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Who is BNI Coal?

BNI Coal Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE (NYSE-ALE), owns and operates the Center Mine near Center, N.D. This surface mine supplies lignite coal to fuel the nearby Milton R. Young steam electric Generating Station, Units I and II.

Each year BNI Coal mines about 4.5 million tons of lignite, supplying both units of the Young Station. The Mining process annually disturbs and reclaims approximately 210 acres per year. The electricity made from BNI's lignite lights up farms and businesses in eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

Civil Engineer – Surveyor Internship Opportunity

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.


Initial duties will primarily include surveying and surveying related tasks. This work supports BNI’s reclamation effort and will involve working with a fleet of scrapers, excavators, and overburden trucks. Subsequent duties may include work in civil design projects such as road, ponds, diversions, and other surface water management structures. These projects will be assigned to the successful candidate in accordance with their demonstrated technical ability and desire to gain these experiences.


Surveying at BNI is done entirely with differentially corrected GPS. Candidates need not have experience in the operation of GPS technology although such experience is desirable. BNI performs all engineering design work utilizing the Carlson Software suite of design products. These software products operate inside of AutoCAD. As such, proficiency in AutoCAD is highly desirable. Experience with Carlson Software products is not necessary as this internship will provide an opportunity to gain this experience. The candidate should be able to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing with users of varying technical skill levels.


The candidate must be currently enrolled at a an accredited North Dakota institution, have a GPA of 2.5 or greater, be eligible to work in the United States, possess a valid driver’s license, pass a background check and drug screen. The candidate will obtain a MSHA 5023 certification and must be able to work safely indoors, outdoors in various weather conditions, and at heights if necessary. Extended periods of sitting at a workstation will be required with the occasional lifting of less than 50 lbs.

Dates of employment are from May 2015 to August 2015.

Salary: $18.00 per hour

How to apply: Please visit in order to apply.

BNI Coal is an equal opportunity employer.



BNI Coal, Ltd. is accepting employment applications for future utility positions at the Center Mine, Center, ND.

Responsibilities include general labor as shift worker including: operating and maintaining large mining equipment, pumping water and maintaining pumps, general clean up, and assist mechanics. Must be proficient in operating large mining equipment.

Minimum requirements: H.S. Diploma or GED; valid drivers license, 5 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 welding, dragline maintenance, or diesel mechanics are preferred but not required.

Starting wage $30.50/hour. Excellent benefit package including health, dental and vison insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, life insurance, 401k and Pension Plan.

Applications are available at ,BNI Center Mine 2360 35th Ave. SW, Center, ND or BNI Bismarck, 1637 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503. Mail application to “Utility Worker” to the Bismarck address.

BNI Coal is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Application

Mail Application to:

BNI Coal, Ltd.

1637 Burnt Boat Drive
P.O. Box 897
Bismarck, ND 58502-0897

Attn: Chris Blowers

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