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Bridge and Lock Tenders

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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.

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

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

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • 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.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    • 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.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $50,330/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $24.20/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
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    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Integrity
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