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Plant Maintenance Operator (UN1250) B-1613

Location: Gillette, WY, United States
Job ID: 33673
Date Posted: Jan 14, 2022

Job Description

Job Specifications

In this role the Plant Maintenance Operator will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of plant equipment including coal handling, ash, pollution abatement systems, boilers, and turbine/generator auxiliary equipment.

PAY RANGE:   $31.40 - $38.36 per hour (Determined by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Operation & Maintenance Supervisor

LOCATION:  Gillette, Wyoming   


  • Communicate with supervisor and other crew members on plant equipment operating condition and other pertinent information of assigned work areas, maintenance projects, and vehicles.
  • Perform start-up, operation, monitoring, shutdown and tag out of plant auxiliary equipment at the equipment location.
  • Be familiar with equipment operating limits, parameters, operating procedures, systems and perform corrective action to maintain equipment within operational parameters.
  • Troubleshoot and report all abnormal plant conditions and required maintenance via the “Work Request” system.
  • Complete scheduled maintenance assignments and document completion in prescribed time.
  • Provide lubrication, preventative, corrective, and overhaul maintenance on assigned equipment.  
  • Assist other PMO, IT, plant personnel, and contract maintenance as required.
  • Operate all plant mobile equipment.
  • Unload and transport ash, coal, and fly ash as required.
  • Perform general housekeeping duties as assigned.
  • Work safely, following company policies, procedures and work practices in positive, cooperative, and productive manner.


  • Be aware of and routinely inspect equipment to assure plant systems are operated per design and in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years power plant, industrial plant and/or maintenance experience required.
  • A.S. in power/industrial plant or completion of mechanic apprentice program preferred.


  • General knowledge of operations and maintenance with plant equipment and systems.
  • Increasing level of understanding the equipment and systems required through years of service.
  • Make maintenance related decisions concerning the operations and maintenance of equipment with minimal direct supervision.
  • Ability to read and understand written material.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in written form.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to operate computers.
  • Ability to make decisions, monitor and evaluate plant systems and status of plant operations.
  • Ability to understand, review and revise schematics, drawings and equipment manual. 
  • Ability to operate computer/digital control systems.
  • Rotating shift work.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in a power generation (plant) job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously moves about the job site and operates machines and equipment, ascends/descends stairs and ladders, maintains coordination, and works at elevated heights.  Employee frequently balances, engages in repetitive motions (kneeling, reaching) and uses a respirator. Employee may occasionally remain sedentary. Employee operates job related equipment and tools. Employee routinely performs this work for an average of 8-12 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Regular, reliable, and timely attendance is expected. 

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: Routinely perform work indoors subject to sometimes high temperatures. Routinely perform work outdoors in sometimes inclement weather with moderate to high noise level. Worker may be subject to hazards including a 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. Willing to travel occasionally (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 (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 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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