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Herzog companies was founded in 1969 by William E. Herzog as a heavy/highway construction contractor in the Midwest. Herzog now specializes in Railroad Construction, Transit Operation and Maintenance Services, Civil Construction and Railroad Services nationwide. Our team consists of people who are innovators at heart, continuously exploring new ways to improve our products, services, and, ultimately, the industry. By always challenging ourselves - and each other - to push for more, we keep Herzog at the forefront of the rail industry.

TransitAmerica Services, Inc. is currently looking for experienced Signalman in San Jose, CA.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • This position is responsible for installing, inspecting, testing and maintaining train control systems and grade crossing warning device equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Construct forms and foundations for signal equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Install signal/communication structures and components
  • Lubricate moving parts on mechanical equipment such as switch machines
  • Set up barricades to isolate potentially dangerous situations
  • Prepare and paint signal equipment
  • Install, inspect, test, repair and maintain communication/signal, train control and electrical equipment
  • Provide contractor support as directed
  • Load and unload supplies, dig holes and trenches for cable, climb poles and signal masts
  • Handle cable and wire to make electrical connections
  • Use non-power tools (shovels, picks, axes, sledgehammers); high precision measuring tools (micrometers, voltmeters, amp meters, recorders); hand tools (screw drivers, wrenches, pliers, tape measures); power tools (drills, wrenches, power saws)
  • The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for this position. These general categories do not necessarily constitute and exhaustive list of duties of the position.



  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow and sleet)
  • Available to work a 40-hour work week subject to overtime, on-call and alternate shifts that may include week nights, weekends and holidays
  • Available to travel to job sites around the seniority (designated) region and remain on site for extended periods, sometimes days or weeks at a time
  • Able to visually distinguish among red, blue, green and yellow colors
  • Able to use hands to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling
  • Able to perform work on uneven surfaces; frequently climb ladders and on/off equipment, as well as climb signal poles to perform installations
  • Able to work in conditions that include loud noise and fumes, work on and around heavy and moving machinery, bend, walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time and use hand tools
  • Follow safety policies and procedures and wear the required personal protective equipment required for the job in a safe manner
  • Successfully complete and maintain any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.
  • Railroad Signaling & Equipment
  • Commercial Driver’s License
  • One year outside work experience (construction labor, farming, landscaping, etc.)
  • One year experience using Volt/OHM meters
  • One year experience interpreting circuit schematics
  • One year training or experience in electronics, electrical, or electromechanical
  • One year experience interpreting schematic and diagrams
  • Equipment/system specifications
  • Safety Training Requirements
  • Electrical repair tools
  • Cutting/power tools
  • Mechanical Dexterity
  • Understand electrical/mechanical drawing
  • Troubleshooting Railroad Signaling Circuits & Equipment
  • Problem Solving & Decision Makings
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing using the English language.


Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Subject to pre-employment background check and motor vehicle report review.
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and endorsements as required per position.
  • Pass pre-employment DOT physical, medical evaluation, and drug screen due to the safety sensitive nature of this position.
    • This position requires you to pass and maintain a DOT medical evaluation to drive a Herzog commercial vehicle. 
  • Successfully complete and maintain any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described below must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions of this role. This position will be physically demanding at times. This is a non-exhaustive overview of the physical requirements of this job.

  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and vegetation including but not limited to rocks, inclines, beams, mud, wet, ice on a consistent basis.
  • Must be able to be aware of surroundings and follow verbal commands while being exposed to moderately loud noises on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to adapt to various temperature extremes including but not limited to heat, cold, moisture and wind.
  • Must be able to operate hand controls and drive various construction equipment on the job.
  • Able to carry various equipment and tools across uneven surfaces.
  • Able to grasp or squeeze various equipment and tools
  • Able to ascend/descend stairs
  • Able to lift and carry up to 70 lbs
  • Able to tolerate static kneeling, bending, and squatting
  • Able to sit and stand for long periods of time



  • Herzog is nationally recognized for its excellent corporate safety record which results from all employees at all levels, in all positions adhering to established policies and procedures. Reporting any and all safety violations to your immediate supervisor is a prerequisite for continued employment. Safety diligence by all results in a safe work environment for all.


  • Herzog offers a robust benefits package including medical and dental coverage. The plans are specific to projects and locations.

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It is the policy of TransitAmerica Services, Inc. to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, age, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.