Black Hills Corporation Apprentice Substation Electrician (3rd Step) (UN1250) B-1546 & B-1547 in Rapid City, South Dakota

Description :

Job Specifications

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

LOCATION : Rapid City, SD


Perform work of apprentice electrician in the maintenance, installation and testing of electrical and mechanical equipment associated with substation and line operations., which includes but is not limited to transformers, arrestors, circuit breakers, regulators, capacitor banks, reactor banks, reclosers, disconnect devices, controls, batteries, buildings and grounds. Participate in construction, capital improvement and additional projects, including panel construction, equipment installation, wiring, testing and related activities. This position supports Black Hills Power’s substations and line operations.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP : Electrical Services Manager


  • Assist and follow instructions of the Journeyman Electricians in the installation, maintenance, calibration and testing of transmission and distribution class line and substation equipment.

  • Help submit switch order requests for scheduled work in accordance with applicable Company policies.

  • Assist with emergency response and troubleshooting of electrical and mechanical equipment and control problems.

  • Comply with all maintenance programs, installation standards and work procedures established by the Company.

  • Complete apprentice electrician training coursework.

  • Complete required documentation associated with daily assignments.

  • Attend safety meetings and other employee training as assigned.


  • Respond to emergency callout work as needed.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Maintain effective working relationships with all Company employees, including those in Engineering, Relay and Communications, Generation, the Reliability Center and Line Services.


  • 12 months of substation electrical experience preferred.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

  • Completion of vocational/technical school program for electrician, electrical technology, industrial electronics or related area required, or equivalent substation electrical experience.


  • Basic knowledge of electrical theory.

  • Practical electrical knowledge and experience applying National Electric Safety Code (NESC) and National Electric Code (NEC) to high voltage and low voltage situations.

  • Basic understanding of hydraulic and pneumatics systems.

  • Knowledge of and compliance with safety policies, procedures and standards established by the Company and regulatory agencies.


  • Ability to read and interpret electrical drawings.

  • Ability to accurately revise drawings as necessary.

  • Ability to interpret manufacturers’ equipment manuals.

  • Ability to constructively communicate and interact within work group.

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.

  • Ability to learn and utilize Company software applications, including PeopleSoft, GT Viewer, EAM and DTAF.

  • Demonstrated safe work ethic.

  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities.

  • Ability to work from ladders and bucket trucks.


  • Must possess a valid Class B Commercial Driver's license with air brake endorsement, or have the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.

  • Must live within 20 minutes of the reporting location.


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

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.

  • Ability to perform physically demanding activities in all types of weather including lifting, lowering, carrying, reading and inspecting.

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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