Apprentice Transmission System Operator Job

Location(s): WI - Eau Claire


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We anticipate the need for an Apprentice or Transmission System Operator at the Skypark Service Center in Eau Claire, WI. Apprenticeship rates are a percentage of the base journeyman rate for this classification.  Those percentages are set out below. The minimum starting (Step 1 – 65%) rate of pay for this position is $38.96 hourly.  (The base Journeyman rate is $59.94 hourly.) The position will be posted for 15 Working Days from May 19th, 2023, to June 8th, 2023. Candidate skills and qualifications will be evaluated and, in conformity to union contract, appropriate step placement will be offered to a successful candidate.


Pay may also be adjusted in conformity with union contract, but in no case will it be less than the negotiated step minimum.  Minimum apprentice pay levels as a percentage of base Journeyman Generation System Operator pay:

Step 1: 65%

Step 2: 75%

Step 3: 85%

Step 4: 95%



This position is responsible for the real-time operation of the interconnected Bulk Electric System. Ensures regional reliability through compliance with NERC operating criteria. Monitors and exercises independent judgement in the operation of the Xcel Energy electric delivery system within operating guidelines; directs field employees in switching; schedules and assigns operating work to field personnel; writes, reviews and approves switching procedures; troubleshoots failures in the electric system, chooses appropriate actions and directs restoration by assigning field personnel or takes independent action through remote control switching equipment. Interacts with Control Center personnel and provides timely information of conditions of the transmission system. Maintains working relationships with other utilities, generating stations and Security Coordinators. 



  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4-years’ experience in construction, maintenance or operation of electric distribution or transmission systems
  • Ability to work 12 hour rotating shifts according to department policies
  • Ability to read one-line diagrams
  • Commitment to successful participation and advancement in apprenticeship program
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to working safely and compliance with all company safety rules
  • Must have good communication and teamwork skills
  • Must have basic computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Must reside within 20-mile radius of Skypark Service Center within the first 6 months of hire
  • Relocation benefit available to assist in move to comply with residency requirement
  • Commitment to operating within license requirements and maintaining compliance with all regulatory requirements — NERC certification required to reach journeyman status
  • One-year or longer technical degree or certificate in electrical field or successful completion of Xcel Energy approved apprenticeship in a related field




Xcel Energy is committed to the safety of its employees and customers, and promotes a Safety Always culture. Because of this, we strongly encourage all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; however, vaccination is not mandatory. After being hired, you will asked to report your vaccination status and dates of vaccination. This information will be maintained confidentially and disclosed only on a need-to-know basis. If you are not fully vaccinated or choose not to disclose your vaccination status you will be required to follow any health-and-safety rules applicable to unvaccinated employees.


As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  WI - Eau Claire || WI - Eau Claire || United States (US) || Operations || 632GO:North Control Center WI || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $38.96 per hour

This position may also be eligible for the following benefits: Medical/Pharmacy Plan, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, Health Care Reimbursement Account, Health Savings Account (HSA) (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Limited-Purpose FSA (if enrolled in eligible health plan and HSA), Short-term disability (STD), Long-term disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fitness Center Reimbursement (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Tuition reimbursement, Transit programs, Employee recognition program, Pension, 401(k) plan, Vacation, Holidays, Additional days off, Sick Time, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO) (full-time employees only)


Requisition Number: 54221

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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