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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 an Assistant Signalman in San Jose, CA.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties include, but are not limited to;

  • Assists in the installation and repair of railroad signal and communication structures and components.
  • Construct forms and foundations for signal equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • 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 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 (screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, tape measurers); power tools (drills, wrenches, power saws).
  • Cleans and maintains work areas.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) preferred.
  • Preferred railroad experience or construction labor, farming, landscaping, etc.
  • Preferred past electrical/communication background.
  • Mechanical comprehension and experience interpreting schematics and diagrams preferred.
  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work well with others.
  • Available to work 40 hour work week subject to overtime, on-call and alternative shifts that may include weeknights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Must be reliable, organized, and flexible.
  • Must submit daily activity logs.
  • Ability to work on a computer daily to complete tasks.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and written.
  • Experience with Word and Excel.
  • Basic email etiquette.


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.