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Locate Technician


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Locate Technician

Location:Lawrenceville Public Works Facility, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Department:Damage Prevention

Shift:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Job Summary

This position performs technical duties in the location of underground utilities.

Job Duties

  • Reviews information on locate tickets to plan routes.
  • Reads and interprets utility maps to identify type and size of underground utilities.
  • Operates electronic detection equipment to locate and mark underground utilities.
  • Marks the location of utilities with stakes, flags, or paint; photographs all locate activities.
  • Performs light excavations with shovel and post-hole diggers as needed.
  • Closes out excavation notices and reports to GA-811.
  • Reports leaks and unsafe conditions to supervisor.
  • Inspects above ground facilities for evidence of corrosion.
  • Consults with contractors, developers, builders, state and local authorities, and construction firms regarding the location of underground utilities.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports.
  • Performs public awareness activities including educating excavators and homeowners of relevant laws and safety procedures.
  • Performs related duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Must have a good driving record. 

Knowledge Required By The Position -

  • Knowledge of underground utility locating principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of map reading principles.
  • Knowledge of GA 811 ticketing system.
  • Knowledge of area streets and roads.
  • Knowledge of damage investigation principles.
  • Skill in the use of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in the use of the GA 811 ticketing system.
  • Skill in the preparation of reports. 
  • Skill in oral and written communication

Physical Requirements

  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, or walking. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color and utilizes the sense of smell.
  • The work is typically performed outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee is exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, and machinery with moving parts. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.


  • The Damage Prevention Director assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.


  • Guidelines include state and federal laws, city codes, Public Service Commission guidelines, and department policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but may require some interpretation in application.


  • The work consists of related technical duties.Inclement weather and field conditions contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to perform technical duties in the location of underground utilities. Successful performance contributes to the efficiency and effective of a variety of construction and maintenance projects and to the safety city infrastructure.


  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, representatives of other municipalities, contractors, property owners, developers, builders, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, to resolve problems, and to provide services.




Please visit the City of Lawrenceville website to apply. 

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