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Gas Standards Engineer I, II or Senior

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Location: Council Bluffs, IA, United States
Job ID: 34475
Date Posted: Jan 19, 2023
Salary: $67350 to $101450 Annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled. 

This position will involve working in our Natural Gas System Safety team providing professional services to our natural gas utility operations in multiple states.  Review PHMSA regulations, industry standards, and develops procedures to align with regulations.  Works in partnership with the Material Standards Committee and Gas Engineering Standards Committee to develop material standards and maintain the company’s quality control program.  This position is responsible for developing, implementing and improving the Management of Change (MOC) for the Natural Gas Utility (NGU). Develops procedures and work practices.

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

  • Level I: $67,650 - $101,450 
  • Level II: $73,700 - $110,600
  • Senior: $80,550 - $120,800

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Design and Materials Engineer

LOCATION: This position can be located in Council Bluffs, Iowa or Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Relocation financial assistance is available, amount may vary based on individual circumstances.


  • Maintains sections of the Gas Operations and Maintenance manual, the Gas Operating Standards manual, the Gas Material Standards manual, and the Gas Emergency Plan manual.
  • Participate in committees to get SME feedback on O&M manual changes and updates.
  • Provides support for document changes initiated outside of the standards team and works those changes into the process for review and publishing.
  • Maintains a close working relationship with engineering and operating personnel and advises managers and supervisors in all aspects of process safety, which includes application of process safety concepts and tools for all areas of the gas business, such as Management of Change (MOC).
  • Be familiar with 49 CFR 192, API 1104, API 1173 and API 1107.
  • Have knowledge of ASME B31.8 and other related ASME standards related to pipeline and facility design and specification. 
  • Provides day to day technical support and problem solving to operations personnel, advises on standards, pipeline safety laws and provides research on a wide variety of technical topics.
  • Responsible for providing technical expertise in regulatory matters relating to procedures and detailed processes.


  • Be versed in trends related to the materials in gas distribution network piping. Including participation in national and regional organizations, (AGA, NACE, MEA…etc.)
  • Assists in providing professional services elsewhere in the company’s energy business, as requested.
  • Works with NGU partners and SME’s to get feedback and identify standard methodologies for operating procedures and manual updates.


Level I

  • No experience required. Training provided.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.

Level II

  • Minimum of (1) one year of gas industry experience required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.


  • Minimum of (4) four years of gas industry experience required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.


  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Effective presentation, facilitation, and training skills.
  • Familiar with pipe design code standards and material specifications
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to thoroughly detail analytical work.
  • Background knowledge in Microsoft 365 platform including TEAMS.
  • Knowledge in file management systems such as FileNet or SharePoint is helpful. 
  • Plant operations, Construction Planning, or Inspection experience.
  • Program leadership experience is helpful.

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: 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 may occasionally: ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. 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: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if moving about is only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

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 25% (e.g. 1 week or 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 discretionary bonuses, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, generous paid time off benefits, including paid holidays and parental leave, company paid life insurance and disability benefits (short and long term), an employee assistance program and well-being benefits, 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: 67350 to 101450
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