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Horizontal Directional Drill Operator

Date: Jan 12, 2021

Location: Lubbock, TX, US, 79403

Company: Centuri Group, Inc.


Join the leader in underground pipeline construction and get yourself a solid career with solid pay! Take the first step on a clear path to career advancement. Join Us – we’ve got work for the next 100 years!


Horizontal Directional Drill Operators operate drilling machines to assist in the installation of underground utilities. 

  • Join the Largest Natural Gas Distribution Contractor in the United States
  • Weekly Payroll
  • Paid, on-the-job training for technical skills
  • Employee Assistance program benefit
  • Health Insurance Plan benefit
  • Retirement Plan benefit
  • Operate various HDD (directional boring) equipment up to 100,000lb rigs
  • Support mixing equipment to install by trenchless means of new pipe and/or cable for – electrical, communication and/or gas distribution utility installations
  • Responsible for equipment care and cleanliness
  • Clear understanding on locate information, utility conflict resolution and changes need
  • Read and interpret plan and design changes required to meet City and county
  • Track and assess daily production rate(s)
  • Teach and mentor less experienced apprentices
  • Minimize potential damage and achieve success for the crew
  • Other duties as requested by leadership
Education, Skills, Experience Needed
  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred
  • 5 years of experience working on Directional Drills in the utility construction industry preferred
  • CDL Class A license with tanker endorsement preferred
  • Ability to proficiently operate various mixing equipment and knowledgeable in proper fluid mixing procedures
  • Ability to use proper down-hole tooling (drill heads/bits, reamers, swivels and pullers, etc.) for the applicable ground condition(s) to optimize installation success
  • Ability to use various vacuum potholing equipment
  • Ability to assess a good bore rig set up, down-hole tooling and fluid mixing prior to starting construction
  • Must be safety conscientious
  • Must be well organized in proper set up and bore planning methodology
  • Ability to follow verbal and or written instructions
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions
  • Ability to meet critical deadlines  
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and other personnel
Working Environment
  • Work sites are outdoors in potentially extreme weather conditions
  • All worksite safety instructions are written and spoken in English; must be fluent in English
  • Work includes prolonged and repeated: lifting (including overhead, up to 50lbs); standing; climbing; kneeling; reaching and feeling; crouching and crawling
  • Work is performed within the “red zone” of heavy equipment
  • Working safely requires quick/accurate hand-eye coordination
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen and background check
  • Provide valid US work authorization documents for E-Verify
  • Valid driver’s license with no more than 3 moving violations and no DUIs within a two year rolling period
  • Pre-employment medical fit-for-duty test; hold/obtain DOT medical card
  • Join and maintain Union membership
  • With the health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities we serve in mind, all candidates who receive an offer of employment will be required to complete a COVID-19 risk assessment; your responses will help us determine an employment start date
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

This job description is subject to change at any time. It reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, and does not exclude or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Centuri and its subsidiary companies will provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, genetic information, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.  Centuri will provide reasonable accommodations to allow an applicant to participate in the hiring process (e.g., accommodations for a test or job interview) if so requested.

Nearest Major Market: Lubbock