Top Jobs Competition


The 2017 Top Jobs Competition is now closed.

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Top Jobs application requires separate login. If this is your first year entering the competition select “signup.”

Submission Criteria

Only members in good standing are eligible to apply. NUCA and, if applicable, NUCA dues from Chapters must be received before an application will be considered. There is no fee to enter the competition.

This competition recognizes outstanding projects that exhibit innovative solutions to challenging obstacles and produce the highest quality results. All projects must have been completed between November 1, 2016-November 30, 2017. PLEASE NOTE: Projects that involved Serious Injuries or Fatalities are not eligible for this competition.

Contractors may enter construction projects in the following 10 categories:

  1. Communications
  2. Electrical power
  3. Gas distribution
  4. Oil and gas pipelines
  5. Shale gas play
  6. Water or treatment plants
  7. Sanitary sewer collection/storm drains
  8. Water distribution
  9. Trenchless technologies
  10. Excavation/site development

What Must Accompany the Application

Details of required information can be found on the online application.

• A brief overview of the project (150 words)

• Challenges the project presented and how they were overcome (200 words)

• Associated members, as described below, who were important to overcoming the job challenges

•A minimum of two photographs—one must depict a challenge, one must show the completed project.

Please Note: All photographs should be reviewed by safety personnel to ensure that there are no safety hazards. Photos with with hazards or OSHA violations will not be displayed.

Contractors may enter the same project in more than one category or more than one project in the same category or different jobs in more than one category, but a single project may only be selected as a finalist in one category.

Associate members are not eligible to submit an application.

However, if an associate member, e.g. heavy equipment company, trench protection company, or material or service provider, was instrumental in helping to resolve a problem, or helped to ensure the successful completion of the job, the company and its contribution should be included in the application.


•A group of independent judges (not members) will select three finalists from each category.

•Posters with project details from the three finalists in each category will be displayed at the 2018 NUCA Convention.

•Members and other convention registrants will vote for an overall winner and winners in each category. Members will not be permitted to vote for categories in which they entered a project.


Awards for the Top Winners in Each Category

All awards will be presented at NUCA’s 2018 Convention in San Antonio.

•Top Jobs trophies will presented to winners in each category during the convention.

•The overall Top Job winner will be announced at the Auction and Awards Gala.

•All winning projects will be featured in an issue of Utility Contractor magazine in 2018.

•A press release, announcing the winner and information about the winning project, will be sent to local/regional newspapers, utility/project owners, as well as local city councils, and if requested state, and federal legislators in their districts of their choice. The release will also be sent to the local chapter for distribution where they think appropriate or where the contractor requests.

Finalists are encouraged to attend the 2018 Annual Convention in San Antonio to be available to discuss their project(s) with voting attendees.