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Tech Gas Meter Apprentice/ LNG Operator Job

Location(s): WI - Eau Claire


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.



Union Position: Bargaining

We anticipate the need for an Apprentice Gas Meter Technician/LNG Operator Eau Claire, WI.  Position will be headquartered out of the Western Ave Service Center when the Gas Meter Department relocates from Melby Centre, with duties at the Black Avenue LNG Plant.  The starting base Journeyman pay for this position is $46.34 hourly.

If position is filled with an Advanced Step Apprentice, pay may be adjusted in accordance with union contract.  Applicant skills and qualifications will be evaluated and, in conformity with union contract a successful applicant will be offered a position at an appropriate step level or as a journeyman. 

Minimum apprentice pay levels as a percentage of base Journeyman pay:


1st Step: 60%

2nd Step: 65%

3rd Step: 70%

4th Step: 75%

5th Step: 80%

6th Step: 85%

7th Step: 90%

8th Step: 95%



 This position will be posted for 15 Working days from January 14, 2022 to February 3, 2022.


Work will include all phases of repair and testing of gas meters and associated equipment, both in the shop and in the field. In addition, this position requires serving as a plant operator in the Eau Claire Black Avenue LNG plant.


  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Must be committed to working safely and compliance with all company safety rules
  • Must be able to lift and maneuver up to 50 pounds
  • Must reside within 20-mile radius of the Western Avenue Service Center
  • Valid driver's license
  • Willingness to travel and work away from home

Special Requirements

  • Must have good communication and teamwork skills
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships in a team-oriented environment
  • Must be able to work in extreme hot and cold temperatures, at high heights, in noisy atmospheres
  • Requires participation in after-hour emergency callouts in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Commitment to successful participation and advancement in apprenticeship program



  • Basic computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to read blueprints and schematics
  • Gas distribution construction or gas service experience
  • Mechanical, electrical electronics, and/or power distributions work experience
  • Additional education, such as a technical vocational or associate degree, in gas utility construction



This position may require a behavioral assessment prior to being considered for an interview.




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 and Generation || 775GO:Gas Meter Shop WI || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $46.34 per hour

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Requisition Number: 39631

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