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Journeyman Line Mechanic after (UN1250) B-1604

Location: Sturgis, SD, United States
Job ID: 33249
Date Posted: Nov 28, 2020

Job Description

Job Specifications

This important role will provide new overhead and underground electric service to customers.  Perform work in construction and maintenance of overhead and underground primary and secondary lines.

SALARY RANGE:   Determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


LOCATION:    Sturgis, South Dakota

  • To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.
  • Must live within 30 minutes of reporting location.


  • Install and connect overhead and underground services and transformers.
  • Erect and set poles, pull wire, and connect transformers; troubleshoot issues related to these operations.
  • Investigate outage calls.
  • Perform hot work, up to and including 25 KV.
  • Install, maintain and remove overhead and underground distribution facilities.
  • Complete appropriate paperwork, such as outage reports, work authorizations, material tickets, etc.
  • Perform switching.
  • Check customers’ voltage/sets and monitors. Read recording volt meters when necessary.
  • Locate and repair underground cable faults.
  • Complete service orders to set, remove and reconnect meters. May collect customer payments.
  • Repair and install pal lighting.
  • Read and report targets on 230 KV substations. Reset alarms, sync lines, etc.
  • Trim trees.
  • Perform light vehicle maintenance.
  • Observe all safety rules and line work procedures.


  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Completion of post-secondary lineman training program including O.J.T. hours required, or equivalent power line construction experience.
  • Four years on the job (O.J.T.) training as a line mechanic required.
  • 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.


  • Working knowledge of Black Hills Power’s electric distribution system, property, safety practices and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of electrical standards, methods and materials for construction of the electrical system.
  • Knowledge of equipment used for overhead and underground construction.
  • Familiar with tests voltage for all distribution transformer configurations.
  • Basic knowledge of the tools required for line construction.
  • Ability to frame poles.
  • Ability to climb poles.
  • Ability to operate, care for and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

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 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, age, or status as a protected veteran.

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