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Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Field Technician

Primary Position Location: Baton Rouge, La

T. Baker Smith is currently seeking Utility Field Crews to assist our Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) team in the Baton Rouge, LA area.   The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated professional who has proven experience in subsurface utility engineering and utility location/designation.


The Opportunity:


  • Selects and applies appropriate geophysical prospecting equipment to accurately designate underground utility layouts.
  • Able to comprehend and interpret utility and highway design plans, atlases, and record drawings.
  • Designate existing utilities using electromagnetic and geophysical technologies.
  • Operate and drive a vacuum excavation truck and perform test holes to expose utilities.
  • Oversees and coordinates the effective maintenance and operation of vehicles, equipment, tools and supplies.
  • Complete documentation, which includes record keeping and simple mathematics legibly and accurately.
  • Selects and implements proper maintenance of traffic signage.
  • Coordinate survey work in relation with SUE.
  • Supervise activity of field crew.
  • Train new field technicians on Designating and Vacuum Excavation procedures.
  • Communicate and coordinate with utility company representative.
  • Represent and communicate on behalf of T. Baker Smith and crew when encountering third parties in the field.


Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum 4-year experience in using electromagnetic and geophysical designating technologies
  • Ability to perform physical movements and tractions, commensurate with operating heavy tools and equipment
  • Should have basic computer skills and be able to learn and understand new software
  • Outdoor work in all climates and conditions
  • Ability to lift approx. 50 lbs.
  • Travel/out of town overnight work required
  • Experience in the operation of survey equipment preferred, but not required
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record.


Experience comes in different forms; many skills are transferable – and passion goes a long way. Here at TBS, we are in the business of cultivating people, and you are set up to succeed if you identify strongly with these values / behaviors; Growth oriented, Trustworthy, Responsive, Works hard, smart, & safe, Builds a positive team & family spirit, and are Enthusiastic & energetic.

We also know that diversity of background and thought can enhance problem-solving and encourage more creative thinking, which is why we are dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team.

Our purpose is investing in people to enhance communities and that commitment has endured for over 100 years. We pride ourselves in doing this by recruiting, hiring, and retaining diverse, passionate, and forward-thinking talent. T. Baker Smith is an equal opportunity employer, and we are dedicated to providing an inclusive and diverse environment for all associates.

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