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Horizontal Directional Drillers & Locators

Full-time Employee


Houston, Texas and Austin, Texas






MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE. Must be able to pass a drug test and background check.

Other Requirements

LOCATORS must have a CDL Class A license.

Job Description


GW Communications Solutions is a leading national infrastructure construction company operating throughout the United States. GW Communications Solutions activities include the installation, maintenance and upgrade of communication and utility infrastructure.

In addition to the valuable skills gained through training and on-the-job experience, GW Communications Solutions offers competitive pay, including medical, vision, dental coverage and 401K options.

GW Communications Solutions is currently seeking a Directional Drill Operator to join our dynamic Team. The role of a Horizontal/Directional Drill Operator and Locator includes operating horizontal/directional drill rigs, locating equipment and product support equipment. Perform semi-skilled activities related to HDD locating must be familiar with industry standards, policies, guidelines, and procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Operates Horizontal Directional Drill for installation of underground telecommunications cable conduit, including fiber optic cable.
• Ensures safety of the public and other utilities underground facilities.
• Performs all duties according to prescribed safety procedures and uses appropriate safety equipment.
• Setup and cleanup of work site including traffic and pedestrian control.
• Reads utility locates and coordinating day lighting of these facilities.
• Ensures all applicable permits and locates are complete and on site.
• Inspects the work that is in progress to ensure that the workmanship conforms to specifications.
• Operates construction equipment to facilitate alignment, movement, and adjustment of machinery to conform to grade specifications.
• Level earth to final grade specifications.
• Operates vehicles and equipment operations from trucks to other equipment as directed and certified.
• Performs proper maintenance by greasing, oiling, and making minor repairs on equipment.
• Leads teams in the field effectively and efficiently as needed and directed by supervisor.


Locator’s responsibilities include:

• Confirm bore path with install foreman and drill operator (including walking the bore path).
• Perform job site analysis (JSA) including completion of paperwork.
• Ensure there are proper clearances to install the product per standards.
• Record the depth of the tool head as required.
• Ensure the drill head is in a good position at the exit pit to connect the product.
• Oversee laborers and/or crew member’s work and monitor time usage.

Basic Qualifications:
• 3 years of Horizontal Directional Drill experience
• 5 years of experience with mini excavator, backhoe, other machinery or as a utility locator
• Valid driver’s license;
• Must have a CDL Class A driver’s licenses
• Clean driving record.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with different size Vermeer or Ditch Witch units and various brands of locating equipment;
• Working experience of underground construction and Fiber builds;
• City, County and State clearance code knowledge and related;
• Ability to read and understand maps, drawings and diagrams for project build process;
• Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather and work overtime as required.

All applicants must pass a background check and pre-employment drug screen. Benefits available include Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life insurance, and a 401k plan.


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