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Black Hills Energy Instrument Technician II in Rapid City, South Dakota

Instrument Technician II

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States

Job ID: 34987

Date Posted: Feb 12, 2024

Salary: $33.87 to $50.91 Hourly

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Job Specifications

In this position 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.

SALARY RANGE:$33.87 - $50.91 per hour (Determined by the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Instrument Technician Supervisor

LOCATION: Rapid City, South Dakota


  • 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.

  • Maintain review and update documentation records of calibration, tests, and certification of electrical and instrument equipment, and logic drawings.

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

  • Communicate work progress to manager/supervisor.

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

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


  • 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.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

  • Minimum of (4) four years power plant experience to include steam turbine generating units and/or gas combustion turbine generating units or other relevant electrical experience required.


  • Ability to obtain an MSHA High and Low Voltage certification within 6 months of hire required.

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

  • 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.

  • Ability to interpret control drawings and PIDs.

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

  • Perform work with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work on high voltage systems.

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

  • Able to work unscheduled call out work when requested and as scheduled.

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 agreement will apply.

About our Company:We are a customer, growth and safety focused utility company that is dedicated to our communities. We improve life with energy as an energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture fuels unique perspectives, opening doors to new insights and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 3000 employees and serve 1.3 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 discretionary bonuses, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, generous paid time off benefits, including paid holidays and parental leave, company paid life insurance and disability benefits (short and long term), an employee assistance program and well-being benefits, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

We are 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. If you require reasonable accommodation, please visit for more information.

Wage: 33.87 to 50.91

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