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General Plant Helper Job

Location(s): MN - Burnsville


Are you fit and ready to work hard at a challenging but rewarding job that doesn’t require you to sit behind a desk all day? Do you want to build a long-term career in a stable industry at a company that’s committed to treating you with respect, training you well and ensuring your safety? A field or skilled labor job at Xcel Energy could be the opportunity you’re looking for.

***NOTE: This position requires an assessment prior to interview consideration. We ask you to please carefully read the instructions below



We anticipate the need for one or more General Plant Helper(s) to be located at the Black Dog Generating Plant in Burnsville, MN. The starting rate of pay for this position is $23.69 (2021 rate).  


Company will have the sole right of selectivity in filling this position.


The Company intends to train and promote the successful qualified candidate into a position within the Operations or Maintenance department at the plant. This training schedule and classification will depend on the skillset and ability of the individual hired and the needs of the Company.


Please verify that your education and/or experience meets the minimum requirements listed below. Please do not apply if you do not possess the minimum requirements, or if you are not interested or able to be trained and promoted into the Operations or Maintenance department. Note that promotion into the Operations department would require working rotating shifts.


Position Summary:

Entry level responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: cleaning and monitoring of power generating equipment throughout the plant; general plant clean up; general maintenance duties as trained and assigned; snow removal; grass cutting and grounds keeping.


Position will be required to perform/accomplish the following: complete training and qualification in general mechanical maintenance skills; be trained on and operate plant equipment; actively participate in required training programs, which may include state boiler license certification, as directed by plant management; and participate in other training as assigned.


Minimum Requirements:

1. High School Diploma or equivalent.

2. Must have successfully passed the Edison Electric Institute Power Plant Maintenance and Plant Operator selection exams or be a grandfathered employee.

3. Prefer post-secondary technical training in a related area.

4. Must have a valid driver’s license.

5. Applicant is required to successfully pass the Xcel Energy screening requirements, which include a drug test and security clearance. Other exams may be required by federal regulations, such as OSHA and DOT.

Physical Requirements:

1. Able to lift up to 50 pounds safely.

2. Work in inclement weather.

3. Must be qualified to wear a respirator.

4. Will be required to perform duties when necessary from scaffolds and catwalks in high and confined spaces.

5. Must be able to work overtime and various shifts as required including rotating shift work.

Selection criteria may include testing and/or assessment.






Steps in Xcel Energy’s hiring process

  1. All qualified candidates will be sent an online assessment via e-mail. Applicants must successfully pass in order to be further considered.
  2. Candidates who successfully pass the assessment will be contacted to come in for an information session and interview.
  3. After attending our information session/interview, our Team Leaders will collaborate to decide which candidates are best qualified and offers will be made.
  4. Candidates who accept the employment offer will be required to pass Xcel Energy’s background check and drug test. This process can take up to two weeks before clearance is issued.
  5. After successful passing of the background check and drug test, candidates are ready to start the training class.


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:  MN - Burnsville || MN - Burnsville || United States (US) || Generation || 0464A:Black Dog Gen Plant || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $23.11 per hour

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Requisition Number: 27281

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