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Black Hills Energy Gas Operations Technician in Fountain, Colorado

Gas Operations Technician

Location: Fountain, CO, United States

Job ID: 33397

Date Posted: Feb 4, 2021

Salary: $20.58 to $30.99 hourly

Job Description

Job Specifications

This important role safely performs general gas distribution system maintenance, operation and construction work.

SALARY RANGE: $20.58 - $30.99 per hour (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Gas Operations Supervisor

LOCATION: Fountain, Colorado

  • To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.

  • Must live within 30 minutes of reporting location.


  • Provide recommendations on proper material type and size to accommodate load requirements and pressure.

  • Insure proper location and installation of facilities such as service lines, mains and meter sets.

  • Coordinates the location of other utilities underground facilities relative to construction activities.

  • Proficient in underground line locating.

  • Gas measurement, pressure regulation and over pressure protection installations.

  • Above and underground leak classification and repairs.

  • Install facilities according to specifications such as trench depth/width, proper auguring, plowing and shoring.

  • Complete field drawings per company standards to include location sketch and proper material accounting.

  • Perform hot line tapping of mains and services of various sizes and type by selection of proper equipment and using correct procedures.

  • Perform leak repair on underground facilities using approved repair methods and materials based on type of sizes of mains and services.

  • Perform pressure testing of facilities to ensure integrity and satisfy company and Regulatory requirements.

  • Perform proper above grade corrosion control by application of recommended painting techniques and material, also below grade corrosion control and anode installation surface preparation and coating applications.

  • Maintain familiarity with steel welding procedures to evaluate quality to meet company standard.

  • Inspect and monitor construction activities of gas contract construction crews.

  • Maintain certification and perform plastic fusion of mains and services and proper installation of mechanical fittings.

  • General maintenance on facilities.


  • Other duties as required.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Must be able to pass PE Fusion certificate.


  • Comprehensive understanding of gas operating safety procedures.

  • Familiarity of Black Hills construction standards and procedures.

  • Ability to effectively prioritize projects and equipment needs while maintaining a rigorous construction activity schedule.

  • A demonstrated mechanical ability, the ability to read and understand operation manuals and has a working knowledge of regulators, meters, and pipefitting and gas operations.

  • Ability to remain calm and make effective spontaneous decision during emergency situations that may affect the safety of the general public, contractors and other employees.

  • Effective customer interaction and resolution skills.


The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (67% or more) required to: stand, walk, balance, bend or stoop, crawl, work at elevated heights, maintain eye and hand coordination, maintain finger and hand dexterity, hear, rotate and extend neck, maintain body posture, reach, talk, and have visual acuity to operate machines and equipment. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: access low and high areas with additional equipment, ascend/descend stairs, maintain hand and foot coordination, move hands in repetitive motion, kneel, reach above the shoulder, and sit. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to: use a respirator, and sit. Employee must be able to operate job related equipment and tools. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 8-10 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Work environment: Must be able to 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 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). Must be willing to occassionally travel up to 10% travel (e.g. 2 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job, and the employee must have the ability to drive and have proper licensing.

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 collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company:We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 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 (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, 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 Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is 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.

Wage: 20.58 to 30.99