Employment

Are you interested in a career in the electric utility industry? Bookmark this page and check back often for opportunities at Otter Tail Power Company.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  

To apply online:

  1. Go to the Otter Tail Corporation jobs page.
  2. Browse open jobs to find Otter Tail Power Company listings.
  3. You must create an account and submit your resume to Otter Tail Corporation.
  4. Your resume will remain on file and you may update your resume at any time.

To contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or if you need assistance completing the application process, please email otpjobopps@otpco.com.

Current Openings 

Safety Training/Security Coordinator

Location

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Responsibilities

A professional degree in a safety, or security related field, or equivalent experience is preferred. Must have knowledge of governmental and industry security and safety requirements, along with regulatory knowledge, including OSHA, D.O.T., MSHA, etc. A strong practical understanding of utility craft work and related utility positions is required. The candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to present training materials to both internal and external audiences.

Qualifications

Develop and administer safety and security policy and training materials. Conduct safety and security audits, and investigate concerns and incidents. Respond to contingency events - weather, security issues, etc. Study and review regulatory requirements, employee law relating to compliance, and skill based safety training. Assist in maintaining training records. Work with regulatory agencies, such as MRO, OSHA, and Department of Homeland Security, to ensure appropriate policies and measures are in place.

Resume deadline

February 12, 2016

Customer Service Representative

Location

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Responsibilities

Provide complete, accurate, and timely customer service and marketing service to all external and internal telephone and web customers. This position has the overall accountability to assist in the efforts to achieve customer service and company key performance indicators, including OSHA rate, revenue growth, increased margin, and customer satisfaction.

Qualifications

Requires excellent organizational, written and verbal communication, and customer service skills. Must have knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and related computer software.  Experience in customer service, accounting, and marketing would be beneficial.

Resume deadline

February 12, 2016

Electrical Shop Intern

Location

Wahpeton, North Dakota

Responsibilities

Assist Electrical Transformer Shop Technicians in the repair and servicing of electrical equipment, transformers and breakers. The student will clean, sand and prepare electrical equipment for painting; dispose of obsolete or failed equipment; assist with the servicing, inspection and repair of conventional and pad mount transformers; participate in safety meetings and adhere to all safety rules.   

Qualifications

Applicants must be a full-time student having completed first year in the Electrical Technology program or a related electrical program. This internship will be temporary from approximately mid-May 2016 through mid-August 2016.

Resume deadline

February 15, 2016

Engineer Intern

Location

Coyote Station, Beulah, North Dakota

Responsibilities

Otter Tail Power Company is currently seeking qualified student applicants to fill one position for Mechanical or Electrical Engineer Intern at Coyote Station from June through December 2016.

The Engineer Intern will provide assistance to Plant Engineering in the following areas:

  • Plant systems performance analysis
  • Plant systems modification cost/benefit analysis
  • Sub system Mechanical/Civil/Electrical design
  • Electronic print updates

Qualifications

The position requires excellent written communication skills and attention to detail in order to publish accurate study reports and provide accurate drawing updates. Furthermore, the role also requires strong oral communication skills used in working with plant staff and outside contractors and equipment vendors.

Looking for students in the engineering programs. The applicant must have proficient computer skills with various software applications in Microsoft such as Word, Excel, and Access. In addition, the applicant must be proficient in the use of Autodesk AutoCad software.

Resume deadline

February 29, 2016

Systems Specialist

Location

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Responsibilities

Administer and support the company’s data center infrastructure which includes server hardware, server operating systems, VMs, SAN, and related equipment; implement and support application software, databases, system backups and related components; perform hardware and software upgrades; sustain system security and data integrity; analyze and resolve system problems independently and collaboratively. Must comply with company policies and department standards; adhere to procedures for SOX, NERC and FERC compliance; and endorse department objectives of cybersecurity and customer service. Will work outside normal business hours as necessary to perform hardware and software upgrades, system changes, and resolve critical system issues. Will require travel to other company locations.

Qualifications

A bachelor's or associate's degree with an emphasis in Computer Science or Information Technology with a minimum of two years of hands-on experience in the deployment and support of server operating systems is required. Working knowledge of server virtualization, storage management, databases, and system security is preferred. Position requires reliability and personal integrity; interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills; and written and verbal communication skills. Must have the ability to research, analyze and solve problems independently as well as the desire to contribute to and champion the success of a team. 

Resume deadline

February 16, 2016

Journeyman or Apprentice Lineman

Location

Lisbon, North Dakota

Responsibilities

Erect, 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 transformers and other equipment; trim trees, replace such equipment as broken insulators, split crossarms, cutouts, ties, faulty clamps or braces; perform similar replacement or repair work as necessary to clear up storm damage.

Qualifications

Must have a diploma from an accredited line worker program and a valid unrestricted interstate commercial driver’s license. Must have knowledge of electric line construction, maintenance and repair. Must be able to work outdoors in any weather, be able to climb, have complete knowledge of safety rules and be capable of getting along well with others. Successful applicant will be expected to reside within 17 miles of permanent headquarters in Lisbon, North Dakota.

Resume deadline

February 12, 2016

Service Representative/Journeyman Lineman

Location

Walhalla, North Dakota

Qualifications

Applicants must be sufficiently qualified as a Journeyman or well-qualified Apprentice Lineman with a minimum 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 Walhalla, North Dakota.

Resume deadline

February 12, 2016

Operator Trainee

Location

Coyote Station, Beulah, North Dakota

Responsibilities

Learn the operating procedures and duties performed by the Fifth Operator, primarily to safely operate the flue gas cleaning (FGC) scrubber and baghouse; learn the names, locations, and functions of all major and minor equipment systems in the plant; provide general assistance in the power plant as needed; and perform all other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

An associate’s degree in power plant or process technology or equivalent work experience is preferred but not required. Applicant must be mechanically inclined, able to wear a respirator, and able to lift 40 to 50 pounds. Applicant will be required to complete an aptitude inventory.

Successful applicant will be required to reside within 20 miles of Coyote Station.

Resume deadline

February 23, 2016

Employment Testing

We administer aptitude and skills tests to job candidates for some positions. Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an association of investor-owned utilities across the United States, developed many of the tests. EEI Practice Tests (login required) are available to help learn about and prepare for these pre-employment tests.