Under the direction of a higher level supervisor in the Department
of Transportation or in a local government Jurisdiction, is responsible
for and operates 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:
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 proper signals from approaching marine/river
Manually opens bridge if controls fail to work.
When required, climbs the bridge structure, and crawls through
small spaces to inspect structure or perform maintenance or minor
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.
Performs test lifts to maintain operational readiness and ensure
Performs inspections and limited maintenance of machinery and
Performs routine maintenance and repair of the bridge.
Makes 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 on-time submission of related reports, including
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
sidewalks, 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.
Record bridge opening data on bridge opening reports, hourly
bridge opening surveys, vessel height surveys, and related data
on department forms.
Performs work which is in conformance with the New Jersey
Department of Transportation policies and procedures, operations
bulletins and United States Coast Guard regulations governing
Maintains accurate and factual records and prepares miscellaneous
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.
One (1) year of experience in the operation of a movable bridge
that provides for the safe and efficient flow of marine and vehicular
traffic or successful completion of the six (6) month Bridge Operator
Trainee program approved by the Department of Transportation.
Appointee 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 the essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the procedures used to test, inspect, and perform
limited maintenance on bridge equipment and machinery.
Knowledge of the methods used to operate electronically controlled
motors, diesel generators, manually activated diesel engines.
Knowledge of safety devices incorporated in drawbridge control
Knowledge of the New Jersey Department of Transportation policies
and procedures operations bulletin, and United States Coast Guard
regulations governing drawbridge operations.
Ability to manually open bridge when controls fail to work.
Ability to seat the bridge span without damage to the bridge
structure by using eye-hand coordination to operate semi-automatic
and/or manual controls.
Ability to operate electronically controlled motors, diesel generators,
manually activated diesel engines and their basic electrical/mechanical
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 climb through bridge structures and enclosed spaces
over bodies of water.
Ability to accurately report equipment failure or operating problems
to appropriate personnel.
Ability to read, comprehend 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 drawbridges.
Ability to recall sequential directions under stress and give or carry
out precise instructions during emergency situations.
Ability to inspect and perform limited maintenance work and
oversee the maintenance of machinery and equipment on the
Ability to prepare accurate reports.
Ability to work independently in carrying out required duties and
use appropriate judgments to meet operational needs.
Ability to communicate and provide accurate information to
the public and marine traffic, police and other by marine radio
telephone, public address systems, telephone, or other means
of communication equipment provided.
Ability to maintain or oversee the maintenance of factual records.
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 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.
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.