Utility Contractor: What It Is And How To Become One

14 Jan , 2016  

So you want to become a utility contractor? First, what is a utility contractor? A utility contractor is a person who gets paid to install, service or repair any utility-related work such as potable water, storm sewer system, sanitary sewer and service lines.

What types of jobs are available?

There is a variety of utility contractor jobs available: From underground fiber construction crews, underground utility (Gas, water, electric, fiber, telephone, etc.), underground construction, energy technicians and much more.

What is the average salary for this industry?

According to, a utility contractor can make from $60,000 – $110,000 approximately depending on the type of position available. For example, a project manager (construction) makes $78,611 in average; construction estimator makes around $67,407; electrical engineer makes approximately $63,402, and a safety manager makes $80,000. The two positions paying over $100,000 are a senior project manager and a director of operations.

Some other job options include an hourly rate from $23 – $78 per hour. Depending on your background and your skills you might qualify for a variety of jobs available.

How can I get a utility contractor job?

The first thing you need to do is to prepare a resume showing your skills, previous experience, training and all relevant information for the job you have interested in.
Then, you need to review the jobs postings under “Utility contractor jobs”, “Underground utility contractor jobs” and so on.

Make a list of all the different options available and look for the different locations and requirements. Some websites specialize in utility contractor jobs and you can quickly browse the different options available for you.

What should I do if I don’t have the skills required to get the job I want?

To answer this question in a best possible way, you might consider your personal goals. Are you looking to do the same job for an extended period? Or are you seeking to become a manager or director of operations sometime in the future?

If you answer yes to the first question is important to review the training options for your field. You might want to get enrolled in utility contractor related training, license to operate a certain type of tools and equipment, etc.

But if you want to become a manager or director, you might consider getting a bachelor’s degree in management.

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