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Electrical Trades II (Traffic Signal Electrician)

Recruitment #101229-D6A2XX-02

Opening Date:1/10/2011 8:00:00 AM
Closing Date:1/18/2011 5:00:00 PM
Type of Recruitment: Open Competitive
Salary:$3,585.00 - $5,042.00/month (Final salary dependent upon Executive Director approval)
Employment Type: Full Time
Location(s): CRIPPLE CREEK

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This position has been exempted from CDOT's internal hiring freeze. The eligible list created from this announcement will be used to fill current and future vacancies which may come available during the life of the list.  Management may at any time, choose to fill this or any subsequent vacancies by transfer or reinstatement of a qualified current or former Colorado state personnel system employee.


  • Typical work schedule is four 10 hour days, from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm, either Monday through Thursday, or Tuesday through Friday.  This schedule may change as required. 
  • On average, 20% of the work hours are spent in an office setting and 80% in the field.
  • The average work week is 40 hours a week, with periodic overtime due to emergencies or inclement weather
  • Required to work on ladders and/or bucket trucks at heights from 10-80 feet
  • Occasional in-state/overnight travel
  • Frequent travel during work day for training, meetings, and assigned work orders
  • Required to drive CDOT vehicles
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Exposure to fumes, odors, gases, dusts, etc. that may affect breathing, eyes and skin
  • Exposure to High Voltage (anything over 600 V) and electrical shock
  • Required to work in extreme temperatures and weather conditions for long periods of time - hot and cold
  • Required to use computers to accomplish everyday work duties
  • Due to locations of some of the equipment, must be physically able to work at 11,000 feet altitude
  • Must be able to read, understand, and follow oral and written instructions in English
  • Required to be on a rotating twenty-four hour on-call emergency service to troubleshoot and repair traffic signal malfunctions Required to respond to emergencies outside regular work hours and work overtime, including weekends and holidays
  • Required to live within twenty (20) miles of where the workstation and/or equipment is located.  This is necessary to report for emergency work within thirty (30) minutes driving time under adverse weather conditions, after notified to report to work.
  • Must provide the supervisor with a telephone number where you can be reached for the purpose of responding to an emergency.
  • Electrical Trades II salary range is: $3585-5042/month. While this is the full salary range, due to the current State budget issues, the starting salary for this position is expected to be at or near the range minimum.  Final salary dependent upon Executive Director approval.


CDOT offers a variety of benefits for employees including:
  • Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month),
  • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Medical and dental plans
  • State paid life insurance policy of $50,000
  • Choice of 2 retirement plans
  • 401K and 457 plans
  • State paid Short Term Disability coverage
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Work life programs
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • Training

See the CDOT website for complete information on benefits at


This position is located in the Region 2 Traffic Section, in the Colorado Springs office.  As an Electrical Trades II, you will perform skilled electrical journeyman level work in areas such as construction, installation, programming, and repair of traffic control devices, as well as the installation and repair of all roadway lighting, building wiring, and associated equipment.

Other duties include:

  • Operate, repair and maintain the Region 2 traffic signal inventory and associated traffic control devices, and the highway lighting systems; 
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair and upgrade electrical circuits and devices in all CDOT properties; 
  • Install, maintain, and replace all components (e.g. detectors, flashers, isolators, load packs, power supplies) of traffic signals and other traffic control devices (e.g. signal lights, signal boxes, controllers, conflict monitors, pedestrian signal heads, video detection systems);
  • Verify traffic signal programming via computer and/or traffic controller box;
  • Maintain flashing beacons, school zone time clocks, variable message signs, and solar system power supplies;
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, and replace all the components of highway and rest area lighting systems (e.g. including services, distribution panels, feeder circuits, internal and external lighting devices, poles, and mast arms);
  • Construct traffic signals and devices using hand tools, heavy equipment, manuals and specifications; Complete underground utility locates of CDOT facilities;
  • Implement traffic control plans for road-side maintenance activities, and will be available on a rotating twenty-four hour on-call emergency service to troubleshoot and repair equipment malfunctions to ensure the safety of the traveling public;
  • Read and interpret blueprints, schematics and manufacturers data to troubleshoot electrical systems and traffic control systems;
  • Other duties as assigned.  


Requires a current, valid Colorado Journeyman Electrician License AND at least four years of progressively responsible experience using this license in the commercial or industrial electrical construction field.  

This experience must include electrical experience in any combination of the following:

  • Component level electrical or component level electronics similar to the work assignments listed above in the Major Responsibilities section;
  • Fiber optic cabling handling, termination and splicing; or
  • ITS devices (e.g. Variable Message Signs, Close Circuit TV, radar and/or weather stations);
  • or Programmable logic controllers.

The Exceptional Applicant will be an experienced Electrician and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

  • Demonstrated success with the duties as listed in the Major Responsibilities section;
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and best practices of the National Electrical code;
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in installing, repairing, replacing, and troubleshooting a wide variety of electrical systems and equipment;
  • Knowledge and understanding of fiber optic (wireless and hardwire), cabling handling, temination and splicing;
  • Knowledge and understanding of ITS devices (e.g. Variable Message Signs, Close Circuit TV, radar and/or weather stations);
  • Proven leadership and/or mentoring skills;
  • Excellent project management, work scheduling, and organizational skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Effective interpersonal and relationship building skills;
  • Strong positive and can do attitude;
  • Strong commitment to safety;
  • Self starter and motivated to accomplish tasks;
  • Experience working with multiple and diverse stakeholders, with sensitivity to their needs and priorities;
  • Strong customer service skills;
  • Work effectively in both independent and team situations;
  • Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
  • Excellent reasoning, analytical, troubleshooting, and problem solving ability;
  • Familiarity with electronics (e.g. fiber optic, cellular communications, wireless networking);
  • Traffic control coursework is a plus;
  • Fluency in MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and SAP, and the ability to quickly learn new software. 


Satisfactory completion of a formalized electrician apprenticeship or satisfactory completion of electrical or electronic course work at an accredited non-correspondence college, trade or vocational school may substitute for the experience on a year-for-year basis.  Experience with traffic signal devices is highly desirable. 

This experience must be specifically documented on your application.  Unofficial transcripts or a copy of your certificate of completion are required if substituting this education for experience and may be uploaded within your online application.


The following conditions must be met and maintained in order to be employed and/or continue employment at CDOT in the Electrical Trades II position:

  • Must possess and maintain a current valid Journeyman Electrician license at time of hire.
  • Must possess and maintain a current valid State of Colorado driver’s license at time of hire.
  • Must pass the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) written exam to obtain CDL permit within 2 months of appointment of this position.
  • Must be qualified and obtain a Commercial Drivers License Class A or B within 6 months of appointment to the position.  
  • Must be able to read, understand, follow, and give oral and written instructions in English.  
  • Must pass pre-employment medical physical exam and a controlled substance test (i.e. drug test).
  • Position is required to be on rotating twenty-four hour on-call emergency service to troubleshoot and repair traffic signal malfunctions.
  • Will be required to live within twenty (20) miles of where the work station and/or equipment is located. This is necessary in order to report for emergency work within thirty (30) minutes' driving time under adverse weather conditions, after notified to report to work.  Knowledge of an emergency or hazardous condition may be considered to be notification to report to work station. 
  • A criminal background may be conducted.    

Employees required to operate vehicles must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado driver's license with a driving record that does not exceed our application limits, which include:

  • Seven or more violations while operating a motor vehicle in the last seven years, four or more violations in the last three years, or three violations in the last year.
  • Any reckless driving violation within the last three years, or two or more reckless driving violations in the last seven years.
  • Any driving offense within the last three years that was caused by alcohol or drugs, or two or more convictions for driving offenses involving alcohol or drugs in the last seven years.
  • Suspension or revocation of driver’s license in the last two years, or two or more suspensions or revocations in the last seven years.


Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment examination.  To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the disability which justifies the accommodation.  Because it requires several days for CDOT to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the exam date.  Failure to provide the medical documentation several days in advance of an exam could make it impossible for CDOT to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation.

To request a reasonable test accommodation for this examination, please contact the Center for Human Resource Management at (303)757-9216 or the ADA Coordinator, Ben Cordova, at (303)757-9594, 4201 E. Arkansas Ave., Denver, CO 80222 several days before the exam date.


Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through competitive examination of merit and fitness. Part or all of the exam for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the applications to assess and rank applicants, who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group or establish an eligible list for referral to the position. Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Responsibilities, Education and Experience Requirements, Exceptional Candidate, and Necessary Special Requirements sections as listed above. Attach additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your score or inclusion in the final pool of qualified candidates.

Appeal Rights: If you believe the content of the examination for this position was arbitrary, capricious or contrary to rule or law (scores and ranks are not considered as conduct or content), you may view the instructions for the appeal process and complete the Colorado State Personnel Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form found at: . Appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date of the examination was administered.


To be eligible to request a transfer an employee must:

  • have been in his/her current position for at least one year (three years if in a Hard-to-Fill location and signed a Hard-to-Fill Agreement),
  • be currently classified in the same class or with the same grade maximum as announced,
  • meet the minimum qualifications listed in this announcement, and
  • have at least a level 2 performance rating.

Transfer candidates must submit a complete application, following the directions in this job announcement, by the posted deadline. If you meet the qualifications for a transfer and wish to be considered as a transfer, type "TRANSFER" in the first job in your job history within your application. You will be added to the eligible list as a transfer candidate. However, at the department's discretion, transfer candidates may be requested to participate in the exam process. If it is determined that you are not eligible for transfer, but meet the qualifications for the position, you will be included in the exam process.


Complete Applications must include the following documents:

1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online in JobAps using the link below)
2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (please submit online in JobAps using the link below)
3) A legible copy of your current, valid, Colorado Journeyman or Master's Electrician licnese.
4) A copy of your current (dated within the last 30 days) Colorado Motor Vehicle Report' send via fax, email, or hand deliver to the following (see "Exam Details" below):

Fax 303-757-9081
Colorado Department of Transportation
4201 East Arkansas Ave. Room 124
Denver, CO 80222

EXAM DETAILS:  Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)
You must include a copy of your current (dated within the last 30 days) Colorado Motor Vehicle Report.  This report may be used for all or part of the examination process.  Your MVR must be received in the office, via-fax, email or hand delivered, by the close date of this announcement or no later than five (5) business days after the close day, 1/25/11, before 5:00 PM, in order to continue into the first exam phase.  Failure to submit MVR within this specified timeframe may result in your application being rejected. 

Please Note: Uploaded files within your online application cannot exceed 1 MB in size. Files larger than 1 MB cannot be opened or viewed once submitted, so cannot be reviewed for consideration for this position.

Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your application being rejected.

Colorado Address Confidentiality Program (ACP): If you are covered by the Address Confidentiality Program, CRS 24-21-201 through 24-21-214, please notify the HR office or analyst listed on this announcement so that you are provided the appropriate time extension for notifications provided by U.S. mail. The extension allowed under this program applies only to U.S. mail notifications that include a deadline of 10 days or less.


APS (SAP #50005063/PCR #25204)