Careers – Nebraska Central Railroad Company – Signal Maintainer

Signal Maintainer
Posted Date – 02/24/2020

Location – Columbus, Nebraska

Reports To: Director of Signal Maintenance & Construction

NCRC is seeking an individual who has a desire to work in the transportation field as a railway signal maintainer.  Signal maintainers perform required testing and inspections on various Railroad signals, switches, and grade crossing systems, in compliance with Federal and Railroad rules and regulations. Trouble shoots signal/electrical problems and malfunctions, and makes repairs, ensuring safety of employees and public. Respond appropriately to unplanned events and emergencies.are accountable for safe work and operating practices, thorough knowledge of the General Code of Operating Rules and compliance of all Federal Railroad Administration Guidelines.


  • High school diploma or GED.


  • Electrical background preferred


  • Strong aptitude for using information systems
  • Ability to thrive in a fast pace, pressure-filled work environment
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Able to work extended hours, nights, weekends, on call
  • Ability to think logically, make sound decisions, analyze problems, and take corrective action
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Subject to toxicological testing, random drug testing, and criminal background investigation
  • Possess a valid state issued commercial driver’s license
  • Read, write, speak, hear and understand English
  • Able to lift and carry up to 35 pounds regularly and up to 70 pounds occasionally
  • Able to visually distinguish among red, blue, green, and yellow colors
  • Able to use hands performing activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling
  • Follow safety policies and procedures and wear the required personal protective equipment required for the job in a safe manner






  • Work and maintain professional composure while under stress
  • Able to work in conditions that include loud noise and fumes, work on and around heavy moving machinery, bend, walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time
  • Able to perform work on uneven surfaces: frequently climb ladders and on/off equipment, as well as climb signal poles to perform installations
  • Work odd or extended hours, nights, and weekends as necessary.
  • Able to lift and carry up to 35 pounds frequently and up to 70 pounds occasionally



Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet)



  • Practice safe work habits; follow company and federal safety rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Take appropriate action when conditions threaten safety of employees or other personnel, read and comply with train orders, signals, and Railroad rules.
  • Work with large non-powered tools such as shovels, picks, hammers, screw drivers, wrenches, pliers, and cutting tools.
  • Work with high precision measuring tools such as electronic scales, micrometers, voltmeters (multi-meters), cable meggers, and locating equipment.
  • Work with power tools such as drills, grinders, and saws.
  • Work with exothermic welding tools & material
  • Load and unload supplies, dig holes and trenches for cable, paint signal equipment, climb poles and signal masts.
  • Maintain HOS daily and weekly hours worked; maintain HOS records to comply with HOS law
  • Handle wire and cable, and make electrical connections, repair and install overhead line wire. Work with voltages up to 600 volts.
  • Maintain records of testing and inspections using the RailDocs record keeping system complying with FRA and Railroad rules and regulations.
  • Comply with company and federal safety rules, practices and procedures to include wearing required safety equipment, responding to safety concerns and taking appropriate action.
  • Operate cranes and bucket trucks safely and proficiently using company issued harnesses and safety gear.



  • Install, setup and maintain company radio and communication towers
  • Program 2 – way VHF radios

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