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Machinist Apprentice Step 5 or Above/Journeyman Job

Location(s): MN - Welch


Do you have the attention to detail and commitment to safety needed for a successful and rewarding career in the field of nuclear power? We’re looking for people who are looking to grow their career with a company that maintains one of the safest nuclear fleets in the nation. If that describes you, we’d like you on our team.



We anticipate the need to hire one or more Machinist(s) – Apprentice Step 5 & Above (IBEW 949) at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant in Welch, MN. The starting rate of pay for this classification is $37.66 per hour.



Must have a reasonable level of learning ability to develop basic understanding of electrical generation plant maintenance and procedures. Must have the ability to communicate intelligently and constructively with plant personnel both verbally and in writing. Will be required to enroll and complete the approved training course as agreed to by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Will be required to safely perform duties of the classifications. Will be required to perform duties when necessary from scaffolding and catwalks in high and confined areas. Must become respirator qualified. May be required to accept temporary assignments to other locations including Nuclear plants as prescribed by Plant Management. Will be required to meet screening requirements under NRC regulations. Will be required to perform light carpentry, light removal/replacement of non-asbestos insulation, painting, safely rigging to 3-ton lifts and plate welding.


Minimum Requirements

•High school diploma or GED and meet the education and experience requirement with 12 months of related job duties.

•Individual must have basic knowledge of power plants including basic math skills and mechanical troubleshooting skills.

•Required to safely perform the duties of the classification.
•Required to work with other maintenance and craft personnel performing machining, general maintenance and other maintenance work as directed by plant management.

•Ability to intelligently communicate with plant personnel both verbally and in writing. Required to perform duties when necessary from scaffolds, catwalks and elevated locations in high and confined areas.
•May be asked to accept temporary assignments at other locations, including nuclear plants as prescribed by Plant Management.
•Required to meet NRC screening requirements and Xcel physical and medical qualification including wearing a respirator.
•Must pass the EEI POSS/MASS testing at the Nuclear level.


For consideration all applicants must meet the requirements for the 5th apprentice step.


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).






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 || 45659:FT PI Maintain Plant Mgmt || Full-Time || Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $37.66 per hour

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Requisition Number: 32441

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