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Operations & Maintenance Manager (CPGS)

Location: Cheyenne, WY, United States
Job ID: 34052
Date Posted: Jun 22, 2022
Salary: $87600 to $144400 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

Manages and supervises the operation and maintenance function of the plant.  Directs the planning and scheduling to ensure appropriate maintenance for all equipment, and systems in the plant.  Motivate personnel to produce electricity in an environmentally sound, reliable, economical and safe manner.

SALARY RANGE:  $87,600 - $144,400 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)


LOCATION:   Cheyenne Prairie Generation Station (CPGS), Cheyenne, Wyoming 

  • Must live within 30 minutes of the reporting location and must have access to reliable phone service at residence.
  • A comprehensive relocation package is offered for this position! Details about this package will be shared during the interview and offer process.


  • Manages and directs all plant maintenance functions including supervision of staff, monitoring budget, planning work orders, scheduling work orders, and keeping records for plant activities, environmental correspondence, and unit evaluations.
  • Day to day supervision of plant staff responsible for operations and maintenance, including coaching, mentoring, and evaluating performance of staff 
  • Coordinates activities with other internal functional groups, including generation dispatch and power marketing (GDPM), finance, regulatory, human resources, and supply chain.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual capital and O&M budgets and monitor budget variances.
  • Assures that all work orders are performed on schedule and schedules are updated based on priority of work.
  • Assures environmental and NERC compliance through procedures, EAM system, and personnel training.
  • Assist in development and implementation of operation and maintenance program, training, preventive & predictive maintenance, material management and safety.
  • Prepare monthly reports regarding operations and maintenance activities.


  • Assures that an adequate preventive and predictive maintenance program is established and monitors the preventive maintenance program for effectiveness.
  • Monitors all plant personnel to assure safety rules and maintains OSHA VPP status.
  • Occasionally coordinates or supports capital projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or a combination of education and experience required. 
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in power generation with wind turbine generators, distributed control systems, aeroderivative combustion turbines, and/or steam turbines required.


  • Good knowledge of basic principles of power generation/electrical principles and instrument/controls.
  • Understanding of administration, accounting principles and personnel management.
  • Able to perform advanced mathematical functions (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics).
  • Able to read and understand complex technical information such as engineering specifications, contracts, trade journals, equipment specifications and instructions.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Able to use conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to mentor and coach employees.
  • Skilled at meeting deadlines and setting priorities.
  • Basic understanding of modern distributed control systems (DCS).
  • Able to make critical decision with little or no supervision.

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. Understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions. Make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate department.

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 light work. The employee is continuously moving about the job site or office space. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of reaching and moving controls exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

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). Worker may be subject to vibration such as oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body. Willing to travel up to 10% (e.g., 2 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel 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: 87600 to 144400
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Operations & Maintenance Manager (CPGS)

Cheyenne, WY, United States