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Welder/Operations Technician (UN204)

Black Hills Energy

1 Positions

ID: 34397

Posted On 09/29/2022

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DISTRICT OFFICE:    Dubuque, Iowa

WORK LOCATION:  Dubuque, Iowa

CALL OUT AREA:    22 - Dubuque 

Perform construction, maintenance and operation of gas distribution system with main focus on welding fabrication and installation of distribution system.  Complete maintenance and DOT mandated work.  Responsible for ensuring integrity and satisfy company and regulatory requirements.  Subject to after hours on-call status during weekday, weekends and holidays.

PAY: $31.91 per hour   (Determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Gas Operations Supervisor 


  • Set large volume meter sets including both fabrication and sizing to meet company standards. 
  • Fabrication and modification of all components in the distribution system.  (District Regulating Station, Odorizers, Town Border Station).
  • Welding on distribution system’s mains and service lines.
  • Responsible for testing contract welders. 
  • Complete DOT mandated work (CP checks, valve maintenance, above ground facility checks, leak survey, etc.).
  • Perform tapping and stoppling of steel mains.
  • Gas system maintenance - leak repair, line locates, pressure monitoring, chart changing, etc.
  • Leak investigation /Emergency response (Line hits, outages).
  • Inspect 3rd party contractor.
  • Attend safety meetings and other employee training as assigned.
  • Performs other duties, which are similar, related or incidental to this position and may work as directed, in other activities that require skills of a higher classification if qualified, as per Article 15 Section 3.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Three years gas operations or related work experience preferred.
  • Two years welding experience preferred.
  • Associates degree in welding preferred.
  • Must be able to obtain certification on API 1104 5P+ and LH 7018.
  • Must be able to obtain certification on API MIG welding test.


  • Knowledge of Company gas operations and maintenance standards.
  • Knowledge of cathodic protection and odorization methods and equipment.
  • Customer relations skills. 
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Leadership capabilities required.
  • Ability to problem-solve.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; internal and external.
  • Must be a good listener.
  • Must have willingness to teach/train others.
  • Must be able to function independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to prioritize a changing work schedule with up to 50% travel time.
  • Must be outgoing, self-motivated, and have a desire and willingness to learn.
  • Must be able to understand and follow directions.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in a field job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously moves about the office and the job sites and operates machines and equipment. Employee frequently accesses low and high areas with additional equipment, ascends/descends stairs, maintains coordination, and engages in repetitive motions (kneeling, reaching). Employee may occasionally use a respirator. Employee operates job related equipment and tools. Employee routinely performs this work for an average of 8-10 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Regular, reliable, and timely attendance is expected. 

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Heavy work. Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Work environment: Occasionally perform work indoors and routinely perform work outdoors in sometimes inclement weather with moderate to high noise level. Worker may be subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working in places of height or close quarters (i.e. crawl spaces, small enclosed rooms, narrow aisles of passageways). Worker may be subject to vibration such as oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body. Willing to travel occasionally (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer, growth and safety focused utility company that is dedicated to our communities. We improve life with energy as an energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture fuels unique perspectives, opening doors to new insights and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 3000 employees and serve 1.3 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package!  Annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid parental leave, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

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Black Hills Energy is a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, the company serves over 1.25 million electric and natural gas utility customers in more than 800 communities in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The company generates wholesale electricity and produces natural gas, and coal. Employees partner to produce results that improve our customers’ lives with energy. More information is available at Black Hills Corporation.