Utility Locator

  • 009213

SUMMARY: Under close supervision, locates utility lines; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Locates underground utilities.
  2. Clears brush and digs up utility lines.
  3. Operates line location instruments and leak detection instruments.
  4. Prepares sketches for field notes in construction layouts and as-built.
  5. Researches as-built drawings for line locations.
  6. Sets utility markings and points for contractors and other utility companies.
  7. Maintains inventory, equipment, supplies and assigned city vehicles.
  8. Operates electronic surveying and data collection instruments.
  9. Works as a member of a survey crew.
  • Knowledge of highway traffic control standards.
  • Knowledge of basic surveying methods, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of operation and maintenance of electronic surveying line locating equipment.
  • Knowledge of reading and interpreting construction and engineering plans.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations, practices and procedures.
  • Skill in researching land and plat information.
  • Skill in accurately sketching and recording field notes and computations.
  • Skill in recording and maintaining public files and records.
  • Skill in demonstrating and instructing entry level skills and practices.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to work flexible hours for on-call or emergency purposes.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves long hours outside with exposure to loud noises, chemicals, toxic fumes, air and waterborne pathogens, and mechanical equipment during the clearing, surveying, and staking of construction sites. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, work in close proximity to vehicular traffic, lift equipment or materials (up to 50 pounds), and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED and one (1) year of related experience or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

Last revision date: September 2006
Overtime: Yes
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