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Black Hills Energy Senior Natural Gas Engineer in Dubuque, Iowa

Senior Natural Gas Engineer

Location: Dubuque, IA, United States

Job ID: 33284

Date Posted: Jan 8, 2021

Salary: $76300to $114450annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

This position will be located in Dubuque, Iowa. Please see additional location and relocation assistance details below.

Provide engineering services to our natural gas utility operations in multiple states. Reviews industry regulations and develop procedures to ensure compliance. Work in partnership with state operations to ensure safe, reliable service to customers. Performs complex system analysis and oversees implementation of actions and measures. Leads a variety of natural gas projects with limited supervision.

SALARY RANGE: $74,800 - $112,200 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)


LOCATION:Dubuque, Iowa

  • To learn more about our locations, please visit thelocations pageon our career website.

  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position!Our benefits include but are not limited to home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Provides general engineering support and service to natural gas operations in the company’s multiple state natural gas business

  • Ability to anticipate, perform complex analysis, and solve a range of problems by analyzing possible solutions using standard engineering procedures

  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards.

  • Lead multiple projects as assigned

  • Active engagement and facilitation of pipeline safety activities.

  • Provides technical input to achieve department goals.

  • Actively seeks improvements for work processes across the department or project.

  • Leads process improvement initiatives as assigned

  • Maintains a successful partnership with NGU operations.

  • Provides general technical support for Natural Gas Utility Operations.

  • May train others in the NGU

  • Acts as a mentor in areas of expertise

  • Proficient knowledge of 49 CFR Part 192.

  • Champion of industry and company safety practices


  • Provides professional services elsewhere in the company’s energy business, as requested.

  • Participates in community relations based activities

  • Participate in state and federal audits

  • All other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of 4 years of gas industry experience with proven knowledge of natural gas operations is required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution required.


  • Proficient understanding of natural gas engineering principles.

  • Demonstrated technical and operational expertise.

  • Proficient knowledge of support functions including but not limited to Finance, Accounting, IT, HR and Supply Chain.

  • Proficient knowledge of network design, standards, and system operations.

  • Understand and apply advanced concepts of related engineering disciplines

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

  • Effective presentation, facilitation and training skills.

  • Strong writing and editing skills.

  • Proficient in word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs.

  • Ability to lead and participate with cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to manage projects of varying scale simultaneously.

  • Ability to thoroughly document analytical work.

  • Team player and demonstrated ability to effectively lead in such an environment.

  • Self-starter, energetic, and proactive.


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: use fingers and hands, communicate, and have close visual acuity. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to: climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and 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: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

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 up to 25% travel (e.g. 1 week or 5 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job, and the employee must have the ability to drive and have proper licensing.

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: 76300 to 114450