BRIDGE OPERATOR TRAINEE
Under the close supervision of a supervisor in the Department of
Transportation, operates one or more drawbridges; does other
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:
Operates 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
Operates 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.
Performs test lifts to maintain operational readiness and ensure
operational efficiency during bridge rehabilitation and repair
under the leadership of an experienced bridge operator.
Performs inspections and limited preventive maintenance of
machinery and equipment under the leadership of an experienced
Makes required contacts or other communications to ensure the
timely report and resolution of of Asignificant events@ that
impact the safe and efficient flow of marine and vehicular
traffic. Completes or assists in the completion and Aon time@
submission of related reports.
Maintains bridge houses, bridge walkways, sidewalks and all work
areas in a safe, clean condition at all times including but is
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
Responds to emergency situations including snow removal and ice
control and is available day or night as required.
Records 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 bridge
Performing work which conforms with the New Jersey Department of
Transportation policies and procedures, operations bulletins and
United States Coast Guard regulations governing drawbridge
operations under the leadership of an experienced bridge
Maintaining accurate and factual records and prepares
miscellaneous reports under the leadership of an experienced
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 NJ 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 seat the bridge span without damage to the bridge
structure by using of eye-hand coordination to operate semi-
automatic and/or manual controls after a period of training.
Ability to respond to emergency situations including snow removal
and ice control.
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 understand and carry out 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 accurately report equipment failure or operating
problems to appropriate personnel.
Ability to inspect and perform limited maintenance work and
oversee the maintenance of machinery and equipment on the bridge
structure after a period of training.
Ability to operate electronically controlled motors, diesel
generators, manually activated diesel engines and their basic
electrical/mechanical operating requirementments after a period
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.
CODES: 09/O10 - 40349 MCK 10/01/05