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Working As A Locator

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $52,920

    Average Salary

What Does A Locator Do At United States Infrastructure Corporation

* i You will be responsible for the correct, safe and efficient locating of underground utilities including: telecommunications, electric power, cable TV, gas, water and sewer systemsi Taking time to thoroughly search for underground utilities in an area, properly marking the location, completing the necessary paperwork and photographing each locateYou'll be working outdoors in all types of weather conditions and use a company provided laptop to document and close all tickets.
* We have a 48-hour turnaround time on all locates, which means we generally work the day after holidays and some weekends, as needed.
* These are daytime, full-time positions and overtime will be required.
* Instructor led training will be provided.
* No prior locating experience is necessary.
* Why You'll Love Working for Us (Our Benefits)i 100% Paid Training
* We're invested in you, starting on your first dayi Company vehicle
* All work-related expenses are paid.
* This means you won't be putting mileage on your personal vehicle for work.i A company laptop, phone and equipmenti Advancement opportunities i We promote from within the companyi Medical, dental, vision and life insurancei Paid holidaysi A 401(k) with company matchWhat We Need from You (Our Requirements)i Be able and willing to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
* Previous outdoor experience is a plus!i Be able to work in a confined space; walk, bend and lift up to 75 poundsi Be computer proficienti Available to work overtime and weekends (as needed)i HS Diploma or GED requiredi Able to pass a drug screeni Have a valid driveris license and a safe driving recordWe are an Equal Opportunity

What Does A Locator Do At WEC Energy Group

* Process locate requests
* Locate and mark underground gas, electric, and fiber optic facilities
* Provide customer service.
* Minimum Qualifications
* High school diploma, GED or HSED
* Valid driver’s license
* Preferred Qualifications
* Completion of a technical school program in natural gas distribution or electrical power distribution
* Previous experience as a gas and/or electric facilities locator
* Employee Value Proposition We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits packages.
* Interested candidates must apply online no later than the Removal Date indicated below.
* We reserve the right to modify the application deadline or discontinue accepting applications for any position if deemed necessary.
* Company Summary Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, is a regulated electric and natural gas utility delivering safe, reliable energy to more than 450,000 homes and businesses in northeast and central Wisconsin.
* A career with WPS is worth the energy! Learn more at Careers
* Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer All qualified candidates, including minorities, women, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
* EEO is The Law
* Notice
* EEO is The Law
* Audio
* Pay Transparency Policy Statement
* Requisition ID 3012BR
* Removal Date

What Does A Locator Do At Utiliquest

* Under the direction of a company supervisor, performs work that involves visual inspection of predefined construction areas and reading and interpretation of utility maps to determine the presence of underground utilities, while using special electronic equipment to actually detect and locate said utilities.
* The utilities may include (but not be limited to) gas, electric, cable TV, telecommunications, sanitary sewer, water lines, street lighting and other facilities within the predefined construction area.
* Use lap top computer or other devices to receive, document and close out excavation notices, both during normal hours and after hours.
* Read and interpret utility maps / prints to identify the type and size of underground utilities.
* Use assigned communication equipment to effectively communicate with excavators, utility reps, and company personnel, regarding underground facilities.
* Operate different electronic detection equipment, to locate and mark under-ground facilities within prescribed accuracy limits.
* Perform light excavation with a shovel, to expose buried utilities when necessary.
* Provide accurate documentation and or sketches related to all locates completed.
* Receive and respond to excavation notices during normal and after hours in accordance with established time requirements.
* Operate company vehicle in a safe manner, and maintain professional appearance.
* Be able to perform manhole entry using assigned equipment and safety devices.
* Perform work in all weather conditions, during normal and after hours

What Does A Locator Do At Touchstone Energy

* Requires knowledge and clear understanding of the work required in order to recognize occupational hazards and take appropriate safety precautions.
* Understands and follows the procedures and requirements of the Utility Notification Center of Colorado (UNCC) and Colorado 811.
* Understands and follows all DMEA, local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
* Performs other duties of a like or lesser grade that may be assigned.
* The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.
* This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for personnel in this position.

What Does A Locator Do At Badger Daylighting Corp

* Conduct utility and sewer lateral locates as required
* Conduct research or analyze data regarding excavation locations, construction prints and plans to determine actual lines of requested utilities
* Operate various electronic devices including use of a receiver wand and transmitter designed to assist in the locating and verifying of underground utilities including gas, phone and fiber optic cables
* Mark utility lines using spray paint or coloured flags
* Prepares various reports and documentation verifying marked utilities

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How To Become A Locator

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required for entry-level positions, but most line installers and repairers need technical instruction and long-term on-the-job training to become proficient. Apprenticeships are also common.


Most companies require line installers and repairers to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers prefer candidates with basic knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. In addition, technical knowledge of electricity or electronics obtained through military service, vocational programs, or community colleges can also be helpful.

Many community colleges offer programs in telecommunications, electronics, or electricity. Some programs work with local companies to offer 1-year certificates that emphasize hands-on field work.

More advanced 2-year associate’s degree programs provide students with a broad knowledge of the technology used in telecommunications and electrical utilities. These programs offer courses in electricity, electronics, fiber optics, and microwave transmission.


Electrical line installers and repairers often must complete apprenticeships or other employer training programs. These programs, which can last up to 3 years, combine on-the-job training with technical instruction and are sometimes administered jointly by the employer and the union representing the workers. For example, the Electrical Training Alliance offers apprenticeship programs in four specialty areas. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • One year of algebra
  • Qualifying score on an aptitude test
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Line installers and repairers who work for telecommunications companies typically receive several years of on-the-job training. They also may be encouraged to attend training from equipment manufacturers, schools, unions, or industry training organizations.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not mandatory, certification for line installers and repairers is also available from several associations. For example, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE offers certification for line installers and repairers in several specialty areas.

In addition, The Fiber Optic Association (FOA) offers two levels of fiber optic certification for telecommunications line installers and repairers.

Workers who drive heavy company vehicles usually need a commercial driver’s license.


Entry-level line workers generally begin with an apprenticeship, which includes both classroom training and hands-on work experience. As they learn additional skills from more experienced workers, they may advance to more complex tasks. In time, experienced line workers advance to more sophisticated maintenance and repair positions in which they are responsible for increasingly large portions of the network.

After 3 to 4 years of working, qualified line workers reach the journey level. A journey-level line worker is no longer considered an apprentice and can perform most tasks without supervision. Journey-level line workers also may qualify for positions at other companies. Workers with many years of experience may become first-line supervisors or trainers.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Workers who handle electrical wires and cables must be able to distinguish colors because the wires and cables are often color coded.

Mechanical skills. Line installers and repairers must have the knowledge and skills to repair or replace complex electrical and telecommunications lines and equipment. 

Physical stamina. Line installers and repairers often must climb poles and work at great heights with heavy tools and equipment. Therefore, installers and repairers should be able to work for long periods without tiring easily.

Physical strength. Line installers and repairers must be strong enough to lift heavy tools, cables, and equipment on a regular basis.

Teamwork. Because workers often rely on their fellow crew members for their safety, teamwork is critical.

Technical skills. Line installers use sophisticated diagnostic equipment on circuit breakers, switches, and transformers. They must be familiar with electrical systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

Troubleshooting skills. Line installers and repairers must be able to diagnose problems in increasingly complex electrical systems and telecommunication lines.

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Top Locator Skills

  1. Ground Utilities
  2. Contractors
  3. Fiber Optic Lines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Use of electronics locating devices and a knowledge of underground utilities and their engineering.
  • Locate underground CATV and Electricity * Operate a computer and multiple programs daily * Communicate with contractors daily on jobs
  • Located underground fiber optic lines for Show-Me Communications/ Verizon Wireless.
  • Located and marked underground telephone lines transmitter box and signal receiver.
  • Drive company vehicle to jobs sites and perform underground utility locates.

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