Get Into Energy Jobs

Job Information

Black Hills Energy Instrument Technician II in Gillette, Wyoming

Instrument Technician II

Location: Gillette, WY, United States

Job ID: 33288

Date Posted: Nov 19, 2020

Salary: $30.67 to $46.13 hourly

Job Description

Job Specifications

The Instrument Technician will perform plant instrumentation and electrical functions. Provide technical support for the plant programmable controllers, distributive control and instrumentation systems (DCIS), and related electrical and instrument control equipment for coal fired steam generating and gas combustion turbine processes.

WAGE RANGE: $30.67 - $46.13 per hour (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Operations & Maintenance Manager


  • We currently have two (2) positions available. One position will be located in Rapid City, South Dakota and one position will be located in Gillette, Wyoming.

  • To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.


  • Work under minimal supervision to repair, service and maintain plant instrumentation, controls and electrical equipment.

  • Repair and maintain control systems on steam turbine and combustion turbine generators, high pressure steam boilers and all auxiliary support equipment.

  • Maintain plant DCIS/PLC control systems and related equipment, including programming changes, troubleshooting, and required preventative and corrective maintenance.

  • Use PIDs, manuals, and other sources to troubleshoot control of operating plant systems.

  • Use, review and update logic drawings.

  • Create and perform procedures related to corrective and preventative maintenance of instrumentation, controls and electrical systems.

  • Maintain documentation records of calibration, tests, and certification of electrical and instrument equipment.

  • Compute and analyze test and trend data to prepare reports on findings and make recommendations for corrective actions.

  • Work with and direct contractors and their activities on assigned projects.

  • Communicate work progress to manager/supervisor.

  • Assist Operations department as assigned.

  • Coach and train Operations & Maintenance department staff, including Instrument Technician peers, as required on controls, electrical equipment and craft skills.

  • Utilize the work management process to document and report work requested, assigned, and completed.

  • Complete plans and estimates for instrument/electric work as assigned.

  • Prepare specifications for equipment orders.

  • Report abnormal operation to plant management and O&M supervisor.

  • Support scheduled and unscheduled call-out support as needed.

  • Perform high voltage testing and maintenance as assigned.

  • Support site substation operation and maintenance as assigned.

  • Perform work in accordance with OSHA safety standards applicable to power plants.


  • Perform general housekeeping duties.

  • Maintain plant logs on equipment operation.

  • Work safely, following company policies, procedures and work practices in a positive, professional manner.

  • Provide information for various plant reports.


  • Minimum of 2 years experience with natural gas or gas turbine required. Hands-on experience with calibration and maintenance of process control equipment required.

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

  • Must be MSHA High and Low Voltage certified.


  • Working knowledge of coal fired and combustion turbine power generation plant equipment and system processes.

  • Working knowledge of LM6000 combustion turbine control systems.

  • Working knowledge of test equipment, signal generators, relay test sets, oscilloscopes, and personal computers.

  • Working knowledge of ABB DCIS (S+ and Harmony), GE Mark VI and/or Micronet, Siemens PCS7.

  • Working knowledge of PLC basics, preferably Allen Bradley.

  • Working knowledge of basic computer networking.

  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to learn plant processes and interpret data.

  • Ability to interpret control drawings and PIDs.

  • Skilled in configuring and tuning Distributive Control System and PLCs.

  • Basic skills in Microsoft Office (i.e. Word and Excel).

  • Perform work with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work on high voltage systems.

  • Ability to operate a forklift and a variety of aerial equipment.

  • ABB/Bailey control system familiarity desirable.

  • Familiarity with EAM desirable.


The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental Requirements: Ability to understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Ability to apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (67% or more) required to: stand, walk, balance, bend or stoop, crawl, work at elevated heights, maintain eye and hand coordination, maintain finger and hand dexterity, hear, rotate and extend neck, maintain body posture, reach, talk, and have visual acuity to operate machines and equipment. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: access low and high areas with additional equipment, ascend/descend stairs, maintain hand and foot coordination, move hands in repetitive motion, kneel, reach above the shoulder, and sit. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to: use a respirator, and sit. Employee must be able to operate job related equipment and tools. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 8-10 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

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: Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level, and occasionally outdoors in sometimes inclement weather. Worker may be subject to hazards including variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working in places of height, or close quarters. Must be capable of occasional travel (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.

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 collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company:We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 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, military leave differential pay, 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 Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is 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: 30.67 to 46.13