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Directional Bore Crew Operator (UN667)

Location: Pueblo, CO, United States
Job ID: 34129
Date Posted: Jun 7, 2022

Job Description

Job Specifications

This job resides within the Pueblo Operations Department, Horizontal Directional Drilling Unit. The Directional Bore Crew Operator will be responsible for a wide variety of technical and non-technical duties to include the operation and maintenance of equipment used in the installation of underground electrical system. 

WAGE RANGE:  $32.61 - $37.49 per hour (Determined by current Collective Bargaining Agreement)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Operations Supervisor 

LOCATION:   Pueblo, Colorado


  • Operating and maintaining horizontal drilling equipment. 
  • Operating and maintaining drilling fluid mixing equipment. 
  • Operation and maintenance of excavating equipment, pothole machine, power tools, pneumatic tools and hand tools. 
  • Assist in barricading of work zones and may be responsible for conducting traffic control. 
  • Assist in the installation of underground electric systems to include construction restoration activities. 
  • Completion of other duties of equivalent or lower classifications as assigned. 


  • Responsible for the operation of directional drilling machine, vacuum excavation equipment, drilling fluid mixing equipment and drill steering equipment. 
  • Responsible for transporting equipment to and from job sites. 
  • Responsible for using a variety of power tools and excavation tools. 
  • Responsible for the operation of underground locating equipment. 
  • Responsible for ensuring that work is done within established construction standards and company policies and procedures. 
  • Responsible for participating in the training of other operators 
  • Maintain compliance with company policies and procedures. 
  • Willingness to travel to remote areas to perform work.


  • 4th Step:
    • A minimum of 2 years of experience with bore machine operations including at least a year of experience with steering head operation. 
    • A minimum of 2 years of utility locating and electrical underground construction experience. 
    • Documented experience in mud and drill fluids mixing. 
  • 3rd Step:
    • A minimum of 1 year of experience with bore machine operations including experience with steering head operation. 
    • A minimum of 2 years of utility locating and electrical underground construction experience. 
    • Documented experience in mud and drill fluids mixing.
  • 2nd Step:
    • A minimum of 40 hours of documented experience operating a bore machine. 
    • A minimum of 2 years of utility locating and electrical underground construction experience. 
  • 1st Step:
    • A minimum of 1 year of utility locating and electrical underground construction experience. 
    • High School Diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Must obtain a valid Colorado Driver’s License (CDL) Class A within 90 days hire date and maintain it as a condition of employment. 
  • May be required to obtain and maintain Plastic Fusion certification. 
  • May be required to obtain and maintain Mud Mix certification. 


  • Ability to communicate with supervisor, co-workers and the general public.
  • Knowledge of basic mechanical and hydraulic principles. 
  • Knowledge of electrical URD construction. 
  • Ability to take measurements, prepare sketches and operate two-way radios. 
  • Ability to read and interpret maps. 
  • Skilled at performing work safely and have the ability to be on the alert for the safety of all members of the crew. 
  • Skilled at complying with applicable safety standards, policies and procedures. 
  • Must be willing to work overtime.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in a field 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 office and the job sites and operates machines and equipment. Employee frequently accesses low and high areas with additional equipment, ascends/descends stairs, maintains coordination, and engages in repetitive motions (kneeling, reaching). Employee may occasionally use a respirator. Employee operates job related equipment and tools. Employee routinely performs this work for an average of 8-10 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Regular, reliable, and timely attendance is expected. 

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: 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 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). Driving will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job, and the employee must have proper licensing to operate a motor vehicle.

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 agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer, growth and safety focused utility company that is dedicated to our communities. We improve life with energy as an energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture fuels unique perspectives, opening doors to new insights and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 3000 employees and serve 1.3 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, 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 Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

We are 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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Directional Bore Crew Operator (UN667)

Pueblo, CO, United States