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Substation Design Engineer II, Sr, Lead or Principal

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Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 34458
Date Posted: Jul 29, 2023
Salary: $80550 to $178650 Annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

This position will have assignments designed to develop professional skills and competent technical knowledge within the area of electrical engineering.

SALARY RANGE:   (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

  • Level II:  $80,550 - $120,800
  • Senior: $90,250 - $148,750
  • Lead: $98,200 - $162,000
  • Principal: $108,200 - $178,650

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Manager of Substation Engineering

LOCATION:  Our Company Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota. 

  • A comprehensive relocation package is offered for this position! Details about this package will be shared during the interview and offer process. 


  • Independently plan, manage, and provide oversight activities for major capital transmission and distribution projects. 
  • Create detailed electrical system layouts, plans, material lists, and construction arrangement drawings for the build out and upkeep of utility transmission and distribution substation facilities.
  • Under direct supervision, provide intermediate-level engineering and support to Black Hills Energy’s electric utilities in substation design and electrical equipment upgrades.
  • Anticipate problems. Analyze and tackle a range of problems using standard procedures. 
  • Learn to develop solutions and implement actions. Adapt and contribute to department plans and priorities to address business and operational challenges.
  • Prioritize workflow, establish schedule and monitor accomplishments. Begin to understand and consider cross-functional effect of priorities. 
  • Actively contribute to department/project work and facilitate teamwork. May direct the work of teams assigned to support projects or special assignments.
  • Use project management skills to support and/or lead projects as assigned.
  • Maintain a safe work environment through proficient knowledge of Black Hills Energy’s safety policies, procedures and stop work authority. 


  • Complete all assigned training tasks and take initiative to seek out training opportunities. Continuously train to improve job skills.
  • Support system operations group during outages and emergencies.  Perform work in close proximity to energized facilities. 
  • Continue to establish positive, professional relationships throughout Black Hills Energy and with external organizations including being responsive to internal and external customers.


Level II

  • Minimum of (2) two years of relevant engineering experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering required.


  • Minimum of (4) four years of relevant engineering experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering required.


  • Minimum of (7) seven years of relevant engineering experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering required.


  • Minimum of (12) twelve years of relevant engineering experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering required.


  • Understand and apply fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of electrical engineering.
  • General knowledge of network design, standards and system operations.
  • Basic knowledge of Black Hills Energy’s support functions, including but not limited to Finance, Accounting, IT and Supply Chain.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to interact in a team environment.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite - Excel, Word, Power Point, Project and Outlook.
  • Ability to maintain proficiency with new systems and software as technology evolves.
  • Ability to work concurrently on multiple projects independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to document and track projects and work goals.
  • Self-motivated with a desire to learn diverse topics and skills.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in an office 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 accesses, inputs, and retrieves electronic information and communicates regarding the information.  Employee frequently moves about the office space. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 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: 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 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 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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Wage: 80550 to 178650
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