City of Tampa

Utility Locator Technician (#362700) 023

$22.55-$32.02 Hourly / $3,908.67-$5,550.13 Monthly / $46,904.00-$66,601.60 Yearly


This is technical work involving construction compliance inspections.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing assignments which relate to locating various utility systems.  Under general supervision, employees perform tasks which are of average difficulty requiring exercise of some initiative and independent judgment.   Tasks may also include performing simple inspections and making measurements of observations, gathering data and information, and keeping various records.   Work is generally outdoors and may occur during moderately adverse conditions to include weather, traffic, dampness, exposure to storm water and waste water flows and atmospheres.  Work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through observation, documents and reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Locates and marks location of water, reclaimed water or wastewater lines to prevent damage during construction, boring and digging operations. 


Maintains accurate records using paper and/or electronic systems.


Uses electronic and/or paper utility maps, engineering plans, computer programs and other drawings to assist in determining actual location of utilities.


Uses electronic pipe locating equipment, ground penetrating radar (GPR), metal detectors, shovels, probing rods and measuring instruments to field verify the location of utilities. 


Identify errors and/or make corrections to utilities maps and relay the information for GIS mapping updates. 


Interact with general public and contractors to relay information relating to utilities.


Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of:  construction practices and techniques; construction trades; safety practices in the construction industry; basic mathematics; use of computers; utility as-builts, utility maps and construction plans.

Some knowledge of:  methods and techniques of engineering; municipal rules, regulations and ordinances relating to construction and landscaping activities; inspection practices and procedures; MS Word, Outlook, Google Earth, and ArcGIS mapping software;

Ability to:  reach a logical conclusion; coordinate activities with others; follow moderately complex instructions and procedures; read and comprehend codes and requirements; read dials and gauges; lift and carry equipment for periods of short duration but repeatedly over the course of a day (occasionally requires heavy lifting); complete standard forms; perform mathematical computations rapidly and accurately; read and interpret engineering plans and specifications; prepare oral and written reports and maintain accurate records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials and the general public.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school and with one (1) year of experience in construction inspection; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 362700; EST: 2/2/2016 2:16:00 PM; REV: 3/1/2021;