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Welder/Operations Technician (UN204)

Location: Spencer, IA, United States
Job ID: 34757
Date Posted: Mar 16, 2023

Job Description

Job Specifications

Perform construction, maintenance and operation of gas distribution system with main focus on welding fabrication and installation of distribution system.  Complete maintenance and DOT mandated work.  Responsible for ensuring integrity and satisfy company and regulatory requirements.  Subject to after hours on-call status during weekday, weekends and holidays.

PAY:  $32.94 - $40.17 per hour (Determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Operations Supervisor / Sr. Lead

DISTRICT OFFICE:   Spencer, Iowa

WORK LOCATION:    Spencer, Iowa

CALL OUT AREA:     Area #1 – Royal, Iowa

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Must reside within 20 miles of Royal, Iowa.


  • Set large volume meter sets including both fabrication and sizing to meet company standards. 
  • Fabrication and modification of all components in the distribution system.  (District Regulating Station, Odorizers, Town Border Station).
  • Welding on distribution system’s mains and service lines.
  • Responsible for testing contract welders. 
  • Complete DOT mandated work (CP checks, valve maintenance, above ground facility checks, leak survey, etc.).
  • Perform tapping and stoppling of steel mains.
  • Gas system maintenance - leak repair, line locates, pressure monitoring, chart changing, etc.
  • Leak investigation /Emergency response (Line hits, outages).
  • Inspect 3rd party contractor.
  • Attend safety meetings and other employee training as assigned.
  • Performs other duties, which are similar, related or incidental to this position and may work as directed, in other activities that require skills of a higher classification if qualified, as per Article 15 Section 3.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Three years gas operations or related work experience preferred.
  • Two years welding experience preferred.
  • Associates degree in welding preferred.
  • Must be able to obtain certification on API 1104 5P+ and LH 7018.
  • Must be able to obtain certification on API MIG welding test.


  • Knowledge of Company gas operations and maintenance standards.
  • Knowledge of cathodic protection and odorization methods and equipment.
  • Customer relations skills. 
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Leadership capabilities required.
  • Ability to problem-solve.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; internal and external.
  • Must be a good listener.
  • Must have willingness to teach/train others.
  • Must be able to function independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to prioritize a changing work schedule with up to 50% travel time.
  • Must be outgoing, self-motivated, and have a desire and willingness to learn.
  • Must be able to understand and follow directions.

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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