Hydro Vac Operator

Craft - Operators Watford City, North Dakota


FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Hourly 
Schedule: Non-rotational, preferred/ Rotational may be considered

Position Summary:

The Hydro Vac Operator reports to the Operator Foreman and is responsible for the successful completion of hydro excavation processes. The incumbent operates Hydro Vac and other machines used in construction to excavate, load, dig or break rocks or debris, dirt, or other materials. The Hydro-Vac Operator acts as crew lead, responsible for the completion of projects in a safe and timely manner.  

Essential Job Functions:

  • Operates Hydro-Vac and equipment in a safe and professional manner
  • Competently operates Hydro-Vac to and from job sites
  • Excavates with combination of pressure washer wand, 6" and 8" dig tube and 4" suction line
  • Follows specifications for the job and company policies
  • Supervises activities of Hydro-Vac Laborers assigned to assist with excavation 
  • Provides leadership and task delegation to the Hydro-Vac Laborers through coaching and mentoring to ensure employee skill development 
  • Ensures all equipment and components are in good working condition at all times
  • Properly maintain Hydro-Vac equpiment 
  • Use proper PPE at all times and follows all Hydro-Vac procedures

Other Job Responsibilities:

  • Other duties as assigned

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma, or Equivalent
  • Valid Class A Commercial Drivers License with Air-brake endorsement and clean driving record
  • Experience with basic maintenance and repairs of equipment of hydro-vac

Required Education, Training and Certificates:

  • OHSA 10 Certificate or ability to obtain upon hire
  • H2S Certificate or ability to obtain upon hire
  • Attends training sessions, seminars and appropriate educational classes required by department 
  • Computer skills commensurate with program and job applications

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge of pressure washers, pumps, pressure valves, etc. 
  • Knowledge of basic underground utilities 
  • Knowledge of proper equipment use conducive to weather conditions (heat, cold and wind) and assignment 
  • Knowledge of Hazardous Materials and Safety Regulations and industry practices related to equipment use and operation
  • Skills in operating heavy equipment and machines proficiently and safely 
  • Skills in daily maintenance of machines including repairs and inspecting equipment to identify possible problems
  • Skills in use of Computer/Laptop or other supporting devices commensurate with program and job applications 
  • Ability to use time and equipment efficiently in order to complete projects on time
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a team environment 
  • Ability to handle stress and possess positive trait even in difficult or challenging situations

Physical Demand/Work Environment 

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by the incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to type, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Visual Acuity: must be adequate to perform all required tasks in a safe manner. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and may require use of ear plugs. Work is done outside at a client facility or job site that may have inclement weather conditions. Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work. The employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts, vehicles and equipment. 


The above job description covers the principal duties and responsibilities of the job. The description shall not however, be construed as a complete job listing of all duties, which may be required from day-to-day.