Directional Drill Operator/Locator

Carlisle, IA posted on December 11

More Murphy Tower Service jobs


At Murphy Tower Service our mission is to be the leading provider of wireless construction and maintenance services in Iowa, while our certified climbers and other skilled employees provide quality, unbeatable service. We are family owned and operated. By putting our name on our business, our personal and professional reputations are on the line. We manage our employees and our projects with diligence and respect.


Job Description

The role of a Horizontal/Directional Drill Locator/Operator is that of a specialty trained employee who has expertise in locating for horizontal/directional drill rigs and product support equipment. This individual will be primarily responsible for setup and completion of drilling variable sized underground holes and pulling back required conduit.

  • Locate for Horizontal Directional Drill for installation of underground conduit and fiber optic cable.
  • Ensure safety of the public and other utilities underground facilities.
  • Operate Horizontal Directional Drill
  • Assist in potholing and remediation
  • Assist with setting hand holes and completing tie ins
  • Drive equipment to job site
  • Read utility locates and coordinating day lighting of these facilities
  • Set equipment up including the drill, water tanks and grounding the machine
  • Drill out following the predetermined drill path to the exit pit
  • Confirm the location of the drill head
  • Assist with the install of proper pulling gear and hook up product
  • Reverse process to install product
  • Oversee laborers and/or crew member’s work and monitor time usage
  • Conduct post-job quality checks
  • Clean, check fluid levels and conduct a visual inspection of vehicle/equipment to assure your vehicle/equipment is performing at optimum safety, perform the required pre-trip, post trip inspections and the required paperwork, perform needed maintenance including winterizing equipment.
  • Communicates with Supervisor daily to turn in required paperwork (i.e. Bore log, vehicle maintenance reports, etc.)
  • Follows specifications for the job and company policies
  • Complies with safety procedures while driving and at job site
  • Strive for optimal production while working safely and performing quality work
Reports To
  • OSP Operations Manager


Position Qualifications:
  • 1+ years of demonstrated Horizontal Directional Drilling experience
  • Strong knowledge of underground utilities
  • Working knowledge of DOT regulations (Vehicle and Operator Qualifications)
  • Understanding of client and company work specifications
  • Ability to comply with the “Operator’s Manual” for your particular equipment
  • Ability to read and comprehend and follow all quality/safety policies and procedures
  • Self-motivated, safety, quality and production minded
  • Ability to work in all types of weather
  • Knowledge of underground pot holing preferred
  • Self-motivated, safety, quality and production minded
  • Class A CDL
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to pass background and pre-employment physical
  • Must be able to work long hours and weekends if needed.
  • Ability to travel as required.
Dress Code (minimum)
  • Long pants w/o major holes, presentable shirt w/4” sleeve minimum, work boots, hardhat, safety glasses & gloves.



  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401K Retirement Savings Plan with employer match
  • Short and Long term disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Seven paid holidays
  • Weekly Direct Deposit
  • Potential Performance Bonuses