Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): Bridge and Lock Tenders

Bridge and lock tenders are workers who operate and maintain bridges, locks, and other structures that control the movement of boats and ships. In the healthcare industry, these professionals may be called upon to work on projects related to the construction or maintenance of bridges, locks, and other structures in areas near medical facilities, such as rivers, canals, or harbors.

In the healthcare industry, bridge and lock tenders may be responsible for:

Operating and maintaining bridges, locks, and other structures that control the movement of boats and ships Monitoring and controlling the flow of water in canals, rivers, and other waterways Inspecting and maintaining equipment, such as gates, valves, and control panels Repairs and maintains equipment, such as gates, valves, and control panels Monitoring and controlling traffic to ensure the safe movement of boats and ships Working with architects, engineers, and other professionals to plan and execute construction projects Ensuring that all work meets industry standards and regulations To become a bridge or lock tender, individuals typically need to complete an apprenticeship program, which combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction. Apprenticeships typically last 2-4 years and provide hands-on experience working with bridges, locks, and other structures under the supervision of experienced professionals. Upon completion of an apprenticeship, bridge and lock tenders may choose to seek certification through a professional organization, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers or the American Public Works Association.

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