Occ. Code 6922202
BRIDGE REPAIR MECHANIC, GRADE 12
New York State Department of Civil Service
NATURE OF WORK
A Bridge Repair Mechanic performs skilled level work in a number of different trades in the repair and maintenance of bridges. An incumbent also acts as a working supervisor over a bridge repair sub-crew on small bridge repair and maintenance projects.
Positions of Bridge Repair Mechanics exist in the Regional Bridge Maintenance Units of the Department of Transportation and the NYS Thruway Authority.
CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA AND DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
Bridge Repair Mechanics perform skilled level work in a number of trades including carpentry, welding, masonry, ironworking, steel fabricating and painting in the repair and maintenance of bridges. Incumbents also supervise bridge repair sub-crews on small bridge repair and maintenance projects such as repairing bridge railings, repairing bridge deck holes and painting bridges.
Positions of Bridge Repair Supervisor 1 and 2 act as assistants and crew supervisors respectively for a Bridge Repair Crew. The Bridge Repair Supervisor 2 positions, as crew supervisors, schedule repair projects, assign work to sub-crews, arrange for the necessary resources and inspect bridges to determine the need for repair and maintenance work. Bridge Repair Supervisor 1 positions as assistant supervisors oversee and inspect the work of bridge repair sub-crews for adherence to standards and instructions or act as working supervisors for a bridge repair sub-crew engaged in extensive repair or rehabilitation projects such as repairing the pier footing and substructure of bridges or replacing structural members of bridges.
Bridge Repair Assistants perform semiskilled work in a number of different trades in the repair and maintenance of bridges under the direction and instruction of a skilled worker. Their work includes mixing concrete, building concrete forms, breaking concrete and operating highway equipment.
General Mechanics perform skilled level work in a number of different trades in the repair and maintenance of State facilities and equipment. Incumbents typically work in a shop setting and in and around State owned buildings.
TYPICAL ACTIVITIES, TASKS AND ASSIGNMENTS
A Bridge Repair Mechanic performs a variety of skilled activities associated with the repair and maintenance of bridges and following are only examples of the work performed and should not be considered an all inclusive list of their activities and assignments which can be found in the Highway Maintenance Operational Guidelines.
§ Operates gunite equipment in the pneumatic application of concrete to repair deteriorated areas of structural members.
§ Measures, cuts and welds steel plates with acetylene and electric cutting and welding equipment to reinforce damaged and deteriorated structural steel.
§ Erects scaffolds, rigs, slings and boatswain chairs and operates under bridge inspection equipment for the inspection, repair and maintenance of bridge super and substructures.
§ Operates sand blasting equipment to remove deteriorated paint, scale, rust and other undesirable material from steel and concrete bridge surfaces.
§ Working from blueprints, schematic drawings and written instructions fabricates elements of super and substructure, bridge railing and catwalks from structural steel.
§ Operates a variety of self-propelled equipment including dump trucks, patching machines, pavers, etc. needed for bridge repair and maintenance projects.
Supervises a bridge repair sub-crew on small bridge repair and maintenance projects.
§ Secures required resources from Bridge Repair Crew or Residencies.
§ Oversees, directs and works with sub-crew in performance of work to insure instructions, standards and safety procedures are observed.
§ Confers with crew supervisor if unforeseen problems are encountered.
§ Prepares a brief written daily report on sub-crew and resources used and an explanation of problems encountered and time delays.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
A Bridge Repair Mechanic has frequent oral communications with the assistant and crew supervisor receiving instructions and advice and discussing the extent of repair and maintenance work and resources required. They have frequent oral communications with other members of a sub-crew giving and receiving advice and instructions during the performance of specific activities.
As a sub-crew supervisor, incumbents of positions in this class have frequent oral communications with crew members providing instructions, advice and training in the performance of assigned repair and maintenance work.
Communications with the general public are not typical of this class.
NATURE OF SUPERVISION
Bridge Repair Mechanics are supervised by Bridge Repair Supervisor 1 and 2 positions who make project assignments, provide oral and written instructions, arrange for the necessary resources and periodically inspect work in progress and at its completion to insure adherence to instructions and standards. On large repair and rehabilitation projects where Bridge Repair Supervisor 1 positions are assigned, incumbents of those positions also directly oversee the work of Bridge Repair Mechanics.
Bridge Repair Mechanics supervise sub-crews on small repair and maintenance projects. They provide instructions, make specific work assignments, secure necessary resources and oversee and assist in the performance of work.
While the work of a Bridge Repair Mechanic is inspected, an incumbent is expected to work with the independence that is typical of a skilled worker.
MACHINES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Bridge Repair Mechanics use and operate any of the tools, equipment and machinery of the various trades associated with the repair and maintenance of bridges. This includes hand and power tools and machinery used by a Carpenter, Welder, Mason, Painter, Ironworker and Steel Fabricator. They also operate construction and highway equipment used on bridge repair and maintenance projects.
UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Bridge Repair Mechanics are required to work high above the ground and water on under bridge inspection equipment, scaffolds, ladders and boatswain chairs with rigging and slings. They work in all kinds of weather conditions and in the midst of highway traffic.
§ Working knowledge of Highway Maintenance Operational Guidelines as they apply to bridge repair and maintenance operations.
§ Working knowledge of Highway Safety Manual as it applies to bridge repair and maintenance operations.
§ Working knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the assigned trades as they apply to bridge repair and maintenance operations.
§ Basic knowledge of the specific properties of metals, concretes and paving materials used on bridges.
§ Basic knowledge of mathematical formulae that relate to bridge construction, repair and maintenance.
§ Basic knowledge of inspection techniques used to detect defects and deterioration in bridges.
§ Ability to perform above the ground work in the repair and maintenance of bridges.
§ Ability to use and operate the tools, equipment machines and vehicles required in bridge repair and maintenance operations.
§ Ability to supervise small groups of workers.
§ Ability to read and understand schematic drawings and blueprints concerning bridge construction, repair and maintenance.
§ Ability to perform medium to heavy physical labor.
Four years of full time experience in a trade related to bridge repair, maintenance and construction under a skilled journey level worker which would provide training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program. Apprentice training in a bridge or mechanical trade or training gained by completion of a technical course in a bridge or technical trade at a school or institute may be substituted for the above on a year-for-year basis.
NOTE: At the time of appointment candidates must possess a valid New York State Operator's license for the type of vehicles operated.
NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.