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NorthWestern Energy Craftsman 1st Class Pipeline Welder in Deer Lodge, Montana

25.34-50.81 per hour | 02-Apr-2024 to 16-Apr-2024 (MST) | Deer Lodge, MT, USA | Hourly | Transmission | Regular Full Time

Craftsman 1st Class Pipeline Welder

Work Location : Deer Lodge, MT

Pay range : $25.34 to $50.81 per hour

Employment Status: Regular Full-time

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About this position:

The Craftsman First Class will perform welding and fabrication work and other duties as assigned; such as general laborer, pipe bending, tapping and stopping work, on high-pressure transmission pipelines and related facilities including compressor station or city gate stations. Some instances may be called upon to weld on low-pressure production lines and facilities, as well as, possibly gas distribution pipelines and facilities.

We offer great benefits:

NorthWestern Energy is a fully regulated electric and natural gas utility serving Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. We employ over 1,500 amazing people and serve 764,200 customers who are our neighbors in our communities. We are a top employer and offer competitive benefits, including:

  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%

  • Healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision for you, your spouse and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)

  • Employee Assistance Programs (Offering up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents to include financial heath)

  • Life Insurance (Company pays basic employee policy; spouse, dependent insurance also available)

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Competitive pay (Scheduled performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.)

  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities

  • Paid parental leave

  • Paid bereavement leave

  • Paid training opportunities

  • Paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays

    Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

    About this job:

  • Must be able to demonstrate a good safety and call out record

  • Must be able to successfully complete both the butt weld and full size branch-connection weld on 12 ¾ " pipe in accordance with API 1104 requirements. Requalification will occur every six months

  • Must be able to successfully complete an in-service qualification test in accordance with API 1104 Appendix B utilizing E7018 electrodes

  • Must be an experienced pipeline/fabrication welder

  • Must possess the welding skills and experience necessary to make welds acceptable to the levels established by the API Standard 1104 - Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities. Craftsman's welds will be subject to non-destructive testing (radiography) to establish soundness

  • Experience in pipeline production welding and the fabrication of valve assemblies and compressor station piping is required

  • Experience welding repair sleeves, pressure control fittings or hot tap fittings onto high-pressure transmission pipelines while is service is required. NorthWestern Energy has gas transmission pipelines with operating pressures as high as 1,440 psi

  • Must have the ability to perform all labor-type duties assigned such as; shoveling, coating (tape, wax, epoxy) pipe, loading and unloading material, filling and placing sandbags under pipe, pouring concrete, installing and tightening flange bolts and other work required to complete construction and maintenance activities on the gas transmission system

  • Must have a keen eye for details - i.e. ability to track material installation and ensure proper documentation processes are completed

  • Ability to work in stressful situations, managing multiple projects with conflicting goals under strict deadlines

  • Proven capability to adapt to technology changes and embrace technology changes

  • Communicate regularly with other departments, groups, and staff within the organization to achieve organizational goals

  • Must have a high level of safety awareness in the shop, field and able to communicate effectively with all associates

  • Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds regularly and up to 50 pounds occasionally.

  • Respond from primary residence to Deer Lodge Shop within 45 minutes

  • Overtime up to 500 hours a year may be required

  • Craftsman must respond to call-outs for any pipeline related emergencies on a 24/7 basis

  • Extensive travel away from home, up to 100% of the time within all NorthWestern Energy operating areas

  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics

  • Demonstrates leadership consistent with NorthWestern Energy's code, values, policies, processes and controls

  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

    Am I right for this job? Here's the success profile:

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • 5 years of experience in natural gas or oil pipeline construction is desired

  • Craftsman will be required to weld on high-pressure transmission pipelines, compressor stations, city gate stations, and occasionally storage, production, and distribution pipelines and facilities.

  • General labor work required

  • Ability to build good working relationships within workgroup, engineering, supervisors, and others.

  • Work is performed outdoors during all times of the year

  • Craftsman position subject to all shop, field and weather hazards including: smoke, grinding dust, loud noises, open flames, welding arcs, hot and cold outdoor temperatures

  • Must possess a valid Montana driver's license. Required to have or be able to obtain a Montana State Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

  • Must be physically fit and flexible enough to perform pipe welds in various positions. Requires bending and twisting to successfully perform welds

  • Must be safety minded

  • Must be willing to learn the natural gas pipeline business

  • Must be a team player

    Requisition #4333

    Posting Dates: April 2, 2024 through April 16, 2024

    Department/Division: Gas Transmission and Storate

    Employment Physical: Required

    Drug Test: Required

    Background Check: Required

    Relocation Benefit: Negotiable

    Telecommuting: None

    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. 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 at 1-800-245-6977 or at .