To be qualified for a Signals and Train Control Inspector position you MUST have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:
To qualify for this position at the GS-12 , you must have at least one full year of specialized railroad related experience equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade level for this occupation. Your experience must include at least a year:
Conducting accident investigations or on-site inspections relative to a proposed signal modification plan requires long periods of walking on rocky and uneven surfaces around railroad tracks, occasional bending and crouching to inspect signals, switches, and wreckage, and some climbing of embankments around track roadbeds. Requires the climbing of high signal ladders to inspect signal mechanisms. Many interlocked movable bridges over rivers and waterways require climbing above and below the bridge structure to inspect bridge wedges, locks, and operating mechanisms. Many of these bridges are vertical lift-type which are at heights to permit ocean-going vessels to pass.
Most inspection work takes place along railroad tracks, where the employee must be alert for trains and avoid getting in switches and other moving parts. A hardhat and safety shoes are usually worn. While conducting inspections and accident investigations, the employee is exposed to a variety of weather conditions and other environmental discomforts (mountainous or swampy locations). Inspections and tests are made on signal power lines and protective apparatus energized at voltages up to 6600 volts. Where third rail propulsion is used, voltages at 600 volts DC are located adjacent to the running rails. In AC electrified territory, the catenary system is 11,000 volts. Inspectors are required to inspect signals and cables in the close vicinity of the catenary system. Within yards and along the right of ways, hazardous materials are transported via a variety of conveyances. At derailments, the inspector is frequently exposed to poisonous, explosive, and highly, flammable commodities that could leak or suddenly ignite.