Providing Engineering Support to keep the Locks and Dams Operating
Locks Section provides engineering and technical support for Navigation Branch's lock maintenance activities. This is a very difficult and challenging mission because the average age of our locks is over 60 years old. Just imaging the problems of keeping your automobile running for 60 years and that will give you an idea of the monumental task these dedicated employees face.
The team of three engineers and three engineer technicians are involved in every aspect of the maintenance mission. Team members provide engineering review and oversight of proposed maintenance activities. The team works with lockmasters, hydropower plant managers and Maintenance Section supervisors to develop maintenance priorities and coordinate scheduling.
Locks Section personnel also work closely with engineers from the Tennessee Valley Authority to coordinate maintenance activities on Tennessee River locks.