CLASSIFICATION NO. 421
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WORKER
Under general supervision, to inspect, maintain and repair wood, steel and concrete bridges; to operate medium and heavy vehicles, equipment and tools; and to do other work as required.
The Transportation Maintenance Division within the Department of Transportation and Development maintains the County's roads, bridges, culverts, traffic control devices, buildings and equipment related to road and ferry systems. The Bridge Maintenance section performs activities involved in the maintenance, upgrade and inspection of bridges, including carpentry, concrete finishing, painting and welding.
The Bridge Maintenance Worker performs skilled and semiskilled heavy carpentry, concrete finishing, steel fitting, welding, sandblasting, painting, crane operation, and inspection of County-owned bridges. Incumbents also repair and maintain the Canby Ferry.
The Bridge Maintenance Worker differs from the Road Maintenance Worker which maintains and repairs County roads.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Constructs, maintains and repairs concrete bridge structures, catch basins, sidewalks and other concrete fixtures; builds concrete forms and sets reinforcement steel for abutments, piers, decks and slabs; pours, places, vibrates and finishes concrete.
- Maintains and repairs steel and wood bridge structures; replaces pilings, braces, caps, stringers, flooring, hand and guard rails, fenders and catwalks; fabricates and welds structural steel; positions heavy bridge members; sandblasts and paints wooden and steel structures; installs water resistant membranes.
- Sets up and dismantles equipment, platforms and rigging for repair and construction work; prepares soil and water surrounding bridges; excavates material and sets sand bags to divert water flow; pumps water from work areas; positions erosion control material alongside waterway banks.
- Inspects, maintains and repairs ferry boats and equipment, including motors, generators and cable systems; may serve as relief ferry operator; maintains and repairs bridge and ferry maintenance tools and equipment; fabricates replacement parts.
- Inspects bridges for general safety, structural stability and maintenance and repair needs; ensures compliance with state regulations; documents condition and recommends required maintenance or repair work.
- Coordinates the work of temporary and regular employees on specific job assignments; assigns tasks and provides work direction; inspects work of crews; trains new and temporary employees in proper and safe equipment operation and work procedures.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Working knowledge of: Basic principles of bridge construction; methods, tools, equipment and materials used in the maintenance and repair of wood, steel and concrete bridge structures; standard trade practices of rough carpentry, structural steel fabrication and welding, cement pouring and finishing, sandblasting and painting; bridge inspection techniques; methods, tools, equipment and materials used in the maintenance and repair of power-driven ferries; applicable navigation regulations; occupational hazards and standard safety precautions for bridge and ferry maintenance activities; basic engineering terminology; basic math; record keeping techniques.
Skill to: Safely operate medium and heavy vehicles and equipment, including multiple-axle trucks, snooper, crane, boom, forklift, back hoe and cat loader; safely operate diesel, pneumatic and electric power tools, including concrete cutter, sandblaster, airless paint sprayer, chain saw, jackhammer, stud gun, saws, drills, drill press and planers; safely operate cutting torch and welding equipment; understand and follow blueprints; perform basic mathematical calculations; prepare and maintain routine records and reports; direct and oversee the work of bridge crews at job sites; identify bridge defects; establish and maintain effective working relationships; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Duties require frequent walking, squatting, kneeling, bending, twisting, crawling, digging, climbing, reaching, grasping, fine motor control, and the ability to lift up to 100 pounds, carry up to 80 pounds, and push/pull 100 pounds. Duties also involve frequent exposure to loud noises, vibration, slippery and/or uneven surfaces, dust, fumes from exhaust, paint and welding, oil, hot asphalt, and chemicals, working at heights on scaffolding and under bridges over ditches, water or ravines, confined spaces under bridges, traffic and electrical hazards, and adverse weather conditions.
Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver’s license and valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with airbrake endorsement. Incumbents must possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.
Must pass a pre-employment drug test (DOT Regulations for CDL).
This classification is compensated through a Skill-Based Pay Plan. The Skills Board determines when an employee is eligible for advancement in the salary range. Eligibility includes minimum time in current step and demonstrated proficiency in the skills needed. (Refer to Skill-Based Pay Plan and Skills Matrix for further information.)
MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS
Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.