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Apprentice/Distribution Systems Operator Job

Job Grade: C19
Hierarchy:  Yes - We may hire at a higher level 
Union Position: Bargaining



We anticipate the need for an Apprentice/Distribution 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 $35.19 hourly.  (The base Journeyman rate is $54.14 hourly.) The position will be posted for 15 Working Days from January 19th, 2023, to February 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 Distribution 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 Electric Distribution System. Monitors and exercises independent judgement in the operation of the Xcel Energy electric distribution system within operating guidelines; directs field employees in switching; 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 distribution system. Maintains working relationships with other utilities, generating stations and Security Coordinators. 


Mnimum Requirements

  • 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
  • Requires participation in after-hour emergency callouts in all kinds of weather conditions
  • 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 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
  • 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 || 634GO:Dist Control Ctr WI || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $35.19 per hour

This position may also be eligible for the following benefits: Pension, 401(k) plan


Requisition Number: 53705

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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