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Design Engineering Internship (Summer 2020)

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Location: Fountain, CO, United States
Job ID: 32601
Date Posted: Feb 25, 2020
Salary: $17.0 to $20.0 hourly

Job Description

Support and assist various projects as assigned within the Company’s Design Engineering Department.  These projects will be assigned consistent with the Company’s Internship Program with an emphasis on developing an understanding of the Company’s multiple business units and enhancing the intern’s ability to apply his/her education in a business environment.

PAY:   $20.00 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Manager, Design Engineering 

LOCATION:  Fountain, CO

  • Intern Relocation Adjustment Allowance of $1,000.00 is offered for the purpose of assisting with various expenses associated with your relocation for the internship (less applicable taxes and based on eligibility). Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Develops engineering skillsets including analyzing, planning, designing, and optimizing as applied to the company's existing and future gas processing, storage, transmission and distribution systems.
  • Develops technical and engineering expertise, in the support and strategic guidance associated with the safety, reliability, expansion and operation of the company’s assets.
  • Develops skillsets in the optimization of storage schemes, computer based models and/or simulations, and performing inventory analysis, as per guidance from senior engineering mentors who interpret all necessary federal, state, and local guidelines.
  • Develops skillsets in the application of engineering and project management solutions for corporate and operations business units.
  • Develops familiarity with safety and compliance standards, budgetary parameters, established scopes and associated timelines.
  • Develops project management skills to complete projects effectively and efficiently.
  • Develops ability to manage and track capital budgets for Design Engineering. 
  • Develops and aligns with a commitment to maintain a high regard for personal safety and for the safety of company assets and employees.
  • Develops pipeline industry knowledge through interaction with senior engineering mentors.
  • May be required to work non-traditional hours as needed.
  • Other daily, weekly and monthly duties as assigned. 


  • The incumbent may be required to travel to a geographic area within the Black Hills operating assets service area or support vendor facilities.
  • Participation in the Company’s Industry Orientation Experiences, which will include some travel and overnight stays.
  • Prepare and present a synopsis of experience with the Company at the end of the internship.


  • College junior or above working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
  • No experience required. 


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Ability to prepare and give presentations.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 
  • Ability to communicate with employees and various business contacts in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of business, employee and applicant information.


The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental Requirements: Ability to understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Ability to apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (67% or more) required to: use fingers and hands, communicate, and have close visual acuity. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Must be capable of occasional travel (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.  

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 collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 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 incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, 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.

EOE, Including disability/vets.

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