Careers

Are you interested in a career in the electric utility industry? Bookmark this page and check back often for employment opportunities at our company.

We're an equal opportunity employer (EEO). All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. To learn more, view your EEO rights under the law, our EEO policy statement, and our pay transparency provision.

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Current openings

Lead Lineman

Location

Devils Lake, ND

Responsibilities

Successful applicant will supervise, direct and work with the crew to erect and install, maintain or repair overhead and underground electrical distribution and transmission systems and substations; where necessary, frame and erect poles and attach necessary fixtures and equipment; string, sag and splice conductors (wires) and connect transformer and other equipment; trim trees, replace such equipment as broken insulators, split crossarms, cutouts, ties, faulty clamps or braces; and perform similar replacement or repair work as necessary on routine patrol or to clear up storm damage. Use electrical instruments, operate hydraulic equipment, and work out of an aerial basket.

Qualifications

Must be a Journeyman Lineman with a diploma from an accredited line worker program or have equivalent experience. Must have an unrestricted interstate commercial driver’s license; positive leadership qualities and show an ability to plan, supervise and work with people and tools; an interest in teaching people working on the crew the lineman trade; thorough knowledge of electric line and underground construction, maintenance and repair; be able to work outdoors in any weather, able to climb, understand the mechanical equipment used in the trade, and have the ability to get along well with others. Successful applicant will be expected to reside within 17 miles from permanent headquarters in Devils Lake, ND.  

Resume deadline
June 03, 2024

Lead Lineman

Location

Harvey, ND

Responsibilities

We have an immediate opening for a Lead Lineman in Harvey, ND.

Successful applicant will supervise, direct and work with the crew to erect and install, maintain or repair overhead and underground electrical distribution and transmission systems and substations; where necessary, frame and erect poles and attach necessary fixtures and equipment; string, sag and splice conductors (wires) and connect transformer and other equipment; trim trees, replace such equipment as broken insulators, split crossarms, cutouts, ties, faulty clamps or braces; and perform similar replacement or repair work as necessary on routine patrol or to clear up storm damage. Use electrical instruments, operate hydraulic equipment, and work out of an aerial basket.

Qualifications

We have an immediate opening for a Lead Lineman in Harvey, ND.

Must be a Journeyman Lineman with a diploma from an accredited line worker program or have equivalent experience. Must have an unrestricted interstate commercial driver’s license; positive leadership qualities and show an ability to plan, supervise and work with people and tools; an interest in teaching people working on the crew the lineman trade; thorough knowledge of electric line and underground construction, maintenance and repair; be able to work outdoors in any weather, able to climb, understand the mechanical equipment used in the trade, and have the ability to get along well with others. Successful applicant will be expected to reside within 17 miles from permanent headquarters in Harvey, ND.

We offer a competitive wage and benefit package. Hiring bonus included in offer to be paid out within 6 months. Apply now!

Resume deadline
June 11, 2024

Network Engineer

Location

Fergus Falls, MN* (potential for up to 2 hybrid workdays per week)

Responsibilities

At Otter Tail Power, our employees help us serve the communities we support by producing reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity. Our employees’ impact can take many forms. In this role, the Network Engineer will support OTP operations through system design, security and optimization of the enterprise and industrial computer networks.

  • Evaluate system performance to ensure reliability and availability meets the needs of the company and recommend projects to enhance or improve based on the needs of the company.
  •            Analyze cybersecurity vulnerabilities and execute patch management and root cause mitigation strategies.
  • Design and implement continuous improvement strategies that increase efficiencies through automation.
  •           Collaborate with internal and external engineers to ensure projects meets OTP’s standards.
Qualifications

We’re seeking candidates with a wide range of skills who are motivated to complete complex projects with many potential variables while aligning with our core values: Integrity, Community, Safety, Resourcefulness, Customer Service and People. Some examples of what we’re looking for include:

·         There’s a lot of innovation in our industry and we want positive, can-do people who are resilient through the challenges that sometimes come with change.

·         A strategic growth mindset with exceptional analytical and project management skills will allow you to conceive solutions and successfully implement them.

·         Demonstrated experience in the network engineering field including IP networking, routing protocols and networking security is preferred.

·         An Associate’s degree or higher preferred in telecommunications engineering, network engineering, computer science or equivalent. Selected candidates will be required to complete a pre-interview assessment.

Offering:

We believe employment is a partnership and we expect excellence from our talented employees. To support our employees and help them thrive in their career experience and goals, we offer:

·         Competitive wage & benefit package.

o   Employee Stock Ownership options

o   Retirement Savings Fund with employer match

o   Health insurance plan options

·         Training – our average employee spends hours in training and development each year! This includes safety – one of our 5 values and key to our success – technical, compliance and developmental training.

·        Career development is critical to our long-term success. Otter Tail Power employees have opportunities to participate in various leadership development programs, gain access to an a la carte online leadership course catalog, receive mentorship from current leaders and more!

·         Access to mental health support from the experts at SupportLinc EAP.

Resume deadline
May 31, 2024

Industrial Services Engineer

Location

Fergus Falls, MN* or within service territory

Responsibilities

At Otter Tail Power, our employees help us serve the communities we support by producing reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity. In this role, the Industrial Services Engineer will support, manage, and grow our key customers by implementing new technology or management tools.

Examples of those activities will include:

·        Lead the energy transition by developing customer adoption strategies for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and dynamic load management programs.

·        Develop and implement tools for estimating and comparing costs of various customer scenarios, including: rates, billing impact, energy savings, rebates, return on investment, etc.

·        Build and maintain relationships with key decision makers at three levels (Day-To-Day, Managerial, Executive) within a strategic customer's organization.

·        Collaborate with cross functional teams to create and communicate marketing programs, services, technologies, and energy rates.

·        Serve as the primary point of contact for the customers, including during times of power quality and reliability challenges, to meet sales goals.

·        Establish relationships and negotiate with potential strategic customers to establish new electric service agreements. Includes facilitating design, system implications and ‘cost of service’ studies.

·        Travel to assigned customer facilities [1-4] times per month to understand critical operations, Otter Tail’s service delivery, impact of outages, load growth, reliability requirements and identify potential enhanced service solutions.

Qualifications

We’re seeking candidates with a wide range of skills who are motivated to customer stakeholders to the best path forward while aligning with our core values: Integrity, Community, Safety, Resourcefulness, Customer Service and People.

·         Resourceful, positive team members who are results-driven and action-oriented

·        Strong public relations skills, including the ability to handle controversial situations, contract negotiations, and frequent public speaking, are vital to ensuring an excellent customer and community experience while meeting company goals.

·        A strategic growth mindset with analytical and project management skills will allow you to conceive solutions and successfully implement them.

·        Five years of experience in engineering, energy management, processing, manufacturing, HVAC, sales, or other technical/electrical/customer service, and CEM, PE, or EIT certification is preferred.

·        Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, or related engineering preferred and/or a minimum of five years of commercial/industrial energy audit experience

·        If you do not have the years of work experience or completed bachelor’s degree, but have the skills reflected in our core values we encourage you to apply. Selected candidates will be required to complete a pre-interview assessment.

Offering:

We believe employment is a partnership and we expect excellence from our talented employees. To support our employees and help them thrive in their career experience and goals, we offer:

·         Competitive wage & benefit package.

o   Employee Stock Ownership options

o   Retirement Savings Fund with employer match

o   Health insurance plan options

·        Training – our average employee spends hours in training and development each year! This includes safety – one of our 6 values and key to our success – technical, compliance and developmental training.

·        Growth – a cross functional position that presents to and is meeting with our executive team. Previous individuals in this role have become our Manager of Sales, Area Manager, and Manager of Asset Strategies.

·        Career development is critical to our long-term success. Otter Tail Power employees have opportunities to participate in various leadership development programs, gain access to an a la carte online leadership course catalog, receive mentorship from current leaders and more!

·        Access to mental health support from the experts at the EAP SupportLinc.

·        Flexibility in location. Preferred location is Fergus Fall, MN, but can be officed from any of our Customer Service Centers. Willingness to come into the office 3 days per week.

Resume deadline
May 26, 2024

Sourcing Strategist Transmission

Location

Fergus Falls, MN

Responsibilities

At Otter Tail Power, our employees help us to serve the communities we support by producing reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity. Our employees’ impact can take many forms. In this role, the Transmission Sourcing Strategist will support and lead aspects of the Sourcing department’s processes to improve operations.

Some of the details of the day-to-day include:

·        Lead processes to ensure internal teams have necessary equipment, materials, or services.  

·        Recommend and execute continuous improvement initiatives to improve efficiency, streamline workflow and increase accuracy of projects.

·        Create and foster vendor relationships to maintain purchase agreements, materials sourcing, and service arrangements. 

·        Serve as key point of contact for internal coworkers on material needs and project planning. 

·        Research, communicate, and adjust practices for changes in supply chain, product availability, and other changes that could adversely impact the company’s ability to procure materials and services.

·        Manage material supply contract on critical large transmission projects. 

Qualifications

We’re seeking candidates with a wide range of skills who can understand disparate needs of various internal stakeholders and guide them through the sourcing process. Some examples of what we’re looking for include:

·         A successful candidate will be able to manage the small details of a project including deadlines, while keeping the bigger picture value and vision front and center throughout the project development and implementation.

·         There is a lot of innovation in our industry, and we want positive, resilient people who can independently prioritize multiple projects.

·         Ability to thoroughly research a topic and present recommendations with effective communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.

·         Knowledge of purchasing methods, terminology, techniques, and familiarity with laws will allow the best candidate to start learning early. Knowledge of energy industry would be preferred.

Selected applicants will be required to complete a pre-interview assessment.

Offering:

We believe employment is a partnership and we expect excellence from our talented employees. To support our employees and help drive their career experience and goals.

·         Competitive wage & benefit package.

·         Training – our average employee has access to hours of training and development resources each year! This includes safety – one of our 5 values and key to our success – technical, compliance and developmental training.

·         Career development is critical to our long-term success. Otter Tail Power employees have opportunities to participate in various leadership development programs, gain access to an a la carte online leadership course catalog, receive mentorship from current leaders and more!

Resume deadline
May 26, 2024

Journeyman Lineman/Service Representative

Location

Velva, ND

Responsibilities

We have an opening for a Journeyman Lineman/Service Representative in Velva, ND.

Operates the electrical distribution system and serves as the Company representative in the designated group of towns. Installs, removes, or replaces meters in customer establishments. Installs and maintains service lines, receiving customer complaints and performing necessary repair work to overhead distribution or service facilities. Works with and cooperates with Line and Service, Division Crews, or other line crews in building and repairing distribution and transmission lines and facilities.

Qualifications

Applicants must be sufficiently qualified as a Journeyman Lineman with a minimum of four years of experience and be able to do necessary emergency repair work. Must have knowledge of electric line construction, maintenance, and repair. Must be able to assume responsibilities for area operations, maintain favorable public relations, and supervise and instruct assistants as necessary. Must have a valid unrestricted interstate commercial driver’s license. Successful applicant will be expected to reside within 17 miles of permanent headquarters in Velva, ND. 

We offer a competitive wage and benefit package.

Resume deadline
May 26, 2024

Journeyman Line Worker

Location

Jamestown, ND

Responsibilities

We have an opening for a Journeyman Lineman/Service Representative in Jamestown, ND.

Operates the electrical distribution system and serves as the Company representative in the designated group of towns. Installs, removes, or replaces meters in customer establishments. Installs and maintains service lines, receiving customer complaints and performing necessary repair work to overhead distribution or service facilities. Works with and cooperates with Line and Service, Division Crews, or other line crews in building and repairing distribution and transmission lines and facilities.

Qualifications

Applicants must be sufficiently qualified as a Journeyman Lineman or Apprentice Lineman and be able to do necessary emergency repair work. Must have knowledge of electric line construction, maintenance, and repair. Must have a diploma from an accredited line worker program or equivalent experience. Must have knowledge of electric line construction, maintenance, and repair. Must be able to assume responsibilities for area operations, maintain favorable public relations, and supervise and instruct assistants as necessary. Must have a valid unrestricted interstate commercial driver’s license. Successful applicant will be expected to reside within 17 miles of permanent headquarters in Jamestown, ND.

Resume deadline
June 03, 2024

Idea Center Coordinator

Location

Fergus Falls, Minnesota, or OTP Customer Service Center location

Responsibilities

At Otter Tail Power Company, our employees support the communities we serve by producing reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity. The Idea Center Coordinator will support the various customer service teams that provide customer financial and energy saving programs including:

·         Administer residential customer rebate information requests

·         Supporting various Customer Service teams in keeping projects moving forward and programs well organized

To be successful in this role, we’re looking for candidates who are detail-oriented, extremely organized and love being a part of a team.

  • There’s a lot of innovation in our industry and we want positive, can-do people who are resilient through the challenges that sometimes come with change.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relationship skills as you partner with various internal teams.
  • Critical thinking, prioritization, and extremely good organizational skills in order to support the variety of needs and projects.
  • Relevant work experience in marketing, customer service and/or accounting is preferred.
Qualifications

We believe employment is a partnership and we expect excellence from our talented employees. To support our employees and help them thrive in their career experience and goals, we offer:

  • Competitive wage & benefit package.
    • Employee Stock Ownership options
    • Retirement Savings Fund with employer match
    • Health insurance plan options
  • Training – our employees are provided training and development opportunities each year! This includes safety – one of our 5 values and key to our success – technical, compliance and developmental training.
  • Career development is critical to our long-term success. Otter Tail Power employees have opportunities to participate in various leadership development programs, gain access to an a la carte online leadership course catalog, receive mentorship from current leaders and more!
  • Access to mental health support from the experts at SupportLinc EAP.

If this sounds like a great fit for you, apply today!

Resume deadline
June 17, 2024

Manager Energy Management

Location

Fergus Falls, MN or one of our Customer Service Centers

Responsibilities

We’re looking for a Manager of our Energy Management team at our headquarters in Fergus Falls, MN or one of our Customer Service Centers.  

At Otter Tail Power, our employees help us serve the communities we support by producing reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity. In this role, the Manager of Energy Management will lead the Company’s strategy and implementation of Demand-Side Management and Beneficial Electrification programs. Which includes, Minnesota Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Program, South Dakota Energy Efficiency Partnership (EEP), load control, and renewable programs. Examples of those activities will include:

  • Supervising the Energy Management team for successful day-to-day program implementation and achievement of Company goals.
  • Work with Senior Leadership to provide strategic direction on Demand-Side Management and Beneficial Electrification programs.
Qualifications

We’re seeking candidates with a wide range of skills who are motivated to deeply understand the utility industry, management a team of professionals, and a keen focus on customer service and their experience. Our core values are Integrity, Community, Safety, Resourcefulness, Customer Service and People. Some examples of what we’re looking for include:

  • A four-year degree in business, engineering or related field is preferred.  A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience in energy sales is also preferred. Exceptional experience in the implementation of Demand-Side Management programs.
  • Solid, in-depth knowledge of utility operations, tariffed pricing, regulatory environment, and energy industry. 

Selected candidates will be required to complete a pre-interview assessment. We believe employment is a partnership and we expect excellence from our talented employees. To support our employees and help them thrive in their career experience and goals, we offer:

  • Competitive wage & benefit package.
    • Employee Stock Ownership options, Retirement Savings Fund with employer match, and health insurance plan options
  • Training – our average employee spends [40] hours in training and development each year!
  • Growth – individuals in this role have become our Manager of Sales, Area Manager, and Manager of Asset Strategies.

Otter Tail Power Company has a competitive wage and benefit package and has a strong focus on talent development. Apply today!

Resume deadline
June 10, 2024

Software Engineer/Senior Software Engineer

Location

Fergus Falls, MN* (potential for up to 2 hybrid workdays per week)

Responsibilities

At Otter Tail Power, our employees help us serve the communities we support by producing reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity. In this role, the Software Engineer will support critical real-time software applications mainly in System Operations and other areas within the company, as well as:

  • Ensure availability, functionality and usability of internal data processing and data management software applications for various internal teams, problem solving and troubleshooting as needed.
  • Deliver exceptional and real-time solutions and internal customer service when applications don’t function as needed or expected.
Qualifications

We’re seeking candidates with a wide range of skills who are motivated to solve complex problems with many potential variables while aligning with our core values: Integrity, Community, Safety, Resourcefulness, Customer Service and People. Some examples of what we’re looking for include:

·       Flexibility and adaptability to shift priorities and resources to meet varying end user and departmental needs and goals.

·       Range of knowledge and experience with software databases, programming languages such as C#, SQL, and OpenEdge ABL/Progress and client/server applications - power system, transmission and energy scheduling concepts are beneficial.

·       Strong interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate collaboration between varied teams and provide internal customer service.

·         Post-secondary degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience.

·         Willingness and ability to travel overnight and provide support during non-core (9-5) hours.

      Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-interview assessment.

  There’s a lot of innovation in our industry and we want positive, can-do people who are resilient through the challenges that sometimes come with change.

We believe employment is a partnership and we expect excellence from our talented employees. To support our employees and help them thrive in their career experience and goals, we offer:

·         Competitive wage & benefit package.

o   Employee Stock Ownership options

o   Retirement Savings Fund with employer match

o   Health insurance plan options

·       Training – our employees spend hours in training and development each year! This includes safety – one of our 5 values and key to our success – technical, compliance and developmental training. 

·       Career development is critical to our long-term success. Otter Tail Power employees have opportunities to participate in various leadership development programs, gain access to an a la carte online leadership course catalog, receive mentorship from current leaders and more!

·        Access to mental health support from the experts at SupportLinc EAP.

If this sounds like a great fit for you, please apply today. Don’t wait too long though!

 

Resume deadline
June 07, 2024

Lead Lineman

Location

Lake Preston, SD

Responsibilities

We have an immediate opening for a Lead Lineman in Lake Preston, SD.

Successful applicant will supervise, direct and work with the crew to erect and install, maintain or repair overhead and underground electrical distribution and transmission systems and substations; where necessary, frame and erect poles and attach necessary fixtures and equipment; string, sag and splice conductors (wires) and connect transformer and other equipment; trim trees, replace such equipment as broken insulators, split crossarms, cutouts, ties, faulty clamps or braces; and perform similar replacement or repair work as necessary on routine patrol or to clear up storm damage. Use electrical instruments, operate hydraulic equipment, and work out of an aerial basket. 

Qualifications

Must be a Journeyman Lineman with a diploma from an accredited line worker program or have equivalent experience. Must have an unrestricted interstate commercial driver’s license; positive leadership qualities and show an ability to plan, supervise and work with people and tools; an interest in teaching people working on the crew the lineman trade; thorough knowledge of electric line and underground construction, maintenance and repair; be able to work outdoors in any weather, able to climb, understand the mechanical equipment used in the trade, and have the ability to get along well with others. Successful applicant will be expected to reside within 17 miles from permanent headquarters in Lake Preston, SD.  

Resume deadline
June 09, 2024