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Date:  Mar 17, 2023

Ottawa, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Telecommunications

Position Title:  Horizontal Directional Driller

Build Your Career at Aecon

Aecon is proud to build some of the most impactful infrastructure projects of this generation. From the roads and transit systems that connect our communities, to the communication networks that link us from coast-to-coast, and the water infrastructure that supplies our businesses and homes. Our integral work includes constructing the pipelines that join provinces with the energy that fuels the nation, and the airports and ports that connect us all. Aecon is there, safely and sustainably building the future.  


We lead the infrastructure industry with purpose, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our business success relies on strong execution and continuous improvement – driven by the diversity, expertise and teamwork of our employees. We are always searching the globe for exceptional candidates to join the Aecon family and be a part of our forward-thinking, innovative, best-in-class organization!  


What is the Opportunity?

Faster.Smarter.Safer. This is how Aecon Utilities is committed to delivering projects. Aecon Utilities is ready to become Canada’s #1 utility construction provider and we’re looking for a Directional Driller to help us get there!

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Horizontal Directional Driller will be responsible for all phases of any directional drilling jobs by planning, execution and management in order to meet or exceed client expectations. This role is a full-time unionized position.


What You’ll Do Here:

  • Conduct pre-trip/walk-around safety inspection.
  • Ability to operate all equipment functions independently and safely.
  • Provide technical support to clients and crew member as required.
  • Keep abreast of all directional drilling techniques and all surveying methods.
  • Manage inventory and supplies.
  • Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving of loads and conduct in response to hand or audio signals from team members.
  • Interpret stakes and signage on the land.
  • Ensure all reporting requirements are fulfilled.
  • Comfortable working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Work with commitment to timelines and deadlines on a daily basis.
  • Adhering to site and Aecon specific policies and regulations.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Maintain excellent communication between members of the team and clients.
  • Train, coach, and mentor less experienced directional drillers.
  • Working as a member of the team by assisting other members when required.


What you bring to the Team:

  • Horizontal directional drilling experience or training.
  • Post Secondary education is an asset.
  • Experience running a Vermeer 10x15, up to a Vermeer 20x22.
  • Familiar with Digitrak Locating Equipment (F5, F5 Falcon) an asset.
  • Valid Ontario Class G license – AZ License Preferred.
  • Complete client’s site specific training as required.
  • Ability to be dispatched through the local union as per the collective agreement.
  • Thorough knowledge of state-of-the-art drilling and surveying technologies and practices.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with managers, peers, and clients.


Aecon fosters diversity, inclusion and belonging within and across our organization. We welcome all to apply including, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


We are committed to adhering to the objectives and requirements outlined in the Accessible Canada Act (ACA), and to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner, through the implementation of the requirements of the ACA and its applicable regulations. If you require accommodation under the ACA Act during any step of the application process please click here.