber-optic and twisted pair communication cable;

  • Inspects contractor’s work related to the installation of traffic signals and systems;

  • Performs underground cable location services;

  • Installs and maintains underground cable, street lighting fixtures, and high voltage switching devices;

  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;

  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;

  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principals, practices and new developments in the assigned areas;

    Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.