HDD Drill Operator



Job Summary:

As a horizontal directional drill user, your job is to support construction efforts and use HDD equipment to lay an underground utility line without having to dig down from the surface. Horizontal directional drillers help install pipes of various sizes under different obstructions, including dirt, roads, railways, rivers, and other impediments. In many cases, this job requires maneuvering the drill to avoid existing pipes, particularly those containing natural gas, electricity, water, or sewage.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None



  • Operate Horizontal Directional Drill and/or locate for installation of underground telecommunications cable conduit, including fiber optic cable.
  • Setup and cleanup work sites including traffic and pedestrian control.
  • Read utility locates and coordinate day lighting of these facilities.
  • Ensure all applicable permits and locates are complete and on-site.
  • Operate vehicles and equipment operations from trucks to other equipment as directed and certified.
  • Understand and practice all safety procedures in compliance with OSHA standards.
  • Perform proper maintenance by greasing, oiling, and making minor repairs on equipment.
  • Lead teams in the field effectively as needed and directed by supervisor
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of machinery operation and capabilities.
  • Ability to read site plans.
  • Ability to complete safety awareness training.
  • Excellent mechanical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Flexibility to operate multiple types of equipment.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Vocational school training or apprenticeship preferred.
  • On-the-job training offered.
  • DL class A license required with tankers endorsement.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of operating machinery.
  • Must be able to operate machinery in all weather conditions and terrains.
  • 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 flexible scheduling to meet the needs of the business.