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Journeyman Lineman DOL / NON DOL (Relocate to CO) $10K Sign On Bonus

Location: Canon City, CO, United States
Job ID: 33040
Date Posted: Oct 21, 2020

Job Description

Job Specifications

This position requires relocation to Canon City, Colorado. We are seeking experienced Journeyman Lineman to join our growing energy and utility company. You MUST have completed a four (4) year Lineman apprentice program to be considered. This important role will provide new overhead and underground electric service to customers.  You will perform work in construction and maintenance of overhead and underground primary and secondary lines. Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US. 

LOCATION:   Canon City, Colorado

  • To learn more about this location, please visit the location page on our careers website.


  • $10,000 sign-on  bonus is offered for this position!
  • DOL Certified: $44.76 per hour
  • Non-DOL Certified: $43.68 per hour
  • Overtime on Saturday and Sunday is paid at double time.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   (UN667) Electric Operations Supervisor 


  • Perform switching operations on transmission and distribution systems. 
  • Skilled in repair and maintenance functions on service, secondary, distribution, and transmission systems. 
  • Proficient in erection and setting of utility poles and structures, conductor pulling and stringing operations, transformer connections, and troubleshooting. 
  • Troubleshoot, install, replace or repair primary and secondary spans of both underground and overhead systems. 
  • Safely performs energizing or de-energizing of electrical lines and transformers through the use of dead-front elbows, jumpers, fused cutouts, reclosers, switches, and switchgear. 
  • Has a working knowledge of meter installation and removal to include proper documentation 
  • Proficient in hot work procedures utilizing both rubber gloves and sleeves, as well as hot stick procedures. 
  • Assists with the required training of apprentice lineman following our internal Joint Apprenticeship Committee standards. 
  • Work on power quality and system reliability issues as required. 
  • Utilize electric equipment to perform and complete daily tasks. 
  • Proficient in record keeping with the ability to utilize computer programs. 


  • Must be able to work outside, in extreme weather and temperature for extended periods of time. 
  • This position may also include some travel for specialized training to other Black Hills Energy locations and for mutual aid storm work. 
  • Required to perform stand-by as an outage first responder. 
  • Willing to stay over-night out of town and be available to travel as projects require. 
  • Willing to work overtime for after-hours callouts and extended days. 
  • Must live within 60 minutes of reporting location.


  • A Journeyman Lineman - DOL shall have completed a qualified (4) year apprenticeship and be Department of Labor (DOL) certified, and shall be capable of performing all types of line and service work in accordance with the Company’s established construction standards, operation standards, company policies and safety practices. 
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Ability to attain and maintain a valid Colorado CDL Class “A” Driver’s license within 90 days of hire. 
  • Must have completed a qualified apprenticeship program and have a Department of Labor Certification.


  • A Journeyman Lineman - NON DOL shall have completed a qualified (4) year apprenticeship or have completed 7200 hours of documented lineman training and be able to obtain Department of Labor (DOL) certification within eighteen (18) months from date of hire.  Shall be capable of performing all types of line and service work in accordance with the Company’s established construction standards, operation standards, company policies and safety practices. 
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Ability to attain and maintain a valid Colorado CDL Class “A” Driver’s license within 90 days of hire.


  • Work requires knowledge of and to follow all Construction and Operating Standards. 
  • Work requires knowledge of and to follow all Company Policies and Safety Practices. 
  • Must be able to complete OSHA requirements as outlined. 
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Must be a proficient pole climber.
  • Must have the ability to forward bend, overhead reach and complete elevated work to steady poles, use equipment and access tasks.

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 occasionally perform work indoors and 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).  Must be capable of up to 10% travel (e.g. 2 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job, and the employee must have the ability to drive and have proper licensing.

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, age, or status as a protected veteran.

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