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Substation Maintenance Supervisor

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 34258
Date Posted: Aug 1, 2022
Salary: $87600 to $144400 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

Provide day to day supervision of substation maintenance and construction crews with their job responsibilities including overall coordination of maintenance, installation and testing activities as it relates to the electrical and mechanical equipment associated with substation, line, and AC to DC converter station operations.  Includes but is not limited to transformers, arrestors, circuit breakers, regulators, capacitor banks, reactor banks, reclosers, disconnect devices, controls, batteries, buildings, dynamic VAR compensators and grounds.  Plan and manage resources for construction in capital improvement and additional projects, including panel construction, equipment installation, wiring, testing and related activities.  

SALARY RANGE:   $87,600 - $144,400 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Manager, Substation Maintenance

LOCATION:  Rapid City, South Dakota

  • You’ll find this is the ideal community to live, work and do business in. With hiking trails, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in your backyard, there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature. To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.
  • A comprehensive relocation package is offered for this position! Details about this package will be shared during the interview and offer process.


  • Instruct and ensure all crew members complete work in accordance with the Company’s established safety policies and construction standards and practices. 
  • Schedule work activities in a fair manner to develop and train team members and apprentices while also demonstrating individual strengths and abilities.
  • Support and lead project and maintenance planning by setting up equipment and material requirements as well scheduling outage requests in accordance with applicable Company policies
  • Support, develop and lead safety initiatives and address safety concerns within the workgroup. This includes JHAs, safety audits, and safety processes and programs.
  • Communicate work status, concerns, or questions on projects and equipment issues to involved parties. 
  • Support crews with testing of all equipment including, but not limited to: AC and DC insulation testing, High Current Low Resistance Testing, high current trip/reclosing testing, transformer ratio testing, dissolved gas in oil sampling, oil quality testing, contact/connection resistance testing, circuit breaker motion analysis, SF6 gas moisture testing, SF6 Corrosive Sulfur Testing, battery and strap impedance, specific gravity testing, electronic control testing and DOBLE power factor testing and excitation.
  • Ensure compliance with NERC requirements according to the BHC Protection System Maintenance Program and other applicable policies. 
  • Support crews with emergency response and troubleshooting of electrical and mechanical equipment and control problems.
  • Responsible for compliance and record keeping documentation (electronic and hardcopy) of all maintenance, emergency response assignments, installation standards, and work procedures established by the Company.  Provide and interpret reports as requested and support continuous improvement of these activities.


  • Support and lead continuous improvement efforts that directly impact the substation maintenance group. 


  • Minimum three (3) years of electrical engineering or other relevant experience required. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience required.


  • Familiarity with the National Electrical Safety Code, power system safety standards and safe clearance procedures. 
  • Good working knowledge of electrical substations and associated equipment as well as associated control systems.
  • Working knowledge of NERC reliability compliance standards.
  • Understanding of hydraulic, mechanical and pneumatics systems.    
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite - Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook, and Teams.
  • Ability to learn and maintain proficiency with new systems and software as technology evolves.
  • Skills in leadership and participation in cross functional utility teams.
  • Strong ability to document, track, coordinate and direct the work of technicians, maintenance personnel and consulting engineers assigned to projects and maintenance activities.
  • Ability to interpret electrical schematics, mechanical drawings, manufacturers’ equipment manuals and make revisions as necessary.

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. Make decisions which have low to moderate impact on immediate department.

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 light work. The employee is continuously moving about the job site or office space. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of reaching and moving controls exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Work environment: Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level and occasionally outdoors in sometimes inclement weather. 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. Willing to travel up to 15% (e.g., 3.5 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 proper licensing to operate a motor vehicle.

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 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 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.

Wage: 87600 to 144400
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Substation Maintenance Supervisor

Rapid City, SD, United States