Maintenance Mechanic

Northwestern Energy - Great Falls, MT (30+ days ago)3.6



POSTING DATES: May 9, 2018 through May 23, 2018


Maintenance Mechanic


Energy Supply - Hydro

Work Location

Great Falls, MT Rainbow Shop


$41.64 per hour (CBA IBEW #44)

Employment Status

Regular Full-time

Employment Physical


Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit



The maintenance mechanic will be responsible for having general knowledge and familiarity with mechanic's tools, machine tools, fabricating, rotating equipment alignment techniques, safe crane and rigging practices, welding techniques, and troubleshooting mechanical problems as required. Compliance with safety standards and knowledge and experience of safe work practices is required.


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
Perform preventative maintenance or direct repair on a variety of industrial equipment
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of drills, grinders, hand tools, indicators, gauges, sanders, MIG welding techniques, torches, jacks, hoists, fans, and all other tools and safety equipment needed to perform the job
Fabricate tools and parts as needed
Perform all work as requested by supervisor
Interpret blueprints or sample part to determine dimensions and tolerances
Fabricate obsolete parts from existing parts or sketches
Design, develop and construct intricate jigs, fixtures, tools, and dies from general instructions
Recognize design errors and make necessary changes to improve functionality
Cut and weld components in flat, vertical or overhead positions
Read one-line diagrams and mechanical drawings
Analyze engineering drawings, blueprints, specifications, sketches, and work orders
Lay out, position, align, and secure raw materials to be cut, beveled, shaped, or ground
Prepare all material surfaces to be welded
Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind, or bolt component parts
Demonstrate safe crane and rigging practices
Perform turbine/generator overhauls, equipment installation, and troubleshoot problems
Lift up to 35 pounds frequently and a maximum of 70 pounds occasionally

  • These functions may be considered essential based on location and other factors.
Demonstrate basic mathematical and measurement computations applicable to the machinist craft
Perform regular maintenance, troubleshooting, and testing on other equipment such as compressors, skid steers, forklifts, cranes, etc. as needed
Demonstrate proficiency in the setup and operation of lathes, mills, shapers, metal fabrication equipment, and other milling equipment applicable to the machinist craft
Plan, layout, and perform all machining operations requiring difficult setups and particular skills applicable to the machinist craft

High school diploma or equivalent
Must be able to demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
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
Knowledge of hydro plant systems is desirable

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 # 2602

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.