Technician I, Reliability

Job Locations US-KS-Colby
Mechanical Services


Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline is a leading transporter of natural gas to America’s heartland, that has provided quality service since our formation in 1904. At Southern Star our people are our greatest asset with growth and personal development being at the forefront of our focus. We’re committed to building a culture where everyone has the opportunity to do meaningful work and be recognized for their efforts.


Southern Star is a family-friendly, forward thinking, customer oriented company that strives for innovation and collaboration in all parts of our business where you can slip on your jeans and work in an atmosphere that values trust, learning, teamwork, and having fun while getting the job done.  We’re an established company that’s known as an employer of choice where we do business.  We’re known for our safety, credibility and integrity where our word is still our bond.  We’re in need of one more talented individual like yourself, that drives change and creates positive outcomes. We are confident that you will find the perfect match here to drive your goals.


In return for this level of talent and experience, Southern Star offers excellent medical benefits, competitive salary, 401k match, paid time off and tuition/fitness reimbursements. 


This position is accountable, under regular supervision, for installation, monitoring, diagnosis, repair and preventive maintenance of electronic, pneumatic mechanical and hydraulic instrumentation.  Individuals must perform non-destructive testing and analysis on rotating and auxiliary equipment and control systems in a designated area of a natural gas pipeline system.


  • Assist in performing various testing (ultrasonic, vibration, emissions, etc.) and recording of data on rotating and prime mover equipment; electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic control devices; safety systems; piping; vessels and other associated equipment and systems
  • Acquire the skills necessary to perform both routine and advanced analyses of tests under supervision and assist in the diagnoses and communicating the results to a supervisor
  • Assist in the installation and maintenance on control devices, safety systems and other related electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment
  • The technician will receive work related guidance from senior level Mechanical Technicians
  • Become qualified on Common Covered Tasks (OQ) as deemed necessary by the Mechanical Services Management
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervision


Maintenance, Troubleshooting, & Prevention


  • Operate 2 and 4 Cycle engines
  • Knowledge of pneumatic and electronic controls, Including Allen-Bradley PLC Control Systems, and all types of process transmitters and transducers
  • Ability to use diagnostic equipment for troubleshooting and data collection
  • Knowledge of electrical systems up to 120/240 VAC and 24 V DC and ability to use multi-meter for troubleshooting
  • Install, repair, service and maintain station valves and valve operators
  • Knowledge of Emergency Shutdown Systems, including Fire and Gas detection systems as well as piping, valves and control signals
  • Ensure the reliability and efficient performance of all engines and associated facilities
  • Working and theoretical knowledge of the operations of compressor and auxiliary engines, motors, cooling equipment, pumps and related equipment
  • Knowledge of operation of engines and compressors as well as associated compressor station controls




  • Understand and comply with applicable Company policies and procedures, maintenance manuals, federal, state and local regulations, and safety policies and procedures.
  • Schedule and track maintenance and calibration activities with maintenance management software.
  • Identify and report safety and environmental concerns.
  • Complete required documentation and paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Complete required Common Covered Tasks as assigned




·       Read, interpret and recommend modifications to blueprints, schematics, control drawings, engine manuals and pipeline maps.

·        Make recommendations to enhance safety, reliability and efficiency of operations.


Training & Collaboration


·         Assist Operations personnel in performing technical and non-technical tasks.

·         Assist engineering personnel with construction activities.

·         Assist Operations Control in establishing safe efficient operations.

·         Attend job related training when applicable



  • Two-year associate degree relating to internal combustion engines and gas turbines or electronics, or equivalent work experience as determined by the Company
  • 0-3 years’ relevant experience working in the natural gas industry or a related field
  • Demonstrates satisfactory oral and written communications skills, leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Valid driver’s license and insurability
  • Basic Computer Skills – Windows based and Microsoft Office Programs
  • Demonstrates ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Ability to work in a scheduled structured, deadline driven environment
  • This technician receives guidance from more senior level technicians and Mechanical Services Technical Support Staff
  • Requirements may include technical certification through an appropriate outside organization


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