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NorthWestern Energy Craftsman 1st Class Mechanic in Cut Bank, Montana

Craftsman 1st Class Mechanic

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  • 16-Nov-2021 to 30-Nov-2021 (MST)

  • Transmission

  • Cut Bank, MT, USA

  • Regular Full Time

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POSTING DATES: November 16, 2021 through November 30, 2021


Craftsman 1st Class Mechanic



Work Location

Cut Bank, MT


Union Rate ($29.33 to $45.63/hour)

Employment Status

Regular Full-time

Employment Physical


Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit





The Craftsman 1st Class Mechanic is responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing natural gas compressor systems associated with natural gas transmission, storage and production operations. These may include large natural gas driven two and four cycle reciprocating engines coupled to reciprocating or screw compressors, high-speed turbines driving centrifugal compressors, and electric motor driven reciprocating or screw compressors. In addition to the auxiliary equipment associated with compression, the Craftsman/Mechanic may be asked to work on pumps and other equipment associated with the production and transportation of natural gas. The Craftsman 1st class mechanic will be placed in the NorthWestern Energy Mechanic training program (levels 1 through 7) based on experience and be evaluated every 6 months until reaching the full Craftsman 1st class Mechanic status.


  • 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

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

  • Use blueprints, written or verbal instructions, and knowledge to install and repair gas compressor systems and related components

  • Knowledge of compressors and associated mechanical components to be able to service and repair equipment

  • Operate and use hoists, cranes, or side booms (includes applying appropriate rigging to safely and efficiently move compressors or components)

  • Respond to natural gas emergencies

  • Assume leadership role in response to emergency situations

  • Act as a lead responsible for job planning, filling out tail boards, supervising team members and job task completion, and overseeing worksite and team safety

  • Responsible for operation and maintenance of high pressure natural gas engines, compressors, dehydration equipment, natural gas liquids removal plant and related facilities

  • Lead overhauls, construction projects, routine maintenance on compression equipment and vehicles, and related natural gas equipment

  • Perform individual lifts and manipulate needed equipment weighing up to 75 pounds

  • Some travel may be required

  • Live within 30 minutes of the Cut Bank facility

  • Work overtime outside of scheduled hours, participating in either call out availability or an on-call rotation schedule, in response to acute and/ or planned service needs

  • Other duties as assigned

    Marginal Work Functions

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

  • Drive to installation locations*

  • Adapt to technological changes as they are implemented*

  • Perform gloving techniques to work with secondary voltage up to 480 volts (as with 3-phase motors)*

  • Perform steel welding (not gas related)*

  • Access, operate, and exit heavy equipment safely and effectively (e.g. backhoes, forklifts, skid steers, road graters to plow snow, and various size trucks with or without trailers)*

  • Interact with the public

  • Organize equipment and perform regular and preventative maintenance


  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Pass and maintain 49 CFR Part 192 certification on a yearly basis

  • Must meet non-welding related "operator qualification" standards to ensure qualification to perform assigned tasks and to recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions as specified in Title 49 CFR, Part 192

  • Complete NorthWestern Energy Gas Operator Qualification and HAZMAT programs within 6 months of hire

  • Valid Commercial Driver's License and satisfactory driving record or the ability to obtain a commercial driver's license

  • First Aid/CPR Certification or the ability to obtain certification

  • Knowledge of applicable codes and safety

  • Commitment to safe working practices and knowledge of safety policies/procedures

  • Respond from home to primary work location required guidelines

  • Demonstrate and maintain good safety record

  • Willing to act as the employee in charge


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 #3459

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.