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Colorado Springs Utilities Directional Drilling Specialist - Apprentice in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Directional Drilling Specialist - Apprentice

Job Type: Skilled Trades & Craft

Pay Range $23.80

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 11/17/22

Directional Drilling Specialist - Apprentice

Who We Are

  • One of the largest four-service public utilities in the nation (over 500,000 customers)

  • A national leader in reliability (power on an average of 99.991% of the time)

  • Diamond Designation recipient from the American Public Power Association – a utility sector leader in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvements

  • Substantial employee pension plan through Colorado PERA

Why Should You Join Our Team ?

Our Directional Drilling team is seeking a Directional Drilling Apprentice ! In this role, you will maintain and operate directional drilling equipment, drilling fluid mixing equipment, vacuum excavation equipment, and assist in barricading and traffic control. You will have the opportunity to become an expert in excavating equipment while working with a team to support the installation of underground electric, gas, and water systems, as well as construction restoration activities.

Please note: This position is part of a formal apprenticeship program within the Construction and Maintenance Specialist trade. As such, pay for this position will begin at $23.80/hour and will progress throughout the duration of the apprenticeship based on the schedule below.

Step 1 - $23.80/hr (1st year)

Step 2 - $24.99/hr (1st year)

Step 3 - $26.18/hr (2nd year)

Step 4 - $27.97/hr (2nd year)

Journey Level Turnout - $29.75/hr

How Will You Make an Impact?

  • Operating directional drills, hydro-vac excavation equipment, drilling fluid mixing equipment, and Digi-trac locating equipment, and hydraulic & fusing equipment

  • Working with electric, gas, and water/wastewater to install new service lines, gas main, and streetlights

  • Working with primary and secondary electric lines

  • Measuring existing utility lines for crossings, understanding and sketching pothole logs

  • Communicating with supervisor, co-workers, and the general public, reading and interpreting maps, and operating two-way radios

***Please note that this position requires the successful candidate to work overtime, weekends, holidays, etc. as business needs dictate. You will also be expected to follow safety rules and company standards and work in confined spaces and on a crew. Additionally, you will be required to complete training that will be evaluated every six (6) months for successful completion.

Who You Are

  • Relevant and progressively responsible experience in a construction or related environment

  • Directional Drilling Vacuum Truck experience and knowledge of basic mechanical and hydraulic principles are valued

  • Possession of a valid, unrestricted driver’s license is required

  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with tanker and air brake endorsements is required, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire

The military job codes/duty codes most closely related to this role are: 120A, 210A, 21E, 21J, 51H, 62B, 62E, 62J, 81B, 92B, 91L, 3E231, 3E251, 3E271, 3E291, 3E2X1, 55131, 55151, 55171, 55191, CE, CM, 613, 1300, 1301, 2513

Our Commitment to our Employees…

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to recharge

  • Vacation – New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Personal Leave –3 days per year of personal leave

  • Paid Holidays –10 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $5.00 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network PPO preventive care covered at 100% and access to orthodontia coverage

  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans

  • Disability Coverage – Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance (LTC) – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones

  • Life Insurance – Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage available

Curious about joining our team? Learn more at


  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Skilled Trades & Craft