The electric power industry is responsible for more than 7 million American jobs in communities large and small.1 And as the world focuses on improving and diversifying energy production, job opportunities are expanding.
Dakota Electric exists to serve our members not only with safe, affordable and reliable electric power, but also with community support and energy-efficient programs that help you conserve energy and save money. Because we make a difference in people’s lives, those of us who work at Dakota Electric tend to have a sense of purpose in our work.
While our lineworkers remain our public face, it takes many more departments to run an electric distribution cooperative like Dakota Electric.
On our staff we have communicators; accountants; business account representatives, who work with our commercial and industrial members; billing clerks; public and community relations professionals, who cultivate relationships with local, state and national opinion leaders and keep them updated on issues important to us and the communities we serve; information technology professionals; mechanics; warehouse staff; and powerline design technicians and engineers, who plot where new power lines will be built.
We grow our local labor force through workforce development strategies, which benefit Dakota Electric as well as our member-owned businesses. From supporting STEM education to offering specialized training, Dakota Electric is creating long-term solutions and driving employment for a skilled and diverse future workforce. We recognize that the more viewpoints and life experiences people bring to the job and work teams, the stronger we will be.
The electric power industry has jobs for students ready to work right after school, those interested in apprenticeships and those pursuing a college degree or technical certificate.
Explore careers in energy and learn about job openings by visiting our career page, or find national opportunities at www.TouchstoneEnergy.Jobs.
1 Powering America: The Economic and Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry, M.J. Bradley & Associates, August 2017.