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Utility Locator I

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$14.79 - $24.03 per hour depending upon experience, plus excellent benefits
  • Posted Date:02/12/2020 4:30 PM

The Utility Locator I under limited supervision responds to transmissions from North Carolina 811 by contacting excavators to identify, locate, and mark the location of natural gas, electric, water, and sewer underground facilities; thereby, minimizing damage, injury, and interruption of service.

This position provides a vertical career ladder opportunity that may allow the selected candidate to advance to a higher job title and pay with the acquisition of additional knowledge, skills, certifications, abilities, responsibilities and experience during the course of employment.

• Graduation from high school or equivalent;
• Minimal experience or training in utility construction or technology  or the ability and aptitude to learn locator skills;
• Work requires knowledge necessary to understand basic operational, technical, or office processes;
• Ability to work regularly and to preform manual labor in all weather conditions;
• General knowledge of hand and power tools required in work;
• Valid NC driver’s license and good driving record.

• Work requires a comprehensive, practical knowledge of a technical field with use of analytical judgment and decision-making abilities appropriate to the work environment of the organization;
• Ability to understand and follow specific oral instructions;
• Ability to make arithmetic calculations using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals;
• General knowledge of the safe use, operation and preventative maintenance of equipment to which assigned;
• Proven ability to take written tests and perform required hands-on qualification tasks;
• Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with associates and the public;
• Ability to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive workplace through positive contributions, supporting a culture of respect, and valuing the differences and efforts of all team members. 

• Locate underground facilities (water lines, gas lines, sewer lines, underground electrical lines);
• Develop general knowledge of NC811 damage prevention regulations;
• Operate and maintain vehicles and equipment;
• Understanding materials and standards used in design and construction of distribution and service lines;
• Keep records of underground locating operations;
• Operate pipe and cable locating devices;
• Operate ground penetrating radar (GPR) locator to find untraceable facilities;
• Promote positive public relations of Lexington Utilities throughout the community;
• Work under limited supervision;
• Coordinate with construction of the operating departments and outside parties to meet their locating requests;
• Visibly check operating department’s facilities for any problems (example: valve cover missing, guy wire down, wash out area, etc.);
• Make timely response to emergency requests;
• Uses mobile device to upload photos of marked facilities for each locate request;
• Install inductive clamp inside electric transformers, primary switching pedestals and secondary pedestals to induce locating signals on underground electric lines;
• Uses lap top computer to view web ticket management system and GIS ArcMap to access utility maps and records;
• Uses lap top computer to post response and document actions to locate requests;
• Uses mobile device to upload photos of marked facilities for each locate request;
• Be on call – by schedule and respond to after business hour emergencies.

This job requires the physical ability to lift 30-55 pounds from floor to crown height and up to 100 pounds from waist height and carry 20 feet. In standing position, the employee must be able to generate at least 165 pounds of downward push force from a height below 36 inches and at least 115 pounds of horizontal push force at a height between 42-52 inches. Pulling is required of at least 165 pounds upward at a height below 36 inches and at least 115 horizontal pull from a height between 42-52 inches. Forward bending is required to at least 30 degrees for a total of 5 minutes. Work requires climbing, crouching, kneeling, and crawling on hands and knees. Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels. Visual acuity is required for visual inspection of small parts, use of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at or within arms’ length, operation of machines, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities.

The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions including extremes of heat and cold. Noise is sufficient to require the worker to shout in order to be heard. Work involves exposure to hazards including vibration, fumes, odors, gases, cutting fluids and working in proximity to moving traffic. The work involves considerable stress which could result in discomfort and ineffectiveness.

Employee is required to rotate on-call responsibilities within the department which may result in working long hours in adverse weather conditions.

Application and instructions are available here. Submit City of Lexington Employment Application and resume to, by mail to City of Lexington, P.O. Box 1615, Lexington, NC 27293. This position will remain open until filled.

Applicants offered employment will be asked to participate in a drug screening as well as a pre-work physical abilities test.

The City of Lexington does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, genetic information or non-disqualifying disability in employment or the provision of services.

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