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Machine Operator (Pole and Duct Excavation, etc) Job

Location(s): MN - Maple Grove


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 Machine Operator(s) with jobsite reporting and travel throughout service territory.  The starting rate of pay for this position is $44.16 hourly. 


Xcel Energy has sole right of selectivity.



Operating heavy equipment including but not limited to; digger derricks, backhoes, cranes, skidsteers, material handlers (all-terrain forklifts), dump trucks and bucket trucks.  Additionally, loading and transporting the delivery of materials and equipment, framing and setting transmission structures, operating wire tensioning and line stringing equipment, and ground support activities including but not limited to backfilling and tamping.   


Position responds to after-hours and weekend callouts.



  1. Two or more years of digger derrick and backhoe operator experience.
  2. High school diploma or GED.
  3. Must have valid Class A Commercial Driver's License.
  4. Must have total commitment to safety, quality, and customer service.



  1. Experience operating cranes, skidsteers, material handlers, dump trucks, buckets trucks, wire tensioning and line stringing equipment.
  2. NCCCO crane certification.






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 - Maple Grove || MN - Maple Grove || United States (US) || Operations || 0329T:Transmission Construction || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $44.16 per hour

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Requisition Number: 31201

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