Job Description

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 an opening for one or more Operator Repairman for the Black Dog Plant located in Burnsville, MN. The starting rate of pay for this position will be $54.05 per hour (2023 rate) and $56.21(2024 rate). The position will be posted for 10 Working Days from December 29, 2023 to January 12, 2024.

Position Summary

Operator Repairman must have a general knowledge of the total plant equipment, procedures, and operations. The Operator Repairman must have specific expertise for the operation of plant systems.

Essential Functions:

1. Performs all the functions trained and qualified for.

2. As provided by the training and qualification program, must have full knowledge of operation of CT’s, HRSG, steam turbines, and auxiliary power plant equipment, and shall have the fundamental knowledge of electrical theory along with full knowledge of generator synchronization, excitation, voltage and load control, main and auxiliary transformer operation, and station and transmission switching.

3. Operates, monitors, inspects, and maintains boilers, turbines, condensers, generators and plant auxiliary equipment and systems as assigned including water treatment systems and chemical additions as needed. Performs startups, shutdowns, equipment tests and operating adjustments.

4. Monitors and records operating of equipment. Recognizes abnormal equipment performance and takes corrective action. Reports problems and initiates trouble reports.

5. Responds to plant emergencies, unit upsets, and changing operating conditions. Must evaluate system condition and initiate corrective action. Coordinates actions and implements instructions from Management.

6. Uses computer to generate Transmission Work Requests, Plant Event Reports and similar.

7. Switches voltages through 230 kilovolts.

8. Change out brushes on generator.

9. Implements/issues equipment clearances in preparation for inspection, testing, or maintenance. On return of clearance, inspects and returns equipment to normal operation. Follows prescribed clearance procedures and assists with development of new procedures as needed.

10. Comply with applicable Company, OSHA and other governmental regulations. Understands and complies with all pertinent safety and environmental permit requirements and/or regulations.

11. Understands and safely uses hand tools, shop tools, and other power tools.

12. Capable of understanding MSDS, confined space requirements, hot work, etc.

13. Completes work orders. Completes all job paperwork including log sheets, records of parts used and work completed.

14. Contributes to annual budget cycle for operations area.

15. Participates with plant management in daily and outage work planning, scheduling, and prioritization.

16. Assists with on-the-job training for others, and participation in development, writing and documenting work-related practices and procedures.

17. Must have the ability to make quick and sound decisions in any plant emergency.

18. Must have the ability to read and understand one line electrical, plant flow diagrams, blueprints, equipment drawings, diagrams, and manuals.

19. Must have the ability to intelligently communicate with plant personnel both verbally and in writing along with taking the necessary readings required by management.

20. Shall participate in training and maintain qualifications of mechanical maintenance skills and abilities equivalent to maintenance repairman as outlined in Operator / Repairman.


Must have a High School diploma or GED

Will be required to actively participate in training and retraining programs established for this position as determined by management, including assisting with training and qualifying of other personnel.

Will be required to have full knowledge of plant operating procedures and equipment including pollution control equipment.

Will be required to direct other operating classifications in the performance of their duties.

Will be required to function under written plant operating and maintenance procedures as appropriate, assist in their preparation and document records as required by management.

Will be required to perform duties when necessary from scaffoldings and catwalks in high and confined areas.

May be required to accept temporary assignments as an Operator/Repairman.

Must demonstrate and maintain proficiency.

Will be required to demonstrate proficiency through periodic on-the-job assessments and evaluations.

Qualifications sufficient, seniority will prevail. Must possess a Minnesota State First Class Grade ""A"" License at the time of assignment and will be

required to secure a Minnesota State Chief Class Grade ""A"" within two years. Must possess and maintain training and qualification in mechanical maintenance skills and abilities equivalent to maintenance repairman.

NOTE: The above list is not all-inclusive. Other Operation or Repairmen job duties or requirements may be required, as management deems necessary.

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.

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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The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $56.21 per hour

This position is 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)

Benefit plans are subject to change and Xcel Energy has the right to end, suspend, or amend any of its plans, at any time, in whole or in part.

Deadline to Apply: 05/27/24

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