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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7533a Occupation: Lock and cable ferry operators and related occupations
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
This unit group includes workers who operate lock gates, bridges and similar equipment along canal systems, workers who operate cable ferries and ferry terminal workers. They are employed by the federal government, cable ferry companies, ferry terminals, marine companies and canal, port or harbour authorities. This unit group includes workers who operate lock gates, bridges and similar equipment along canal systems, workers who operate cable ferries and ferry terminal workers. They are employed by the federal government, cable ferry companies, ferry terminals, marine companies and canal, port or harbour authorities.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read notices to obtain information on water conditions, such as decreases in water levels. (1)
  • Read memos from regulatory authorities, such as the Ministry of Transportation and the Coast Guard, to stay abreast of changes to regulations. (2)
  • Read pamphlets about the history of the canal system at the beginning of each season to relay this information to users and answer questions. (2)
  • Read manuals to ensure that vehicles are in conformance with regulations relating to the transportation of goods, selecting the relevant information from several sections. (3)
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  • Write brief notes to transfer information to operators on other shifts. (1)
  • Maintain log books recording lock or ferry information relating to weather, customer complaints, unusual problems or maintenance requirements. (1)
  • Complete claim forms for insurance purposes. (2)
  • Complete reports recording the details of incidents or accidents, such as when a car is damaged during loading, documenting what actions were taken, steps taken to prevent a recurrence and whether there were witnesses. Accuracy is important because the report may be used in a court of law. (3)
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Document Use
  • Read permits for vessels using the canal system to ensure that they are valid by checking such information as the expiry date. (1)
  • Read ferry or lock schedules to assist passengers in planning their connections. (2)
  • Read bills of lading and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels to identify dangerous goods and determine whether they are being transported correctly. (2)
  • Complete forms to record information relating to safety checks, the number of passengers and vehicles and the use of maintenance equipment. (2)
  • Read tide tables to adjust lock equipment or to operate cable ferries accordingly. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, use computerized cash registers or hydraulic ramps. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Shout instructions to boaters. (1)
  • Interact with supervisors to receive direction and discuss work problems. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers by radio to co-ordinate the movement of vessels and vehicles and to confirm security. (1)
  • Communicate with lock or ferry users to direct them to designated areas, to answer procedural questions and to enforce the safety rules. (1)
  • Communicate with ferry users to defuse their anger when the ferry is not available to the public, such as when it is scheduled to carry dangerous cargo. (2)
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Money Math
  • Reconcile the cash at the end of each shift. (1)
  • Total the charges for lock or ferry services, applying rates for passengers, vessels and vehicles, and receive payments. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Monitor ferry schedules to advise connecting passengers about actual arrival and departure times or monitor the hours of operation of various locks to respond to questions from boaters. (1)
  • Determine staffing requirements and administer staff work schedules. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take gauge readings, such as hydraulic pressure gauges on ramps, to ensure that the equipment is functioning normally. (1)
  • Measure speed and wind velocity when operating cable ferries. (1)
  • Adjust settings on ferry ramps to raise or lower them to the appropriate height for the ferry. (1)
  • Convert the length of a boat from metres to feet and vice versa to charge the appropriate fee or to determine whether it will fit in a lock or on a ferry. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Count different kinds of vehicles using the ferry and calculate monthly averages by user group. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate what size of vehicle or boat will best fit in the remaining space on a ferry or in a lock. (1)
  • Estimate vehicle weights to balance the ferry load. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Lockmasters may have comparatively more complex planning and organizing requirements as they are overseeing the lock operation and managing staff assignments. (3)
  • Lock and cable ferry operators and workers in related occupations perform repetitive tasks with some variation associated with customer demand and the types of vehicles or vessels being served. Their industry is highly regulated, requiring them to follow specific procedures in performing such tasks as loading and unloading ferries and directing the movement of vessels into locks. Their work plan is customer driven and may be subject to interruptions due to poor weather conditions. Some lock and cable ferry operators and workers in related occupations work in a team context, integrating their work plans with co-workers to jointly accomplish tasks and ensure public safety. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when routine maintenance tasks, such as cleaning the washrooms, should be performed. (1)
  • Decide how best to direct the operators of vehicles or vessels to ensure the most efficient use of space. (2)
  • Decide when and how to move the ferry ramp, considering factors such as the consequence of delays in the loading process. (2)
  • Prioritize access to the ferry among emergency response professionals, such as police and doctors. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Difficulties in docking the ferry have occurred due to high winds. Guide the ferry in, using the controls to compensate for the wind, and if unsuccessful may wait for conditions to improve. (1)
  • Deal with customers who are angry about line-ups or who have special requests for access due to medical emergencies. Discuss issues with customers to seek a mutually acceptable solution. (2)
  • Deal with customers who violate rules, such as limitations on drinking alcohol. Interact with the customers to firmly enforce the regulations while maintaining good public relations. (2)
  • Respond to accidents, such as boat or vehicle collisions. Co-ordinate emergency efforts, contacting emergency response services such as ambulances, ensuring that public safety is maintained and that delays are minimized. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to ferry or lock schedules to answer customers' questions about connections or hours of operation. (1)
  • Refer to manuals or speak with supervisors to clarify a procedure or regulation. (2)
  • Speak with other marine officials to obtain information on weather patterns which will affect boaters and ferry users. (2)
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