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Utility Construction Planner

Location: Montrose, CO, United States
Job ID: 34841
Date Posted: May 2, 2023
Salary: $80550 to $120800 Annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

We are looking for a driven, organized professional to join our team. You will design and provide project management for assigned capital and maintenance projects on natural gas transmission and distribution systems.  You will ensure that customers are provided with superior service in accordance with Black Hills Energy (BHE) standards, and customer service policies and procedures.  

SALARY RANGE: $80,550 - $120,800 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Manager Utility Construction Planning

LOCATION: Montrose, Colorado 

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


  • Plan, design, and coordinate natural gas distribution and transmission systems and facilities per BHE standards, procedures, State and Federal regulations.
  • Ensure that all work on assigned projects are planned/scheduled so that construction can be accomplished in a timely and cost-effective manner, while assuring that natural gas construction complies with BHE and industry codes and standards.
  • Communicate BHE construction policies and procedures to customers and work with customers to best satisfy needs.
  • Create, lead, and close out work orders using company approved systems and process. Ensure projects are accurately completed in Company mapping, asset, accounting systems, while tracking actual vs. estimated cost on all work orders and explain significant variances. 
  • Work with Operations Supervisor(s) and other departments to schedule construction of customer projects and internal integrity projects to ensure that customer needs are satisfied to the greatest degree possible.  
  • Provide project leadership support of contractors, gas crews when leading assigned projects.
  • Work in conjunction with Key Account/Growth Representatives to provide estimates for potential growth projects.
  • Provide input for Capital/O&M budget creation and prioritization. 
  • Key point of contact for City, County and State Road and highway relocation projects, to include review of civil engineering plans to design and relocate BHE facilities. 
  • Handle and acquire reimbursements, refundable, and non-refundable construction deposits as appropriate.


  • Assist with state utility commission and other governmental audits as needed. 
  • Provide backup for local Operations Supervisor(s) as needed and participate in on-call rotation as scheduled.
  • Assist with storm and outage restoration as needed. 


  • Minimum (5) five years of construction, project management or other relevant experience required.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.


  • Proficient knowledge of natural gas standards and NESC Code for construction, methods, and materials.
  • Knowledge of cost estimating and variance reporting.
  • General knowledge of rates, marketing programs and customer service programs offered by BHE.
  • Solid understanding of computers and ability to use Microsoft Office products and trade related software.
  • Strong construction management skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to monitor multiple projects concurrently.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and lead the work of a crew in a safe and efficient manner.

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: 80550 to 120800
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