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Utility Construction Planner I, II or Senior

Location: Kearney, NE, United States
Job ID: 35088
Date Posted: Jan 29, 2024
Salary: $56950 to $133150 Annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

CLOSING DATE:   This position will remain open until filled.

We are looking for a driven, organized professional to join our team. You will assist in designing and provide support to senior planners for assigned capital and maintenance projects on natural gas transmission and distribution systems. You will provide customers with superior service in accordance with Black Hills Energy standards, and customer service policies and procedures. 

SALARY RANGE:  (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

Level I:  $27.38 - $41.08 per hour 

Level II:  $82,550 - $123,800 annually

Senior Level:  $88,700 - $133,150 annually 

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Manager Construction Planning



  • Create basic construction designs and work order estimates.
  • Assist the planners with coordinating internal and external customer requirements for natural gas service installation and primary/main extension for new commercial and residential customers per Black Hills Energy’s extension policy.  
  • Under planning supervision, prepare construction plans, survey and stake facilities for new line extensions and integrity (replacement) upgrades and perform site visits to ensure work site is prepared and ready prior to start of construction. 
  • Perform tasks of limited and specific scope under the direction of experienced personnel.
  • Communicate construction policies and procedures and projects scopes to Black Hills Energy customers.
  • Assist planners in obtaining rights-of-way, easements, and other permits.  
  • Close out work orders by using company approved systems and processes. Ensure projects are accurately completed in Black Hills Energy mapping, asset, and accounting systems. 
  • Assist in gathering and communicating spend forecast on current and future projects.  
  • Support the planners when needed to review plans to design and relocate Black Hills Energy facilities to align with City, County, and State projects.  


  • Develop the ability to prioritize workflow, establish schedules, monitor accomplishments, and provide project management and administrative support for assigned work.
  • Maintain a safe work environment by developing basic knowledge of Black Hills Energy’s safety policies, procedures, and stop work authority. 
  • Availability to work on call as assigned by the business unit. 


Level I:

  • Minimum of one (1) year of construction, project management, engineering or other relevant experience in a utility industry required.
  • High school diploma required. 

Level II:

  • Minimum (3) three years of construction planning, utility operations, project management, engineering, or relevant experience. 
  • Associate’s degree in Engineering, Business, Power Line Construction or related field, or combination of education and experience required.

Senior Level:

  • Minimum (5) five years of construction, utility, project management, engineering, or relevant experience. Minimum (2) two years of construction planning required. 
  • Associate’s degree in Engineering, Business, Power Line Construction, or related field, or combination of education and experience required.


  • Basic understanding of natural gas standards for construction, methods, and materials.
  • Entry level knowledge of cost estimating and variance reporting.
  • Solid understanding of computers and ability to use Microsoft Office products and trade related software. 
  • Strong organizational skills that can be applied to project management functions. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to monitor and be involved in multiple projects running concurrently.

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: 56950 to 133150
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