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Electric Operations Supervisor

Location: Cheyenne, WY, United States
Job ID: 33320
Date Posted: Dec 28, 2020
Salary: $83750 to $138150 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

In this important role you will supervise and coordinate the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the electric system in the assigned area.  Monitor the operation of the electric system, looking for cost effective ways to improve reliability and safety.  Provide direct supervision for the Electric Line Department.  Coordinate the installation of joint use facilities with Gas Department.  Responsible for direction of contractors hired to work on electric system.  Represent company in local community relations and economic development initiatives and projects, as well as key account customer interactions.

SALARY RANGE:   $83,750 - $138,150 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:    Electric Operations Manager 

LOCATION:   Cheyenne, Wyoming

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  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position! Our benefits include but are not limited to: home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Ensure work on the electric system is planned so construction and maintenance can be accomplished in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Ensure customer service work is being accomplished in an effective manner and customer expectations are consistently met.
  • Assist Operations Manager and Utility Construction Planners with preparation of work orders.
  • Participate in the budget process of the Electric Line Department.  Monitor Electric Department’s cost expenditures and variances on a regular basis.
  • Ensure work is coordinated between multiple Line Crews and Gas Operations as necessary to utilize personnel and equipment in an effective manner to meet customer needs.
  • Coordinate with Gas Operations and Operations Supervisors from other areas as necessary to share resources in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • Assist in the coordination of tree trimming and preventive maintenance activities.
  • Coordinate scheduled maintenance of equipment and tools used by assigned personnel.
  • Ensure that construction and maintenance comply with all applicable Company, local and industrial standards and regulations.
  • Ensure that Company employees comply with all BHC safety rules and OSHA regulations.
  • Lead and coordinate the department’s safety efforts.
  • Lead workgroup to continuously improve; identify and support project and process improvement efforts within Cheyenne Light and BHC.
  • Monitor outages and related metrics. Develop plans for system betterment and maintenance in high outage areas.
  • Manage inventories.
  • Ensure assigned employees are accurately preparing records for input into the various Company systems such as the time system and mapping.
  • Interface with customers and communities to foster and maintain positive working relationships and favorable company image.
  • Investigate customer power quality issues including radio frequency interference (RFI) and EMF radiation.
  • Support the implementation and compliance of various electronic systems used by field crews.
  • Maintain positive relationships with employees, customers, contractors, community and business leaders, peers and management. 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Other duties as assigned 
  • Respond to after-hours emergencies related to the electric distribution system.
  • Available for after-hours call out for responses to electric distribution system emergencies.
  • May be required to accompany line crews to storms in other states.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of combined experience in construction, project leadership, operations and maintenance or another relevant field required.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Thorough knowledge of electric distribution standards for utility construction, methods and materials.
  • Knowledge of Company property, safety practices and procedures.
  • Familiar with utility tariffs, rules and regulations.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of union contract and labor relations.
  • Practical understanding of utility financial and regulatory acumen.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and direct work in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and direct multiple projects concurrently.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with employees, customers, contractors, community and business leaders, peers and management.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Office and various specialized software.
  • Practical knowledge of electric line materials and installation procedures.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
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 make decisions which have low to moderate impact on immediate department.

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:  Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Work environment:  Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level, and occasionally outdoors in sometimes inclement weather. 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.  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.

Wage: 83750 to 138150
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Electric Operations Supervisor

Cheyenne, WY, United States