BRIDGE OPERATOR TRAINEE
Under the close supervision of a supervisor in the Department of
Transportation, 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 bridge operator.
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
Learns to manually open and close 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 repair functions.
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 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 manner.
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 a period of training.
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
Ability to learn to manually open and close bridge when controls fail to work.
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
sufficiently to perform the duties of the position. American Sign
language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. 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 Civil Service Commission 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.