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Welder/Operations Technician (UN204)

Location: Webster City, IA, United States
Job ID: 32940
Date Posted: Sep 24, 2020

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.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Operations Supervisor / Sr. Lead


LOCATION: Webster City, IA

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  • 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.

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: stand, walk, balance, bend or stoop, crawl, work at elevated heights, maintain eye and hand coordination, maintain finger and hand dexterity, hear, rotate and extend neck, maintain body posture, reach, talk, and have visual acuity to operate machines and equipment. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: access low and high areas with additional equipment, ascend/descend stairs, maintain hand and foot coordination, move hands in repetitive motion, kneel, reach above the shoulder, and sit. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to: use a respirator, and sit. Employee must be able to operate job related equipment and tools. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 8-10 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: Heavy work. Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Work environment: Must be able to routinely perform work indoors subject to sometimes high temperatures. Must also be able to routinely perform work outdoors in sometimes inclement weather with moderate to high noise level. Worker may be subject to hazards including variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working in places of height, or close quarters (i.e., crawl spaces, small enclosed rooms, narrow aisles of passageways), as well as maneuver in, over, or around obstacles. Worker may be subject to vibration, such as oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body. 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 Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is 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, or status as a protected veteran.

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Welder/Operations Technician (UN204)

Webster City, IA, United States