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Bridge and Lock Tenders

Operate and tend bridges, canal locks, and lighthouses to permit marine passage on inland waterways, near shores, and at danger points in waterway passages. May supervise such operations. Includes drawbridge operators, lock operators, and slip bridge operators.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Turn valves to increase or decrease water levels in locks.
    • Check that bridges are clear of vehicles and pedestrians prior to opening.
    • Control machinery to open and close canal locks and dams, railroad or highway drawbridges, or horizontally or vertically adjustable bridges.
    • Direct movements of vessels in locks or bridge areas, using signals, telecommunication equipment, or loudspeakers.
    • Raise drawbridges and observe passage of water traffic or lower drawbridges and raise automobile gates.
    • Stop automobile and pedestrian traffic on bridges, and lower automobile gates prior to moving bridges.
    • Observe position and progress of vessels to ensure best use of lock spaces or bridge opening spaces.
    • Maintain and guard stations in bridges to check waterways for boat traffic.
    • Record names, types, and destinations of vessels passing through bridge openings or locks, and numbers of trains or vehicles crossing bridges.
    • Observe approaching vessels to determine size and speed, and listen for whistle signals indicating desire to pass.
    • Move levers to activate traffic signals, navigation lights, and alarms.
    • Clean and lubricate equipment, and make minor repairs and adjustments.
    • Write and submit maintenance work requisitions.
    • Inspect canal and bridge equipment, and areas, such as roadbeds, for damage or defects, reporting problems to supervisors as necessary.
    • Log data, such as water levels and weather conditions.
    • Attach ropes or cable lines to bitts on lock decks or wharfs to secure vessels.
    • Prepare accident reports.
    • Perform maintenance duties, such as sweeping, painting, and yard work to keep facilities clean and in order.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Auditory Attention

      The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.

    Knowledge

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 54010/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.97/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 140
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others

    Tools

    • Roadway or highway lighting
    • Marine signaling systems
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    • Adjustable wrenches

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