A San Diego based Construction Company with operations throughout Southern California currently has openings for Full Time DIRECTIONAL BORING OPERATOR & LOCATOR, for its San Diego, California Division to perform various tasks related to the Operations Division.


The duties for this position will include and not be limited to performing physical labor for Underground Construction;

The Directional Boring Operator & Locator is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of directional drilling equipment to install underground utilities within civil work. Performs related duties as required.

  • Operate directional boring equipment, including horizontal directions drill (HDD) and related machinery.
  • Set up and maintain drilling equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Monitor drilling parameters and make necessary adjustments to maintain accuracy and safety.
  • Perform routine maintenance and minor repairs on drilling equipment.
  • Use utility locating equipment, such as ground-penetrating radar, electromagnetic locators, and utility maps, to accurately identify the location of existing underground utilities.
  • Mark and flag the paths of utilities, ensuring that they are clearly visible to all team members.
  • Adhere to safety protocols and guidelines to prevent accidents and injuries during operations.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, including OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards.
  • Conduct pre-operation safety checks and inspections of equipment.
  • Communicate drilling progress, challenges, and any issues to related utility locations to the project manager or supervisor.
  • Coordinate with other team members, including laborers and supervisors, to ensure effective teamwork.
  • Maintain accurate records of drilling operations, utility locations, and equipment maintenance.
  • Complete necessary paperwork and reports as required by the project and headquarters.
  • Implement measures to minimize environmental impact, such as controlling drilling fluid spills and disposing of waste responsibly.

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other essential duties to particular sites.


Qualified candidates must possess the following special skills and or requirements to be considered for this position.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Certification or training in directional drilling operations and utility locating.
  • 3-5 years operating directional boring equipment and utility locating equipment.
  • Strong knowledge of underground utility systems and construction techniques.
  • Ability to read and interpret maps and blueprints.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Good communication and teamwork skills.
  • Must successfully pass pre-employment drug screen.
  • In union or must be willing to join the local Labor Union this position is covered under.
  • Some knowledge of first aid.
  • Physical fitness and the ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects 50-60 lbs. on a regular basis, walk and stand for long periods of time and perform physical labor under adverse field conditions.
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • May require some out of state travel for equipment training.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Certification or training in directional drilling operations and utility locating.
  • 3-5 years’ operating directional boring equipment and utility locating equipment.


Salary range

$26 to $31 per hour