County of Alameda

Bridge Utility Worker (#9615)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$44.45-$51.44 Hourly / $3,556.00-$4,115.20 BiWeekly /
$7,704.67-$8,916.27 Monthly / $92,456.00-$106,995.20 Yearly

Under close supervision, to train in the performance of maintenance and repairs on County operated drawbridges and associated equipment; to use machine tools in performing mechanical repairs; to identify the source of mechanical or electrical failures; to train new Bridge Tenders on how to operate each drawbridge; and to do related work as required.


Bridge Utility Workers, under the direction and supervision of the Assistant Bridge Supervisor and Bridge Mechanics, train in the maintenance and repair of single and double leaf bascule and vertical lift bridges. Incumbents perform routine electrical and mechanical maintenance. Repairs and installations are made under general supervision. Under direct supervision, incumbents perform troubleshooting techniques to locate and repair mechanical or electrical failures. This is a trainee-level class in mechanical and electrical maintenance and repair of heavy industrial equipment. Incumbents must qualify and be able to operate County operated drawbridges. It is distinguished from the class of Bridge Mechanic in that the latter is the fully qualified journey level in this series.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Performs routine maintenance on a variety of electrical and mechanical equipment.

2. Assists the Bridge Mechanics in overhauls, adjustments and repairs to a variety of electrical and mechanical equipment necessary to maintain County operated drawbridges in a serviceable and safe operating condition.

3. Learns troubleshooting techniques to locate sources of electrical or mechanical failure, such as locking mechanisms, air buffers, limit switches, racks, pinions and trunnions on bridges, inter-communications systems, electrical circuits, electric motors, pumps, hydraulic systems, and other equipment.

4. Under supervision, repairs, modifies or installs electrical and mechanical equipment requiring the use of complex blueprints and schematics.

5. Under supervision, performs general machine shop work using a wide variety of machine tools, such as power lathes, drill presses, and grinders.

6. Uses welding, brazing and soldering equipment in the repair and maintenance of bridge and bridge related equipment.

7. Is on 24-hour call in case of emergency requiring immediate bridge repairs.

8. Performs duties as Bridge Tender when required.


Either I

The equivalent of two years’ experience as a Bridge Tender in Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of one year of journey-level experience in any of the following areas; manufacture, assembly, operation, installation, maintenance or repair of heavy industrial electro-mechanical equipment (such as electric motors over 25 H.P., large cranes, or elevator, etc.).

Special Requirement:

Must have normal hearing and eyesight, including depth perception and freedom from color and night blindness.


1. Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
2. Must qualify for a Federal Communications Commission Restricted Radiotelephone Operator permit.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

Knowledge of:

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

• Basic electricity.
• Standard safety practices.
• Maintenance methods, procedures, tools and equipment used in the skilled trades necessary for the maintenance and repair and installation of heavy industrial, electrical and mechanical equipment.
• Regulations governing the operation of drawbridges.

Ability to:

• Learn the operation of all county operated bridges.
• Learn the detailed operation of bridge machinery, electrical systems and pertinent maintenance methods.
• Read blueprints and electrical schematics.
• Understand and communicate clearly in the English language, both written and oral.
• Act quickly and judiciously in emergency situations.
• Climb stairs and ladders and to work in open steel bridge structures at heights to 180 feet and in counterweight pit areas to 40 feet below the estuary water level.
• Learn the operation of machine tools and equipment used in mechanical repairs, such as lathes, drill presses, band saws, welders and to use hand tools skillfully in making complex repairs to bridge structural members.
• Learn the use of all types of electrical test meters and equipment.
• Keep records and logs, prepare written and make oral reports.
• Supervise and train Bridge Tenders.
• Learn the operation of and use proper radiotelephone procedures.

Revised: 8/05/86
Old document: 0894h
New document: Jobspecs/9615
CSC Date: 6/6/86


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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