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Nuclear Apprentice Plant Attendant - Non-licensed Operator Job

Location(s): MN - Monticello


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.



We anticipate the need for one or more Nuclear Apprentice Plant Attendant(s) Step 1 at our Monticello Nuclear Generation Plant in Monticello, MN.



Perform plant operations such as refueling, equipment isolations and restorations, surveillance testing and equipment and valve checks, and act as a member of the on-site fire brigade. Must be capable of climbing ladders and occasionally working at heights. Must be capable of wearing a respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus.

Must also meet all nuclear plant access authorization requirements under NRC regulations. Must possess a SPECIAL Minnesota State Engineer's License within three months and a Second-Class Grade "A" License within 3 months of attaining the necessary operating experience. Must be in good general health and capable of passing a medical examination meeting Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirement. 

This program can start a career path towards obtaining an NRC operating license, as well as other positions in site and greater Xcel maintenance, training, and engineering depending on individual background.  This position involves rotating shift work.

The base wage scale (with premiums) for this position (as of 2022) is $29.87 starting and escalates progressively to $49.45 upon completion of the apprentice program, typically within 2 years.  Base wage does not include paid overtime and other benefits.



  • High school diploma or GED


  • Must have sufficient technical or scientific background that would, in the Company's judgment, prepare an individual for NRC license training and must have one of the following:
    • Two years scientific education at the college level
    • A junior college degree in a scientific field
    • Previous nuclear operations experience or equivalent
    • Two-year certificate from a vocational-technical institute in a scientific, mathematic, mechanical or electrical field
    • Applicable Military training and experience


Special Requirements

  • Must meet Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements
  • Must pass the EEI POSS/MASS exam (at the Nuclear level), or be grandfathered
  • Required to actively participate in training and retraining programs established for this position
  • Required to function under written plant operating and maintenance procedures as appropriate, and document records as required by management


A condition of employment will be successfully obtaining and maintaining General Security Clearance and a Nuclear Security Clearance for unescorted access to Xcel Energy nuclear plants including successful completion of nuclear General Access Training (GAT) and the nuclear security screening process (typically consists of an alcohol/drug screen, a criminal history check, a psychological assessment, initial credit and background investigation and periodic credit & criminal history checks).


Monticello is a single unit site, that has one refueling outage every two years.  The site has license extension approved through the Minnesota PUC, and is in progress with a 20 year NRC license extension.




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:  MN - Monticello || MN - Monticello || United States (US) || Nuclear || 45529:FT MT Shift Operations || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $25.90 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: 47383

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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