SUE Crew Chief

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Job ID
Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)
Full Time


We are seeking a SUE Crew Chief position to join our growing Geospatial/ SUE Division. This is an excellent opportunity to join a company with outstanding benefits and have future career growth.

This position requires candidates to be physically able to operate and maneuver truck equipment and the various tools utilized for underground utility exploration, designation and survey locations. Must be extremely safety conscious and possess a strong work ethic. Candidate must be able to follow company procedures and policy when performing both SUE and survey duties. Day to day operations may require that most of the day be spent performing SUE activities while performing as needed survey activities collecting the SUE field data. The ability to multitask is an important aspect of this position in order to maintain workflow. Position will require travel at times, primarily within the office Geographic Region Location, and other states as needed.


At WGI, you will find talented, passionate associates providing exceptional service in collaborative, team-driven environments, all while having fun and enjoying the work they do. WGI takes pride in being one of the nation’s top consulting firms -- and we have the awards to prove it. We work to stay ahead of the curve by investing in the latest tools and technology. WGI is always looking for remarkable individuals to join our team and help us grow in our vision. If you think you are an innovative, self-motivated team-player, and want to shape your community, join our WGI team today!


WGI offers a complete Benefits package including: Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD & STD, Life Insurance, 401k with match, PTO, Holidays, HSA with company contribution, Pet insurance, and Employee assistance program.



  • Acts as a crew leader working with multiple field crews and supervises and mentors SUE staff as needed to complete projects safe, on schedule, and within directed scope of work by Project managers or Project Engineers/Surveyors
    • Directs SUE tasks in the field
    • Leads tailgate safety meetings and implements site specific Job Hazard Analysis and creates and submits the SAFETY-QUALITY-ENVIRONMENTAL PRE-TASK ANALYSIS forms.
    • Develops and implements Maintenance of Traffic signage at each site
    • Communicates with clients and utility representatives
    • Coordinates with SUE, Survey and CADD staff for SUE related tasks
    • Performs QA/QC on designated utilities and test holes
    • Leads field investigations
    • Trains lower level SUE technicians on proper designating and test hole techniques
    • Performs the SUE work within assigned budget, with work wtih the SUE PM.


  • Secures equipment and guard against loss and theft
  • Reads and interprets roadway plans, as-builts and utility company markups records
    • Leads field investigations
    • Designates all utilities, including complex telecommunications, cable tv, gas, electric, water, traffic control, and any other utilities encountered in the field
    • Capably uses multi-frequency pipe and cable locators and single frequency induction devices (Metrotech 810, RD8000, Vivax, others)
    • Understands and Operates the GPR proficiently
    • Troubleshoots issues with designating equipment/able to make basic repairs (fixing leads)
  • Adheres to safety standards, including proper operation of both electronic and mechanical equipment
  • Maintains truck and electronic equipment on a daily basis, including but not limited to fluid levels, filters and pneumatic/hand tools
    • Skilled at using air lance to expose utilities in varying soil conditions and depths
    • Uses and maintains concrete saw properly
    • Jackhammer usage on varying pavement types
    • Understands proper tamping procedures and can correctly patch asphalt and concrete
    • Drives the designating vehicle and vacuum excavation truck
    • Understands the vac truck operation and can troubleshoot and perform minor repairs
  • Maintains equipment and keeps crew's assigned vehicle clean
    • Fills out the field book legibly
    • Completes field sketches
    • Records information for test holes
    • Records pole data
  • Survey experience a plus. If no survey experience, candidate is willing to be trained in collection and survey of SUE data.
  • Follows WGI survey procedures for checking into established survey control when field locating SUE evidence. Utilize the standard feature coding descriptions when collecting point and line features associated with SUE designations and test holes 


  • Completes QL-D SUE data from 811, utility records, site visits, etc.
  • Submits One Call tickets
  • Assists with proposal preparation and take-offs
  • Assists Project Manager as needed 
  • Downloads and emails data files, photographs, and field notes to the home office for processing each day
  • Effectively communicates with the other parties involved on a project to ensure all SUE markings have been adequately surveyed and accounted for in order to minimize rework
  • Willing to draft the QL-A Test Hole exhibit from field notes, photos, offsets, etc. 


  • 5+ years of increasing experience with SUE, utility designating and test holes
  • Full understanding of ASCE's SUE Quality levels
  • Supervisory experience
  • Capable of working independently
  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Valid Driver's license and clean MVR required
  • Must be able to pass DOT physical with the ability to obtain a DOT Medical Card within 60 days 
  • Ability to pass drug screen
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Physically able to operate heavy tools such as jack hammers and pogo tampers
  • Must enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather conditions
  • Able to walk for long periods of time over all types of terrain
  • Must be able to travel for up to 2 weeks at a time
  • Technically and mechanically inclined
  • Computer savvy and able to operate advanced software
  • Understands geophysical utility designating technology 
  • Higher than average problem-solving abilities
  • Good visual-spatial skills
  • Basic math skills
  • Good writing and reading comprehension skills
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment visas

Training (in addition to standard employee training):

  • PowerSafe preferred
  • E-RailSafe preferred
  • Other region-specific credentials preferred


  • OSHA 10-hour
  • OSHA 30-hour
  • DOT Driver's Qualification required, or able to obtain
  • First Aid/CPR Certification training

If you have what it takes to join our growing organization and want to be part of a dedicated team, please submit your resume for review to our Talent Acquisition Team. Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled.


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