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NorthWestern Energy Hydro Engineer (Butte, MT preferred or Great Falls, MT) in Butte, Montana

61400-132100 per year | 10-Nov-2023 to Until Filled (MST) | Butte, MT, USA | Salary | Energy Supply | Regular Full Time

Hydro Engineer

Work Location : Butte, MT preferred; or Great Falls, MT

Pay range : $61,400 to $132,100 per year

Employment Status: Regular Full-time

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About this position:

The Hydro Engineer, Project Management, is responsible for planning, design, and safe execution of capital projects for Hydro Generation. The Hydro Engineer, Project Management will work closely with the Supervisor, Project Management to manage multiple projects simultaneously. The Engineer will also provide guidance and direction to employees and contractors who support the implementation of the capital projects.

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:

  • Maintain exceptional safety performance

  • Provide project management and engineering to plan, design, construct, and document hydro capital projects

  • Supervise projects and oversee contract and company crews

  • Able to interact effectively with company employees, regulators, permitting agencies, contractors, and other internal departments

  • Compile and write technical reports

  • Respond to hydro plants' needs by performing field investigations

  • Ensure that project cost estimates and schedules are accurate and complete

  • Develop project-specific capital budgets

  • Assist with regulatory compliance as required

  • Monitor progress and performance of vendors providing capital project related products and services.

  • Stay current on emerging technologies and identify beneficial improvements to the capital asset management program and processes

  • Occasional travel required, up to 30% including overnights

  • Perform individual lifts and manipulate items up to 35 pounds.

  • 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

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

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good personal safety record

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering required. Civil or Mechanical background preferred

  • Professional Engineer's License and/or ability to obtain one is preferred

  • Experience in the principles and fundamentals of Project Management desired

  • Able to work in a dynamic team environment with potentially rapidly changing priorities

  • Working knowledge and experience in civil construction, dam gate installations and turbine generators upgrades is preferred

  • Highly organized and demonstrate good oral and written communication skills

  • General knowledge of FERC and environmental regulations is preferred

  • Experience MS Project, advanced Excel skills, SAP and PowerPlan is preferred

  • Valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record

  • Must pass physical test to access all areas of the hydro plants, including climbing ladders, confined and cramped wet slippery quarters and traveling rough terrain

    Requisition #4178

    Posting Dates: November 30, 2023 through Open Until Filled

    Department/Division: Energy Supply

    Employment Physical: Required

    Drug Test: Required

    Background Check: Required

    Relocation Benefit: Negotiable

    Telecommuting: Part-time Negotiable within NorthWestern Energy Service Territory

    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