Black Hills Corporation Welder/Operations Technician (UN204) in Dubuque Area, Iowa

Description :

Job Specifications

CLOSING DATE : This position will close on March 27, 2018.



CALL OUT AREA : 22 - Dubuque

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS : Must live within 20 miles of Dubuque, IA


DOT and Corporate Compliance: Perform construction, maintenance and operation of gas distribution system with main focus on welding fabrication and installation of distribution system. Complete maintenance and DOT mandated work. Responsible for ensuring integrity and satisfy company and regulatory requirements. Subject to after hours on-call status during weekday, weekends and holidays.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP : Operations Supervisor


  • Set large volume meter sets including both fabrication and sizing to meet company standards.

  • Fabrication and modification of all components in the distribution system. (District Regulating Station, Odorizers, Town Border Station).

  • Welding on distribution system’s mains and service lines.

  • Responsible for testing contract welders.

  • Complete DOT mandated work (CP checks, valve maintenance, above ground facility checks, leak survey, etc.).

  • Perform tapping and stoppling of steel mains.

  • Gas system maintenance - leak repair, line locates, pressure monitoring, chart changing, etc.

  • Leak investigation /Emergency response (Line hits, outages).

  • Inspect 3rd party contractor.

  • Attend safety meetings and other employee training as assigned.

  • Performs other duties, which are similar, related or incidental to this position and may work as directed, in other activities that require skills of a higher classification if qualified, as per Article 15 Section 3.


  • Three years gas operations or related work experience preferred.

  • Two years welding experience preferred.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Associates degree in welding preferred.


  • Knowledge of Company gas operations and maintenance standards.

  • Knowledge of cathodic protection and odorization methods and equipment.


  • Customer relations skills.

  • Mechanical aptitude.

  • Leadership capabilities required.

  • Ability to problem-solve.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills; internal and external.

  • Must be a good listener.

  • Must have willingness to teach/train others.

  • Must be able to function independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment.

  • Ability to prioritize a changing work schedule with up to 50% travel time.

  • Must be outgoing, self-motivated, and have a desire and willingness to learn.

  • Must be able to understand and follow directions.


  • Must be able to obtain certification on API 1104 5P+ and LH 7018.

  • Must be able to obtain certification on API MIG welding test.


  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Position assignment may require CDL and/or Hazmat endorsement.

  • Must reside within 20 miles of Dubuque, IA.


  • Applicant must be able to perform the essential job functions of the position with or without accommodation.

  • Can meet the physical demands of standing, walking, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing, balancing, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, feeling, talking, hearing, tasting/smelling, near and far acuity, depth perception, color vision and field of vision.

  • Lifting - Frequently 40+ lbs.; Rarely 80+ lbs. and occasionally side lifting.

  • Lifting tools, equipment and appliances floor to waist, overhead, waist to shoulder.

  • Prolonged loaded and unloaded forward flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation of the neck and spine are required.

  • Reaching – occasionally above and below shoulder height.

  • Walking on concrete floor, and in all outdoor terrains in all types of weather, to and from vehicle to site.

  • Must be adaptable to extreme temperature climates inside and outside.

  • Ability to manipulate and grasp hand tools while in a repetitive motion.

  • Ability to operate equipment such as forklift, welder, air tools, and power tools.

  • Ability to be fitted for a use of respirator.

The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment. 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.

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