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Operations & Maintenance Technician IPP

Location: Cheyenne, WY, United States
Job ID: 33248
Date Posted: Jan 13, 2021
Salary: $31.3 to $47.04 hourly

Job Description

Job Specifications

This important role will safely perform start-up, commissioning, plant operations, testing, maintenance, administrative functions and other duties as assigned for a power plant consisting of three GE LM6000 gas turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators, one steam turbine generator, and balance of plant auxiliary equipment.

SALARY RANGE:   $30.67 - $46.13 per hour (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)


LOCATION:   Cheyenne, Wyoming

  • To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.
  • Must live within 25 miles of reporting location.


  • Comprehensive understanding of combined cycle power plant operations to include start-up, shutdown and emergency operational actions, with safety being considered in every activity.
  • Comprehensive understanding of start-up, commissioning of power plant systems including punch lists, turnover packages, system line-ups, flushing of systems and restoration of systems and operations up to and including commercialization.
  • Perform both routine and non-routine preventive and corrective maintenance of plant equipment.
  • Operate a forklift.
  • Assist in the training of new technicians.
  • Requisition and assist in ordering and receiving plant materials.
  • Represent the Company with vendors and regulators as assigned.
  • Have lead responsibility for plant systems as assigned.
  • Continuously increase own knowledge by personal independent study.
  • Direct and implement emergency procedures as assigned.
  • Work with and direct contractors and other temporary on site activities.
  • Use installed and portable test equipment and technical manuals to troubleshoot equipment and systems.
  • Perform chemical analysis on plant water systems which include boiler water, demineralized water, condensate water, feedwater, cooling water, and raw water.
  • Operate and perform routine maintenance on water treatment systems.
  • Perform proper turnover discussing current plant status, potential problem areas and status of current clearances and maintenance activities.
  • Pre-plan operating strategy to ensure dispatch generation is obtained and on time.
  • Review Station Log Books, Dispatch Schedule and the Daily Read File on a daily basis.
  • Review Jumper and Lifted Wire Log daily.
  • Initiate, complete, and close maintenance PMs in company maintenance management system.
  • Administer lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) activities. 


  • Maintenance and up keep of site buildings and grounds.
  • Perform general housekeeping duties.
  • Maintain trend reports on equipment operation for assigned system.
  • Maintain plant logs on equipment operation.
  • Ensure adequate supplies of oil and chemicals are available to support plant operations.
  • Provide information for various plant reports.


  • A minimum of two (2) years of technical training in operations and routine maintenance of power plants and four (4) years of experience working in a combined cycle/gas turbine power plant or an equivalent environment required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.


  • Detailed knowledge of operating a power plant.
  • Detailed knowledge of power plant systems and their interrelationships
  • Thorough knowledge and/or background for operating and maintaining mechanical and/or electrical systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of computer based preventive maintenance programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of plant hazards and safety equipment.
  • Computer literate in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and various other programs.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Understand the principles of chemistry and their relationship to power plant operations.
  • Ability to understand engineering design drawings, vendor equipment drawings and technical information.
  • Ability to use mechanical tools and hand tools and to occasionally perform heavy lifting.
  • Ability to make effective long term and instantaneous decisions.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Use discretion to balance competing priorities.
  • Ability to be certified in the use of respirators.

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, stand and bend forward, walk, bend, climb ladders, ascend/descend stairs, maintain hand and eye coordination, maintain hand and foot coordination with grasping of hands, hear, smell, talk, work at elevated heights, and have visual acuity to operate machinery and equipment. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: balance, move hands in repetitive motion, kneel, move and extend neck, reach above and below the shoulder, and use a respirator. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to: sit, and bend forward while sitting. Employee must be able to operate job related equipment and tools. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 8-12 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: Very heavy work. Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 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. No travel is required for this role.

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.

Wage: 31.3 to 47.04
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Operations & Maintenance Technician IPP

Cheyenne, WY, United States