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NorthWestern Energy Estimator in Bozeman, Montana

52700-92200 per year | 13-Sep-2023 to Until Filled (MST) | Bozeman, MT, USA | Salary | Distribution Operations - MT | Regular Full Time


Multiple Positions Available

Work Location : Bozeman, MT

Pay range : $52,700 to $92,200 per year

Employment Status: Regular Full-time

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About this position:

The Estimator is responsible for designing, estimating, and being the project manager for new gas and electric residential and commercial utility installations.

We offer great benefits:

NorthWestern Energy is a fully regulated electric and natural gas utility serving Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. We employ 1,500 amazing people and serve 753,600 customers who are our neighbors in our communities. We are a top employer and offer competitive benefits, including:

  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%

  • Healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision for you, your spouse and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)

  • Employee Assistance Programs (Offering up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents to include financial heath)

  • Life Insurance (Company pays basic employee policy; spouse, dependent insurance also available)

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Competitive pay (Scheduled performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.)

  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities

  • Paid parental leave

  • Paid bereavement leave

  • Paid training opportunities

  • Paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays

    Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

    About this job:

  • This position will either be primarily focused in an office setting or a field setting depending on previous experiences and the company needs. For the field position it is preferred to have previous construction related experience

  • Must become familiar with the Capital Business process related to Customer requests for new service and relocates and other processes as assigned

  • Communicates timely and effectively to maintain good working relationships with customers, contractors, engineering firms, and regulators

  • Must be able to work in a team atmosphere to complete assigned responsibilities within the Capital Business process and to enhance the customer experience

  • Answer specific questions from customers regarding utility extensions and capital business processes

  • Use locates, mapping, and site visits to establish location of current or nearby utilities, prospective utility routes, and location of critical landscape features such as wetlands, drainage/culverts, traffic concerns, etc.

  • Locate electric, gas, communication, water, sewer and any other pertinent underground facilities

  • Obtain permits as needed

  • Design underground electric and/or gas services and other work as assigned

  • Provide design estimate using Company process for estimating and create job quotes and contracts for the customer

  • Take effective steps to ensure that cost estimates meet company standards

  • Create job quotes and contracts for the customer

  • Take effective steps to ensure that cost estimates meet company standards

  • Manage the implementation of the project design including working with the customers, coordinating with other nearby utility providers, with contractors to ensure site is prepared to grade, with firms providing traffic control, and providing onsite orientation and supervision to crews and contractors carrying out the work

  • Perform capital forecasting for estimating allocation of man-power hours

  • Clearly and concisely communicate both written and verbally

  • Represent NorthWestern Energy and interact effectively and responsibly with internal company employees, external contractors, agencies, or other groups

  • Drive to work sites, may require overnight stays, and work extended hours including evenings and weekends as required

  • Work in all weather conditions

  • Perform individual lifts of equipment weighing up to 35 pounds

  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics

  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

    Am I right for this job? Here's the success profile:

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Business, technical degrees, or extensive construction background or field experience preferred

  • December 2023 graduates are welcome to apply. Must have diploma by start date

  • Valid Driver's License and satisfactory driving record

  • First Aid/CPR Certification

  • Knowledge of safety policies/procedures

    Requisition #4133

    Posting Dates: September 13, 2023 through Open Until Filled

    Department/Division: Distribution Operations - Construction

    Employment Physical: Required

    Drug Test: Required

    Background Check: Required

    Relocation Benefit: Negotiable

    Telecommuting: Part-time within Bozeman Division service territory negotiable following the completion of an in office training period

    We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and statutes. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department at 1-800-245-6977 or at .