“This place is kind of a process engineer’s dream-come-true,” he says. “There’s a little bit of everything.”
The Synfuels Plant is a new setting for Miller, and for the last month he’s enjoyed learning the tricks of the trade when it comes to being a process engineer.
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“It’s been exciting for me to be able to apply what I’ve learned, but some things you just can’t learn in a book,” he says.
That’s the thing about working for Basin Electric: The cooperative takes pride in educating its employees through on-the-job training.
“If you’re new, don’t worry,” he says. “Basin Electric’s willing to train you in. My supervisor is about the best I could ask for.”
Cooperative employees receive great guidance from their supervisors. Much of Miller’s training has been in Dakota Gas’ waste water facilities, working closely with the plant’s cooling tower, deep well injection system and loading/unloading areas.
Each employee plays a vital role
Miller is especially interested in how his work ties into the larger picture at Dakota Gas.
“The whole interaction of people and departments is really intriguing to me,” he says.
Miller says it’s nice to be able to approach co-workers whenever he has a question. He enjoys working with people who are welcoming and willing to work with him one-on-one to help further develop his skills.
“I’ve just been able to duck into somebody’s office and say, ‘Hey, how does this work?’” he says. “Everyone helps you out.”
Miller also learned about how deeply the cooperative cares about the safety of all employees.
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Dakota Gas hired Miller because he has an eye for detail. His days often involve creating memo-like documents called design packages, which are specs aimed at improving different parts of the facility. They’re eventually passed on to other engineers with different specialties.
Miller likes the fact his work serves as a building block to other professionals at Dakota Gas. Constant learning takes place there, and he enjoys slowly getting to know the ins and outs of the plant.
“This facility is so huge that you’re not going to be able to know everything,” he says, adding that it’s crucial different departments lean on one another’s expertise to make the giant picture come together.
Enjoy a competitive benefits package
Miller is also impressed with the great benefits Basin Electric provides to all employees.
“I thought it was pretty cool starting out with a whole week of vacation,” he says. “I’m not sure of too many other places that do that.”
He adds the cooperative has a great 401(k) setup.
Ultimately, the benefit Miller appreciates the most is the family atmosphere within Basin Electric.
“Everyone’s been so welcoming here,” he says. “I don’t think I could ask for anything different.”