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NorthWestern Energy Patrolman Operator in Deer Lodge, Montana

Patrolman Operator

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  • 13-May-2022 to 27-May-2022 (MST)

  • Transmission

  • Deer Lodge, MT, USA

  • Regular Full Time

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POSTING DATES: May 13, 2022 through May 27, 2022


Patrolman Operator


Gas Transmission & Storage

Work Location

Deer Lodge, MT


4-7 ($19.90 to $48.46 per hour)

Employment Status

Regular Full-Time

Employment Physical


Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit





The Patrolman/Operator is expected to be familiar with a variety of heavy equipment and assist with all phases of natural gas transmission construction, Mueller equipment, pipeline locating, gas leak detection, operations, maintenance and emergency call out. Position reports to Deer Lodge and travels to various jobs within Gas Transmission's Service Territory.


  • 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

  • Patrolman Operator is to be familiar with a variety of heavy equipment including trucks, semi-tractors with trailers, forklifts, side booms, excavators, earth-moving equipment, pipe-handling and pipe specialty equipment

  • Required to meet Operator Qualifications for specific tasks

  • Monitor and maintain associated equipment as necessary

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

  • Respond to emergencies

  • Work overtime including participating in rotation schedules, working evenings and weekend shifts-in response to acute service needs

  • Complete required documentation, in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Required to work outdoors in all weather extremes subject to gas field hazards

  • Assist with overhauls, construction projects, and operate pipeline location and leak detection equipment and gas compressors

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

  • Travel up to 100% of the time - leaving the shop Monday morning, returning Friday afternoon

  • Must wear protective equipment and clothing

  • Must perform all manual tasks required by Gas Transmission construction to include digging and working around "live" pipelines operating under pressure, and flowing gas, as well as all other utilities

  • Must be available for call outs and gas emergencies

  • Must live within 45 minutes of the assigned work location in Deer Lodge, Montana


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

  • Present training on safety, calibration, or other topics as needed*

  • Organize equipment and perform regular and preventative maintenance

  • Patrolman Operator may be responsible for operation and maintenance of high pressure natural gas compressors and related equipment*


  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent

  • Experience working with digging and lifting equipment, and hand tools is preferred

  • Must report to work on time and be able to follow instructions

  • Must interact positively with supervisors, co-workers and customers

  • The ability to complete Operator Qualified training and performance tests is required

  • Required to complete NorthWestern Energy Gas Operator Qualification and HAZMAT programs within six months of hire

  • Knowledge of applicable Code of Federal Regulations, CFR192, and industry standard safety is preferred

  • Must have a satisfactory driving record, valid Commercials Driver's License or ability to ability to obtain one and ability to obtaining a Crane Operators License.


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

  • Heath Care and Wellbeing programs

  • including dental and vision for you and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Life insurance

  • Company paid basic life

  • Additional employee, spouse and child coverage available

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Competitive pay with a dependable company

  • Scheduled performance based wage increases

  • Annual incentive opportunities

  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities

  • Paid training

  • Paid time off starting day one

  • Paid holidays

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


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

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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.