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Black Hills Energy Gas Control Specialist in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Gas Control Specialist

Location: Council Bluffs, IA, United States

Job ID: 33222

Date Posted: Nov 16, 2020

Salary: $20.17 to $30.38 hourly

Job Description

Job Specifications

Assist in the effective safe operations, control and throughput of the company pipeline system based upon daily plans, daily forecasts, maintenance schedules, nominations, current and ever-changing conditions, to ensure maximization of capacity, horsepower and overall pipeline design. Assist in the accuracy of the daily plans, forecasts, continuous monitoring of load/demands and operational anomalies to ensure safe and reliable service to all customers as well as other On System and Off System assets. Works with direct oversight from more senior gas control personnel, supervisor and or manager.

SALARY RANGE: $20.17 - $30.38 per hour (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)


LOCATION: Council Bluffs, Iowa


  • Accurately prepare and distribute the daily operating plans based upon Gas Day models and historical planning for the pipeline systems; provide a consistent guide to configuring the systems based upon these plans and models as necessary to achieve planned activity, and account for forecasting and demand needs.

  • Participate in daily operational and supply meetings as needed to ensure operational integrity of the pipeline systems are not jeopardized.

  • Comply with Company and industry standards, Company policy and procedures and established codes and standards.

  • Configure the pipeline systems in a manner which ensures the receipt and delivery of confirmed nominations with Transportation, Gas Supply, Storage Services Field Operations, and third party point operators based upon learning the configuration, layout, geography, limits and limitations of the pipelines operated by the company.

  • Handle emergency situations and operational changes that develop on the pipeline to ensure action is taken, proper notification and documentation, needed responses and follow up are enacted in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Develop a strong familiarity with the geography of the pipeline systems.


  • Provide a leading role during emergency situations in pipeline system control, operations and distribution situations bases upon the critical response plans, emergency response lines and any and all emergency situations that might arise. Decisions made can and will directly impact the Company.

  • Must satisfactorily complete all internal training, testing and OQ requirements as specified by policy and procedure as well as the Department Manager.

  • Regularly use spreadsheets, databases and word processing software, and periodically learn new programs.

  • Assist in the input and upkeep of the maintenance database, gas control log, valve position database and other databases.

  • Comply with control room management standards and fatigue management standards as approved by the company.


  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.

  • One or more years of experience in natural gas and/or field operations and/or gas controls operations preferred.

  • Associates degree (any discipline), or equivalent, is preferred.


  • Requires a good knowledge and understanding of technical and business logic in multiple disciplines and processes.

  • Strong working knowledge with pipeline systems and operations.


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 of guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (66% or more) required to: use fingers and hands, communicate, and have close visual acuity. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: reach, push/pull, ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. The employee may occasionally (less than 34%) be required to: reach. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 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: Light work. The employee is continuously required to stand and walk. Exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Work environment: Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. 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: 20.17 to 30.38