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Gas Locate Technician

City of Cartersville

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DEPARTMENT: Gas System, City of Cartersville

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for performing all locating and marking activities for the City of Cartersville Utility Departments.

HOURLY RATE:   $20.17


  • Receives locates by all available means and prioritizes the order to be located.
  • Locates all City owned, underground utilities per each individual locate request by procedure within mandated tolerances and required time.
  • Uses maps, tap cards, work orders and any other available records and/or information and/or procedures to insure the accuracy of each locate.
  • Checks for leaks in pipes and meters; responds to customer calls.
  • Installs and paints residential and commercial regulators and meters.
  • Utilizes a combustible gas indicator (CGI) to detect gas.
  • Checks cathodic protection on lines when uncovered.
  • Assists with cathodic protection surveys.
  • Assists other utility workers with installation of new mains, lines and taps.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • Knowledge of City policies and Federal and State codes pertaining to the repair and maintenance of natural gas service lines and mains.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Georgia Underground Facility Protection Act including underground marking standards and required marking tolerances.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Georgia 811 online locate ticketing system.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the specific department’s procedures for locating underground utilities.
  • Knowledge of heat fusion techniques.
  • Skill in locating and repairing gas leaks.
  • Skill and understanding in reading maps, construction plans, installation records and record drawings.
  • Skill in reading gas meters.
  • Skill in locating key valves and mains.
  • Skill in using specialized equipment including a pipe horn, flame pack, CGI, hydraulic pipe pincher, measuring wheel and heat fusion tools.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in organization and time management.


SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The Regulatory/Compliance Supervisor, Measurement/Compliance Supervisor or Gas Distribution Supervisor assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy and the nature and propriety of the final results.


GUIDELINES: Guidelines consists of Federal and State regulations and City and departmental policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but, requires some interpretation in application.

COMPLEXITY: The work consists of related duties in natural gas facility maintenance and repair. The proximity to potentially explosive gases contributes to the complexity of the work.

SCOPE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this position is to respond to all utility locate requests received from the Georgia Utilities Protection Center and accurately locate all City owned utilities within the requested area.

PERSONAL CONTACTS: Contacts are typically with co-workers, other utility workers, other City employees and the general public.

PURPOSE OF CONTACTS: Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching, or stooping. The employee must frequently lift light objects, occasionally lift heavy objects, climb ladders, use tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity and be able to distinguish between shades of color.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed outdoors where the employee is exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, inclement weather, and gas leaks. The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.



  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of specialized training in the occupational field in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated with a Motor Vehicle Department Driver’s record to meet the Guidelines of the City’s Vehicle Use Policy.


The City of Cartersville is 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, or any other protected status.

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