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Operations & Maintenance Supervisor

Location: Gillette, WY, United States
Job ID: 34421
Date Posted: Nov 7, 2022
Salary: $87600 to $144400 Annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

The Operations and Maintenance Supervisor will supervise daily plant operations and maintenance.  Plan and coordinate staffing schedules and budgets.  Motivate plant personnel to produce electricity in a safe, environmentally sound, reliable, and economical manner.

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

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  Operations & Maintenance Manager

LOCATION: Gillette, WY   

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


  • Maintain documentation of major operating decisions and equipment malfunctions; request additional assistance or maintenance personnel, as required; develop, write and revise plant operating procedures.
  • Train plant operations personnel in safe working practices and prepare employees for certification in operation training program.
  • Administer employee safety meetings and audits. 
  • Maintain compliance with all regulatory and company policies including but not limited to NERC, OSHA, DEQ, and others.
  • Evaluate plant operations by reviewing plant reports, logs, and records. Develop solutions to plant system problems, recommend changes and upgrades of equipment, and develop operating procedures and job duties, including job scopes for contractor work.
  • Ensure plants are started up, shut down, and operated following established procedures.
  • Responsible for maintaining availability of parts, tools, and materials within budget for assigned area of responsibility.
  • Communicate clear priorities and directions to employees. Manage employee performance by setting goals/monitoring performance, providing timely feedback, and administering performance review process for assigned crew personnel. With managers, work to resolve personnel issues in a timely manner.


  • Must be able to work rotating shifts.
  • Communicate to employees and represent a positive position regarding the Company, its policies, procedures, and decisions.
  • Other job duties as assigned.


  • Associate's degree in Business, Engineering or related fields, or an equivalent combination of both education and experience required. 
  • Minimum of (3) three years in steam/electric plant operations or maintenance experience required.


  • Working knowledge of power plant systems, plant operations and maintenance, electrical principles, work practices, procedures and materials.
  • Knowledge of safety codes, company policies, and operator procedures.
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining agreement.
  • Ability to provide work direction and training to small groups of employees in a professional and accurate manner, including classroom situations.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to make decisions, monitor and evaluate work being performed, status of projects, and plant operations.
  • Strong interpersonal relation skills.
  • Ability to understand, review and revise schematics, drawings and equipment manuals.
  • Ability to operate computers, including Distributed Control Information Systems (DCIS).
  • Demonstrated management, administrative and supervisory skills.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in a power generation (plant) 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 job site and operates machines and equipment, ascends/descends stairs and ladders, maintains coordination, and works at elevated heights.  Employee frequently balances, engages in repetitive motions (kneeling, reaching) and uses a respirator. Employee may occasionally remain sedentary. Employee operates job related equipment and tools. Employee routinely performs this work for an average of 8-12 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Regular, reliable, and timely attendance is expected. 

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 subject to sometimes high temperatures. 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), as well as maneuver in, over or around obstacles. 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. 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, 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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