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NorthWestern Energy Substation Journeyman Lineman or Electrician in Great Falls, Montana

Substation Journeyman Lineman or Electrician

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  • 08-Aug-2019 to 22-Aug-2019 (MST)

  • Transmission

  • Great Falls, MT, USA

  • Regular Full Time

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POSTING DATES: August 8, 2019 through August 22, 2019


Journeyman Electrician or Lineman (Substations)


Transmission - Substations

Work Location

Great Falls, MT


Union Rate $45.28/hour

Employment Status

Regular Full-time

Employment Physical


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Relocation Benefit



The Journeyman Electrician or Lineman constructs and maintains substation electrical equipment. They work individually and/or closely with Substation Electricians, Lineman Transmission, Operators, and the Foreman. They may be required to function short-term as a Sub-Foreman with increased responsibilities for supervision, planning, completion of paperwork, and taking the lead for job safety.


  • 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

  • Understand audible signals and communicate verbally in order to maintain safety on worksite and during emergency situations

  • Troubleshoot service issues related to substation electric systems and install, maintain, and service substation electrical systems and equipment

  • Perform rubber gloving to safely work with low-voltage lines and equipment

  • Install underground lines

  • Erect steel to replace or increase size of substation structures as needed

  • Install or repair transformers, breakers, re-closer regulators, airbrake switches, hook-stick disconnects, and other substation equipment

  • Utilize computers and software programs to document substations inspection results

  • Operate heavy equipment including diggers, trenchers, backhoes, and bucket trucks

  • Work overtime including participating in on-call rotation schedules and evening and weekend shifts; especially in response to acute service needs

  • Assume leadership role in response to emergency situations

  • Provide education and assistance to the electrician staff at those privately operated substations supported by NorthWestern Energy

  • Act as a Sub-Foreman as needed

  • Complete all documentation for project planning and completion

  • Oversee all individuals within the worksite

  • Must be able to individually lift and manipulate needed equipment weighing up to 75 pounds

  • Must be able to respond to shop within 15 minutes of call

  • Overnight travel up to 60%


*These functions may be considered essential based on location and other factors.

  • Drive to installation locations*

  • Adapt to technological changes as they are implemented*

  • Perform steel or aluminum welding as part of assembling substation steel structures and bus*

  • Assist in patrolling and maintaining facilities and lines*

  • Organize equipment and perform regular and preventative maintenance*

  • Inspect, test, and clean protective rubber equipment (blankets, gloves, etc)*

  • Operate and maintain rubber testing equipment in rubber lab*

  • Assist in Transformer shop with moving and loading equipment within yard and out to the field*

  • Assist in snow removal to maintain access within substation facilities*

  • Shovel dirt to back fill trenches for cable conduits*


  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Journeyman Electrician or Journeyman Lineman

  • Valid Commercial Driver's License and satisfactory driving record

  • First Aid/CPR Certification

  • Knowledge of applicable codes and safety

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • Must be ready and willing to act as a sub-foreman or foreman


When considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements, employee development and job succession. If any of the preceding language conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit agreement will prevail.


External applicants should apply online at Internal applicants should apply online at iConnect. 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 via phone at 1-800-245-6977, or via email at

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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.