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NorthWestern Energy Production Worker in Missoula, Montana

Production Worker

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  • 06-Apr-2021 to 20-Apr-2021 (MST)

  • Distribution Operations - MT

  • Missoula, MT, USA

  • Seasonal Full Time

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POSTING DATES: April 6, 2021 through April 20, 2021


Production Worker (2 Positions)


Distribution Operations

Work Location

Missoula, MT


U205-U207 ($30.23 - $35.81 Per CBA) DOQ

Employment Status

SeasonalFull-time (layoff expected 12/31/2021, subject to rehire the following spring)

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Relocation Benefit



The Production Worker performs various manual labor and equipment operation tasks to assist the gas crew to install, maintain, and service gas distribution lines and equipment.


  • 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

  • Assist the gas crew to install, maintain, and service gas distribution lines and equipment

  • Communicate verbally and understand audible signals in emergency/safety situations

  • Respond to natural gas emergencies and service work regarding all aspects of natural gas

  • Safely and skillfully operate heavy equipment, shovels and hand tools to dig around pipelines and other utilities, uncover lines, and backfill trenches

  • Use heavy handheld tamping or jackhammer equipment to prepare or finish site work

  • Complete finish work associated with gas services including wrapping and coating pipes

  • Work overtime including call out availability for evening and weekend shifts'especially in response to acute service needs

  • Work as a team member to safely and efficiently complete work activities

  • Communicate as needed to maintain safe working conditions

  • Work in all climates including very cold, high winds, high heat, humidity, etc

  • Perform individual lift of equipment weighing up to 75 pounds


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

  • Drive to installation locations*

  • Adapt to technological changes as they are implemented*

  • Provide assistance to electric lineman crews in support of service work to install, maintain, or repair the electric power line distribution system. This includes observing and performing safe practices for operating in the vicinity of potentially hazardous electrified equipment (i.e. Groundman job title in certain areas)*

  • Fusion and installation of plastic pipe*

  • Operate steel tapping and pressure control equipment

  • Organize equipment, clean trucks, and perform regular and preventative maintenance

  • Interact with the public appropriately to maintain safety on work site


  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Must meet "operator qualification" standards to ensure qualification to perform assigned tasks including recognizing and reacting to abnormal operating conditions as specified in Title 49 CFR, Part 192

  • Valid Commercial Driver's License and satisfactory driving record

  • Complete HAZMAT programs within 6 months of hire

  • Qualified heavy equipment operator

  • Access, operate and exit heavy equipment safely and effectively (e.g. backhoes, forklifts and various size trucks, with or without trailers)

  • Knowledge of applicable codes and safety policies/procedures

  • Computer skills essential

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • Looking for candidates with interest/aptitude potential to move into apprenticeship

  • Continued employment dependent upon overall performance and success in moving into the apprenticeship program

  • Selected into an apprenticeship will require the successful candidate to reside within 15 minutes of the Service Center


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

NorthWestern Energy

Human Resources Department Job #3259

3010 West 69th Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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.