Black & McDonald’s Western Utilities team is growing! If you are committed and collaborative professional looking to contribute to a hard-working, innovative team, this opportunity is for you.

Based in Edmonton, the Hydrovac Operator is responsible for performing activities relating to operation of machinery on utility (electrical and civil) construction sites. They will also assist with provide labor with site superintendent and site personnel in order to accomplish project milestones in a safe, efficient, and effective manner.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Safely operate equipment in the installation of Underground Utilities
  • Operate equipment in residential areas
  • Responsible for the safe operation and basic maintenance of the organization's equipment
  • Read and interpret blueprints, stakes, and signage
  • Coordinate and organize daily activities of all crew members and equipment
  • Monitor and delegate tasks while supervising crew
  • Perform and log pre-operation safety inspections
  • Prepare and coordinate safety tool box talks and complete pre-job hazard assessments
  • Fuel and Grease Equipment to maintain safe and optimal operation
  • General Labour duties and other activities at construction site as required
  • Out of town travel will occasionally be required


  • Communicates effectively (verbally and in writing)
  • Holds self and others accountable (take personal responsibility to meet commitments)
  • Teamwork and collaboration (work cooperatively and collaboratively with others)
  • Values and respects others (encourages and supports diversity)


  • High School diploma
  • Class 3 License with Airbrakes, Class 1 is preferred (DL and CSTS)


  • 5-10 years' experience working in the construction industry in an operator role
  • Able to operate a Hydrovac truck (At least 5 years’ experience)
  • Class 1 (or 3) with Air Brakes


Must have the following tickets:

  • CSTS, Air Breaks, and Ground Disturbance
  • Possess a valid, Alberta Driver’s License and a clean driving abstract
  • Knowledge of vehicle and equipment safety
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work safely in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-directed and self-starter with the ability to work with little supervision or as part of a team

Construction Safety Certifications including the following are considered assets.

  • Ground Disturbance Certification
  • Confined Space Awareness/Rescue
  • Fall Arrest
  • First Aid
  • Willing and able to travel to sites in and around Calgary
  • Alcohol and Drug Security clearance requirements

Black & McDonald welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.