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Machine Operator

Company: Northwestern Energy
Location: Bozeman
Posted on: May 31, 2021

Job Description:



POSTING DATES: May 14, 2021 through May 28, 2021


Machine Operator (2 positions)


Distribution Operations--Bozeman

Work Location

Bozeman, MT


U132 ($35.39 Per CBA)

Employment Status

Seasonal Full-time (Until 01/01/2019)

Employment Physical


Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit



The machine operator performs various manual labor and equipment operation tasks to assist the Gas crews to install, maintain, and service the gas distribution system. This is an entry-level position that may be used to prepare the worker for entry into an Apprenticeship. The machine operator may be called upon in emergency situations.


  • 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 and in general to assist in keeping worksite area safe
  • Assist line crews to install, maintain, and service the electric power-line transmission system
  • Observe and perform safe practices for operating in the vicinity of electric and natural gas crews
  • Organize, restock, and perform basic preventative maintenance on equipment, trucks and shop
  • Use hand tools and operate heavy equipment to dig ditches and expose utilities
  • Work overtime including call out availability for evening and weekend shifts'especially in response to acute service needs
  • Follow directions from crew members
  • Work as a team member to safely and efficiently complete work activities
  • Use problem-solving skills and initiative to foresee equipment needs of the crew and to identify and alert the crew to potential safety concerns
  • Lift, shovel, rake, install wires and pip, pull and push heavy loads as well as driving large trucks and towing equipment
  • This position is subject to seasonal layoff
  • Lift and manipulate needed 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*
  • Organize and perform regular and preventative maintenance on equipment
  • Interact with the public


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • Valid Commercial Driver's License and satisfactory driving record
  • Must be able to operate equipment such as: backhoes, loaders, excavators, trenchers, hydraulic booms (excluding cranes), compressors and other medium duty equipment
  • First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Knowledge of applicable codes and safety policies/procedures
  • Certification from a qualified pre apprentice training program a plus
  • 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 #3309

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.

Keywords: Northwestern Energy, Bozeman , Machine Operator, Other , Bozeman, Montana

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