Communications Systems Technician

Compensation: 25.46 - 38.19

General Description/Information

Valley Metro is offering a hiring bonus of $2,000.00


Shift differential offered for 2nd and 3rd shifts


Candidates may be hired above the minimum depending on skills and qualifications.

This position is safety sensitive and subject to Valley Metro RPTA's Drug & Alcohol Program. The Communications Systems Technician performs complex and varied duties in the maintenance and repair of signaling and rail safety systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA) hardware and network devices, and other electrical equipment; and performs related work as assigned. Troubleshooting, analyzing, and isolating malfunctions, conducting inspections, testing, modifying, maintaining and repairing communications systems equipment.

As a member of the Valley Metro’s Operations and Maintenance team, demonstrates the Agency’s Core Values of Whatever It Takes, Team Player and Positive Customer Care/Service in performance of daily duties.


Repairs electrical, electronic, mechanical network, communications and fare collection systems equipment.

Tests and troubleshoots electronic components and systems, repairs or orders and replaces components, rewires systems, and tests equipment prior to placing back into service.

Responds to service emergencies providing online troubleshooting and repair of all electronic, electro-mechanical equipment including located in wayside facilities and passenger stations communications and fare collection equipment.

Maintains parts inventory and computer inventory records.

Compiles reports of inspections, repairs made, and equipment requiring replacement.

Performs preventative maintenance on all communications and fare collection apparatus.

Investigates and locates problems or failures and take the proper corrective action.

Ensures that proper safety precautions are followed, particularly around energized circuits.

Attends safety and training meetings; participates in emergency preparedness systems.

Maintenance and repair of LRT wayside communication and SCADA system equipment.

This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:
Networks, Juniper
Safety practices as they pertain to electronic systems.
AC/DC electrical systems, principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry and associated mechanical, systems, testing and inspection methods/tools.
Analog and digital electronics, and electronic control circuits.

Skills in:
Safely using and maintaining hand and power tools and test equipment related to the work.
Maintaining accurate records of work performed.
Ability to read schematics and blueprints for electrical and electronic control.
Analyzing malfunction in electrical, electronic and electromechanical system and repair.
Ability to perform maintenance repair, troubleshooting, rebuild and overhaul of subsystems; Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.
Troubleshooting and repair of telephone, CCTV, variable messaging boards, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA).


High School Diploma, or G.E.D. and two (2) years of experience with basic network operating systems and equipment such as routers, switches, and hubs; OR equivalent combination of training, education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties such as those listed below.

Associate's Degree in electrical/electronic technology from a two (2) year Technical College or institute
Light rail transit experience

Must be available to work weekends, holidays, overtime and odd and unusual hours; may be called in on day-off or respond to emergencies.

Shift Differential Pay (evening and night)

Position requires the incumbent to successfully pass the safety and track worker protection certification and to maintain ongoing education and training requirements of the position.

Medical Examination:
Employment for safety sensitive positions is contingent on passing a physical examination.

Background Investigation:
Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.

Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Arizona Driver's License

Incumbent is required to have a CDL permit (CDL Class B) upon hire and license within 90 days of hire, and maintain a current valid Arizona Commercial Driver's License (CDL Class B) with Air Brakes endorsement. Position requires the ability to maintain insurability under Valley Metro's Vehicle Insurance Policy