Traffic technicians work hard to keep traffic signals and street signs in good condition by repairing and replacing vehicle detectors, traffic control devices, wiring, conduit, and traffic signalling devices as necessary.
College education and in-depth knowledge of these electronics are necessary for this position, and many employers require at least a two-year degree in electronics while some will accept those with a high school diploma and relevant prior experience. Applicants must also be prepared to work in various weather conditions, such as extreme heat or cold, as they are often out on the street for the entirety of their shifts.
In addition to being knowledgeable in electronics, traffic technicians should work well both independently and under direction. Tasks are often delegated to technicians from a supervisor and may or may not involve teamwork, as some shifts may be spent with coworkers while others are spent alone, so communication skills, an analytical mindset, and a self-starting mentality are all beneficial for this position.
Shifts are often on set schedules, though this can vary if traffic emergencies arise. It is not uncommon for these technicians to be called-in to work if a problem arises at a major intersection, so aspiring traffic technicians should be prepared to accept erratic and unpredictable hours on occasion. The frequency of these calls can vary depending on the location, making this work unpredictable from a scheduling standpoint. Traffic technicians are often employed by municipalities, which means they are usually subject to union representation.