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Traffic Systems Tech 1 Positions With State DOT Start at $42,986

Posts in Several Locations. March 1 Deadline; Some Experience Needed; Several Ways to Qualify

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The state Department of Transportation is accepting applications through March 1 for Traffic Systems Technician 1 positions in several locations. The salary ranges from $42,986 to $55,008. 


Traffic Systems Technicians install, maintain, test, modify, adjust, overhaul, troubleshoot and repair a variety of electrical systems, electronic, magnetic devices and computerized equipment used to monitor and control traffic-signal systems and ITS devices; perform major system modifications such as signal phasing and timing, signal-head modifications, intersection infrastructure construction, traffic-signal system integration and system networking; and review, modify and prepare documents that define the operations, design and construction of traffic-signal systems and ITS devices.

Incumbents may also assume roles within the Incident Command System to support the department’s response to regional and statewide emergency situations.

Stand-by and overtime availability are required, with candidates expected to respond to after-hours service and repair call-outs. 


The minimum requirements for taking the open-competitive examination are 1) 60 college semester credit hours, including at least 15 credit hours in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, electrical technology, computer technology, automotive technology, electrical construction and maintenance, or electronic technology; or

2) two years of experience assisting in the installation, repair or maintenance of traffic-signal equipment and/or intelligent transportation systems; or

3) military training in an electronics field, including completion of an electronic/electrical school program AND one year of the experience described in #2 above, or

4) graduation from a high school technical electricity/electronics education program or a BOCES program issued by a recognized education authority AND one year of the experience described in #2 above.

Candidates who accept a provisional appointment must take the next competitive examination and be reachable on the resultant eligible list in order to be considered for permanent appointment to the position.

In order to be considered for permanent appointment, candidates must be reachable on the current Civil Service eligible list or be eligible for reassignment or transfer in accordance with Civil Service Law.

If a viable eligible list does not exist, a provisional appointment may be made in accordance with Civil Service Law. 

Appointees must obtain and maintain a valid NYS Class B CDL permit within three months. Within 12 months, they must obtain and maintain a valid NYS Class B CDL license with no airbrake restriction. 

All candidates must pass a pre-employment physical/medical examination and drug test prior to beginning employment.

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