Bridge and Lock Tenders
On the Job
Bridge and Lock Tenders operate bridges, canal locks, and lighthouses. They allow ships to pass on waterways and at danger points.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Prepare accident or incident reports.
- Record operational details of travel.
- Control pumps or pumping equipment.
- Operate communications equipment or systems.
- Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
- Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards.
- Monitor traffic signals.
- Monitor vehicle movement or location.
- Clean facilities or work areas.
- Clean machinery or equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having telephone conversations.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
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