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Chemist IBEW 949 Job

Location(s): MN - Welch


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.



Xcel Energy is currently seeking one or more individuals to fill the role of Chemist at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Welch, MN.  This position will share responsibilities for the administration of the various Chemistry programs at Prairie Island. This position will report to the Chemistry Technical Supervisor.


This position is responsible for the coordination and planning of chemistry projects in Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, and Environmental programs. The chemist will provide technical oversight to chemistry programs as assigned. This position will provide technical guidance to the chemical technicians and provide support for process quality improvement initiatives. The ideal candidate will perform most assignments independently on issues related to the Chemistry Department.



  • Experience in PWR chemistry and operations is desired. Laboratory experience is required preferably in a nuclear power plant setting.
  • Experience with ODCM, REMP, radioactive effluents and Chemistry Lab QA/QC is highly desired.



  • A bachelor of science in chemistry or related field is required.
  • 10 years or more experience in PWR chemistry may be acceptable as equivalent degree.
  • Must live within 60 minutes to ensure proper implementation of Emergency Response plan.

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).


Additional Information:

This is a bargaining union position. Must be available to work overtime on a regular basis and support the Emergency Response Organization. Chemist must maintain a residence within a 60 minute response time to the plant. Extensive overtime will be required during periodic maintenance outages including backshift support may be assigned. Some travel (<10%) may be involved for regulatory compliance meetings, training for maintenance of qualifications and knowledge, and participation in industry meetings and organizations.




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 - Welch || MN - Welch || United States (US) || Nuclear Rollup || 45654:FT PI Chemistry-Support Staff || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $57.25 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), Transportation Reimbursement Account, 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, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Personal holidays, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO) (full-time employees only)


Requisition Number: 44305

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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