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Assistant Signal Person

What Will You Do?

  • Install, repair and maintain various railroad signals and grade-crossing protection equipment
  • Load and unload supplies and heavy equipment from trucks; operate backhoes; dig holes and trenches for cable; paint signal equipment; climb and troubleshoot signal structures; handle cable; and make electrical connections
  • Travel with a construction team throughout an assigned territory, often times spending days away from your home

What Will You Learn?

In this entry-level position, you will keep crossings, electronics and communication towers in working condition.  We will teach you how to construct, install, maintain, repair, and replace signal communication circuitry, systems, and components.  You will also learn how to work in all types of weather, in a safe manner.  


  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have the stamina for heavy, physical labor and be able to discriminate between colors.
  • You must pass a Skilled-Craft Battery exam (see sample) to be considered for an interview.


As a newly hired Assistant Signal Person, you can expect to earn about $30.00 an hour, with actual pay depending on location and Union-negotiated agreements.


During your first two years of service as an Assistant Signal Person, you must complete eight weeks of formal training. You will also receive on-the-job training during that time to learn how to safely operate various signal systems.

Potential Career Path:

Assistant Signal Career Progression 


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