Traffic controller - Salary and Career
Metrorail transport technicians

Traffic controller - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They coordinate the circulation of trains and subway-rail maintenance vehicles, control and schedule train circulation schedules. They manage the station and control the activities of yards and terminals, operate equipment and electrical systems. They provide user support services and supervise the work team. They fill out reports, spreadsheets, dispatch documents, operational diary and incident reports.

How much does an Traffic controller earn

A Traffic controller earns between $1.233 and $6.250 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.331 and a median salary of $1.583 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 1.365 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Traffic controller

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.331 27.974 583 11
1º Quartile 1.233 14.798 308 6
Median Salary 1.583 18.996 396 8
3º Quartile 4.766 57.195 1.192 23
Higher Salary 6.250 74.996 1.562 30


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in transport services
      • transport technicians (logistics)
        • metrorail transport technicians

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Main workplaces

Metrorail transport technicians they work on railways and subways, as salaried employees, with a formal contract. They work as a team in the execution of integrated works and in the elaboration of strategies, with permanent supervision. They work indoors and in shifts. May be subject to stressful situations and exposed to flammable material.


What does it take to work in the field of Metrorail transport technicians

The exercise of these occupations requires a high school technical course. There is a tendency to increase the qualification requirements, due to the modernization of the operational control systems. Part of the learning takes place on the job itself.


Functions and activities of Traffic controller

Metrorail transport technicians must:

  • schedule trains;
  • elaborate documentation;
  • control yard and terminal activities;
  • communicate;
  • coordinate movement of trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles;
  • manage station;
  • schedule train circulation;
  • supervise team work;
  • supervise work team;
  • provide support service to users and customers;
  • operate electrical equipment and systems;
  • administer station;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • coordinating circulation of trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles;
  • coordinate circulation of trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles;
  • operating electrical equipment and systems;

  • Activities

    • evaluate services provided by third parties;
    • make bank deposits;
    • operate movement control systems and movement of trains ;
    • rebuild train after maintenance;
    • operate passenger flow control equipment (escalator, turnstile, door access);
    • supervise customer service (box office, turnstile and information);
    • send items found at the station to the lost and found section of receiving center;
    • assign employees;
    • answer queries and customer complaints;
    • complete loading and unloading movement sheets;
    • request authorization for circulation;
    • write correctly;
    • plan train formation;
    • distribute tasks;
    • operate operational supervision room;
    • express yourself correctly;
    • receive cargo and cargo documentation;
    • record electricity consumption;
    • enter information in the operational data system;
    • seal and reseal wagons;
    • schedule trains;
    • drive the physically disabled for boarding and disembarking;
    • fill book and incident reports;
    • distribute train schedule to supervisor and agents;
    • remove damaged trains;
    • forward service invoice to customer;
    • dispatch trains from the yard, according to the timetable;
    • advise machinists and train operators on track abnormalities and train;
    • demonstrate clarity;
    • deliver training to employees;
    • deliver cargo and cargo documentation to the customer;
    • make note of employee attendance;
    • consult occurrence book;
    • authorize movement of trains;
    • inform the customer about cargo in transit;
    • isolate areas and fixed operational equipment for maintenance;
    • make areas and fixed operational equipment available for maintenance activity ;
    • supervise station security;
    • test electrical equipment;
    • maneuver trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles;
    • replace faulty and damaged trains;
    • consult operational data system;
    • set priorities for train circulation;
    • demonstrate distributed attention ability;
    • determine wagon positioning at loading and unloading point;
    • supervise use of personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • inspect electrical equipment;
    • control movement of trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles in the lines and courtyards;
    • operate local control panel (pcl);
    • execute strategies to solve operational problems;
    • contact power supplier in situations of abnormality;
    • evaluate employee performance;
    • operate auxiliary equipment (ventilation and water pumps);
    • create reports;
    • authorize maintenance, cleaning and training services on trains;
    • plan formation of trains;
    • manage inventory of consumables;
    • call fire brigade, military police, ambulance and environmental agencies in case of accidents;
    • demonstrate gestural quality;
    • evaluate functional conduct;
    • orient employees;
    • work as a team;
    • inform the customer about abnormalities in the metro rail system;
    • check cargo conditions (weight, packaging and volume);
    • allocate locomotives and wagons according to demand;
    • show organization;
    • demonstrate objectivity;
    • determine positioning of locomotives for supply and inspection;
    • participate in team meetings;
    • positioning lane switches for circulation (manual or remote);
    • inform the control center of occurrences at the station;
    • set vacation schedule;
    • analyze information received from stations and trains;
    • fill in freight and train dispatch documents;
    • require employee retraining and training;
    • elaborate operational diary (of);
    • acting with initiative;
    • receive visitors;
    • adapt language;
    • sell tickets;
    • check cargo documentation;
    • plan crossing and passing trains;
    • forward user for emergency medical care;
    • demonstrate diffuse attention capacity;
    • immobilize trains with shim;
    • define strategies for solving operational problems;
    • control fleet train availability;
    • request maintenance of fixed equipment and trains;
    • distribute electrical supply;
    • operating electrical substations;
    • check financial transactions;
    • provide return of fixed equipment and trains to their operational condition;
    • demonstrate dynamism;
    • prove leadership;
    • demonstrate emotional balance ability;
    • perform train crossings and overtaking;
    • control movement of trains and metro railway maintenance vehicles in the lines and courtyards;
    • provide first aid;
    • form trains (composition);
    • operate control systems (electrical, traffic and passengers);


    Sectors that hire Traffic controller the most in the job market

    • road, bridge, tunnel and related services concessionaires
    • collective passenger road transport, with fixed itinerary, municipal
    • water collection, treatment and distribution
    • cargo rail transport
    • combined building support services
    • surveillance and private security activities
    • municipal and metropolitan passenger rail transport
    • temporary labor lease
    • road transport of cargo, except dangerous goods and removals, intercity, interstate and international
    • building construction




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