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Compressor/Pipeline Technician I, II or Senior

Location: Collbran, CO, United States
Job ID: 34178
Date Posted: Jun 29, 2022
Salary: $23.2 to $34.66 hourly

Job Description

Job Specifications

The Compressor/Pipeline Technician facilitates the operation, maintenance and repair of the company’s transmission, gathering, compression, dehydration and underground gas storage assets.

WAGE RANGE:   Determined by the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant.

  • Level I:              $22.62 - $33.82 per hour
  • Level II:             $25.31 - $37.96 per hour
  • Senior Level:     $28.46 - $42.60 per hour

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Gas Transmission Supervisor

LOCATION:   Collbran, Colorado

  • Must live within 30 minutes of the reporting location.


  • Responsible for installing, operating, maintaining and repairing gas lines. Maintenance of Company facilities including the installation, operation, and upkeep of transmission, gathering, compression, dehydration, and underground storage facilities.
  • Ensure the cost effective and efficient performance of all pipelines, valves and other related facilities.
  • Responsible for the general upkeep of all facilities and equipment, including pipeline right-of-way, including, but not limited to, repairing, coating and painting, building construction, weed control, etc.
  • Locate and mark facilities per Company Damage Prevention Program and One-Call procedures prior to and during encroachments and excavations.
  • Perform pipeline patrols, population density surveys, leak detection surveys and compliance driven inspections per company procedures.
  • Coordinate local Damage Prevention activities and participate in quality emergency responder programs. 
  • Provide oversight and inspection to ensure asset protection and compliance with procedures of excavation activities near pipeline facilities.
  • Responsible for inspection duties including completion of required documentation, as-built drawings, contractor oversight and supervision, act as Company representative during construction activities, report progress to Operations Management and ensure accurate reporting with Safety and Environmental policies.
  • Represent the Company during contacts with landowner/tenant, public official, emergency official and local organization (i.e. One-Call, Pipeline Group, Soil Conservation, etc.) meetings.


  • Perform governmental compliance activities (PHMSA, State Agencies, EPA, USFS, etc.), execute record keeping and data entry duties per company policies, and identify and accurately report concerns.
  • Participate in the development of O&M Procedures, Site Specific Procedures, project scopes and work plans.
  • Required to carry a company-provided cell phone and be available to respond during working and non-working hours. 

Level I:

  • No experience required. Training provided.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

Level II:

  • Minimum of (2) two years of related transmission pipelines, compressor station, and production experience required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

Senior Level:

  • Minimum of (4) four years of related transmission pipelines, compressor station and production experience required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.


  • Ability to achieve and maintain all Operator Qualifications and progression requirements applicable to the job classification.
  • General knowledge of regulators and relief valves found on project lines, main lines and at compressor station facilities.
  • Detailed knowledge of natural gas compressor stations, underground storage facilities, transmission and gathering pipeline system operations.
  • Knowledge and experience in safe handling practices of flammable gases and liquids in high- and low-pressure systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and diagrams.
  • Perform work within a team, take direction from supervisor(s), prioritize work schedule, and focus attention to details, follow rules/procedures and work with an open and positive demeanor. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, operating systems, software, etc.
  • Basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, etc.)

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). 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. 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.

Wage: 23.2 to 34.66
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