HBK Engineering is searching for a Utility Watch and Protect Technician. Our firm offers a professional work environment, excellent benefits, competitive salary and growth potential.

The Utility Watch and Protect Technician will be responsible for a variety of tasks related to utility protection for a variety of utility clients.  The Technician will be responsible for monitoring excavation to help prevent damage from being done to critical facilities.


  • Compares real world conditions to the record documentation to identify errors and omissions.
  • Verifies location of all client facilities within specified dig extents.
  • Watches and protects client facilities within a given area as directed by client.
  • Understands contractor’s means and methods for subsurface installations.
  • Responsible for monitoring and providing surveillance of critical infrastructure where excavations are known to be taking place or will be taking place soon.
  • Contacting excavators and scheduling with them to monitor critical excavation.
  • Monitoring excavations near critical infrastructure to prevent damage from being done to client facilities.
  • Locates and marks underground facilities using various industry tools, standards and methods including the use of various locating devices and utility maps.
  • Performs ticket audits to ensure locators are accurately locating facilities and following proper marking procedures.


  • High school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to be able to work smoothly with citizens, company, contractor representatives, and customers.
  • Good organizational skills to be able to handle many varied tasks at once.
  • Knowledge and understanding of safe worksite practices.
  • Experience with the construction and installation of below grade infrastructure.
  • Experience working within and utilizing existing utility standard designs.
  • Experience with complex urban underground utility infrastructure.
  • Experience with serving as firm/client liaison.
  • Experience in reviewing design drawings created by others.
  • Experience in the use and basic maintenance of industry standard locating equipment.
  • Experience using basic communication and tech devices.

Valued but not required skills and experience:

  • 2-year or 4-year degree is a plus.
  • Surveying experience is a plus.
  • 2 years of experience in the construction and/or locating industry.

Tools and Equipment Used:

  • Personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Motor vehicle.
  • Phone, Camera, GPS.
  • Tape measure, wheel, various types of locating equipment including but not limited to conductive and inductive radio devices, Metal detectors.

Physical Requirements:

  • Capable of moving about on construction work sites, public streets and parkway.
  • Capable of lifting up to 75lbs.
  • Ability to stand, walk, kneel or sit for extended periods.
  • Hand-eye coordination necessary to operate computers and various measurement, locating and testing instruments.

Work Environment:

  • Work safely outside in all weather conditions year-round.
  • Occasionally work in excavations areas and roadways.
  • Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is occasionally moderate to loud.

Offers contingent upon satisfactory results from our standard background check and receipt of results of a satisfactory drug screening test from a location specified by HBK.