Current Openings

Background: BNI Coal, Ltd., a BNI Energy company and subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc. with locations in Bismarck and Center, ND is now accepting applications for the following positions at the Center Mine in Center, ND: Utility/Heavy Equipment Operator, Diesel Mechanic, and Environmental Scientist, Environmental Technician or Environmental Engineer, Intern. These are on-site positions. Please see below for more details.

Each year, BNI Coal mines 4 to 4.5 million tons of lignite, supplying two steam electric units of the Milton R. Young Station situated adjacent to the BNI mining operations. The Mining process disturbs and reclaims approximately 310 acres per year. The electricity made from BNI's lignite lights up farms and businesses in eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

Responsibilities: General labor as a utility/heavy equipment operator including: operate and maintain large mining equipment, pump water and maintain pumps, and assist mechanics. Must be proficient in operating large mining equipment and able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Shift work.

Minimum requirements: High School Diploma or GED; valid driver’s license, 3 years’ work experience. Two year college degree may be substituted for 2 years work experience. Experience in operating large construction/earth moving equipment is required. Experience with electrical, welding, dragline maintenance, or diesel mechanics are preferred, but not required. Computer skills desired. Probationary wage is $39.85/hour, minimum $49.82/hour after 6 month probationary period.

Excellent benefit package including 401k retirement plan, health, dental and vision insurance with company-paid premiums, company-paid life insurance, vacation and sick leave.

For more information on this exciting career opportunity, please visit https://bnicoalltd.applytojob.com/apply/Ab4btErsJ2/UtilityHeavy-Equipment-Operator-Feb-2024. Deadline to apply is March 4, 2024. Employer will not sponsor Visas for position. EEO/AA/F/M/Vet/Disabled.

If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodation, or you are having difficulty using our website to apply for employment, please contact Human Resources at 701-355-5588.

Responsibilities: Repair/maintain diesel engines, transmissions, converters, differentials, brakes, hydraulics, and electrical systems for construction and mining equipment.

Minimum Requirements: H.S. Diploma or GED, diesel mechanic degree, valid driver’s license, 3 years of work experience. Work experience will be considered in lieu of a diesel mechanic degree. Computer skills relating to the use of diagnostic software are required. Applicant must be proficient in the use of service and parts publications, schematics, and equipment electrical systems.

Excellent benefit package including health, dental and vision insurance with company-paid premiums, company-paid life insurance, vacation, and sick leave.

For more information on this exciting career opportunity, please visit https://bnicoalltd.applytojob.com/apply/SbBn0vnirA/Diesel-Mechanic-Feb-2024. Deadline to apply is March 4, 2024. Employer will not sponsor Visas for position. EEO/AA/F/M/Vet/Disabled.

If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodation or you are having difficulty using our website to apply for employment, please contact Human Resources at 701-355-5588.

Learning Opportunities: This is a great opportunity to obtain experience in how mine environmental professionals work day-to-day as they work with operations and develop the long and short range environmental and reclamation plans for the mine. The intern will gain experience in environmental monitoring, geologic drilling, rock drilling and blasting operations, water sampling, and reclamation. The successful candidate will provide both office and field environmental support for the many departments across BNI.

Responsibilities: BNI is searching for an energetic individual with a desire and a capacity to learn about the technologies and processes involved in the operation of a surface coal mine. The successful candidate will assist the mine’s environmental staff in the day-to-day support of mining operations. Dependent on projects and needs to support mining operations, responsibilities may include:

  • Environmental inspection and sampling
  • Overseeing drilling activities
  • Assisting in monitoring of mine blasting activities
  • Oversight of reclamation contractors
  • Other projects as assigned

Minimum requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as a freshman or higher in an undergraduate, accredited Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Technology, or Engineering Technology Natural Resource Management, Range Science, Soils, Botany, or Agronomy program with a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Demonstrate safe work behaviors around all mine operations
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Pass a background check and drug screen
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Strong work ethic and time management skills

For more information on this exciting career opportunity, please visit https://bnicoalltd.applytojob.com/apply/xlSkVgSLtr/Intern-Environmental-Scientist-Environmental-Technician-Or-Environmental-Engineer. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2024. Employer will not sponsor Visas for position. EEO/AA/F/M/Vet/Disabled.

If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodation, or you are having difficulty using our website to apply for employment, please contact Human Resources at 701-355-5588.

Learning Opportunities: This is a great opportunity to obtain experience in mine engineering and surveying and learn how engineers and surveyors support the daily operations, design and construction of mining infrastructure and develop the long and short range mine plan. This internship will gain experience in surveying using GPS and drones, geologic drilling, rock drilling and blasting operations, water sampling, mine production tracking of draglines and truck and shovel fleets. The candidate will provide field engineering support for the reclamation crews and develop drawings to be submitted to state regulators demonstrating compliance with BNI’s mining permit.

Responsibilities: BNI is searching for an energetic individual with a desire and a capacity to learn about the technologies and processes involved in the operation of a surface coal mine. The successful candidate will assist the mine’s engineers and surveyors in the day to day support of mining operations. Dependent on projects and need to support mining operations, responsibilities may include:

  • Surveying related activities using drones and GPS equipment
  • Field and design support for projects relating to mine development such as roads, ponds, diversions and other reclamation activities
  • Field verification of production
  • Assisting engineers and surveyors with daily job duties

Minimum requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as a sophomore or higher in an undergraduate, accredited Engineering, Land Surveying, Engineering Technology program with a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Demonstrate safe work behaviors around all mine operations
  • Eligible to work in the United States, possess a valid driver’s license
  • Pass a background check and drug screen
  • Strong work ethic and time management skills

To apply, please visit https://bnicoalltd.applytojob.com/apply/nKxeF2sF1c/Engineering-Intern. Employer will not sponsor Visas for position. EEO/AA/F/M/Vet/Disabled.

If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodation, or you are having difficulty using our website to apply for employment, please contact Human Resources at 701-355-5588.


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