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Organization: Arizona State University
Location: Tempe, AZ, United States

Posted: 2023-08-16
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

Utility Locator – Asset Management

Arizona State University

FDM Asset Management SS

Campus: Tempe


Job Description

Facilities Development and Management seeks a Utility Locator to perform technical work identifying, locating, and marking buried underground utilities using industry standard equipment in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute § 40-360.21-32.

Salary Range

$26.44 per hour or commensurate of experience and education. ASU offers a comprehensive benefits package with the State of Arizona.

Close Date


Essential Duties

Perform utility identification duties using detection equipment.
Mark the location of underground assets on roadways, university property, and other locations, as appropriate and needed, using required spray paints, flags and other equipment.
Read and understand utility maps, prints, and aerial imagery to assist in identification of underground assets.
Operate handheld detection equipment with high level of accuracy.
Maintain accurate documentation of all utility assets, projects, and time logs.
Complete and document work activities using an electronic tablet and transmit completed work orders on a timely basis.
Prioritize work activities by reviewing all locate requests to determine travel route and timelines.
Enter data into GIS databases, using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors, or conversion of other sources of digital data.
Review existing or incoming data for accuracy, usefulness, quality, and completeness of documentation.
Convert data collected from field operations into GIS database with proper and accurate spatial location.
Operate handheld GPS units in the designed manner.
Maintain Daily contact with utility managers, crews and contractors discussing locate issues.
Perform maintenance activities, of which includes working with the university’s underground repair crew
Identify common sewer lines and map locations
Perform other duties as assigned

DAYS AND SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday – 8:00am – 5:00pm

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma and familiarity with utility locator principles, practices, and devices, Or, any equivalent combination of experience or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Preferred Qualification:

Familiarity in operating Radio Frequency cable locating devices.
Experience as a Utility Locator.
Experience locating communications, chilled water and/or steam distribution systems.
Experience operating any kind of GNSS receiver.
Experience working in Facilities Management and/or higher education
Evidence of a Bachelor’s degree

Knowledge of:

Methods, tools and equipment, and standard practices for locating and marking underground utilities.
Arizona blue stake statutes, regulations, laws including Arizona Underground Facility Law (ARS 40-360.21), underground utility identification practices, and common Ground Alliance (CGA) Best Practices marking procedures.
Safety hazards, procedures and equipment used when working near underground utility lines.
Federal OSHA regulations and County/State/City regulations regarding utility marking and safe work practices.
Methods, materials, and equipment used in installation, maintenance, excavation, and repair of underground utilities or utility construction methods, techniques and practices.
Traffic laws and rules involved in vehicle and equipment operation and basic traffic control/barricade procedures.
Basic marking and symbols used on quarter section and plat maps, project plans, and blueprints.
Computer and software applications (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, database, email, Internet, AutoCAD map, GPS software/hardware).
Principles and exemplary customer service demonstrated through actively listening, acknowledging, and responding to every inquiry; taking ownership and resolving each concern or problem as appropriate; exhibiting professionalism and expertise in every interaction and engaging in professional development to meet expectations for service excellence.
Skills in:

Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in a diversified population.
Ability to:

Use a computer and a variety of specialized, sensitive electronic equipment to locate utility lines and valves in the public right-of-way and utility easement.
Operate a motor vehicle, hand tools, camera equipment, electronic and magnetic detection equipment, and other equipment related to location of underground utilities.
Exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.
Provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.
Lead by example in communicating, participating and encouraging support of the institution’s sustainability programs.

Working Environment

Tasks are typically performed alone; an employee in this class is expected to exercise considerable initiative and judgment in moving efficiently through the day’s work assignments. Tasks may be performed in hazardous traffic. Regularly required to operate a variety of utility locating equipment and tools requiring extended periods of walking over potentially uneven rocky surfaces, bending, reaching, lifting and pushing or pulling objects of varying weights up to 100 pounds to perform the work. Some activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse. Must possess sufficient visual acuity required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and smell. Sufficient body flexibility, mobility, stamina, and balance to perform maintenance and repair operations that require bending, stooping, kneeling, stretching, and other physical exertions working in trenches, climbing and working on ladders, and moving over rough or unfamiliar terrain. Activities regularly require long periods of exposure to external elements indigenous to a desert environment, such as extreme heat, occasional wet and moderately cold conditions; moving mechanical parts; may be exposed to hazardous and dangerous conditions, materials, tools and equipment which will require safety precautions and/or specific processes to be followed, and may include the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) (e.g. safety glasses, hearing protection, negative pressure and positive pressure respirator). Use of PPE may require medical clearance prior to use.

Department Statement

ASU Facilities Development and Management (FDM) maintains and services all university-owned property, and develops and constructs innovative and sustainable facilities. FDM’s vision is to contribute to and guarantee the success of the university’s mission by creating and caring for the ASU campus and environment. We provide quality customer service, effectively steward our resources, and meet the needs of the university through creative and collaborative efforts.

ASU offers a comprehensive benefits package at very competitive rates to enhance the total compensation of its faculty and staff. This package includes low-cost health and life benefits to insure you and your family, a wellness program for preventative health education and screenings, a disability and leaves program for income protection, employee assistance for free and confidential behavioral health services, access to world-class educational opportunities at ASU/UofA/NAU at deeply discounted rates for you and your eligible dependents, disability resources for Americans with Disabilities (ADA), a retirement program with a variety of retiree benefits to ensure your financial security at the end of your career, paid vacation and holidays – and more. For more information, please visit the Office of Human Resources, Benefits website, at

ASU’s comprehensive benefits package is a significant part of your overall total compensation – and ASU pays for most of it when you are a benefits-eligible employee.

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Facilities Development and Management at ASU employment requires current eligibility to legally work in the United States. Facilities Development and Management will not be a sponsor for this position.

This position is located at the University Services Building, 1551 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ (on Rural Road south of Apache Blvd).

This position requires that you must possess a valid Arizona driver's license (minimum of Class D) upon employment and maintain throughout employment. Post-offer of employment, selected candidate must possess an acceptable driving record which is 5 or fewer points in the most recent 39 month period from date of hire.

Must pass pre-employment physical examination post offer of employment.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00pm Arizona time on the day indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

Work reference history information for 3 current and/or former supervisors will be requested at time of interview.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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