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Operations Welder or Senior Operations Welder

Location: Blytheville, AR, United States
Job ID: 34711
Date Posted: Feb 23, 2023
Salary: $26.71 to $44.95 Hourly

Job Description

Job Specifications

The Welder is responsible for the installation of steel and polyethylene (PE) mains, fabrication of metering facilities, and related construction oversight.

WAGE RANGE\:   Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

  • Operations Welder:  $26.71 - $40.07 per hour
  • Senior Operations Welder:  $30.05 - $44.95 per hour

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Gas Operations Supervisor

LOCATION: Blytheville, Arkansas


  • Responsible for performing and inspecting pipeline and structural welding required for construction and maintenance of company facilities including the installation, operation and maintenance of all gas pipeline related facilities.
  • Responsible for installing, relocating, replacing, maintaining and repairing gas lines. Inspect pipeline and structural welding required for construction and maintenance of company facilities including the installation, operation and maintenance of distribution and transmission facilities.
  • Provide oversight and inspection to ensure asset protection and compliance with company procedures of excavation activities near pipeline facilities.
  • Responsible for inspection duties per company policies including completion of required documentation, as-built drawings, contractor oversight and supervision, act as company representative during construction activities, report progress to Operations Management and ensure proper reporting and compliance with Safety and Environmental policies.
  • Participates in quality emergency responder programs.
  • Represent the company during contacts with landowner/tenant, public official, emergency official and local organization (i.e., One-Call, Pipeline Group, Soil Conservation, etc.) meetings.
  • Inspect/oversee the construction and /or maintenance activities performed by third parties.
  • Train and oversee company and third-party personnel as required (i.e. personnel in progression, contractors, visitors, etc.)
  • Perform governmental compliance activities (PHMSA, State Agencies, EPA, USFS, etc.)
  • Perform mapping, record keeping and data entry duties per company policies.
  • Identify report and correct safety and environmental concerns.
  • Participate in the development of O&M Procedures, Site Specific Procedures, project scopes and work plans.
  • Complete all applicable documentation and record keeping.
  • Perform all work in compliance with company standards, procedures, regulatory and tariff requirements.
  • Demonstrate performance toward operational excellence.


  • Achieve and maintain all Operator Qualifications applicable to the job classification.
  • May be required to work non-traditional hours as needed. Be available for and provide emergency response after regular business hours.
  • Required to carry a company-provided cell phone and be available to respond during working and non-working hours.
  • Other duties as required.

Operations Welder:

  • Minimum of one (1) year of welder operations or other relevant experience required. 
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Welding and fusion certificates required.

Senior Operations Welder:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of welder operations or other relevant experience required. 
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Welding and fusion certificates required.


  • Knowledge of basic properties of metals and plastic pipeline materials. 
  • Knowledge and experience in safe handling practices of flammable gases, liquids and high-pressure systems.
  • Operate all plastic fusion equipment including all tools required for maintenance and emergency on plastic pipelines.
  • Operate micrometers, calipers, and thickness testing equipment.
  • Work from job related blueprints, sketches and diagrams.
  • Maintain a high regard for personal safety, for the safety of company assets and employees, and the public.
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record to allow operation of company vehicles.
  • Ability to work with a team, take direction from supervisors, keep required job schedules, focus attention on details, and follow work rules.
  • Job planning and organization skills.
  • Basic computer and math skills. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

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.  If you require reasonable accommodation, please visit for more information.   

Wage: 26.71 to 44.95
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