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traffic signal technician
(Colorado Only)

Traffic signal technicians build and maintain traffic signal systems of all kinds. They must remain alert; aware of the many hazards associated with the control of traffic flows during temporary, emergency and normal conditions. Technicians use powered equipment and hand tools to install structures for signals and associated lighting systems. Signs, controllers and conduit are installed for both underground and overhead applications. Technicians work on electrical circuits, sometimes energized, that supply power for signals and lighting. They may install computer equipment for more sophisticated systems and must know how to program and troubleshoot them. The use of metering and test equipment is extensive. Technicians can expect to work outdoors, often in inclement weather. They must be willing to travel. The job often requires the individual to work away from home, in another city. The work can be strenuous at times and is occasionally performed in elevated positions. A technician must be stable, dependable and be able to work with others or alone. You must be able to adjust to a variety of duties often characterized by frequent change. A mechanical and mathematical aptitude is desirable, as is the ability to plan and organize work. Manual dexterity and muscular coordination are also necessary attributes. Continuing growth in residential and industrial sectors of most western cities creates opportunity for employment. Current patterns of growth are anticipated to continue in the future, creating the need for apprentices and journeymen.


The apprentice’s hourly wage is based on a percentage of the negotiated journeyman’s wage. At each step the apprentice receives an incremental increase in their wage.  These rates may vary according to the area or contract for a particular job.  The apprenticeship is broken down into steps of 1,000 hours per step.  Each step marks the apprentice’s progression through their apprenticeship.  The break down is outlined below.

Current Journeyman Wage: $37.65 (as of 3-1-24)

  • 1st Step 1000 hours 70% of Journeyman Wage

  • 2nd Step 2000 hours 73% of Journeyman Wage

  • 3rd Step 3000 hours 76% of Journeyman Wage

  • 4th Step 4000 hours 79% of Journeyman Wage

  • 5th Step 5000 hours 82% of Journeyman Wage

  • 6th Step 6000 hours 90% of Journeyman Wage

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTs & documentation

An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and provide the following:

Your application will be rejected and closed if the following documentation is not provided.  Any application fees paid will not be refunded.

  • $25.00 application fee (non-refundable)

  • Completed Application

  • Birth Certificate or valid Passport

  • High School or GED Transcript with graduation date or two-year Associates Degree or higher

  • One credit of Algebra or higher math course

  • DMV Driving Record going back 3 years (must be within 30 days of applying)

  • Valid Driver's License (a Class A Commercial Driver's License will need to be obtained once in the program)

Items strongly recommended (not required) to include in your application:

  • Documentation of past outside electrical work experience, if applicable

  • Line School completion certificate and transcript

  • Current First Aid/CPR card

  • Current Flagging/Traffic Control certification

  • Industry related certifications: Crane Operator, Heavy Equipment, OSHA, Digger Derrick, Rigger Signalman, etc.

  • Any other college or trade school transcripts, which you feel to be applicable

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Women and Minorities

are encouraged to apply.

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