Signalmen install, test and repair signal systems to control train movements and highway/rail grade crossing warning systems, assuring compliance with Federal Railroad Administration requirements.
Adjust a power-operated switch machine. Repair a broken crossing gate. Download vital data from wayside signals. Replace a data radio. Multiply these activities by hundreds of wayside signals, Grade Crossing Warning Systems including train motion detection systems, hot bearing detectors and track circuits placed over several hundred miles, and you've got the domain of the signal systems technician, commonly known as a signalman.
On any given day, signal systems control thousands of trains traveling the nation's rails, moving across town or across the country. In addition to controlling train movement, Signalmen ensure the safety of railroad personnel and the public.
You take four courses in our classrooms, laboratories and field locations during the six-week program on the campus of Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, a suburb of Kansas City.
You will be instructed in all the work skills required for work as a signalman, including solid knowledge of electricity and electronics, microprocessors and computers.
Signal systems students train on the same signals, electronic switches and computer equipment they will install and service in the field. Training is conducted using traffic control, grade crossing, automotive block signal and automatic inter-locking simulators. There are also track circuit and train motion simulators.
Successful completion of the Signal Systems Training Program qualifies you for entry-level signalmen positions with most railroads. You will receive a certificate of completion and you will also have 16 hours of college credit, giving you a great start on an Applied Associate of Science (AAS) degree. You will also be a top candidate for employment in the railroad industry.