BRIDGE OPERATOR TRAINEE
Under the close supervision of a supervisor in the Department
of Transportation, or in a local government jurisdiction, learns
to operate one or more drawbridges; does other related duties.
NOTE: The examples of work for this tittle are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
As a Trainee and productive worker:
Learns to operate semiautomatic and/or manual equipment to open
and seat the movable span of a drawbridge allowing for the safe
and efficient flow of marine traffic through the draw in accordance
with prescribed governmental regulations; remains vigilant for
approaching marine traffic under the guidance of an experienced
Learns to operate semiautomatic and/or manual equipment to
activate warning lights; traffic gates. horns, barrier gates, and
other safety devices to safely control highway and pedestrian
traffic prior to, during and after the opening of the span under
the leadership of an experienced bridge operator.
Learns to manually open bridge if controls fail to work.
Learns to climb the bridge structure, and crawl through small
spaces to inspect structure or perform maintenance or minor
Learns to perform test lifts to maintain operational readiness and
ensure operational efficiency during bridge rehabilitation and
repair under the leadership of an experienced bridge operator.
Learns to perform inspections and limited preventive maintenance
of machinery and equipment under the leadership of an experienced
Learns to make required contacts or other communications to
ensure the timely report and resolution of a significant events
that impact the safe and efficient flow of marine and vehicular
traffic. Completes or assists in the completion and on-time
submission of related reports.
Learns to maintain bridge houses, bridge walkways, sidewalks
and all work areas in a safe, clean condition at all times including
but not limited to sweeping, washing and waxing floors, cleaning
windows, snow removal and removal of debris from pedestrian
sidewalk, storage and disposal of garbage in a safe and proper
Learns to respond to emergency situations including snow removal
and ice control and is available day or night as required.
Learns to record bridge opening data on bridge opening reports,
hourly bridge opening surveys, vessel height surveys, and related
data on department forms under the leadership of an experienced
Learns to operate drawbridge in accordance with New Jersey
Department of Transportation policies and procedures, operations
bulletins and United States Coast Guard regulations.
Maintains accurate and factual records and prepares miscellaneous
reports under the leadership of an experienced bridge operator.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
office or related units.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGES AND ABILITIES
Ability to learn to inspect and perform limited, routine maintenance
work and oversee the maintenance of machinery and equipment on
the bridge structure after.
Ability to learn to operate electronically controlled motors, diesel
generators, manually activated diesel engines and their basic
electrical/mechanical operating requirements.
Ability to work at heights, climb ladders, stairs and structural
members over water, for routine inspection and re-lamping of
navigation lights and features.
Ability to learn to manually open bridge when controls fail
Ability to climb through bridge structures and enclosed spaces
over bodies of water.
Ability to learn to seat the bridge span without damage to the
bridge structure by using of eye-hand coordination to operate
semi-automatic and/or manual controls.
Ability to respond to emergency situations including snow
removal and ice control.
Ability to understand and follow United States Coast Guard
regulations governing the navigable waters of the United
States as they apply to the operation of drawbridges.
Ability to understand and carry out department rules and
regulations governing the operation of State drawbridges.
Ability to recall sequential directions under stress and give
or carry out precise instructions during emergency situations.
Ability to identify and accurately report equipment failure or
operating problems to appropriate personnel.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and
manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate
in English sufficient to perform the duties of the position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform the essential functions of the job after
reasonable accommodation is made to their known disability.
If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause
the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
Upon successful completion of the (6) six-month training period,
appointees will be eligible for advancement to the Bridge Operator
title, in accordance with Department of Personnel procedures. The
inability of an employee in this title to attain a level of performance
warranting advancement to the title listed above shall be considered
as cause for separation.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for state and local government use.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.