Damage Prevention Specialist – Lead


Job Summary:

The Damage Prevention Lead Technician will provide guidance to a team of technicians, while also identifying, locating and marking the location of all partner subsurface utilities in order to minimize damage or disruption of service due to construction excavation activities.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • The lead will guide a team of four to five technicians operating in their area.


  • Collect GPS pinpointed data to map locates of underground utilities, including telecommunications, electric power, cable TV, gas, water, and sewer systems.
  • Thoroughly map underground utilities in a designated area, accurately updating collection maps of the location, completing the necessary documentation, and effectively photographing each job site.
  • Collect data of excavated utilities on a job site, including potholes and cross-bores.
  • Review proposed fiber placement path and report potential obstacles or alternative routes that may help make the job optimally safe and efficient to install.
  • Report any issues in the field that may prevent accidents.
  • Work closely with contractors and utility locate companies to coordinate necessary resources for existing buried infrastructure avoidance.
  • Handle and maintain GPS RTK equipment, handheld devices and a company provided vehicle.
  • Efficient use and understanding of mobile data collection software.
  • Document interactions, site information and utilities in organizational software.
  • Communicate with clients, engineers, and management.
  • Coordinate with sub and prime contractors in their area.
  • Manage workload for DPS Technicians.
  • Ensure all data is being collected per client specifications.
  • Support and troubleshoot local areas with utility locates.
  • Reporting any issues and data collection to Supervisor.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Passion for accuracy
  • Self-motivated and able to work alone
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills.
  • Strong ability to work with the general public in a positive and efficient manner.
  • Ability to follow instructions.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Vocational school training preferred
  • On-the-job training offered
  • Class E Valid Driver’s License required


Physical Requirements:

  • Must have physical strength, balance, hand-eye coordination, and stamina necessary to complete jobs in various areas.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 80 pounds and push and/or pull 50-pound loads at a time.
  • Must be able to stand and walk up to eight hours per day and climb multiple sets of stairs while carrying materials weighing between 40 and 60 pounds.
  • Must be able to drive a vehicle for up to eight hours to travel to and from job sites.
  • Must be able to work in different temperatures and changing weather conditions.
  • Must be able to traverse and inspect all areas of jobsite in all types of weather; this may include walking, climbing, reaching, bending, crawling, or stretching.
  • Exposure to characteristic construction site dangers.
  • Must have flexibility in scheduling to meet the needs of the business.