Black Hills Corporation DOT Technical Trainer in Papillion, Nebraska

Description :

Job Specifications

SALARY RANGE: $63,900 - $83,070

Base salary is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

CLOSING DATE: This position will close on June 28, 2017.

LOCATION: Papillion, NE


This is a professional position for a technical trainer that trains and qualifies natural gas employees to comply with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for Operator Qualification (OQ). The technical trainer provides safety/technical training on topics such as: basic gas operations training for new employees, emergency response, pinpointing leaks, pipe locating, meter installation, inside/outside leak investigation, carbon monoxide investigation, national fuel gas code, odorization, etc.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Supervisor, DOT Technical Training


  • Provide basic gas operations training for new employees.

  • Provide gas operations training to experienced and veteran employees.

  • Promote and instill strong safety culture and expectations in all phases of company operations.

  • Assist in compliance with government and industry standards by monitoring safety regulations and advising management of regulation changes and working with others to integrate into business and operational policies and procedures.

  • Assist in the development of budgets and initiatives.

  • Extensive knowledge of gas operations and service area activity including, but not limited to, turn-ons and turn-offs, investigate calls regarding gas leaks and carbon monoxide presence, etc.

  • Trains and qualifies employees to comply with PHMSA, DOT requirements for Operator Qualification.

  • Conducts the Operator Qualification training and hands-on qualification program including the certification of the Company’s field evaluators.

  • Establish and maintain a safety presence by attending O&M meetings, safety meetings, conducting new hire phase training and, specialty training sessions for experience employees.

  • Provide guidance and technical advice to managers, supervisors and field personnel tailored to training and safety needs, initiatives, programs and regulations.

  • Provide technical support to field technicians.

  • Revise, develop, design and prepare classroom & field training sessions.

  • Ability to instruct/teach employees in classroom setting and hands-on training sessions.

  • Knowledge of 49 CFR 192, NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code), Federal, State and Local Building Codes, Mechanical Codes and Plumbing Codes, and Company Manuals and Standards.

  • Ability to conceptualize and explain technical theories, functions or procedures clearly and accurately.

  • Approve, maintain and update the “Company Approved” equipment list for all the Gas Operations Business Units.

  • Serve as a role model for the adoption and utilization of data-driven decision support tools & techniques within the organization.

  • Coordinate and facilitate special projects.

  • Carry out all duties with an uncompromising sense of integrity to exacting standards of professionalism.

  • Partner with HR and other departments to ensure quick and accurate response to safety and training issues.

  • Maintain Company Operator Qualification Program, including Operator Qualification Plan and Learning Management System.

  • Serve as Company representative in regards to ensuring Contractor Operator Qualification compliance.

  • Partner with gas operations business units to ensure Company Operator Qualification compliance and ensure local operations employee’s needs are met.Partner with Gas Engineering Services to perform Company Operation and Maintenance Plan audits.

  • Administer and maintain the Company “Progression Testing Program” including developing tests and administering tests to gas operation employees.


  • May be called upon to investigate natural gas related incidents.

  • Provides professional services elsewhere in the company’s energy business, as requested.

  • Participates in community relations based activities, where desired and where interest exists.

  • Be visible in the field and ensure visibility across all assigned areas of responsibility. Maintain open, effective communication channels with all employees in a manner that promotes employee confidence and accessibility and provides for a positive, professional relationship.

  • Establish regular schedule for communicating with managers for general discussion of any issues they may have or areas they may need support in. Keep management and supervisors informed of project status and key events.

  • Teach, advise and counsel supervisors, superintendents and managers on safety requirements and appropriate protective measures to prevent accidents in current work activities.

  • Provide assistance to BHC business units as needed (i.e. audits, investigations, etc.).

  • Utilize a strong customer service mindset to effectively manage internal/external stakeholders in an individual contributor environment.

  • Comply with all corporate administrative and other requirements.


  • Works with operations directors, managers and supervisors.

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders (internal, external, regulatory, financial, legal, compliance, operations, HR, etc.)

  • Maintain effective working relationships with all Company employees.

  • Treat all individuals with human dignity and respect.

  • Contact with vendors and suppliers.

  • Membership and participation in industry associations and applicable committees.

  • Works with Supervisor to determine and implement training needs.


  • This role will support all Company gas operation business units and therefore, requires a minimum of Seven (7) or more years’ gas industry experience preferred; knowledge of gas operations, maintenance and construction practices.

  • Familiarity with Company Operations Procedures, Emergency Procedures, and State and Federal Codes is preferred.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education/Training or Business is preferred. Or equivalent of combination of education and experience.


  • Demonstrated technical and operational expertise.

  • Company Operator Qualification Program and Learning Management System.

  • 49 CFR 192, NFPA 54 (National Fuel Gas Code), Federal, State and Local Building Codes, Mechanical Codes and Plumbing Codes. Experience with company safety policies and training procedures by utilizing safe work and driving habits to ensure customer and employee safety.

  • Knowledge of computer applications (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and the ability to learn advanced programs designed to present visual aids in the classroom.


  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

  • Effective presentation, facilitation, and training skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills.

  • Ability to conceptualize and explain technical theories, functions or procedures clearly and accurately.

  • Ability to develop and work in a team environment.

  • Ability to communicate appropriate safety messages effectively at all levels within the corporation.

  • Ability to make decisions and prioritize in a multi-task environment with limited supervision.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain accurate records.

  • Be familiar with the operation of flame ionization leak detectors, combustible gas indicators, stopping and tapping equipment, gas piping construction equipment, and odorizers.

  • Team player and demonstrated ability to effectively lead in such an environment.

  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.

  • Proficiency in MS Office.


  • A valid driver’s license with a safe driving record is required.

  • Train the Trainer certification desired.


  • Frequent travel, some overnight, is required.

  • System-wide travel up to 60%.

  • Must be willing and able to operate company vehicles in the performance of duties.


You must be able to perform the requirements of this position, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Must be able to perform the physical requirements of the position such as standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motions, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, squatting, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, talking, hearing, tasting/smelling, near and far acuity, depth perception, color vision and field of vision.

  • Must be able to work outside in extreme weather on occasion.

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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