Locate Technician

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Job Description

Columbia Power & Water Systems (CPWS) is a public utility proudly serving the citizens of Columbia and Maury County Tennessee since 1939. CPWS is recruiting a Locate Technician to provide underground locating services for all three operations of Columbia Power & Water Systems (CPWS) and assist with the creation of plans and specifications for power system facilities.



  • Locate underground facilities for multiple departments as required by Tennessee State Law (Tennessee 811)
  • Understand, develop, and apply basic knowledge and application of utility system distribution design
  • Coordinate with Power and Water engineering departments and the Broadband operations team to assist with design and layout for upgrading existing CPWS’ operation systems
  • Subject to stand-by, after-hours, and/or emergency call-out
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Acknowledge and adhere to all CPWS policies
  • Regular attendance at work
  • Perform duties safely without endangering self, others, and the public
  • Ability to use eyes, hands, and fingers to operate computer keyboard and/or calculator quickly and accurately
  • Ability to read and write
  • Ability to easily add, subtract, multiply, divide, and use exponents to calculate materials, and to understand principles of geometry and related sciences
  • Ability to solve problems using facts and existing NEC, NESC, and local codes
  • Ability to work on various projects and adjust to changing situations
  • Ability to make good decisions and accomplish duties without close supervision
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability to work with the general public
  • Ability to accept the responsibility for accuracy of work
  • Ability to use drafting tools and computer models
  • Ability to safely operate a vehicle

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to lift and/or carry objects weighing 0 – 25 pounds for 6 hours a day
  • Ability to stoop, kneel, and crouch for long periods of time
  • Ability to stand for 8 hours a day
  • Ability to get in and out of a vehicle multiple times a day
  • Ability to sit at a desk for up to 2 hours a day
  • Ability to talk, see, hear, reach, handle, and feel
  • Ability to easily walk across undeveloped areas that may be hilly, overgrown, and rocky
  • Ability to climb and work at elevated heights above ground
  • Ability to work inside and outside and be exposed to noisy places, fumes, chemicals, toxic substances, and machinery
  • Ability to be exposed to weather conditions that are cold, hot, rainy, and windy


Education, Experience, and Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Maintain a valid State of Tennessee Driver’s License; driving record must meet the requirements to be covered by CPWS liability insurance.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working for a public or private utility required
  • Complete applicable JT&S and TVPPA training


Residency Requirements: 

  • Must reside within a CPWS service territory or Maury County due to the position being subject to stand-by, after-hours, and/or emergency call-out

Benefits Information

Compensation Package:

CPWS offers competitive compensation and benefits. Highlights of the benefits included in this package are healthcare, dental, and life insurance plans with all premiums funded entirely by the employer. CPWS also offers a 401(k)-retirement plan to all eligible employees after one year of service. The plan allows elective deferrals from 4% to 75% of compensation and CPWS contributes 8% of compensation to the plan.

Notice of Equal Opportunity Employment

CPWS will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, religion, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information (including family medical history or genetic tests or services), retaliation for filing a charge, reasonably opposing discrimination, or participating in a discrimination lawsuit, investigation or proceeding, and interference coercion, or threats related to exercising rights regarding disability, discrimination or pregnancy accommodation.