Bridge and Lock Tenders

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Tender
  • Station Gateman
  • Marine Tower Operator
  • Locks Tender
  • Lockman
  • Lock Tender
  • Lock Operator
  • Lock Master
  • Lock Keeper
  • Lock and Dam Repairer
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What They Do

  • Attach ropes or cable lines to bitts on lock decks or wharfs to secure vessels.
  • Add and remove balance weights to bridge mechanisms as necessary.
  • Operate lighthouses to assist marine passage near shores and dangerous waters.
  • Raise drawbridges and observe passage of water traffic, then lower drawbridges and raise automobile gates.
  • Stop automobile and pedestrian traffic on bridges, and lower automobile gates prior to moving bridges.
  • Turn valves to increase or decrease water levels in locks.
  • Check that bridges are clear of vehicles and pedestrians prior to opening.
  • Perform maintenance duties such as sweeping, painting, and yard work to keep facilities clean and in order.
  • Write and submit maintenance work requisitions.
  • Log data such as water levels and weather conditions.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $51,810 with most people making between $44,890 and $56,780

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 120 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 120 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 10 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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