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Apprentice Line Mechanic (3rd step) or Journeyman Line Mechanic (UN1250) B-1637

Location: Sturgis, SD, United States
Job ID: 35144
Date Posted: Mar 21, 2024

Job Description

Job Specifications

This important role will perform work of an apprentice lineman in the construction, maintenance, or removal of overhead and underground lines.

PAY RANGE:   $28.65 - $48.74 per hour (Determined by current Collective Bargaining Agreement.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Electric Operations Supervisor

LOCATION:   Sturgis, South Dakota

  • Must live within 30 minutes of reporting location.


  • Assist and follow instructions of the Lead Line Mechanic and Line Mechanic in constructing, maintaining and removing overhead and underground lines.
  • Complete apprentice line mechanic training coursework.
  • Complete required documentation associated with daily assignments. 


  • Observe all safety rules and line work procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Completion of vocational/technical school program for line mechanic or equivalent power line construction experience required.
  • Pole climbing certification.
  • Must possess a valid South Dakota Commercial Driver's license, at least Class A, with air brake endorsement, or have the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
  • 12 months of experience working in power line construction trade preferred. 


  • Basic knowledge of construction methods, materials, hand tools and their use.
  • Basic knowledge of electrical standards for construction of the electrical system, methods and materials.
  • Basic knowledge of construction equipment for overhead and underground construction. 
  • Ability to frame poles and have basic knowledge of the tools required for line construction.
  • Ability to climb poles.
  • Ability to operate, care for and maintain tools and equipment. 

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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