Global Signals was successful last weekend on their cut-over up in Portland Oregon for the Rose Quarter Rehabilitation Project (9/8/16)
First Impressions of the Rail Signal Industry:
As a local San Diego resident, I rode on the MTS trolley every once in awhile and just figured it had some type of automatic control on it and the drivers were pretty much just for emergencies. I didn’t know any better. And I’d go as far and say that most people outside the industry hardly don’t even notice the fact that signals even exist. Let alone even care about stuff like track circuits, signal blocks, switches or insulated joints. Not that the work is unimportant, but the average joe on a train usually only cares about getting to the right place at the right time. So when I got the opportunity to intern at Global Signals, I was shocked to learn how intricate the principals behind something as simple as not making trains crash. I’ve been here for just over a year now and the more I learn about the industry, the more complicated it seems to get. It’s not a place where you can show up to work and expect to do the same thing over and over again. Everyday can bring a new problem that will require you struggle to find its own unique solution. I’ve come to realize it is this endless struggle and passion for learning that makes something dull, like making lights turn on and off, into a fulfilling career for so many.
-Eric (1 Year of Experience)