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Directional Bore Crew Operator 3rd Step (UN667)

Location: Pueblo, CO, United States
Job ID: 34746
Date Posted: Mar 4, 2023

Job Description

Job Specifications

CLOSING DATE:  This position will remain open until midnight (CST) on March 3, 2023. 

This job resides within the Pueblo Operations Department, Horizontal Directional Drilling Unit. The Directional Bore Crew Operator will be responsible for a wide variety of technical and non-technical duties to include the operation and maintenance of equipment used in the installation of underground electrical system. 

WAGE RANGE:  $35.86 per hour (Determined by current Collective Bargaining Agreement)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Operations Supervisor 

LOCATION: Pueblo, Colorado 


  • Operating and maintaining horizontal drilling equipment. 
  • Operating and maintaining drilling fluid mixing equipment. 
  • Operation and maintenance of excavating equipment, pothole machine, power tools, pneumatic tools and hand tools. 
  • Assist in barricading of work zones and may be responsible for conducting traffic control. 
  • Assist in the installation of underground electric systems to include construction restoration activities. 
  • Completion of other duties of equivalent or lower classifications as assigned. 


  • Responsible for the operation of directional drilling machine, vacuum excavation equipment, drilling fluid mixing equipment and drill steering equipment. 
  • Responsible for transporting equipment to and from job sites. 
  • Responsible for using a variety of power tools and excavation tools. 
  • Responsible for the operation of underground locating equipment. 
  • Responsible for ensuring that work is done within established construction standards and company policies and procedures. 
  • Responsible for participating in the training of other operators 
  • Maintain compliance with company policies and procedures. 
  • Willingness to travel to remote areas to perform work.


3rd Step:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience with bore machine operations including experience with steering head operation. 
  • A minimum of 2 years of utility locating and electrical underground construction experience. 
  • Documented experience in mud and drill fluids mixing.
  • High School Diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Must obtain a valid Colorado Driver’s License (CDL) Class A within 90 days hire date and maintain it as a condition of employment. 
  • May be required to obtain and maintain Plastic Fusion certification. 
  • May be required to obtain and maintain Mud Mix certification. 


  • Ability to communicate with supervisor, co-workers and the general public.
  • Knowledge of basic mechanical and hydraulic principles. 
  • Knowledge of electrical URD construction. 
  • Ability to take measurements, prepare sketches and operate two-way radios. 
  • Ability to read and interpret maps. 
  • Skilled at performing work safely and have the ability to be on the alert for the safety of all members of the crew. 
  • Skilled at complying with applicable safety standards, policies and procedures. 
  • Must be willing to work overtime.

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.   

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